Nursing

Want to enter this high-demand field?

American International College’s (AIC) Division of Nursing provides students with a foundation of knowledge and skills on which to build a professional nursing practice. With an undergraduate nursing degree from AIC, your career choices will be virtually limitless, and the skills you’ll learn here will be ones you use throughout your career.

The demand for qualified healthcare professionals increases ever year. With a nursing degree from AIC, your career choices are virtually limitless, and your preparation will give you a real edge in the job market.

—Prof. Karen Rousseau, PhD, RN - Director and Associate Professor of Nursing

What You'll Learn

The Division of Nursing at AIC prepares you to take an active, compassionate role in our increasingly complex healthcare system.

Future Studies

The program prepares you for graduate studies in a number of nursing specialties.

Career Opportunities

Grounded in nationally recognized nursing competencies, the nursing program at AIC provides you with skills you’ll need to be a leader in the field.

  • BIO1200: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, with laboratory
  • BIO1210: Human Anatomy and Physiology II, with laboratory
  • BIO2200: Pathophysiology
  • BIO1300: Principles of Microbiology, with laboratory
  • CHE1210: General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, with laboratory
  • COM2200: Information and Technology
  • NUR2540: Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • NUR2740: Pharmacology
  • NUR2840: Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Practice
  • NUR3740: Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • NUR3540: Nursing Research
  • NUR3940: Family Centered Nursing
  • NUR3942: Family Centered Nursing Process
  • NUR4340: Community Focused Nursing
  • NUR4351: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR4940: Complex Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • NUR4941: Nursing Leadership
  • NUR4540: Trends and Issues in Nursing
  • ENG2213: Public Speaking
  • PSY2302: Statistics
  • PSY2450: Developmental Psychology
  • ENG1201: English Composition
  • ENG1202: Analytical Writing
  • SPA1100: Spanish for Health Professionals

Course Descriptions

This course presents the basic patterns and organizational theories of the human body, including topics of interest for students seeking careers in the health sciences, using a systems approach from cellular levels and support systems to control and regulation. One three-hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee.

This course continues the systematic exploration of the human body, including clinical considerations of the endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. One three-hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee.

This course introduces the student to the biology of microorganisms and viruses. The course is geared toward students in the health science fields and covers human pathogens and their control and the immune response. Laboratory exercises cover microbial diversity and techniques used to identify bacteria. One 3 1/2-hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee.

A study of concepts and information about disease as it occurs in the individual, this course involves the study of pathologies pervading all systems, and those unique to specific organ systems.

This course provides the very basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry and an in-depth understanding of the basic biological molecules that make up the cell and the biochemical reactions that allow it to function. General chemistry topics include ionic and molecular compounds, properties of liquids and solutions, and acids and bases. The organic chemistry material includes the basic principles of the major families of organic compounds, their properties, nomenclature and chemical reactions. The biological portion presents proteins and amino acids, enzyme and coenzyme chemistry, carbohydrates, and lipids. This is a one-semester course intended primarily for nursing majors. One three-hour laboratory per week with laboratory fee.

This course will provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills in the use of library resources and common computer tools. It will be broad enough in scope to enable students to continue learning independently as well as to build discipline-related knowledge and skills both within and beyond the college curriculum. Legal and ethical considerations will be addressed.

English Composition 1201 is a writing-intensive course that prepares students for all levels of academic discourse. Emphasis is placed on the art of persuasion, on the development of students’ critical thinking skills, and on key rhetorical concepts such as audience, purpose, and voice. Students learn the various steps to the writing process, from brainstorming to final revision, and learn the importance of writing coherent, unified, and organized essays that are fundamentally and mechanically sound. Though primarily a writing course, English Composition 101 also helps students see the connection between reading and writing. In addition, students learn the art of academic research and documentation. ENG1201 is determined by performance on a placement test or by satisfactory completion of ENG1100.

ENG1202 is an advanced writing course and is designed to extend reading and writing skills developed in English 1201. Emphasis is placed on critical and analytical writing and the analysis and interpretation of texts. Students are exposed to a variety of texts from fields across the curriculum. They write essays in response to what they read by formulating and defending a thesis, by synthesizing sources, and by evaluating information and ideas from multiple perspectives. In addition, students demonstrate an ability to do research and to document their work in the major academic styles.

