Associate of Science in Nursing (RN)
The Atlanta Technical College Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program is an integral part of the parent institution and provides a broad frame of learning opportunities based on the sciences and humanities. The ASN Program provides a course of study that prepares the graduate as a generalist practitioner in nursing. The program prepares the student to practice with a diverse population across the life span. The curriculum design moves from simple to complex and education is guided by the use of the nursing process as well as critical thinking. Throughout this program, experiences both didactic and practicum develops the individual’s ability to provide quality nursing care. After successful completion of the program, the graduate has met the requirements to take the licensure examination to become a Registered Nurse.
The Atlanta Technical College Associate of Science in Nursing Program (ASN) supports the mission and commitment of Atlanta Technical College to produce competitive graduates and provide continuing educational opportunities for professional growth as well as lifelong learning to our constituents. The mission of the ASN program is to educate qualified students to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN Examination, to provide knowledge for career mobility, and to prepare the graduate to assume responsibilities of an RN involving a diverse community in a variety of health care settings.
Minimum Program Length: 6 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost: $12,000
Students who wish to be admitted to the Associate of Science in Nursing Program must be enrolled full time at Atlanta Technical College and be identified as program ready by meeting the admission requirements listed below.
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The ASN program utilizes a competitive admission process to select students. Program faculty and the Admissions staff designed the process to ensure maximum opportunity for student success in the program and on the NCLEX-RN examination.
The program admits students once per year during summer semester for fall semester. Applicants must submit all required documentation to the Admission office by the requested due date to receive consideration in the selection process.
Applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of selection to receive consideration as candidates for admission. Applicants not selected for the program may reapply during subsequent admission intake periods. Applicants must complete the application process for each attempt at program entry. Only current class taken, those five years or less, will be considered during the reapplication process.
Applicants must meet the criteria listed below to be considered for admission into the ASN Program:
- Must be 18 years of age;
- Must complete and sign application for admission and submit a non-refundable application fee to the College Admissions Office;
- Must be admitted into the college and accepted into the Health Care Science TCC Program;
- Must complete and sign ASN Program application for admission and submit it to the program coordinator by the due date. Applications received after determined due date will not be accepted;
- Submit official high school or GED transcripts and/or official college transcripts from all colleges attended in the past to the Admissions Office (See General Admission Requirements);
- Must have associate degree level COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, or ACT test scores;
- Must take and pass the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test with a score of 75% or better for program admission, to be identified by the Admissions Office and faculty;
- Must meet all eligibility requirements for entry into ASN Program, including but not limited to achieving a minimum grade of (B) in MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113 Lab, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114 Lab, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117 Lab, are less than five (5) years old;
- Must ensure that transfer courses from other approved institutions of higher education are no more than five (5) years old; these include MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113 Lab, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114 Lab, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117 Lab *Requirements for transferring courses from another approved institution includes ensuring MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113 Lab, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114 Lab, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117 Lab, are less than five (5) years old;
- Must understand that Nursing curriculum courses will not be considered for transfer credit;
- Must successfully complete the Healthcare Science TCC program with an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or better;
After successfully completion of the Healthcare Science Program curriculum, in order to meet eligibility for the ASN Program, the student must achieve a minimum, overall CGPA of 3.0;
Must have a baseline criminal background check no less than three months prior to beginning the first clinical experience. Name of agency performing the background check as well as procedure will be shared with student during the beginning of the course clinical component. Students should be aware that background checks are required at various intervals of the program by many clinical agencies. These agencies reserve the right to prohibit clinical experience based on negative background checks. Criminal background checks will be required at various intervals throughout the program, as designated by the program faculty.
Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at www.tcsg.org/tcsgpolicy/menu.html.
Using classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences, this course focuses on the implementation of the nursing process. Program content examines selected predictable stressors causing illness in adult clients in the context of the Orem\'s Theory and outcomes and competencies of associate degree graduates. Emphasis is on normal aging, as well as system instability in the perioperative clients and alterations in health patterns of clients experiencing common predictable respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal, integumentary, and acid-base stressors. Students discuss the effects of chronic illness and strategies for coping with these illnesses. Students are taught an approach to nursing care which takes into consideration client centered health care, human diversity, safe and effective care environment and effective organizational transitions. Pharmacologic concepts include medication administration and the use of pharmacologic agents in the treatment of system instability. Student clinical assignments focus on adult clients experiencing selected predictable stressors causing illness.
