SOC CODE 29-1141 CIP CODE 51.3801

72 Credit Hours

Program Description

It is the purpose of Universal Career School Nursing Associate of Science Degree to provide those enrolled with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to function effectively as a nurse, to affect positive changes in health and functioning of living systems by applying scientific knowledge and technical skills of disease prevention, health maintenance, and rehabilitation, and to pass the licensing examination (NCLEX) administered by the Florida Board of Nursing. Nursing is a nurturing relationship-oriented discipline in which the importance of perception and meaning in contexts of diversity, culture, change and quality of life influence the delivery of care to local systems, the development of professional ethics and educational methods.

Objective

Universal Career School Nursing Associate of Science Degree objective is to become a program of excellence within the State of Florida. Students will work in partnership with faculty to acquire the essential skills needed to successfully gain licensure to practice as safe, competent, productive professionals. Our graduate nurses will be prepared for an entry-level nursing position, practice measures that ensure the safe practice of nursing, show sensitivity to cultural diversity, and practice and promote health habits that contribute to total wellness and high quality life styles.

Prerequisites

Proof of High School Diploma or GED is required.

The curriculum is based on as many hours of theory and practical instruction as each subject requires in order for the student to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills. It also includes the designated hours for clinical experience necessary to acquire the skills and the experience to perform a professional service.

Gainful Employment

Courses

CourseTitleHours
Total Credit Hours72
PSY011General Psychology *3
APT110Anatomy and Physiology I *3
APL110Anatomy and Physiology I Lab *1
NUT012Nutrition3
APT120Anatomy and Physiology II *3
APL120Anatomy and Physiology II Lab *1
MAT010Mathematics *3
SPC001Public Speaking *3
MCB011Microbiology3
CHEM110Chemistry3
ENG111English Composition *3
NUR110Nursing Fundamentals I3
NUR110LNursing Fundamentals I Clinical1
NUR120Nursing Fundamentals II3
NUR120LNursing Fundamentals II Clinical1
NUR130Pharmacology3
NUR150Surgical Nursing I3
NUR150LSurgical Nursing I Clinical1
NUR160Geriatric Concepts2
NUR160LGeriatric Concepts Clinical1
NUR170Nursing Care of Women/Maternity2
NUR170LNursing Care of Women/Maternity Clinical Lab1
NUR180Pediatric Nursing2
NUR180LPediatric Nursing Clinical1
NUR190Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient2
NUR190LNursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient Clinical1
NUR200Community Health Nursing2
NUR210Surgical Nursing II2
NUR210LSurgical Nursing II Clinical1
NUR220Surgical Nursing III2
NUR220LSurgical Nursing III Clinical1
NUR230Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations2
NUR240Principles of Nursing Leadership and Management2
NUR250Nursing Preceptorship1
NUR270NCLEX Review3

Course Descriptions

The course numbering system reflects the program and level of courses. Acronyms are used to identify the program while the number¬ing system reflects the level of program.

PSY011 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

This course provides the student with a general overview of the field of psychology including the scientific approach to basic principles of human behavior. Emphasis is placed on topics such as learning motivation, perception, feeling and emotion, intelligence, and personality.

Prerequisite:  None

APT110 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

Provides an introduction to the structure and function of the human body with emphasis on the organ and systems levels. The basic sciences of anatomy and physiology are integrated and presented with practical applications. This course teaches the basic unit of the human body, its chemical component and structure of the cell and body tissue.

Prerequisite:  None

APL110L ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I LAB

Anatomy and Physiology I Lab is the lab practice portion of the Anatomy and Physiology I course.

Prerequisite:  None

NUT012 NUTRITION

This course will teach the student how to evaluate and create a diet for patients with specific needs.  The student will understand the type a diet a person should be on to promote healthy living.  The student will learn the relationship of nutrition and medication therapy.

Prerequisite: None

APT120 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

The course teaches the second level of anatomy and physiology.  This part covers the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: APT110      Anatomy & Physiology I and APL110L      Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

APL120L ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II LAB

Anatomy and Physiology II Lab is the lab practice portion of the Anatomy and Physiology II course.

