Make A difference in your own life and the Lives of others
Pursuing your nursing degree at Concorde is a great way to begin your journey. As a nurse, you will use critical thinking to assess patients’ conditions and compassion to care for patients with a variety of issues.
You can choose to work in hospitals, clinics, or private practices. You will administer medicines and treatments, set up patient plans, consult and collaborate with doctors and health care professionals, and help explain treatments to patients and their families.
Concorde is seeking dedicated students who want to:
- Learn to help deliver direct care to patients in need, working with physicians and other medical practitioners
- Prepare for career opportunities in private practices, clinics, acute care, long-term care, hospice, and more
- Complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing Practice, at the Memphis campus, in as few as 21 months.
- Complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, at the Aurora or Kansas City campus, in as few as 29 months.
Get started by scheduling an in-person or virtual Career Planning Session to explore if the nursing program is right for you!
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for registered nurses 2022-2032 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.
If you've been looking for the right RN program, look no further. We can prepare you comprehensively through a combination of classroom theory and hands-on, clinical training in a variety of health care settings.
Classroom-to-Career Skills Training
To prepare for a vital role in the health care field, Concorde provides comprehensive, knowledge-based training in the following areas:
- Care of patients with complex illnesses
- Critical thinking
- Maternal-child care
- Care of the pediatric patient
- Community health
Nursing Program Philosophy
Concorde nursing program is designed to prepare nurses to function safely and effectively in the generalist role. We strive to prepare culturally competent nurses while demonstrating professionalism, unwavering service, disseminating evidence-based nursing knowledge, and a rigorous curriculum with high regard to the quality and safety standards of nursing education.
Nursing Program Goal
In congruence with Concorde's general mission statement, the goal of the nursing program is to equip students for successful employment in the field of nursing through high caliber training with practical, real world experiences along with student centered support.
Nursing Program Purpose
The purpose of the Concorde Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Practice program is to:
- Provide a learning environment that will led to successful completion of program objectives
- Prepare a responsible and accountable professional nurse who uses critical thinking while providing competent, safe, client/ patient care.
- Prepare the graduate to provide nursing care in a variety of settings.
- Prepare the graduate to value personal and professional growth as lifelong learners.
- Prepare the graduate to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN® examination on first attempt and become gainfully employed.
Graduate Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, it is intended that the students will:
- Provide safe, compassionate, culturally competent, patient-centered, quality care in a variety of settings for patients across the lifespan in response to their changing health needs.
- Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
- Use the nursing process to make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
- Demonstrate excellence using evidence-based practice in integrity, responsibility, professional identity, and ethical decision making in the role of the nurse while advocating for patients, families, colleagues, community, and self.
- Utilize information technology, professional standards, and professional communication to emerge as leaders in inter-professional collaboration in the provision of safe, quality, care for patients and families.
Nursing Program Delivery
The Nursing Practice program is delivered in a blended format. Some courses will be delivered entirely online, entirely on-ground or with an appropriate blend of both online and on-ground hours in the same course. The campus may have the option to deliver general education courses either online or on-ground depending on local need and availability.
Nurses are Key to a Health Care System
The nursing field is expected to continue to grow nationally, driven in part by projected growth in the population and aging baby boomer generation.
Growth is expected for a number of reasons, including and increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity and demand for healthcare services from aging population. While people live longer, more people will retire, and this will include nursing professionals.
While the very population that needs nursing care grows, the gap in active nursing professionals will grow. A challenge that will drive additional demand for skilled nursing graduates.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing continues to be a fast-growing profession with an anticipated projected national increase of more than 271-thousand job openings from 2021 to 2031, which is a projected national growth rate of 6%.
Where do Registered Nurses Work
Following successful completion of the nursing degree program and the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), graduates can pursue nursing roles in a variety of health care settings including:
Nursing Career Paths
- Acute Care Facilities
- Subacute Care Facilities
- Surgical Centers
- Ambulatory Care Centers
- In-Home Healthcare
What Does it Feel Like to be a Registered Nurse
It can be invigorating, fulfilling, stressful, exhausting, frustrating and enlightening; often in the same moment. The opportunity care for patients in need with dignity can be gratifying. Helping a patient or client through post-operative treatment or administering care and comfort through their final hours can truly make a difference. You can find dignity in the simplest tasks such as bathing a patient. The gratitude from patients and their families can fuel your day.
The intellectual challenges of patient care and the healthcare system can stretch your mind. But at the same time, the collegial relationships with other health professional will buoy you in tough moments. For many, nursing defines who they are.
What is a Career and Academic Path for Registered Nurses
Graduates of an associate degree in nursing (ADN) program can "bridge" to a bachelor's in nursing (BSN) degree program in pursuit of increased clinical and supervisory responsibilities.
BSNs can go on to pursue advanced degrees in a variety of specializations like oncology, pediatrics, etc., as well as careers as a nurse practitioner or nurse educator. Many RNs take on academic roles, training future nurses. Others assume health management positions in the insurance and pharmacy sectors. Some RNs find employment in roles ranging from research to medical device and pharmaceutical sales.
Tennessee Board of Nursing:
The Nursing Practice Program has been granted Initial Approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Tennessee Board of Nursing, Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation, Division of Health Related Boards; 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243. https://www.tennessee.gov/health
- Memphis, TN
Colorado State Board of Nursing:
The Colorado State Board of Nursing has granted Interim Approval to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Colorado State Board of Nursing: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202; 303-894-7800; https://www.colorado.gov/dora/dpo
- Aurora, CO
Missouri State Board of Nursing:
The Missouri State Board of Nursing has granted initial approval to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Missouri State Board of Nursing: P.O. Box 656, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656; 573-751-0681; https://www.pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp
- Kansas City, MO
Nursing (Pre-Licensure) Program FAQ
Frequently asked questions and answers.
Call us to find out when the Nursing Program starts at a Concorde campus location near you. Program start dates are also listed in each campus's catalog, which can be found at here.