Associates of Applied Science – RN
The training is offered in the Anchorage area.
Registered Nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. They also work in correctional facilities, schools, summer camps, and with the military.
Registered nurses typically do the following:
Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing aides, and home care aides. Registered nurses sometimes work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. They might also run general health screenings or immunization clinics, blood drives, or other outreach programs. Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Most registered nurses work in well-lit, comfortable healthcare facilities. Home health and public health nurses travel to patients' homes, schools, community centers, and other sites. Some registered nurses work in correctional facilities, schools, summer camps, and nurses often work with the military. Some move frequently, traveling in the United States and throughout the world to help care for patients in places where there are not enough healthcare workers.
Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.
Overall, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent. Employers in some parts of the country and in some employment settings report difficulty in attracting and keeping enough registered nurses.
Applicants must currently hold a valid license as a Practical Nurse (LPN) from the State of Alaska Board of Nursing. The LPN license must be maintained as current while attending the Registered Nurse program. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED transcript. High school chemistry or non-credit college chemistry with lab (course below 100 level) is required with a grade of C or better. Applicant’s TABE testing scores on reading and math must be a minimum of 12th grade level. Applicants must have a current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. Twenty four credits of general education at the college level are required. These credits are not offered at AVTEC. The general education credits are approved for transfer to AVTEC if taken at a college or university that is regionally or nationally accredited and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants must pass the courses with a grade equivalent of a C or better.
Ability to Benefit test does not apply to associate degree program.
The associate of applied science in nursing program consists of 84 credit hours. The credits are distributed among general education prerequisites, practical nursing requirements, and specific nursing courses.
General Education Prerequisite Courses
The general education prerequisite courses total 24 credits. These are courses not offered by AVTEC. These courses are accepted as transfer credit. Criteria for acceptance of credit are that courses are taken at a college or university that is regionally or nationally accredited and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Courses must be passed with a grade equivalent of C or better.
Applicant must have completed:
Practical Nursing Prerequisite Courses
The practical nursing program requirements total 26 credits. These are courses offered in a practical nursing training program. The following course descriptions are of AVTEC's practical nursing program required courses. Applicant must hold a current and valid license as a LPN in the state of Alaska.
Applicant must have completed:
To receive an associate degree, students must complete the following required courses. These courses total 34 credits. For a detailed description of each requirement, click on the link below.
Transitions, Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing: AH 201
This course will explain the roles and responsibilities of a registered nurse.
The course overview includes practical information on classroom study habits, professional
writing, knowledge and skills acquisition and the differences in the roles of LPN and RN.
The nursing process, teaching role, critical thinking as a decision-making and problem-solving
process will be utilized. Review of the communication process, interpersonal relationships
and nurse-patient relationships are included. Current issues in nursing and the legal aspect of
nursing are presented. Concept of developing cultural competence is discussed.
Pharmacology II: AH 205
This course will enhance the pharmacology the student has learned as part of a licensed practical
nursing program. Previous body systems and basic pharmacologic principles will be reviewed. This course
presents advanced treatments and pharmacologic agents used by nurses in health promotion, prevention,
and treatment across the life span. Major body systems discussed will be the endocrine, cardiovascular,
and immune systems. The use of IV drugs, blood products, chemotherapy agents, and biologic response
modifiers will be presented.
Nursing Care of Adults II: AH 203
This course will emphasize nursing care for adults with acute illnesses. Pathophysiology for each system and disease studied is included. The concept of diverse populations and diversity in care delivery will be discussed. (4 credits)
Maternal Nursing: AH 210
This course will present nursing care concepts and principles of women’s health during childbearing years. The care of the neonate will be included. (2 credits)
Pediatric Nursing: AH 211
The course will present the care of children and adolescents with acute and chronic illnesses. Pathophysiology of the diseases, medications and pain management for children and adolescents will be discussed. (2 credits)
Clinical Experience for Adults and Children: AH 212
This clinical course will include acute care of adults in medical and surgical settings; pediatric acute care and postpartum nursing care. Experiences in intensive care units and labor/delivery units may be included. (5 credits)
Mental Health Nursing with Clinical Experience: AH 214
This course will emphasize caring strategies for promoting mental health and preventing mental illness across the life span will be explored. The roles and function of the psychiatric nurse, clinical experiences with patients with mental health needs in a variety of health care settings are included. (5 credits)
Ethics: AH 220
This course examines the ethical aspect of the nursing practice. Philosophies and theories are presented while the concepts of values and ethical decision making are discussed.
Preparation for NCLEX: AH 221
This course is on-line and assists in preparing for the NCLEX examination. The course is presented in collaboration with ATI. (1 credit)
Clinical Practicum: AH 207
This course will provide intensive clinical experience with a preceptor in an actual work setting. The student will work 160 hours in the clinic for five weeks. (4 credits)
Advanced Nursing Skills: AH 208
This course focuses on the skills lab for training in suctioning procedures, IV therapy procedures and assessment skills. Simulation of health care situations are utilized to assist the student to critically think. (1 credit)
A background check including finger prints from Certification and Licensing Department, Alaska Division of Public Health is required prior to beginning the clinical portion of training. The cost of the background check is paid by the student. Students will complete the forms for background checks during training.