Prerequisite: APT110      Anatomy & Physiology I and APL110L      Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

MAT010 MATHEMATICS

This course is an introduction to algebra covering operations using signed numbers, operations on polynomials, algebraic expressions, factoring, exponents, ration and radical expressions, linear and quadratic equations, and inequalities, graphs, and an introduction to systems of equations.

Prerequisite:  None

SPC001 PUBLIC SPEAKING

This course is designed to provide students with fundamental training and practical experience for speaking in public, business, and professional situations. Topics include: audience analysis; speech anxiety; critical listening; and preparation and delivery of speeches in various cultural contexts.

Prerequisite:  None

MCB011 MICROBIOLOGY

Introduction to the study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms with emphasis on morphology, growth, metabolism, genetics, host-parasite relationships, and infectious diseases.

Prerequisite:  None

CHEM110 CHEMISTRY

This course covers the basic concepts of inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry. Each topic includes applications to health and environmental issues. The experimental laboratory involves the student in scientific observations, measurement, safety, and proper laboratory technique.  Lecture and discussion involve collaborative learning and use of computer tutorial software. This course is appropriate for students who require a physical science course with laboratory including liberal arts, elementary education, and allied health related majors.
Prerequisite:  None

ENG111 ENGLISH COMPOSITION

In this course, students strengthen writing skills by writing expository themes in various modes. Research methods and library skills are introduced and a documented paper is required.
Prerequisite:  None

NUR110 NURSING FUNDAMENTALS I

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of nursing concepts and issues related to care of clients based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  The course content will be presented with the framework of the health-wellness continuum, and normal physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural needs of the client. It will also acquaint the student with the nursing process components such as assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.  Included in the course is a discussion about client’s multiple needs.  Critical thinking concepts are integrated in the course to enable the student to make appropriate nursing judgments.

Prerequisite: APT110, APL110L, APT120 and APL120L Lab

NUR110L NURSING FUNDAMENTALS I CLINICAL

This is a clinical course for the beginning nurse student providing selected patient experiences first in simulated lab and then introducing students to direct patient care in an in-patient setting allowing them to integrate contents from both classroom and school lab.

Prerequisite: APT110, APL110L, APT120, APL120L and NUR110

NUR120 NURSING FUNDAMENTALS II

This course is built on previously learned concepts and introduces more complex nursing interventions related to blood and medication administration, care of the aging and surgical patient, as well as care of patients experiencing alterations in the basic needs of comfort, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, nutrition, elimination, mobility, oxygenation, asepsis and patients with knowledge deficits.
Prerequisite: NUR110, NUR110L

NUR120L NURSING FUNDAMENTALS II CLINICAL

This clinical course builds on previously learned concepts while providing knowledge and practice to the student to implement the nursing process to direct patient care in an in-patient setting allowing them to integrate contents from both classroom and School lab.
Prerequisite: NUR110, NUR110L

NUR130 PHARMACOLOGY

This course focuses on the effects of drug therapy on human body systems.  The body systems include: the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems.  Also included are anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, immune and biological modifiers, chemotherapeutic, hematological, dermatologic ophthalmic and optic agents. In addition this course will cover laboratory practice of medication administration.

Prerequisite: None

NUR150 SURGICAL NURSING I

This course focuses on the nursing care of the adult client with common disorders. Emphasis will be placed on nursing care of the client with integumentary, endocrine, gastrointestinal, cardiac, respiratory, urinary, and musculoskeletal disorders. Problems associated with fluid and electrolytes, acid base balance, infections and the stress response will be addressed. Working as an effective member of the health care team and beginning leadership skills will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on classroom and clinical application of critical thinking and caring therapeutic nursing interventions in chronic and community health care settings. Basic concepts and issues will be examined including the recognition of the impact of cultural and ethnic diversity of the client.
Prerequisite: None

NUR150L SURGICAL NURSING I CLINICAL

The student will practice all nursing skills related to Surgical Nursing I in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting.

