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Nursing Program - AASN

UDC-CC offers the Associate in Applied Science (AASN) Degree in Nursing and accelerated Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate in Applied Science in Nursing. The curriculum reflects high standards of professional practice and incorporates guidelines from practice trends, professional organizations and accrediting agencies.
Students develop the knowledge base and clinical competencies required to meet the health care needs of patients across the health continuums. Nurses treat patients along the age and health-care continuums – from premature infants to the aged in critical care, acute care, rehabilitation, and home care settings.

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Mission Statement

The University of the District of Columbia is an urban land-grant institution of higher education with an open admissions policy. It is a comprehensive public institution offering quality, affordable postsecondary education to District of Columbia residents at the certificate, associate’s, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. These programs prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce, for the next level of education, for specialized employment opportunities, and for lifelong learning.
The Associate of Applied Science Nursing Program is housed within the Division of Allied Health, Life and Physical Sciences, Community College of the District of Columbia, (UDC-CC). The mission of UDC-CC is to produce well-educated, autonomous, competent, and resourceful graduates who are well prepared to live and work in the multiethnic, global, and technological society of the 21st century. The undertakings of the Nursing Program follow and are inextricably linked to the University and Community College missions. The Nursing Program strives to provide exemplary educational experiences to an ethnically diverse population with a particular emphasis on the needs in the District of Columbia. The Program provides an intellectually challenging and nurturing environment that fosters the development of competent and compassionate practitioners who will assist individuals on the continuum from wellness/illness, dying, death, and care of human remains. Students are assisted in the development of critical thinking skills, problem solving, technical, and social skills through active participation in classroom and practicum experiences. The program’s mission is to prepare competent nursing practitioners that will meet the healthcare needs of the citizens of the District of Columbia and the society at large.

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Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science (AASN) Degree in Nursing Program has two tracks: the generic and the accelerated Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate in Applied Science in Nursing. The curriculum reflects high standards of professional practice and incorporates guidelines from practice trends, professional organizations and accrediting agencies.

Students develop the knowledge base and clinical competencies required to meet the health care needs of a patients across the health continuums. Nurses treat patients along the age and health-care continuums – from premature infants to the aged in critical care, acute care, rehabilitation, and home care settings.

 

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Accreditation & Credentialing

The UDC Associate in Applied Science Nursing Program is approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Associate in Applied Science Nursing curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be eligible to attain licensure as registered nurses upon completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and allows graduates to provide nursing care in a variety of settings.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020

District of Columbia Board of Nursing
DC Health Professional Licensing Administration
2nd Floor
899 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.724.4900 / 202.724.8800 / 877.672.2174
Office Hours: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday

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Academic Information Admission

The UDC Office of Admissions processes applications to the University and UDC-CC, and upon admission, students identifying Nursing as a major, are assigned to a Student Success Advisor for ongoing advisement.  When accepted into clinical courses students are assigned to a nursing faculty advisor. A separate application, however, is required to enroll in the Professional/Clinical Division (P/CD) of the program. Admission to the fall and spring Clinical Nursing program is competitive.

Information about the degree offerings in the Nursing Program presented at this site supersedes printed documents. The 2012-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog (Volume 15, Number 1); Division of Student Affairs’ Student Handbook and Schedule of Classes for each semester; UDC Website www.udc.edu; and 2014-2015 Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook for undergraduate students provide information regarding admission, progression and graduation policies. Nursing Handbooks are provided to all students admitted to the Nursing Program and Nursing students are responsible for using these public documents to enhance their academic experiences and are held accountable for policy adherence.

The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be eligible to attain licensure as registered nurses upon successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and allows graduates to provide nursing care in a variety of settings. The Licensed Practical Nurse Accelerated Curriculum (L.P.N. to A.A.S.N.) is designed for practicing licensed practical nurses to complete the associate degree in one academic year after completing pre-nursing requirements.

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Admission Application Process

The Office of Admission processes applications to the University. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. Students are not automatically admitted to the Nursing Program by indicating an interest in nursing or declaring nursing as a major. Students must make application to the program and nursing admission is competitive.
Nursing students are admitted to the clinical nursing courses consistent with the established admission criteria and selection process. Students enrolled in UDC as regular unlicensed nursing students must complete pre-nursing courses; earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course on the program of study; and earn a UDC cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75 or higher to be eligible to make formal application to the Nursing Program. Application packets for the Nursing Program are distributed by the Nursing and Allied Health Secretary (801 North Capitol Street, NE, Room 811) in August and December and must be returned to the same location by the third Friday in September and the third Friday January deadlines respectively to be logged upon receipt.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students must be graduates of ACEN accredited programs and/or state approved programs and verify current LPN licensure. Licensed nursing students (L.P.N.’s) and nursing students transferring from other institutions are admitted for fall and spring semesters and the application deadlines are the third Friday in January for fall admission and the third Friday in September for spring admission. Transfer credits must be documented on the UDC transcript to be considered with the nursing application packet. Nursing students are admitted twice a year in the spring and fall semesters. The Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee evaluates all nursing applications to verify that pre-requisite and admission requirements have been met. The APG Committee ranks students according to application evaluation criteria and assigns points for grade point averages, application components (demographic information, application-essay quality, recommendations), and admission examination performance. Committee recommendations are forwarded to the faculty and to the Director of Nursing. Applicants are notified in writing of the decision regarding their admission status. Selection among those who meet eligibility criteria for program admission includes but is not limited to the following minimum requirements:

