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On behalf of the faculty and staff, welcome to the website of the Division of Nursing at Baton Rouge Community College. We are privileged to hold the distinction of being the first public institution in Baton Rouge to offer the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree.

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is a five (5) semester, seventy-two (72) credit program designed to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies required for safe nursing practice. The curriculum is based on the National League for Nursing Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs. Graduates will receive the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, and are eligible to apply to write the National Council.

Mission
Baton Rouge Community College Department of Nursing offers a high quality, affordable, selective admission program. The mission is to offer a collegiate nursing curriculum that promotes continuance of education at a 4-year institution and lifelong learning. The Nursing Program is designed to provide excellent nursing education to diverse learners capable of improving the health care needs of the multicultural community in a structured health care setting.

Purpose
The purpose of the Program of Nursing is to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies for nursing practice. The curriculum is based on the Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs of the National League for Nursing. Graduates will receive the associate of science degree in nursing and are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Philosophy
We believe that nursing is client-centered, information and evidence based interdisciplinary profession that provides safe quality care.

Client-centered
The focus of nursing is the client (individual, family and groups). Nursing uses a holistic approach in meeting the healthcare needs of the client.

Information and evidence based
Nursing is a profession that involves the systematic collection of data an utilization of scientific research.

Interdisciplinary
The nurse collaborates as part of a client centered team in the provision of healthcare.

Safe quality care
The nurse provides a high standard of care that is effective, efficient and protects clients and others from health and environmental hazards.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The graduate of the Associate of Science in Nursing will:

  • Apply the nursing process in meeting the holistic needs of the client.
  • Use critical thinking as the foundation for clinical decision making.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, and the health care team through interactive verbal and non-verbal processes.
  • Develop caring nursing interventions with respect to the client’s cultural values, beliefs, and lifestyles. Integrate teaching and learning processes to promote and maintain health, reduce risk, and facilitate informed decision making.
  • Collaborate with the client, family, community, and health care team to promote client goals and outcomes.
  • Manage resources in an effective and efficient manner to provide safe quality care.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and adherence to ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks and standards of professional practice.

The Associate of Science in Nursing program demonstrates evidence of achievement in meeting the following outcomes:

Performance on licensure exam: 100% first time pass rate 2009 academic year
Program completion: 57% program completion rate for 2009 academic year
Program retention: 75% for 2010 academic year
Graduates' Program satisfaction: Students indicate general satisfaction with the program and agreement that they have achieved program outcomes as indicated on the Department of Nursing Graduate Exit Survey.
Graduates Perception of Readiness: 3.89 on scale of 1 -5, five being "very prepared."
Employer Satisfaction: 4.01 on scale of 1 -5, five being "very prepared."

Job placement: 100% of all graduates seeking employment were working in a professional nursing position within six months of graduation.

The BRCC Associate of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). , 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA  30326, 404-975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org/ and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN), 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, telephone number 225-755-7500, www.lsbn.state.la.us.