Professional Nursing

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Program Description

The Professional Nursing program is designed to provide the knowledge, clinical skills, nursing values and experience necessary for an entry-level professional nursing position. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (in accordance with the regulations set forth in the Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 464.008 and 464.018) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Program Objective

The Professional Nursing program is designed to prepare competent and caring nursing graduates for practice as entry-level registered nurses under the direction of a Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant. They provide care within their scope of practice to diverse populations across the lifespan at various health care settings including hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, home healthcare agencies, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, doctor's offices, and other qualified facilities.

ACEN Accredited

Taylor College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE). This nursing education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000 http://www.acenursing.org/

Program Courses

Course Code Course Titles Credit Hours
ENC 1101English Composition3
BSC 1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I4
BSC 1086CHuman Anatomy and Physiology II4
PSY 1012Psychology3
MAT 1201General College Mathematics3
MCB 2011CIntroduction to Microbiology4
PHI 2601Critical Thinking3
HUN 2201Human Nutrition3
NUR 2718CMental Health4
NUR 1030Fundamentals of Nursing I3
NUR 1035CFundamentals of Nursing II3
DEP 2004Lifespan Development3
NUR 1221CAdult Health Nursing I7
NUR 1142Pharmacology Principles in Nursing I3
NUR 2461CMaternal and Newborn Nursing4
NUR 2750CAdult Health Nursing II7
NUR 2467CPediatric Nursing4
NUR 2900Capstone3
NUR 2831CNursing Leadership & Management4

*Some courses included in this program are instructed in a distance learning (Blended online) format.

Bridge Entry Option

A student currently practicing and licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse whose license is clear of any disciplinary or administrative action will have his/her credentials reviewed. When the licensing credential has been approved, a nursing skills test will be given. If the skills test is preformed successfully without assistance from the examiner, the student course requirements for NUR1030 Fundamental of Nursing I and NUR1035C Fundamentals of Nursing II will be waived. A Course Waived - CW grade will appear on the student's transcript. If the student fails the skills test, the student will have to take NUR1035C Fundamentals of Nursing II.

Bi-Level Entry Option

Students admitted to the Practical Nursing (PN) program complete a course of study leading to a Taylor College Diploma, and once the requirements for program completion have been met, meeting progression requirements, students are automatically eligible for admittance to the Professional Nursing program the next semester term start date. All admissions requirements for the Professional Nursing program must be met prior to being accepted.

There will be an evaluation of official transcripts for any applicable General Education or Foundation courses eligible to apply for transfer of credit. NUR1030 Fundamentals of Nursing and NUR1035C Fundamentals of Nursing II will be waived only if licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) by twelve (12) weeks post completion date from the Practical Nursing program. A Course Waived - CW grade will appear on the student's transcript.

If failing to receive the LPN licensure requirement by the deadline, the student will be allowed to complete the first semester but will be required to take the TEAS test, passing with the required minimum score to remain enrolled. If the TEAS test score is below the minimum score, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the program at completion of the first semester.

Employment Outlook

As a prospective student, we hope you are able to review each of our program's details and find the one that best suits you. As you prepare for a future in the healthcare industry, please find the following industry-related occupation statistics useful in your research:

All employment outlook statistics were referenced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, please visit the website at www.bls.gov.

Program Details

Program length: 6 Semesters, 24 Months

Graduates earn an Associate of Science Degree


The encouragement and dedication I received from the staff of Taylor College is what helped me get through to the end.

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