You can become a Registered Nurse

You can become a Registered Nurse

nursing associates degreeIn simple terms, America needs nurses. There is an increasing demand for nurses and others in the health science fields in every region of the country. The Ancilla Nursing program will help you achieve and develop professional skills used by registered nurses everywhere.

Why become a registered nurse?

The job opportunities in this career field will be astounding for the right candidates. Nurses make excellent wages– registered nurses make more than $52,000 a year on average and more experienced and specialized nurses make over $72,000.  As a nurse you can work in different kinds of establishments offering unique work environments. For example, a nurse can work in a hospital, school, home care facility or government agency.

Nurses can work in flexible schedules and often take shifts as desired.  Shifts are between 4 to 12 hours a day, and a nurse can opt for the best shifts to accommodate other responsibilities or education opportunities. As a nurse, you’ll make a huge difference in people’s lives. This can be a very satisfying and gratifying career for the compassionate. You will learn about human life, illness, healing, trauma and care.

Nursing students prepare for challenging careers by building from a foundation of general education to nursing-specific classes, clinical courses and hands-on instruction. Ancilla College nursing students engage in clinical experiences at various area hospitals, long term care facilities and other healthcare facilities in Plymouth, Rochester, Winamac, Knox, South Bend, LaPorte and elsewhere.

Graduates of the Ancilla College Nursing program, accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, are prepared to enter a rapidly expanding field. After graduation you will take the National Council on Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to earn license as a registered nurse. The most qualified applicants will be admitted through a competitive review process. You will need to:

  1. Apply and be accepted as an Ancilla College student.  (Note: being accepted as a student to Ancilla College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program).
  2. Complete a separate application to Ancilla’s Division of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  3. Complete required courses (see bullet list below) at a grade of ‘B’ or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Note: General education courses must be passed at a grade of C or better. Your overall grade point average must be a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to enter the nursing program.
  5. A Nursing Entrance Essay score of 9 or higher.

Nursing Program Admission Guidelines.

If these requirements are not met, you will not be eligible for the program.

Transferring from another school General education credits from equivalent courses can be transferred to Ancilla, after being completed with a grade of B or better. All transfer credits will be reviewed by the College registrar within the prescribed policies in place at the time of the review. A point system is used to evaluate applications of qualified candidates in order to accept applicants into the program. The point system used by the Nursing Program Admissions Committee will be provided to an applicant upon request. Points are awarded for the following: Grades earned in each of the courses listed below as part of the nursing GPA.

  • Previous degrees earned.
  • Additional completed general education courses required for the ASN degree.

Points will be deducted for the following:

  • Repeat, withdraw or any grade less than a ‘C’ on any required general education course.
  • Repeat, withdraw or any grade less than a ‘C’ on any nursing course.

Students in the Ancilla Nursing program must maintain a ‘B’ average grade in the required courses (below).

Nursing GPA courses:

Ancilla College’s Nursing program (ASN) is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing

  • BIOL 252 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • CS 135 Computer Literacy
  • ENGL 110 Writing 1
  • HUM101 Freshman Seminar
  • SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology

Please note: all students accepted to the Ancilla College Nursing Program must complete a criminal background check at their own expense. Certain criminal charges noted on this criminal background check may make an accepted student ineligible for licensure in Indiana. Students who fall into this category will be notified and administratively withdrawn from the prospective nursing program. Other criminal offenses may require students to appear before the Indiana State Board of Nursing prior to licensing. Please contact the nursing office if you have further questions.Your cumulative nursing GPA in these required courses must be a ‘B’ or better- The average GPA from these courses must be a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  You must earn a ‘C’ or better in every course listed above by the second graded attempt or you will no longer be eligible for the nursing program. The most recent course grade will be used for determining your GPA. Any grade below a C (2.0) is considered unsatisfactory for the nursing program.

Nursing  (Associate of Science in Nursing) 

ASN Curriculum Course Layout by Semester 2015
Gen Ed Pre-Requisites Semester 1 Begin Nursing Classes (Fall or Spring) Semester 2
BIOL 252 Anatomy & Physiology 1 4 BIOL 254 Anatomy & Physiology 2  4
ENGL 110 Writing 1 3 NURS 110 Fundamentals of Nursing*  6
SOC 140 Sociology 3 NURS 101 Intro to Prof. Nursing  2
CIS 135 Computer Lit 3 NURS 161 Intro to Pharm  1
HUM 101 Freshman Seminar 1 HLTH 250 Medical Terminology  1
Total 14 Total  14
Semester 3 Semester 4
NURS 111 Med-Surg 1* 5 NURS 245 Nsg Care ofSpecialty Populations*  5
NURS 262 Pharmacology 2 1 NURS 202 Med-Surg 2*  5
BIOL 270 Microbiology 4 NURS 263 Pharm 3  1
PSY 115 General Psychology 3 NURS 218 Nursing Synthesis 1  1
Total 13 Total  12
Semester 5
NURS 203 Med Surg 3*   6
NURS 240 Nursing Issues, Trends, Ethics 2
NURS 264 Pharm 4 1
NURS 219 Nursing Synthesis 2 1
Total 10
*Courses with a laboratory/clinical component
Nursing Gen Ed Hours 26
Nursing Credit Hours 37
Total ASN Credit Hours 63

Admission to the Associate’s Degree program in Nursing requires this application. Click here to download the application form.

Click here to download the 2014-15 Student Handbook. (Note: This is a large PDF document and may take a moment to load on some computers.)