What is an associate degree in nursing?
This program has been designed for students wishing to enter into a nursing career. The Associate degree nurse is an entry level Registered Nurse that has successfully completed a program of nursing, passed the NCLEX licensure exam, and sought licensure through the appropriate Board of Nursing. The associate degree nursing program provides nurses with a solid foundation in the healthcare field for entry level nursing and provides the needed foundation to pursue the RN-BSN degree expanding the role and opportunities of the working nurse. Associate Degree Nursing graduates are eligible to sit for the national NCLEX-RN exam and apply for licensure upon successful completion of the exam.
The proposed ADN program builds upon University of the Cumberlands’ tradition of community service. To the extent that degree candidates are drawn from the immediate region, the proposed programs will also build upon the University’s commitment to develop the workforce by providing knowledgeable and skilled professionals in an economically challenged region.
Philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing Program
The Department of Nursing at University of the Cumberlands believes that Nursing is a culmination of caring as both an art and a science and an exemplar profession for acts of service to the community. The curriculum promotes attainment of educational outcomes through use of the nursing process and critical thinking to provide client centered, evidence-based, culturally competent care. The Associate Degree program at University of the Cumberlands is built upon the prelicensure quality and safety competencies presented by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute including: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.
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University of the Cumberlands, Associate Degree Nursing Program, has been granted Developmental status by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
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