The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Nursing is a two-year Nursing curriculum offered to men and women of all ages including recent high school graduates, mature adults, and licensed practical nurses.
Graduates are prepared to accept beginning level staff nursing positions in a variety of health facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities. The emphasis of the curriculum is on direct patient care in the preparation of students for the three interrelated roles which are defined for the graduates of the Associate Degree program as a provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Through the study of the Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences, and Nursing, students will gain an understanding of the value of individuals and their contributions to society.
Graduation Requirements (62-64 credits)
- Critical Thinking: Utilize critical thinking skills and nursing judgment in the application of the nursing process to provide safe, quality care.
- Communication: Communicate effectively, utilizing verbal and non-verbal expression, written documentation, and electronic technology.
- Caring: Incorporate empathetic, compassionate, caring interactions and behaviors, to promote human flourishing.
- Diversity: Provide nursing care that encompasses sensitivity to culturally diverse clients across the lifespan.
- Quality Improvement: Utilize data to ensure quality improvement and support of the evidence-based practice.
- Leadership: Demonstrate basic delegation and leadership management skills.
- Information Management: Discuss and utilize information systems in the healthcare environment.
- Professionalism: Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in accordance with the American Nurses Association’s Standards of Care and Standards of Professional Performance.
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General Education Requirements
In pursuing post-secondary education, students are expected to gain a mastery of their subject of choice, be it in the liberal arts, sciences, or one of a number of professional disciplines. However, it is also one of the primary purposes of post-secondary education to broaden a student’s perspective of the world. This involves exposure to new ideas, challenges to established or previously-held viewpoints, and introduction to unfamiliar and exciting ways of looking at and dealing with thought. It is through this exposure to a broader general education that students establish skills that provide a foundation for further study and work. Such skills include critical thinking, analysis of an argument, appropriate methodological approaches, diversity in understanding, incorporation of technology, and fundamental work habits. Such a foundation also gives students a framework against which they can better understand and appreciate their chosen field of study.
It was in this spirit that the SUNY Board of Trustees approved a General Education requirement in December 1998. This requirement calls for at least thirty (30) credits of study in different key academic areas for all students who are to graduate from a SUNY institution with a baccalaureate degree. To that end, SUNY has established the following ten Student Learning Outcomes:
|Learning Outcome 1
|Learning Outcome 2
|Learning Outcome 3
|Learning Outcome 4
|Learning Outcome 5
|Learning Outcome 6
||Other World Civilizations
|Learning Outcome 7
|Learning Outcome 8
|Learning Outcome 9
|Learning Outcome 10
In addition to these, successful degree candidates must also demonstrate competency in two areas:
Critical Thinking (Reasoning)
A Student Learning Outcome in Critical Thinking is included in each General Education course for which credit is awarded for Student Learning Outcomes two through seven (2-7) and Student Learning Outcome 10. Information Management is taught across the curriculum.
SUNY General Education requirements initially took effect for all students who began their studies in the Fall of 2000 or later. In 2010, the SUNY Board of Trustees amended General Education requirements and, in 2013, further included specific recommendations for their implementation to community colleges that are intended to facilitate seamless student transfer to SUNY 4-year institutions. SUNY Sullivan is committed to assisting its students in meeting the current General Education requirements stipulated by SUNY. Toward that end, SUNY SULLIVAN requires that each student who graduates with an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or an Associate in Science (AS) degree complete thirty credits in a minimum of seven of the ten General Education areas and demonstrate competency in critical thinking and information management. In terms of practical application this policy requires that each AA and AS degree recipient will have demonstrated:
- Knowledge and skills in two required areas, Basic Communication and Mathematics;
- Knowledge and skills in five of the following eight areas: Natural Science, Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, Humanities, the Arts, and Foreign Languages; and
- Competency in two required areas, Critical Thinking and Information Management.