Prerequisite: None

NUR160 GERIATRIC CONCEPTS

This course focuses on nursing care of the older adult client with common health and wellness needs.  Emphasis will be on classroom and clinical application of critical thinking and caring therapeutic nursing interventions in acute, chronic and community health settings for the older adult populations.  Concepts and issues examined include:  Impact of cultural beliefs and ethnic

Prerequisite: None

NUR160L GERIATRIC CONCEPTS CLINICAL

The student will practice all nursing skills related to Geriatric Concepts. The skill practice will take place in a clinical setting.

Prerequisite: None

NUR170 NURSING CARE OF WOMEN/MATERNITY

This course will build on the student’s understanding of women’s healthcare.  This course in reproductive nursing and women’s healthcare will develop a fundamental understanding of wellness and illness states as they affect women across the lifespan. Students will have the opportunity to learn about nursing care of the sick and well woman from medical, spiritual, and emotional perspectives, promoting women’s healthcare in a holistic way.  This course will enhance comprehension of reproductive nursing, and nursing care during the prenatal and postpartum periods.
Prerequisite: None

NUR170L NURSING CARE OF WOMAN/MATERNITY CLINICAL LAB

he student will practice all nursing skills related to Nursing Care of Woman/Maternity in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting. 

Prerequisite: None

NUR180 PEDIATRIC NURSING

The course will primarily focus on developing the knowledge and skill necessary to provide nursing care for pediatrics.  Assessment of normal growth and development, pediatric assessment, health promotion/maintenance, and nursing considerations of social and environmental influences will be explored and developed. Care of children and women with alterations in health status will comprise the remainder of the course.

Prerequisite: None

NUR180L PEDIATRIC NURSING CLINICAL

The student will practice all nursing skills related to Pediatric Nursing in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting.

Prerequisite: None

NUR190 NURSING CARE OF THE PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process, critical thinking, and caring therapeutic interventions in acute, chronic and community-based psychiatric-mental health settings. Basic mental health concepts and issues examined include: cultural beliefs and ethnic diversity of the client and nurse; legal and ethical issues; therapeutic nurse/client relationships; and self-awareness. In addition, the course will examine neuro-bio-psychosocial theories/therapies and factors affecting health and wellness of clients who have common psychiatric/mental health needs/disorders across the life span. These include, for example, anxiety, mood, thought, cognition, and personality and eating disorders. Emphasis is placed on client advocacy, and collaboration among members of the mental health care team.

Prerequisite: None

NUR190L NURSING CARE OF THE PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT CLINICAL

The student will practice all nursing skills related to Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting.

Prerequisite: None

NUR200 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING

This course focuses on nursing care of clients in the community.  The course identifies and defines the context for community health nursing, along with approaches to community health nursing as it impacts the care of clients in special populations, specialized settings, and addresses population health issues.

Prerequisite: None

 

NUR210 SURGICAL NURSING II

The focus of this course is on nursing care issues related to the advanced management of patients with alterations of cardiovascular, respiratory, endoprotective, elimination, and neuro/sensation systems of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.  Critical thinking will be promoted by assisting the students to interrelate pathophysiology, nursing assessment, implications of diagnostic tests, pharmacology, and medical treatments.

Prerequisite: NUR150, NUR 150L

NUR210L SURGICAL NURSING II CLINICAL

The student will practice all nursing skills related to Surgical Nursing II in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting. 

Prerequisite: NUR150, NUR 150L

NUR220 SURGICAL NURSING III

This course builds on the concepts and practices learned in Surgical Nursing I & II, introducing the study of the nursing process and the professional nurse in the delivery of health care in a variety of settings.  Emphasis will be placed on circumstances related to the adult client.  Concepts such as legal and ethical considerations, therapeutic communication, body systems dysfunction, diet therapy, medication, and nursing documentation will be presented.  Acute and chronic disorders, terminal illness, and death will be explored.
Prerequisite: NUR150, NUR 150L, NUR210, NUR210L

NUR220L SURGICAL NURSING III CLINICAL

This course will apply concepts learned in Surgical Nursing III, as well as  in Surgical Nursing II and I. Simulated practice of nursing skills in a multimedia setting and utilization of mannequins is included.  Clinical application of both theory and skills occurs at the school’s lab and at the clinical facility.
Prerequisite: NUR150, NUR 150L, NUR210, NUR210L

