SOC CODE 29-1141 CIP CODE 51.3801
72 Credit Hours
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.
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.
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.
|Total Credit Hours||72|
|PSY011||General Psychology *||3|
|APT110||Anatomy and Physiology I *||3|
|APL110||Anatomy and Physiology I Lab *||1|
|APT120||Anatomy and Physiology II *||3|
|APL120||Anatomy and Physiology II Lab *||1|
|SPC001||Public Speaking *||3|
|ENG111||English Composition *||3|
|NUR110||Nursing Fundamentals I||3|
|NUR110L||Nursing Fundamentals I Clinical||1|
|NUR120||Nursing Fundamentals II||3|
|NUR120L||Nursing Fundamentals II Clinical||1|
|NUR150||Surgical Nursing I||3|
|NUR150L||Surgical Nursing I Clinical||1|
|NUR160L||Geriatric Concepts Clinical||1|
|NUR170||Nursing Care of Women/Maternity||2|
|NUR170L||Nursing Care of Women/Maternity Clinical Lab||1|
|NUR180L||Pediatric Nursing Clinical||1|
|NUR190||Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient||2|
|NUR190L||Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient Clinical||1|
|NUR200||Community Health Nursing||2|
|NUR210||Surgical Nursing II||2|
|NUR210L||Surgical Nursing II Clinical||1|
|NUR220||Surgical Nursing III||2|
|NUR220L||Surgical Nursing III Clinical||1|
|NUR230||Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations||2|
|NUR240||Principles of Nursing Leadership and Management||2|
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.
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.
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.
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab is the lab practice portion of the Anatomy and Physiology I course.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Introduction to the study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms with emphasis on morphology, growth, metabolism, genetics, host-parasite relationships, and infectious diseases.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The student will practice all nursing skills related to Surgical Nursing I in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting.
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
The student will practice all nursing skills related to Geriatric Concepts. The skill practice will take place in a clinical setting.
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.
he student will practice all nursing skills related to Nursing Care of Woman/Maternity in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting.
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.
The student will practice all nursing skills related to Pediatric Nursing in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting.
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.
The student will practice all nursing skills related to Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient in the school laboratory and in the clinical setting.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
|Tuition and Fees||Nursing AS||Timeframe|
|Tuition||$39,400.00||72 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.
NCLEX Examination Fees
Graduate Students are responsible for the NCLEX board application, background check and Pearson Vue authorization fees.
- $110.00 Application and Licensing Fee to Board of Nursing
- $200.00 to Pearson VUE, Testing Vendor
- Fee varies for Livescan Service Provider
Method of Payment
Students with a Payment Plan established by the Financial Aid Department are encouraged to make at least a minimum payment of $100.00 monthly. Total Payment Plan must be paid in full before the student begins their final course (example: Nursing NCLEX Review course).Review Award letter for details about your payment plan. I understand that I am personally responsible for all tuition, fees and other charges arising from and during my enrollment at Universal Career School.
Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Requirements for Graduation
- Completion of 72 credits of theory and clinical practice.
- Submit all required clinical forms.
- 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.)
- Meeting all financial obligations with the school.
Associate in Sciences Degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all requirements for graduation.
Requirements for Licensing/Registration
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If a candidate does not pass the exam after three attempts, that candidate will need to take an approved remedial program.