The associate program in Nursing prepares you to provide care for diverse populations through the acquisition of knowledge, clinical skills, and highly developed judgment skills. Clinical and laboratory experiences complement classroom learning and graduates are ready to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, healthcare clinics, and outpatient facilities.
Associate in Science Degree
The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing provides entry-level opportunities for students to begin a career as a Registered Nurse as well as a foundation for life-long learning. Registered Nurses provide for the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of their patients. RNs are advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities. They educate people to take proactive measures to ensure they live a healthier life.
This associate degree nursing program prepares competent beginning level nurses to provide care for diverse populations within the community. In order to do so, students acquire nursing knowledge, clinical skills, highly-developed communication and clinical reasoning and judgment skills. New England Institute of Technology prepares students to accomplish these skills and to continue to develop as a professional nurse.
Throughout the curriculum, the student has planned clinical and laboratory experiences to complement classroom learning. This is a seven-quarter program that can be completed in as little as 21 months.
Graduates of the NEIT Associate Degree in Nursing will enter the fastest-growing employment market in the United States. They are prepared to work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, home health care, long-term care, healthcare clinics, public health, and outpatient care. Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates of this program are prepared and encouraged to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at NEIT while working as a Registered Nurse.
The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The NEIT Nursing Program’s mission is to educate associate and bachelor’s degree students to prepare them for nursing careers, where they will promote the highest levels of health and wellness. Through a combination of nursing courses, high-tech simulation experiences, and an integrated liberal arts core, the program emphasizes caring, compassion and the importance of continuous learning for professional and personal growth.
Nursing Program Philosophy
This philosophy, the foundation of our curriculum, represents the faculty’s core beliefs regarding human beings, environment, health, nursing, higher education, teaching, and learning.
We believe that every person is a unique being worthy of respect and dignity. In our nursing framework, biological, and social components integrate seamlessly in individuals who use self-care to maintain their health status. We view the environment as the totality of the patient’s experience that includes the family, cultural context, society, and the global community. We recognize that the patient’s environment is a major influence on the patient’s health status.
Health is an individual experience characterized by wholeness where physical, psychological, interpersonal, spiritual, cultural, and social aspects are inseparable in the person. An individual’s response to stressors may change the ability of the patient to engage in self-care, resulting in deficits in meeting basic needs and requiring the need for nursing care. Individuals are moving toward maturation and actualization of their full potential. Humans have universal self-care requisites and nurses need to be tireless advocates for the patients’ pursuit of these universal needs within a caring and nonjudgmental environment.
Nursing is a scientific discipline with a distinct body of knowledge. Nursing practice is grounded in nursing science, natural sciences, social sciences, technology and humanities. Nurses engage with clients in an active partnership and seek to understand the client’s lived experience of illness. Within this context, nurses provide holistic evidence-based nursing care that respects and supports individual definitions of health. Nurses focus on quality healthcare and advocate for diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems. Nursing practice is grounded in these paradigmatic beliefs which provide the foundation for critical inquiry and knowledge development in nursing.
Every person who wishes to pursue a career in nursing should have the opportunity to do so. By advancing educational access for a diverse population of students, associate degree nursing education has contributed to a diverse nursing workforce to meet the health care needs of culturally and ethnically diverse populations. Likewise, every nurse should be encouraged to pursue, and have access to, seamless academic progression beyond the associate degree into baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. The Department of Nursing at New England Tech joins with other nursing organizations in Rhode Island and throughout the nation, to advance opportunities for academic progression within nursing. We stand ready to work together to ensure that nurses have the support they need to further their education.
Higher education for nursing practice is grounded in a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge base. The intent of the educational program is to address the needs of diverse learners by encouraging active participation in the learning process. Nursing education seeks to empower students as future nurses while instilling an enthusiasm for lifelong critical inquiry, learning, and professional growth.
The faculty are committed to creating supportive environments that foster adult learning. Students have multiple opportunities to develop the core competencies that characterize a well-educated nurse. Students work closely with professors who care about them and provide opportunities for student learning and development as confident lifelong learners. The faculty use a variety of evidence-based teaching methods that address adult students’ learning needs. Learners assume responsibility for their learning and are active participants in the learning process.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Use the nursing process to provide safe, culturally competent, and patient-centered care across the lifespan.
- Communicate effectively with diverse patients, families, support systems, and the interprofessional team to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
- Apply evidence-based, clinical judgments to deliver safe, quality nursing care.
- Demonstrate caring, ethical, and holistic interventions that incorporate patient and family advocacy..
- Collaborate with members of the interprofessional team to optimize patient outcomes.
- Utilize patient care technologies and information management systems to support safe processes of care across the health care continuum.
- Demonstrate professional accountability and commitment to standards of professional practice within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
- Integrate leadership principles to advocate for safe, quality outcomes of patient care across the health care continuum.
Courses Offered Nursing
Associate in Science Degree
NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing
MGT 112 Introduction to Office Software
BIO 107 Comprehensive Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab
MA 109 Math for Life Science
NUR 123 Nursing Fundamentals I
BIO 127 Comprehensive Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
BIO 122 Microbiology
NUR 132 Nursing Fundamentals II
BIO 133 Pharmacology
BIO 231 Comprehensive Pathophysiology
EN 110 Healthcare Communication Skills
BIO 233 Pharmacology II
NUR 244 Medical Surgical Nursing & Assessment I
NUR 256 Medical Surgical Nursing & Assessment II
NUR 257 Mental Health
PS 140 Life-Span Development
NUR 264 Maternal Child Health Nursing
NUR 265 Pediatric Nursing
NUR 275 Nursing Care of Complex Patients
NUR 274 Nursing Capstone Course
EN 102 English II