Why study Nursing at APSU?
If you’re seeking a rewarding career that offers job security, high earnings and excellent advancement potential in a high-growth industry, becoming a registered nurse should be a strong consideration. RNs promote health and wellness and help improve the quality of life of everyone.
The School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure undergraduate program, the completion of which results in the graduate being able to take the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination for RN Licensure, NCLEX-RN. Additionally, the School of Nursing offers an online post-licensure undergraduate program, RN-BSN where the licensed registered nurse may complete the requirements for the BSN degree.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Our graduates have a 96% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. Now is the time to purse a degree in nursing.
What will I learn?
Nursing is a challenging discipline. You will learn the responsibilities involved in caring for patients along with a variety of skills. These include effective communication, compassion, humility, leadership, and empathy. You learn how to administer medication, monitor patient recovery, and progress, and educate patients and their families on disease prevention and post-hospital treatment.
What Do Nursing Majors Do After Graduation?
The majority of nurses work in hospitals, but some also work in private clinics, schools, nursing care facilities, prisons, military bases and more. Experienced nurses are often called on to supervise other nurses, teach essential nursing skills to students, handle administrative tasks and even conduct research.
The best nurses are patient, organized and compassionate. They are able to think on their feet and pay close attention to detail. A good nurse must be able to handle high stress situations and embrace opportunities to learn new skills every day.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
- Work with people with psychiatric problems in hospitals or psychiatric wards and prisons.
Physician’s Office Nurse
- Work directly with people and the job tends to be 9 to 5.
- Work directly with children. You will have some time off during school holiday.
- Work in summer camps involving children. However, there are also increasing numbers of health-related camps, such as those for people who are overweight.
- Work regular hours with reasonable pay in a hospital or any healthcare setting.
Home Health Nurse
- You get to build a long-lasting relationship with your patients, whom you will see in their homes.
- Hospice nursing is hard, as you will be dealing with people who are dying. Your role will be to allow them to do so comfortably and in a dignified manner, and supported by their loved ones.
- Assist surgeons during procedures, as well as look after patients during recovery.
Critical Care Nurse
- Critical care nursing is one of the most fast-paced jobs.
Emergency Room Nurse
- You will never know what sort of cases you are going to get. Expect long, unsociable hours in a fast-paced environment.
Managed Care Nurse
- For those with chronic or terminal conditions, who require specialized care at home and/or in health care settings for the rest of their lives.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
The nursing program is difficult, but it's so rewarding because you don't really realize how much you're learning until you're using that knowledge.