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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate, Bachelor

A seamless four year program that combines our RN degree and our BSN degree

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
  • High program graduation rates
  • High demand job-market

Why study Nursing (2+2) at Mount Aloysius College?

The nursing curriculum for the combined Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degree option is designed to be a two-plus-two program. This option allows students to progress seamlessly through both programs and all students in the Associate of Science in Nursing program are considered to be in the 2+2 Associate of Science/Bachelor of Science program as the intent is that students will continue on to complete the BSN degree.

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

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More than 50 Years of Nursing Excellence

Nursing College of Distinction badgeNursing 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 and is proud to supply a large portion of local nurses.

The Mount Aloysius Nursing program–one of the best performing and largest in the State–is recognized as a Nursing College of Distinction. 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.

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.

Where will I learn?

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The School of Nursing is excited to offer a high-tech simulation center as a part of the new Nursing Resource & Simulation Center (NRSC).  

The Center includes:

  • A four-bed simulation nursing unit
  • Life-like CAE computerized mannequins
  • Top-of-the-line simulation equipment
  • A nursing environment modeled after real-world settings

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, who holds an Associate Degree, is $65,572; the average median wage for a BSN is $73,388.*

*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

All decisions regarding admission to the nursing program at Mount Aloysius College are made by the School of Nursing. Students requesting admission to the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program must meet be admitted to the College and meet the following admission criteria:

  1. First-time college student applicants who have completed high school and have less than 24 credits of post-secondary education must:
    1. Have been admitted to the College;
    2. Achieve a composite score of 59% on the designated pre-entrance nursing exam (ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills – TEAS). The applicant has a maximum of two attempts on the exam to achieve a satisfactory score, whether the exams are taken at MAC or another location;
    3. Completed work equal to a standard high school course inclusive of 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, (Biology and Chemistry recommended). The two units of science with a related laboratory and Algebra must be completed with a minimum grade of “C;”
    4. Minimum high school GPA of 2.70;
    5. If math remediation is required based on TEAS Math Sub Score of <60%, must complete NursingABC MAT091, which is prerequisite to admission to the major; and
    6. Have completed BL 201 – Anatomy and Physiology I or its equivalent with a minimum grade of “C” in both theory and lab. All science courses must have been completed within the past seven (7) years;
      • NOTE: An applicant who has not met one or more of the stated admission requirements will be identified as a pre-nursing student until the requirements are met. Once met, the student must complete the Internal Nursing Application Form.
  2. Transfer applicants, who graduated from high school and/or completed 24 or more credits of post-secondary education must:
    1. achieve a composite score of 59% on the designated pre-entrance exam (ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills – TEAS). The applicant has a maximum of two attempts on the exam to achieve a satisfactory score;
    2. demonstrate a minimum 2.70 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) on most recent post-secondary education as verified by official transcript;
    3. have completed BL 201 – Anatomy and Physiology I or its equivalent with a minimum grade of “C” in both theory and lab. All science courses must have been completed within the past seven (7) years;
    4. have completed a college-level writing course with a minimum “C” grade.
  3. Transfer applicants who have had previous nursing education courses are required to meet the admission requirements as stated above for transfer students and sign and send to the previous nursing program(s) a request for a confidential reference. In addition, the applicant may apply to take a challenge* exam(s). To begin the challenge exam process, the applicant must submit a course syllabus and calendar to the Department Chairperson at least five (5) weeks prior to the start of the semester or earlier. An applicant wishing to challenge a course must have successfully completed a comparable course (including clinical if applicable) at an accredited school within the past three (3) years. The following Associate of Science Degree nursing courses may be challenged –
    • NU 130 –  Adult Nursing I (7 credits)
    • NU 240 – Nursing of the Family (5 credits)
    • NU 220 – Nursing Pharmacology (3 credits)
    • NU 275 – Mental Health Nursing (2 credits)
    • Note: Challenge exams are accomplished by using standardized exams
  4. Students granted readmission to the nursing program may be required to challenge* or retake nursing courses that were successfully completed at Mount Aloysius College within the past three (3) years prior to re-admission. However, skills remediation will be required for all clinical nursing courses previously completed. Courses taken more than five years prior to readmission cannot be challenged and must be repeated.
    • Note: Challenge exams are accomplished by using standardized exams.

 

Pre-Nursing Status

An applicant is identified as pre-nursing when he/she has not met all admission and/or pre-requisite requirements.   Once requirements are met the applicant must complete the Internal Nursing Application Form.