This course introduces foundational knowledge and skills needed to understand pharmacological principles in client care. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical aspects of pharmacology required by nurses to meet the educative-developmental and partial compensatory self-care needs of clients across the life span.
This course focuses on the implementation of the nursing process with adult clients requiring partial compensatory and total compensatory nursing care as described by Orem. Program content examines selected predictable stressors causing illness in adult clients in the context of the Orem\'s Self-Care Theory. Normal aging is emphasized to assist the learner in recognizing deviations from normal. Systems instability in the perioperative clients and alterations in client health patterns related to common and predictable respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal, integumentary, and acid-base stressors are discussed. The effects of chronic illness and strategies for coping with these illnesses are also presented. Students learn an approach to nursing care that incorporates a client-centered approach, respect for human diversity, and provision of a safe and effective care environment. Student Clinical assignments focus on the nursing care of adult clients with illnesses experiencing selected related to predictable stressors.
This course utilizes Orem\'s Self-Care Theory of Nursing and the nursing process to focus on developmental self care requisites and social interactions of clients experiencing psychiatric/mental health alterations across the life span. The student\\\'s ability to apply the nursing process is further expanded to care of clients of diverse populations. Orem\\\'s nursing systems of care; total compensatory, partial compensatory, and supportive-educative, are explored as they relate to therapeutic nursing interventions for each respective area. A variety of clinical and simulated learning experiences are provided to reinforce theoretical content and enhance critical thinking. Directed clinical experiences are provided concurrently with theoretical content.
This course is based on Orem\'s Self-Care theory as applied to the nursing care of the childbearing family and newborn infant. Emphasis is placed on the theory and clinical practice experiences required to meet the educative-developmental and partial compensatory self-care needs of women, newborn infants, and families. Theory addresses normal and abnormal physiological and psychosocial processes and the influence of cultural practices related to pregnancy, fetal development, labor & birth, postpartum, newborn transition to extrauterine environment and the family system and the care required to assure positive client outcomes. Students have opportunities to apply the nursing process with antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn clients and their families in a variety of practice settings.
The Childrearing Family course is developed utilizing Orem\'s Self-Care theory as the conceptual basis for the nursing care of the childrearing family. Emphasis is placed on the theory and clinical experience required to meet the educative-developmental, partial compensatory and total compensatory self-care needs of the child and family. Consideration is given to various stages of growth and development across the life cycle where clients and families are adapting to stressors. Students are provided with a variety of learning experiences for initiating and implementing change in nursing approaches to client care. Students will integrate this knowledge in the provision of client centered care, human diversity, as well as safe and effective care environments for clients and their families in the pediatric practice setting. All clinical laboratories are under supervision of professional nurse faculty; clinical laboratory preceded and followed by group seminar. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed for the State of Georgia. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
This course uses the Orem\'s Self-Care theory and roles of the associate degree nurse to guide students\' implementation of the nursing process with adult clients experiencing complex predictable stressors. The course emphasizes partial and total compensatory care of adult clients with alterations in health status arising from the pathophysiological changes in respiratory, cardiovascular, burns, neurologic, sensory, and renal stressors. Students integrate this knowledge in the provision of client centered health care, human diversity, safe and effective care environment for clients in the critical care practice setting with assigned faculty.
Professional Practice VI is developed utilizing Orem\'s Self-Care theory as the conceptual basis for the nursing care of the adult patient. This course is a continuation of role development with utilization/implementation of the nursing process in the care of various adult patients. Emphasis is placed on the theory and clinical experience required to meet the educative-developmental and partial compensatory self-care needs of the client. Consideration is given to various stages of growth and development across the life cycle where patients and families are adapting to stressors. Students are provided with a variety of learning experiences for initiating and implementing change in nursing approaches to client care. The students\' clinical experience/practicum will be facilitated through direct supervision clinical/hospital based preceptors.. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed for the State of Georgia. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.