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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (RN), A.S.

Associate of Science | NURS.RN.AS | Transfer Program
CIP Code: 51.3801
Visit Center for Health Studies, Room 1402 or call 301-546-0731 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

The Nursing Program prepares graduates to provide direct client care in a safe, effective manner across multiple settings. The registered nurse (RN) is prepared to manage the care of clients in any setting to achieve an optimal state of health. The RN uses the nursing process to assess and analyze the health needs and/or problems of clients, plan and implement appropriate actions based upon nursing diagnosis or identified client needs, and evaluate the extent to which expected outcomes are achieved. Graduates of the Registered Nurse Program earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and are eligible to sit for the RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).

The RN Program articulates with bachelor’s degree nursing programs allowing graduates to transfer or challenge credits.

The ratio of credit to clock hours is consistent throughout both nursing programs and both transition and is based on a 15-week semester. The credit-clock allocation in all NUR courses is as follows:

Lecture - one credit hour = one clock hour
Campus Nursing Skills Laboratory - one credit hour = three clock hours
Clinical Laboratory Experience - one credit hour = three clock hours

A grade of B or higher is required in all NUR courses. No NUR course may be repeated more than once. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for continuation in the nursing course sequence in both nursing programs.

Both nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the RN Program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; telephone 404-975-5000.

Students seeking admission to the Nursing (RN) Program should select this petitioner program for admission to the college.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Nursing (RN) A.S. will be able to:

  • Prescribe nursing activities within an environment which reflects ethical and legal standards of nursing practice
  • Manage the patient care environment in a variety of settings with regard to factors affecting safety across the lifespan
  • Evaluate the patient’s adaptation to developmental changes across the lifespan
  • Evaluate the patient’s ability for self-care and initiate activities that promote optimal functioning
  • Develop a therapeutic plan for patients/family members/significant others with psychosocial health alterations in a variety of settings
  • Evaluate the effects of culture, values, and the environment to develop a plan of care that facilitates coping of patients/family members/significant others
  • Evaluate therapeutic nursing interventions to reduce risks of patients’ health alteration within a variety of settings
  • Collaborate with member of the health care team to modify the plan of care and promote optimal physiologic function for patients within a variety of settings

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Nursing (RN) A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Chapter 6 for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 70 Credits

Check BIO-2050  for eligibility requirements.

PSY-2070  is a corequisite to the Nursing Program requirements.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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