  1. Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 or greater
  2. Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  3. Completion of all science courses within seven years of admission
  4. Completed application and essay received on or before the deadline
  5. Satisfactory recommendations
  6. Eligibility to obtain licensure as a registered nurse
  7. Successful completion of a standardized admission examination
  8. National Criminal Background Clearance
  9. Official transcripts for all colleges (except UDC)

Students may also be interviewed to obtain additional information. Students are informed in writing of their application status. Selected students are given detailed information on requirements for progression. Accepted students must verify completion of the following requirements prior to clinical agency assignments (a component of all nursing practicum courses):

  1. Valid Picture Identification
  2. Valid CPR (American Heart Association Healthcare Providers Card Only) certification
  3. Health clearance by the University Health Services
  4. Negative national background check, police clearance, and drug screening (if required by clinical agency).

Students who are denied admission to the nursing program are informed of their rejection status and assisted to explore other career options. Applications of rejected students are not retained. When the selection process is completed, the list of remaining applicants is not retained. Students wishing consideration during the next application cycle must reapply.

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Transfer of Credit

Transfer students from other colleges/universities must be in good academic standing, not on academic probation, not academically or administratively dismissed, and not barred from continuing enrollment in the nursing program(s) at previous institution(s). Students must submit Official transcripts for all colleges (except UDC). Transfer students from other institutions must be enrolled in UDC for at least one semester and an earned 2.75 GPA, and meet all criteria for admission and pre-requisites to be considered for progression into clinical courses. Science courses can be no older than seven years and credit by examination can be used to validate prior learning for selected courses. Students will be numerically ranked based on the nursing program criteria for advancement into the clinical courses as space permits.

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Validation, Articulation And Credit By Examination

The faculty is committed to validating prior education through the Credit by Examination (CBE) process and through the District of Columbia Educational Articulation Competency Model Validation Courses to facilitate advanced placement and promote smooth articulation through the nursing curricula. LPN Validation Courses (3 Credit Hours for theory and 1 Credit Hour for laboratory) are offered at UDC and Howard University.
LPN students may complete the Credit by Examination process for any of the first year courses and/or may be awarded credits after successful completion of LPN Validation Theory and Laboratory courses according to the District of Columbia Consortium for Nursing Education and Practice (DCCNEP) D.C. Educational Articulation Model. LPN students must make formal application to enroll in the LPN Validation courses by the third Friday in September or the third Friday in January deadline and may enroll in the University as special students for the semester. Completion of the LPN Validation, Nursing Pharmacology and pre-nursing courses does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. LPN students may apply for advance placement to progress to clinical nursing courses after completing all pre-requisites in the LPN Program of Study.

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Progression, Academic Standing And Course Performance Grading

The nursing program uses the University's grading system but has its own grading scale.

The Nursing grading scale is used in all nursing courses. A grade of "C' or better is required in all courses listed on the Program of Study. The following grades are used in all nursing courses to indicate the students' level of achievement:

A (93-100) Excellent
B (85-92) Good
C (77-84) Satisfactory
D (69-74) Unsatisfactory (not passing)
F (Below 68) Unsatisfactory (not passing)

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Withdrawal/Dismissal

Students may register for nursing courses during the early registration period based on their status at the time of registration for continuing students. Students inappropriately registered or ineligible for nursing courses will be required to withdraw. Incomplete grade(s) in nursing courses must be removed before progressing to another nursing course. Pre and/or co-requisites must be completed for each nursing course prior to progression. Nursing students are eligible for progression if they achieve of a grade of "C" or better in all required courses listed on the Program of Study, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better, and demonstrate academic integrity. Students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) below 2.5 and grades of less than "C" in required courses will not be retained in nursing. Only one nursing course may be repeated during a student’s progression through the nursing program. Students whose transcripts show two grades below "C", either D or F in nursing courses will not be retained in the program. Other reasons for dismissal include any incident where continuing in nursing would be detrimental to the health of the student or to others, verified academic dishonesty, code of conduct violations and unethical practices in classroom or clinical settings. While a student may be dismissed from the nursing program, she/he may not be dismissed from the University and can be assisted with identifying another major.