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)**

** Must have a minimum 80% or better

Core Course Requirements

Course / Credits

  • College Foundation  (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)**

* Must have a minimum “C” grade
** Must have a minimum 80% or better

Other Required Coursework
  • Anatomy & Physiology II  (4 credits)*
  • Microbiology  (4 credits)*
  • Human Growth & Development  (3 credits)*

* Must have a minimum “C” grade

LPN to RN Program

LPN candidates articulating directly as well as those validating competencies are required to meet the requirements of the College along with the ASN program admission criteria and complete all pre-enrollment and enrollment requirements. In addition, applicants must submit official transcripts and LPN license as a requirement for admission.

LPN applicants meeting the articulation criterion may be granted a maximum of twelve (12) credits in nursing, seven (7) credits following successful completion of NU 115  – LPN to RN Transition and the Fundamentals Skill Challenge and five (5) credits for Nursing of the Family Challenge.

In order to receive the seven (7) credits, the applicant must have graduated within the past three years from an LPN program or have work experience as an LPN equivalent to 1000 hours in the past three years, or have completed an approved refresher course. Applicants must submit employer verification of work experience. If the applicant meets this criterion, seven (7) credits will be given after successful completion of NU 115 – LPN to RN Transition and successful completion of the Fundamentals Skill Challenge. If the applicant does not meet the articulation criteria, the applicant must take the NLN PN-RN Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam (NACE I) Foundations of Nursing and obtain a passing score of 79%, complete NU 115 with a grade of “C” or better, and successfully complete the Fundamentals Skill Challenge to receive the seven (7) credits.

In order to receive the five (5) credits, the applicant must successfully obtain a Level 2 proficiency on the ATI RN Nursing Care of Children AND the ATI RN Maternal Newborn. Both of these exams must be successfully completed by the end of NU 115 – LPN to RN Transition. If unsuccessful on the exams, the applicant will be required to take NU 240 – Nursing of the Family.

The NLN (NACE I) required for LPN Advanced Standing placement requires fee payment prior to taking the exam.

Prior to enrolling in Level III Nursing courses, NU 260 – Adult Nursing II and NU 275 – Mental Health Nursing, the student must have completed the following:

  • BL 201  – Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BL 202  –  Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ICT 101 – Information Literacy
  • ICT 230 – Technology for the Nursing Professional
  • EN 109 – Rhetoric I with Corequisite Writing Lab (placement based on SAT/ACT scores or by College Placement testing scores) or EN 110  – Rhetoric I
  • LA 150 – College Success and the Mercy Experience
  • PY 101 – General Psychology
  • PY 102 – Human Growth and Development
  • NU 115 – LPN to RN Transition
  • NU 220 – Nursing Pharmacology
  • NU 130 – Adult Nursing I – advanced credit following successful completion of NU 115 and the Fundamentals Skill Challenge or satisfactory score on the NACE 1 Foundations of Nursing and successful completion of the Fundamentals Skill Challenge
  • NU 240 – Nursing of the Family  – or advanced credit upon completion of the ATI exams (ATI RN Nursing Care of Children and the ATI RN Maternal Newborn)
  • All required pre-requisite courses (Nursing ABC Math 091 if required by TEAS Math Sub-Score)
Curriculum Plans Student Handbook Other Resources Contact Us

School of Nursing Administrative Coordinator:     814-886-6393

Division of Nursing FAX:     814-886-6374

Other Resources Mount Aloysius College Nursing Outcomes

Mount Aloysius Nursing Outcomes

Annual NCLEX RN Pass Rates

Year
Pass Rates
2018 96.15%
2017 90.7%
2016 86.67%

Annual RN Program Completion Rate

Year
Completion Rate
2017-2018 52%
2016-2017 54%
2015-2016 57%

Annual RN Graduates Employed Within 9-12 Months of Graduation

Year
Employment Rate
2017-2018 87%
2016-2017 79%
2015-2016 100%

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Meet Our Department!

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Wesley King
Director of Nursing and Health Technology
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Marianne Roberts
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Brian Smith
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Heather Zonts
Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
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Sue Clark
Assistant Professor
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Alrene Gorsuch
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Samantha L. Smeltzer
Nursing Faculty
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Christina Schilling
Instructor of Nursing
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Jessica Gregg
Instructor of Nursing
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Desiree Beppler
Instructor of Nursing
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Danette Teeter
Administrative Coordinator
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Nicole Custer
Associate Degree Nursing Chairperson & Assistant Professor
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Lisa Miller
BSN Academic Advisor in the School of Nursing
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Samuel Clinger
Instructor of Nursing
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Terese Triol
Instructor of Nursing
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Instructor of Nursing



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