Clarion’s Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) Program offers both a comprehensive and intensive form of nursing education in a balanced curriculum of nursing and liberal arts. Because nursing courses are offered once a year and in a particular sequence, applicants are admitted only in the Fall Semester. Although there is a recommended curriculum plan, only the nursing courses must be taken in an identified order. The general education courses may be taken prior to entrance into the nursing program according to the needs of the individual and the established university prerequisites. In addition to the nursing and general education courses at the university, students engage in concurrent clinical practice at a variety of community health care agencies.
The A.S.N. Program prepares technical nurses to exhibit integrity and ethical behavior, and to provide holistic patient center care, with dignity and respect for diversity. The two-year Associate of Science in Nursing program provides educational experiences that promote human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and a spirit of inquiry.
The program encourages students to aspire toward excellence and provides the graduate with a foundation for further study a the baccalaureate level. Upon completion of the A.S.N. Program, the graduate will be eligible to take the state licensure examination.
Specialized Admission Requirements
Candidates for admission into the Associate of Science in Nursing Program must make application to the Admissions Office at Clarion University. All candidates are required to meet the following high school requirements:
four units of English
three units of social studies
two units of science: one year of chemistry with a grade of C or better and one year of biology with a grade of C or better within five years of date of entry (calculated from the date of high school graduation).
two units of mathematics (one must be algebra with a grade of C or better and one course may be algebra II, trigonometry, geometry, or calculus). These courses must have been taken within five years of date of entry (calculated from the date of high school graduation).
Candidates who do not meet all the high school requirements or have not taken the equivalent college level course(s) from a properly accredited institution and earned a grade of C or better must take the following courses.
To satisfy the science requirement, an individual must complete BIOL 111: Basic Biology or BIO 115: Introductory Biology and PHSC 111: Physical Science Chemistry or CHEM 153: General Chemistry I and CHEM 163: General Chemistry I Lab. These science courses are pre-requisite courses for admission into the A.S.N. Program. (College credits for the sciences are acceptable only if they have been earned within 10 years of admission and received from a properly accredited institution.)
To satisfy the English requirement, an individual must take ENG 111: Writing II.
To satisfy the mathematics requirement, an individualwill need to take MATH 050 Basic Algebra. The course is pre-requisite to both the nursing program and the math course required to meet the General Education requirements for an associate degree from Clarion University. (A placement test may be necessary for determining the necessary math course. Based on the results of this exam, the individual will either be exempt from MATH 050 or be required to take the course. (College credits for mathematics are acceptable only
if they have been earned within 10 years of admission from a properly accredited institution.)
Admission Policies for Entrance
Applicants who satisfy all high school criteria will be considered for admission into the A.S.N. program. Admission to the program is very competitive. Admission procedures for the A.S.N. program include:
having been accepted by Clarion University. (See Clarion University Admissions requirements on page 17 in the catalog);
a QPA of 2.5 in high school and/or college;
completion of pre-requisite courses (biology, math, and chemistry) with a grade of C or better;
requesting admission into the A.S.N. program. (For new students, this requires a letter of application which must be received in the nursing office no later than December 15. For currently enrolled Clarion students, a change of status form must be completed and received in the nursing office no later than December 15;
having official transcripts from high school and all colleges or universities previously attended sent to the admissions office at Clarion University, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214, no later than December 15; 6. having taken or scheduled the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-Entrance Examination 7. submitting an essay of 250 words or less which addresses the applicant’s interest in nursing (must be received in the nursing office no later than December 15).
Please be aware, the Department of Nursing’s admissions committee will consider for Fall admission only those applicants who have met the above criteria. Note also the university designation as “pre-nursing” does not guarantee acceptance into the A.S.N. program.
Nursing (A.S.N.) Outcomes
Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity and ongoing growth as human beings. (Human Flourishing) 2. Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence,
that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family community context. (Nursing Judgment)
Integrate into practice one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context. (Professional identity)
Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families and communities. (Spirit of Inquiry)
Associate of Science in Nursing Degree
Although the Associate of Science in Nursing is designed to be completed in two academic years, part-time study is available. The curriculum outline for the program is as follows:
First Semester Credits
NURS 101: Nursing Process I: Fund. of Nursing, 3
NURS 111: Nursing Process I: Fund. of Nursing Clinical Practice, 2
NURS 121: Nursing Process I: Fund. of Nursing Practice Laboratory, 1
NURS 131: Nursing Health Assessment, 2
B1OL 251: Anatomy and Physiology I, 3
BIOL 261: Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 1
PSY 211: General Psychology, 3
NURS 102: Nursing Process II, 4
NURS 112: Nursing Process II Clinical Practice, 4
NIJRS 133: Pharmacological Aspects of Nursing: Part I, 1
BIOL 252: Anatomy and Physiology II, 3
BIOL 262: Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 1
PSY 260: Developmental Psychology, 3
NURS: 201: Nursing Process III, 4
NURS 211: Nursing Process III Clinical Practice, 4
NURS 233: Pharmacological Aspects of Nursing: Part II, 1
MATH Any math course greater than MATH 110, 3
SOC 211: Principles of Sociology, 3
ENG 111: Writing II, 3
NURS 202: Nursing Process IV, 4
NURS 212: Nursing Process IV Clinical Practice, 4
NURS 203: Nursing Seminar, 2
NURS 234: Pharmacological Aspects of Nursing: Part III, 1
CMST 113: Public Speaking, 3
TOTAL CREDITS 63