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NursingCertificates

Certificates are a great way to explore a subject and build skills in less time and at a lower cost than pursuing a degree program. You can also learn a specific technique and build new career skills. Aims offers several nursing certificates for students interested in exploring healthcare careers.

Healthcare Readiness and Professionalism Certificate

After completing the nurse aide certificate program, develop the skills and knowledge to find a job in healthcare. Study health career options and readiness and enhance your nurse aide healthcare and clinical skills.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Discusses current market trends in the medical profession, professional opportunities, continuing education, and professional affiliations. Discussions regarding resumes, portfolios, letters of inquiry, and interviewing techniques, as well as job search information is provided. This course is primarily informational and provides information to the student about aspect of career choices.  One credit. 

1
required

Prepares the student to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Basic nursing skills, communication skills, restorative services, personal care skills, safety and emergency care issues are covered in theory and lab. Includes knowledge and/or principles of asepsis, OSHA and HIPAA regulations. Ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity and principles of mental health will be addressed, as well as patient/resident rights. Zero to four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

Course Corequisites
NUA 170
0-4
required

Applies knowledge and skill gained in NUA 101 to patient care. One credit.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

Course Corequisites
NUA 101
1
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Practical Nursing Certificate

This optional 4-credit certificate course allows you to transition out of the nursing associate degree program by earning a practical nursing certificate. Study the scope of practice for a practical nurse, including communication, ethical and legal issues, and leadership skills while gaining experience in a clinical setting.

Upon passing this certificate course, you’ll be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Students need to be enrolled in or have completed a nursing program to register for this certificate.

Row Groupings General Education Prerequisites Credits
required

Focuses on an integrated study of the human body including the histology, anatomy, and physiology of each system. Examines molecular, cellular, and tissue levels of organization plus integuments, skeletal, articulations, muscular, and nervous systems. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience covering microscopy, observations, and dissection. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 111 with a grade of "C" or better. Students who have scored 70% or higher on the BIO 111 test out exam may be eligible for a prerequisite override.

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4
required

Focuses on the integrated study of the human body and the histology, anatomy, and physiology of the following systems and topics: endocrine, cardiovascular, hematology, lymphatic and immune, urinary, fluid and electrolyte control, digestive, nutrition, respiratory, reproductive, and development. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience involving microscopy, observations, and dissection. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 201 with a grade of "C" or better, may be taken concurrently

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4
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

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3
required

Introduces basic principles of nutrition with emphasis on personal nutrition. Satisfies nutrition requirement of students entering health care professions. Three credits.

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3
required

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Three credits.

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3
NOTE:  *BIO 201, BIO 202, and MAT 135 may be no greater than 7 years old at the time of admission into the Nursing Program. **HWE 100 may be no greater than 7 years old at the time of admission into the Nursing Program unless the student has earned an AA/AS/AAS/BA/BS degree with HWE 100 or equivalent course incorporated. ***ENG 121 or an equivalent course that is older than 10 years may not be eligible for transfer credit unless the student has earned an AA/AS/AAS/BA/BS degree or taken the Accuplacer Sentence Skills test and received a score of 110 or higher.
General Education Prerequisites Total Credits 17
Row Groupings First Semester Credits
required

Covers the diversity of microorganisms, their structure, physiology, and the identification process. There is an emphasis on microorganisms that cause infectious disease and the process of infection, host immune responses, and methods to control microorganisms. Laboratory experiences include culturing, identifying, and controlling microorganisms. This course is designed for students pursuing a health science field. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 111, or BIO 201, or BIO 101 and CHE 101 with a grades of "C" or better. Students who have scored 70% or higher on the BIO 111 test out exam may be eligible for a prerequisite override.

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4
required

Nursing 109 introduces the fundamental concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to a diverse patient population while integrating legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Introduces caring, critical thinking, the nursing process, quality improvement, and communication used when interacting with patients and members of the interdisciplinary team, and relates evidence-based nursing practice. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings providing care to stable patients with common health alterations.  All NUR classes require acceptance into the program prior to registration. .  Majors Only. Six credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Corequisites
NUR 112
6
required

Overview of the basic principles of pharmacology including major drug classifications and prototypes of commonly used medications. Principles of medication administration include aspects of best practice for safe, quality, patient-centered care. Central points include safety, quality improvement factors in the administration of medications, patient teaching, and variations encountered when administering medications to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. All NUR classes require acceptance into the program prior to registration. Course may be offered in hybrid format.  . Majors only. Two credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Corequisites
NUR 109
2
required

Examines human development from conception through death, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Three credits.

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3
NOTE:  *BIO 204 may be no greater than 7 years old at the time of admission into the Nursing Program. BIO 204 must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before a student may progress to the second semester of the Nursing Program. **PSY 235 may be no greater than 7 years old at the time of admission into the Nursing Program unless the student has earned an AA/AS/AAS/BA/BS degree with HPR 108 or equivalent course incorporated.
First Semester Total Credits 15
Row Groupings Second Semester Credits
required

NUR106 is the first medical/surgical nursing course. Building on NUR109, this course provides for the acquisition of basic medical/surgical nursing theory, as well as application of mental health concepts, communication, collaboration, caring, and critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe, patient-centered care to a developmentally and culturally diverse adult patient population experiencing various medical/surgical interventions. Incorporates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings.  All NUR classes require acceptance into the program prior to registration. . Seven credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

NUR 109 and NUR 112 with grades of "C" or better. Co-requisite: NUR 150. Seven credits

7
required

Nursing 150 provides for the acquisition of maternal/child nursing theory, as well as application of mental health concepts, communication, collaboration, caring, and critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe, family-centered nursing care to childbearing families and children that is developmentally and culturally appropriate. Incorporates evidence-based practice, standards of practice, quality improvement, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and in a variety of maternal/child and pediatric clinical settings. All NUR classes require acceptance into the program prior to registration. Course may be offered in hybrid format.  . Six credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

NUR 109 and NUR 112 with grades of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
NUR 106
6
Second Semester Total Credits 13
Row Groupings Summer Session Credits
required

Facilitates the transition into the role of the practical nurse with emphasis on distinguishing the defined practical nurse scope of practice related to clinical practice, communication, nursing process, ethical/legal issues and leadership skills.  The student practices in the role of the practical nurse in the associated clinical experience. All NUR classes require acceptance into the program prior to registration.  Four credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply.

Course Prerequisites

NUR 106, NUR 109, NUR 112, and NUR 150 with grades of "C" or better

4
Summer Session Total Credits 4
Total Credits for Practical Nursing Certificate 49