This course provides practice in the construction of speeches, analysis of appeals to various audiences, and development of the speaking voice. It is a practical course offered to fit the needs of students in all fields. In cases of over-enrollment, seniors will be given preference.

This course is an introduction to statistical methods as they are used in the social sciences. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are covered, including sampling, probability, and hypothesis testing. Specific parametric and non-parametric analyses include analysis of variance, the t-test, Chi-square, and correlation.

The purpose of this course is to examine the concepts of human development, from conception to old age. Specifically, the course looks at how physical, cognitive, and socioemotional factors interact to influence learning, intelligence, language development, and the growth of personality. Major theories and the research that supports or refutes them are examined.

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of the terms and expressions used in the field of health care.

Introduces the components of the organizing framework of the nursing major. Various theories, e. g., health-illness continuum, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, developmental, communication, and crisis, are presented and discussed as they relate to individual systems (client, family, community). Explores the history, definition, philosophy, and role of professional nursing. The role of the professional nurse is identified as keeping the client system stable by intervening at primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention levels. Environmental forces, e. g., socioeconomic and cultural, that impact on nursing practice are presented. Selected ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice are identified. The laboratory experience introduces computational concepts required for professional nursing practice. Concepts include (but are not limited to) systems conversion, ratio and proportion, dosage calculations, and intravenous calculations supported with a computerized assisted learning program.

This course provides the student with a foundation for application of concepts of pharmacology in nursing practice. Drugs will be presented by classification, groups and prototypes. Principles of drug action, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, nursing considerations and client teaching for each prototype will be emphasized.

Introductory concepts of the art and science of professional nursing practice are presented and integrated into clinical practice. Gordon’s Functional Health Pattern is introduced as the fundamental assessment tool. Selected nursing skills and physical assessment are presented in lecture, practiced in the Nursing Learning Laboratory, and applied in providing care to adults in the clinical setting nursing practice focuses on all aspects of the nursing process, and utilizes the three levels of prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) to facilitate adaptive responses to stressors affecting physiological and safety needs.

Provides students with the opportunity to continue application of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on assessment and diagnosis, expansion of planning and implementation, and begin-ning use of evaluation. In acute care settings, students provide health care to adults experiencing stressors affecting biophysical needs. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention.

Focuses on the role of the professional nurse in assisting the family and its individual members to adapt to stressors of the childbearing and childrearing phases of the life cycle. Students learn to apply the nursing process to meet the needs of families along the health-illness continuum. Clinical experiences include nursing care of the antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal woman and her newborn, well and hospitalized children, and their families. Health teaching activities occur in various healthcare settings.

Analyzes the family system as it responds to stressors throughout the life cycle. A variety of approaches to family analysis are considered throughout the course. Students apply the nursing process in studying the roles, functions, values, and communication patterns within family. Teaching-learning principles are implemented in completing a health teaching project in the community. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention.

Synthesizes nursing and public health principles as applied to assessing, promoting and preserving the health of populations. Assists students to conceptualize the complexities of community dynamics (cultural, economic, political, and social) as they impact on the health of the community. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention.

Develops knowledge and skills in applying the nursing process with individuals and families experiencing stressors affecting psychosocial needs. Students expand previous knowledge of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. Behavior is viewed on a continuum from healthy, adaptive responses to unhealthy, maladaptive responses. Therapeutic use of self as a nursing approach is emphasized in providing care in day treatment and inpatient settings. Students investigate selected mental health issues and analyze professional roles within the context of primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention.

Provides a framework for the student to assist individuals, families, and groups in adapting to complex stressors. Emphasis is placed on the development by the student of critical thinking and critical judgment while using the nursing process to assist clients to meet their biophysical and psychosocial needs. Health teaching activities and research findings are incorporated into nursing care.

Focus on the leadership process and development of the leadership role of the professional nurse. Students apply the nursing process in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Students analyze leadership and management functions, characteristics, styles, and roles. Interpersonal communication, staff development, change theory, and assertiveness skills are applied.

Increases the student’s ability to synthesize the knowledge, skills, concepts, and theories essential for effective professional nursing practice. Students examine issues that affect clients and healthcare systems. Consideration is given to the impact of cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political, professional, and social issues upon nursing practice.

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