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Readmission

Students in good academic standing, who have not been enrolled for one or more semesters in the Nursing Program, must submit a letter of intention by the third Friday in January for consideration for the following fall term and by the third Friday in September for the following spring term in order to be screened for eligibility to register for nursing courses. Students who withdraw from the Nursing Program and apply for readmission at a later date, including those students who have earned a "C" grade in nursing courses during a previous enrollment, may be asked to repeat some or all of the nursing courses previously completed and/or demonstrate clinical competence, especially if the time period between withdrawal and readmission is one year or longer and/or the program of study has changed. Readmission of nursing students is contingent upon recommendations of the APG committee and space availability. If a student is readmitted, he/she will be readmitted under the current program of study.

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Nursing Course (Class And Clinical) Performance Requirements

Students are expected to function as accountable, responsible and self-directed individuals. The course syllabi provide course details and serve as the student-faculty contracts for the course. The course syllabi and modules identify objectives, teaching methods-learning activities, and evaluation criteria to guide students. Course schedules provide testing details, content and/or assignments.

  • Classroom attendance is expected and academic integrity is required. Absenteeism jeopardizes academic success. A breach in academic integrity will result in dismissal from the nursing program.
  • Clinical and Laboratory attendance in nursing is mandatory. All planned learning experiences, whether on-campus or off-campus, are required to meet course objectives. Students are responsible for purchasing and maintaining uniforms and uniform accessories.
  • Health clearance through the University Health Services is required annually and is a pre-requisite to clinical placement in accord with the healthcare agency policies and D.C. laws.
  • CPR Certification (American Heart Association Healthcare Providers Card Only) must be maintained by all students enrolled in nursing courses
  • Student Release Form completion is required to release the Nursing Program and the University from responsibility for any injury or illness to the student (or if pregnant, to the inborn baby) while attending hospital or other clinical(s) and to acknowledge that risks do exist and that students assume any and all risks involved. Health problems that could interfere with the student’s ability to meet program objectives will be considered on an individual basis. Students with health problems must have written documentation of their capability to participate in the program from their physician and must sign a student release form prior to clinical laboratory experiences.
  • Professional Liability Insurance is required for each clinical nursing course and must be maintain throughout the nursing curriculum. Liability Insurance for AASN students is covered by their lab fees.

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Grievance/Complaint And Appeal Procedures

Students have rights and responsibilities to express concerns regarding faculty-student matters and perceived problems. Students are encouraged to follow the chain of command and seek assistance from faculty members and academic advisors to resolve issues at the lowest level of authority. If the matter cannot be resolved at the level of occurrence, the student is to use the established policies for grievances and complaints. Grade appeals that cannot be resolved at the departmental level go to the Community College Academic Appeals Committee. Complaints of discrimination can be filed with the UDC Office of Human Resources to address affirmative action, equal employment opportunities, disability-handicap-limitation accommodations, racial harassment, and sexual harassment.

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Code Of Conduct And Ethics

Nursing students are expected to follow the National Student Nurses’ Association Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct, American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics, and UDC Code of Student Conduct. Students at UDC assume the obligation to maintain standards of academic integrity. Violation of academic obligations includes: unethical practices and acts of academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, falsification, and the facilitation of such acts. Academic integrity is expected and required for retention in the nursing program. Violations of the codes of conduct and ethics will result in dismissal from the nursing program.

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Graduation Requirements For Associate In Applied Science In Nursing

The Associate Degree requires 69-72 semester hours, 15 of which must be in residence in the second year level. University graduation clearance requirements include completion of all University-Wide and nursing requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. Additional nursing requirements for graduation include completion of all courses on the program of study with a minimum grade of "C" and performance on a comprehensive examination with a score of 900 or above. All graduation clearance requirements must be met prior to participation in University Commencement.

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Disability Statement

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) the Nursing Program at the University of the District of Columbia makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for all individuals with a disability. The program does not discriminate against applicants because of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic background, political affiliation, or disability.

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Advisement

Nursing students are assigned to faculty advisors according to the first letter of the students' last names or status (LPN, transfer students from another nursing programs, or RN). New students (Freshman Level or Transfer) admitted to the University who indicate an interest in nursing should report to the Student Success Center for advisement. Students must be accepted as nursing majors or have permission to register for AASN. Continuing students who are nursing majors enrolled in clinical nursing courses are to see their assigned advisor during the early registration period each semester for academic counseling. Students are encouraged to make appointments with their faculty advisor for academic counseling at least once per semester prior to the registration periods, to facilitate optimal progression through the program.

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Student Handbook

Nursing Program student handbook is reviewed annually and issued to new Nursing students during orientation.

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Program Director 

Professor Susie Cato, MSN, MASS, RN
Director of Nursing
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
scato@udc.edu
202.274.5940

Continuing Your Education

If you would like to continue your Nursing Education after graduating from UDC-CC, the Registered Nurse to Bachelor Of Science In Nursing (RN To BSN) program is offered at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). 


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