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If you want to help people in a medical setting, you might look into becoming a registered nurse. The Associate in Applied Science Degree in nursing offers a curriculum that leads to positions that provide health care in a variety of settings. The program prepares graduates to provide and manage client care and to become members within the discipline of Nursing.
As a graduate, you can find employment in doctors’ offices, hospitals and other health-related agencies.
You will take a core of nursing courses taken in a block over four semesters. Those courses include off-campus components where you apply nursing skills to hospital and other clinical settings. Also, you’ll take anatomy and microbiology courses and general education courses. The curriculum is organized around a clearly defined conceptual framework which combines general education and nursing education. The nursing education courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies. Classroom lectures are held at the college and nursing faculty direct learning in the classroom and clinical laboratory settings.
The nursing program does have selective admission. Because a limited number of students can enroll each fall and spring, applicants are ranked by their grade point averages and their scores on either the ACT or the National League for Nursing Preadmission Registered Nurse exam. Before beginning the Nursing Program, you need to have completed math, psychology, computer literacy and an anatomy class. You also need to have passed a 75-hour nurse aide course. You will also have to attend a preadmission conference seven or eight months before the semester you wish to begin.
ECTC’s Nursing Program has a statewide reputation for producing some of the highest quality nurses. Graduates who take the National Council Licensure Examination almost always pass the first time and are high demand by hospitals across the Commonwealth.
A good place to start is with the Nursing Program Brochure, which tells you more about the nursing program. You also might want to look at the Online Advising Manual.