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Registered Nursing
Registered Nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional supprot to patients and their familiy members. RNs work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. They also work in correctional facilities, schools, summer camps and the military.

Registered Nurses typically do the following:
• Record patient’s medical histories and symptoms
• Give patients medicines and treatments
• Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
• Observe patients and record the observations
• Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
• Operate and monitor medical equipment
• Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
• Teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries
• Explain what to do at home after treatment
• Oversee licensed practical nurses (LVNs), nursing aides and home care aides
• Work to promote general health by education the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease
• Some may run general health screenings or immunization clinics, blood drives or other outreach programs

Most RNs work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some do not work directly with patients but must still have an active RN license if they work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, pharmaceutical and medical supply sales, medical writers or editors or expert witness. RN’s duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. They can focus on specific health conditions such as diabetes management or oncology/ cancer. They may also specialize on a specific group of people such as a geriatric nurse who works with the elderly or a pediatric nurse who works with children and teens. Some Registered Nurses combine one or more of these specialties. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children who have cancer. Many possibilities exist to utilize the skills and knowledge of a Registered Nurse.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, the median pay range for RNs was $64,690 (hourly rate of $31.10). Employment of RNs is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations. As the largest healthcare occupation, RNs held about 2.7 million jobs in 2010 and the industry what employed the most in 2010 were general medical and surgical hospitals (48%), then physician offices or clinics (8%) and nursing care facilities or home health agencies (10%) combined. The remainder worked mainly in administrative or support services, education and government agencies. Some travel in the United States and throughout the work to help care for patients in places where there are not enough healthcare workers.
Associate of Applied Science Degree - 2013LecLabContCredit
Semester 1
BIOL2301  Anatomy & Physiology I30483
BIOL2101  Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I03481
PSYC2301  General Psychology30483
MATH1314  College Algebra30483
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective30483
Total Hours12324013
Semester 2
BIOL2302  Anatomy & Physiology II30483
BIOL2102  Anatomy & Physiology II Lab03481
BIOL2321  Microbiology for Science Majors ** 30483
BIOL2121  Microbiology for Science Majors Laboratory ** 03481
CHEM1311  General Chemistry I30483
CHEM1111  General Chemistry Lab I03481
Total Hours9928812
Semester 3
  Speech Elective 30483
ENGL1301  Composition I30483
FDNS1341  Nutrition in the Life Cycle30483
PSYC2314  Lifespan Growth & Development30483
Total Hours12019212
Semester 4
RNSG1413  Foundations for Nursing Practice341124
RNSG1341  Common Concepts of Adult Health30483
RNSG1360  Clinical - Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse0162563
RNSG1201  Pharmacology21482
Total Hours82146412
Semester 5
RNSG1412  Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family341124
RNSG1343  Complex Concepts of Adult Health30483
RNSG1361  Clinical - Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse0162563
RNSG1210  Introduction to Community-Based Nursing21482
Total Hours82146412
Semester 6
RNSG2313  Mental Health Nursing30483
RNSG2331  Advanced Concepts of Adult Health24963
RNSG2362  Clinical - Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse0121923
RNSG2221  Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management21482
Total Hours71738411
Grand Totals5671203272
º This course is designated as the capstone course
† Courses articulated with high schools
‡ Course with external learning experience

**SEQUENCE (BIOL1306/1106 and BIOL1307/1107) AND (CHEM1311/1111) are prerequsite for BIOL2321/2121

* MATH 1314 or equivalent academic preparation is a prerequisite for CHEM 1311/1111


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