NUR230 NURSING CARE OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

This course focuses on health issues affecting at-risk and vulnerable populations and how nurses can advocate reducing disparities in health care systems and health care delivery.  The course emphasizes the interrelationships of socio-cultural and public health care systems.  Barriers to the navigation and utilization of health care systems are explored as related to the economical, legal, political and cultural aspects of health protection and health maintenance.
Prerequisite: None

NUR240 PRINCIPLES OF NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

This course provides an overview of concepts needed for the transitional role of the graduating Associate Degree nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. Concepts of effective leadership styles, advanced therapeutic communication, delegation, conflict resolution, time management, nursing ethics, and professional issues, including the recognition of the impact of cultural beliefs and ethnic diversity of the client are analyzed and compared in this final nursing course. Emphasis is placed on classroom and clinical application of critical thinking and caring therapeutic nursing interventions in acute, chronic and community-based health care settings using advanced technologic and psychomotor skills.

Prerequisite: None

NUR250 NURSING PRECEPTORSHIP

This is the culminating clinical practice course.  Students apply concepts of management, application of the nursing process, leadership, delegation, and supervision in caring for patients through in-depth learning experiences in selected clinical site placements with a preceptor nurse.  The caregiver role of the professional nurses with patients and their families is emphasized.  Faculty members guide the student in caring for patients in an acute care or long-term practice setting.

Prerequisite: All Core Courses Completed or Concurrent

NUR270 NCLEX REVIEW

The main focus of this course is to prepare the student for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and successfully transitioning into employment as a Registered Nurse.  Students prepare study schedules and implement study strategies for reviewing content for the NCLEX-RN.  The course covers strategies to recognize and overcome testing anxiety as well as effective test-taking strategies.  Students are prepared for NCLEX success via in-class review of NCLEX-RN content, NCLEX-RN practice exams, case studies and group interaction.

Prerequisite: All core curses completed or concurrent.

Program Information

Tuition and FeesNursing ASTimeframe
Total$42,000.00
Tuition$39,400.0072 Credit Hours
Registration Fee$100.00 (non-refundable)96 Weeks
Lab and Supplies$2,500.00 (non-refundable)

One credit Hour is equivalent to:
Theory = 15 Clock Hrs.
Lab = 30 Clock Hrs.
Ext. = 45 Clock Hrs.

A Clock hour is defined as a minimum of 50 minutes of supervised instruction and a ten minutes break.

Method of Payment

Financial Aid if you qualify. If you do not qualify for financial aid full payment may be made in advance at the beginning of classes or $500.00 paid at time of enrollment, and the rest to be paid on a weekly basis arranged with the School’s Accounting Office.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Completion of 72 credits of theory and clinical practice.
  2. Submit all required clinical forms.
  3. Pass all courses in the program with a 75% (C) or higher. EXCEPTION: In order to pass the NCLEX review course (course NUR270) students must pass the Exit exam with a minimum of an80% (B) on the exit examination and pass the course with a minimum average of 80% (B). * Please note the students who do not pass the Exit exam will be required to retake the course.

(Students will only have two (2) attempts to take the exit exam; if the student does not pass the exit exam in the second attempt they will be required to take course again.)

  1. Meeting all financial obligations with the school.

Award

Associate in Sciences Degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all requirements for graduation.

Requirements for Licensing/Registration

  1. Candidates are required to take a licensing exam after they complete educational requirements. Before a candidate can be authorized to take the exam, the candidate must apply to the Florida Board of Nursing. Applications can be found on the “Resources” section of the Board site.
  2. Fingerprinting is a required step in the licensure process. Florida uses Livescan, an electronic process. Candidates should make sure they have the right Origination Agency Identification (ORI) so that the prints will be received by the Florida Board. Fees for fingerprinting may vary. A candidate will submit the application with a $175.00 combined application and licensing fee.
  3. Once Florida has reviewed the application, the candidate will be given instructions about registering for the NCLEX exam through Pearson VUE. The examination process will necessitate another $200.00 fee.
  4. If a candidate does not pass the exam after three attempts, that candidate will need to take an approved remedial program.