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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

Program Highlights

  • State-of-the-art simulation labs
  • One of the largest sources of locally-hired nurses
  • Named a top nursing program in PA by Nursing Journal and a College of Distinction
  • #6 in Pennsylvania for NCLEX Pass Rates over 5 years in programs with 85+ students testing
  • High program graduation rates
  • High demand job-market

Why study Nursing at Mount Aloysius College?

Nursing students at Mount Aloysius College are proud of the status of their program.  The Mount Aloysius Nursing program–one of the best performing and largest in the State–is recognized as a Nursing College of Distinction. The program’s NCLEX pass rate for past five years ranks 6th in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania among the state’s most prestigious programs that test 85 or more students each year.

Nursing grads from Mount Aloysius are part of a proud tradition of clinical excellence that is more than 50 years old. Mount Aloysius Nurses enjoy a stellar reputation for clinical excellence and compassionate patient care.

Students excel due to small class sizes, outstanding support from faculty committed to helping you succeed, and a multi-million dollar Nursing Simulation Center where practice in a vast variety of clinical scenarios prepares students for clinical experiences.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the field of nursing, pass their licensure examination and obtain employment as a valued Registered Nurse.

What do registered nurses do?

Registered Nurses are valued healthcare professionals. Their patient care duties include administering medications, monitoring recovery and educating patients, but they can affect patient’s lives on a deeper level. Patients rely on their nurses to communicate issues to physicians. Some registered nurses pursue leadership roles and further their education through an RN-BSN program (such as the 2+2 program at Mount Aloysius).

Possible Careers

Registered Nurses are needed all over the world. A few possible career locations include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Care Services
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Schools

Are their job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for registered nurses is expected to rise 16% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 439,300 jobs.*

The average median wage for a registered nurse, with an Associate Degree is $65,572.*

*Nurse Journal

Who will teach me?

The Mount Aloysius Nursing faculty are excellent clinicians who hold appropriate degrees in a variety of nursing disciplines. Bringing their extensive clinical experiences and educational backgrounds into the classroom benefits Mount Aloysius nursing students and ultimately the patients they will serve. The combination of their commitment to our students, depth of education, and wealth of clinical experience, ensures that Mount Aloysius Nursing grads enter their careers as valuable and confident healthcare professionals.

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Approval & Accreditation

The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and has held continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: (404) 975-5000

Fax: (404) 975-5020

Website: www.acenursing.org

Admission & Pre-enrollment Requirements

Students requesting admission to the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Applicants who have graduated from high school within the past five years must submit a SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 900 on the 2005 SAT or 980 on the 2016 SAT or an ACT composite score of 19
  2. Applicants who have graduated from high school greater than five years from date of application must obtain a satisfactory score on a pre-entrance examination. Currently a score of 66% or greater is required on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V). The applicant has a maximum of two attempts on the exam to achieve a satisfactory score.
  3. Transfer applicants from other post-secondary programs, or current MAC students who wish to transfer to nursing must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall as verified by an official transcript.

Pre-enrollment requirements are as follows:

  1. Students must complete the following requirements prior to enrolling in their first nursing course:
  2. Completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including four units of English, three units of social studies, two units of mathematics (one of which is Algebra) and two units of science with a related laboratory. The two units of science and algebra must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”.
  3. Completion of BL201 Anatomy and Physiology I with a minimum grade of “C”. This must have been completed within the past seven (7) years.
  4. Completion of EE091 College Reading I and / or EE 098 Introduction to College Writing I, if required by SAT or College Placement Exam scores.
Major Course Requirements

Course / Credits

  • Adult Nursing I  (7 credits)
  • Nursing Pharmacology  (3 credits)
  • Nursing of the Family  (5 credits)
  • Adult Nursing II  (7 credits)
  • Mental Health Nursing  (2 credits)
  • Transition to Nursing Practice  (2 credits)
  • Adult Nursing III  (8 credits)
Core Course Requirements

Course / Credits

  • Connections I & II (2 credits)
  • Communication / Writing (6 credits)
  • General Psychology  (3 credits)
  • History / Political Science (3 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • Technology  (2 credits)
  • Religious Studies  (3 credits)
  • Cultural Diversity  (3 credits-included in Adult Nursing III)
Other Required Coursework
  • Anatomy & Physiology II  (4 credits)
  • Microbiology  (4 credits)
  • Human Growth & Development  (3 credits)
LPN to RN Program

Candidates articulating into the nursing program as an LPN must meet the admission criteria and complete all pre-enrollment requirements as stated for the Associate of Science Degree Nursing Program. In addition, applicants must submit official transcripts and LPN license.

LPN applicants may be granted a maximum of twelve (12) credits in nursing, seven (7) credits for NU130 Adult Nursing I and five (5) credits for NU240 Nursing Care of the Family.

See the Mount Aloysius College Catalog for more detailed information regarding transfer credit requirements.

Associate of Science / Bachelor of Science 2+2 Program Option

The nursing curriculum for the combined Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degree option is designed to be a two-plus-two program.

The option allows the student to progress seamlessly through both programs.

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing is earned within the first two years or five semesters. Progress to the Bachelor of Science degree is sequenced according to individual needs and preferred scheduling options.

Curriculum Plans Student Handbook Contact Us

Division of Nursing Secretary:     814-886-6393

Division of Nursing FAX:     814-886-6374

Mount Aloysius College Nursing Outcomes

Mount Aloysius Associate Degree Outcomes

Annual NCLEX RN Pass Rates (October 1 thru September 30)

Year
Pass Rates
2015-2016 86.81%
2014-2015 91.4%

Annual RN Program Completion Rate

Year
Completion Rate
2015-2016 57%
2014-2015 56%

Annual RN Graduates Employed Within 9-12 Months of Graduation

Year
Employment Rate
2015-2016 100%
2014-2015 81.2%

 

Mountie Insight

"My favorite thing about the nursing program is how much it challenges you."

Dani Schrift

Class of 2018

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Veronica Fleming
Administrative Coordinator
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Wesley King
Nursing IT Support Specialist / Simulation Technology Specialist
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Sharon Kisel
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Patricia Meintel
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Bonnie Noll-Nelson
Department Chair, RN to BSN Program
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Marianne Roberts
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Brian Smith
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Sue Clark
Instructor of Nursing
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Alrene Gorsuch
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Tara A. Benko
Instructor of Nursing
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Samantha L. Smeltzer
Nursing Faculty
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Kelly McAdams
Assistant Professor/Associate Degree Chairperson for the School of Nursing
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Gina Campbell
Instructor of Nursing
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Mandi Paronish
Instructor of Nursing
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Christina Schilling
Instructor of Nursing
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Dean of Nursing
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Instructor of Nursing
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