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Nursing Practice (Associate of Applied Science)

Memphis, TN

Nursing is among the noblest of professions

Think about it. Years and decades beyond your treatment of a patient, that patient might not remember your name, but they'll always remember how you made them feel.


The Concorde  Memphis  Associate of  Applied  Science in  Nursing  Practice  program  is a hands-on career focused nursing program that prepares  students to pursue careers in nursing.

Through virtual coursework, in-person labs, and clinical rotations,ᶛᶛ Concorde's nursing students develop understanding of theory and practical direct patient application. Upon successful completion of the nursing program, graduates may apply to take the  National  Council  Licensure  Examination  for  Registered  Nurses®  (NCLEX-RN)  and apply to the  Tennessee  State  Board  of Nursing  for  licensure.  

Now Enrolling

Concorde's Memphis campus 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 the associate of science degree program in as few as 21-months*

Get started by scheduling an in-person or virtual Career Planning Session to explore if the nursing program is right for you!

 

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for dental assistants 2021-2031 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.

ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

 

21* Mo

Program Length

77.0

Credit Hours

165

Lab Hours

670

Clinical Hours

Get Started

Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

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 Memphis 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. 


Clinical Experience

All nursing students, as a requirement for graduation, must complete in-person hands-on clinical hours. Concorde's clinical coordinator will help secure the necessary site hours for students.ᶛᶛ 

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.
ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

Career Outlook

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.

6%**

Projected national job demand for Registered Nurses, 2021-2031**

More than 270-Thousand RNs Projected**

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:

  • Hospitals
  • Acute Care Facilities
  • Subacute Care Facilities
  • Hospice
  • 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. 

 

**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for dental assistants 2021-2031 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs for those who qualify.

Accreditation

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. www.tennessee.gov/health.