Nursing

The ASN program prepares graduates for entry-level practice as nurse generalists. You will learn to value service and develop caring behaviors in clinical practice by recognizing, responding and valuing caring as the foundation for the profession of nursing. The nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care and active member of the discipline will be emphasized as you progress through the curriculum. You will learn to integrate concepts from physical, social and behavioral sciences and humanities with nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice.

Using the nursing process as a critical thinking framework, you will provide safe, accurate and individualized nursing care to select individuals and groups with health needs or common well-defined health problems. You will care for a variety of patient populations across the life span and health care continuum in acute care, long-term care and community-based settings.

After completing the degree, you will be eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Facilities

The USF Crown Point Nursing Resource Center offers excellent learning resources. The School of Health Sciences Simulation Lab provides simulated experiences to facilitate the mastery of health care skills using adult and pediatric human patient simulators. You will have the opportunity to provide health care during simulated clinical experiences.

Live feed and video playback of experiences are available in the Debriefing Room.

External Assessment Program

The Department of Nursing uses a system of external assessment and remediation for pre-licensure students. All pre-licensure students purchase a designated testing package upon enrollment in the first nursing course. The primary purpose is to help prepare you for NCLEX-RN success. Testing results are also used to evaluate course outcomes.

As a pre-licensure student, you will be required to complete designated tests including content mastery assessments at specified points in the curriculum. Additionally, a nationally normed comprehensive examination designed to predict success on the NCLEX-RN will be administered during the final clinical nursing course. You must achieve a designated satisfactory score on the comprehensive examination in order to meet course requirements.

Clinical Requirements

In order to participate in clinical experiences, clinical requirements as set by the Department of Nursing and clinical agencies must be met including, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug testing.

Accreditation

The ASN program at USF Crown Point is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000.

Career Advancement

USF also offers RN-BSN and RN-MSN programs. Students who achieve an ASN degree and meet all RN-BSN or RN-MSN admission criteria may be admitted into the respective program.

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