Curriculum

Please note: If you have successfully completed any of the general education subjects with an accredited Institution, the credit may be transferable.  Therefore, you may not be required to retake those courses.

Associate of Science in Nursing Degree
General Education Credits Required: 31
Nursing Component Credits Required: 36
Total Degree Credits Required: 67

The following exams are required to earn your Associate of Science in Nursing Degree from Excelsior College

General Education Requirements

Introductory Sociology (3 credits via CLEP exam)

This exam deals with social institutions; stratification; social patterns, processes, changes, and the sociological perspective. It emphasizes facts and concepts as well as general theoretical approaches.

Life Span Developmental Psychology (3 credits via EC exam)

This exam covers developmental psychology throughout the life span. It measures understanding of the concepts, covers principles and theories associated with life span development as well as the ability to apply this understanding in specific situations. The ASN student will be expected to integrate content across the stages of the life span.

English Composition (6 credits via EC exam) - Must be taken within the first 13 credit hours earned with Excelsior College.

This exam assesses the ability to produce writing that explains, interprets, analyzes, or presents and supports a point of view, as well as to apply the principles and conventions of standard written English.

Introductory Psychology (3 credits via CLEP Exam)

This exam includes topics such as learning and cognition, behavior personality, perception, motivation and emotion, life span development, and social psychology.

Religions of the World (3 credits via DSST exam)

This exam reflects an interdisciplinary exam of study of the major religions as viewed in their social and historical contexts. It draws content from sociology, psychology, and philosophy.

Ethics (3 credits via EC exam)

This exam measures ethical knowledge as it applies to practical ethical situations. Application of knowledge about ethics is accomplished through the use of case studies and related sets of multiple-choice questions. Knowledge categories include basic theories and concepts such as utilitarianism, natural law theory, justice, duties and obligations, and rights.

Microbiology (3 credits via EC exam)

This exam tests for a knowledge and understanding of bacteria, algae, fungi, protozoa, viruses, and their relationships with humans. It includes introduction to microbiology, biology of microorganisms, control of microorganisms, disease and resistance, biology of infectious diseases, and industrial and environmental microbiology.

Must be completed no more than five years prior to the date of enrollment in Excelsior College and before any nursing component requirements.

Anatomy & Physiology (6 credits via EC exam)

This exam includes an understanding of anatomical and physiological factors involved in the functioning of major body systems, with emphasis on systems that maintain, integrate, and control body functions.

Must be completed no more than five years prior to the date of enrollment in Excelsior College and before any nursing component requirements.

College Mathematics (6 credits via CLEP exam)

This exam tests for material generally taught in a college course for non-mathematics majors and majors in fields not requiring knowledge of advanced mathematics.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy (1 credit)-Taken online directly with Excelsior College

This course will ensure that the student can demonstrate competency in information literacy. This requirement provides a broad overview of information literacy concepts.

Nursing Component Requirements

You must be enrolled with Excelsior College to sit for all nursing exams.

Transition to the Professional Nurse Role (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests concepts and principles related to the professional role development of the Registered Nurse. Emphasis is placed on supervisory and delegation functions of RN practice as well as differentiating levels of RN practice. In addition, the examination tests factors affecting the health care system, knowledge and skills necessary for functioning on interdisciplinary teams, legal, ethical, and educational aspects of nursing as well as the influences of history, nursing organizations, and regulatory bodies on nursing practice.

**This course was previously known as: Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role.

Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Safety (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests the ability to apply concepts and principles related to medication safety, physical safety, emotional safety and environmental safety. In addition, application of the nursing process to care for patients across the life span who are responding to common health needs related to health promotion, wellness and self-responsibility is tested.

Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Differences (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests the ability to apply concepts and principles relevant to the nursing care of patients across the life span with common health differences related to nutrition, elimination, oxygenation, fluid and electrolyte balance, rest and activity

This exam can be waived if you hold a valid and current U.S. LPN/LVN license and have demonstrated success on the NCLEX-PN within five years prior to enrollment in the School of Nursing. Submit a copy of your LPN/LVN license and official transcript to Excelsior College as part of your enrollment so they can validate your license and award you credit for this examination.

Foundations in Nursing Practice (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests the ability to apply concepts and principles relevant to the nursing care of patients across the life span in community settings who are experiencing chronic illness, disability, or end of life, with primary health concerns including, comfort, pain and sensory impairment.

**This course was previously known as: Essentials of Nursing Care: Chronicity.

Reproductive Health (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests the ability to apply concepts and principles related to the application of the nursing process to care for patients across the life span with nursing care needs related to human sexuality, congenital anomalies, genetic disorders and reproductive disorders. In addition, this examination tests the nursing student’s ability to care for the childbearing family.

**This course was previously known as: Essentials of Nursing Care: Reproductive Health.

Health Differences Across the Life Span 1 (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests concepts and principles related to the application of the nursing process to care for patients across the life span who are experiencing health differences related to cardiovascular and respiratory illness or abnormal cell growth.

Health Differences Across the Life Span 2 (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests concepts and principles related to the application of the nursing process to care for patients across the life span who are experiencing health differences related to behavioral, regulatory, and metabolic dysfunction.

Health Differences Across the Life Span 3 (3 credits via EC exam)

This examination tests concepts and principles related to the application of the nursing process to care for patients across the life span who are experiencing health differences related to musculoskeletal disorders, infectious and communicable diseases, tissue trauma and neurological dysfunction.

FCCA: Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment (4 credits) Taken online directly with Excelsior College.

This simulated clinical assessment provides a means for nursing students to demonstrate competencies related to the following three essential elements of nursing practice:

  • Managing Multiple Patients
  • Working In Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams

Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination: CPNE (8 credits) Taken onsite directly with Excelsior College.

The Excelsior College CPNE tests application of the nursing process and technical components of nursing practice in the care of adults and children in the acute care setting. Patients in these settings are experiencing potential, actual, and/or recurring health problems requiring maintenance and restorative interventions.

The CPNE is organized around three phases of the nursing process: planning, implementation, and evaluation. The planning phase includes assessment and analysis of information necessary for identifying nursing diagnoses. Interventions based on sound assessments and patient responses to health problems are designed to maintain, restore, alleviate, or rehabilitate, and are then evaluated for effectiveness. Critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, use of knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, and standards of care are assessed in this examination.

This examination may be scheduled after the entire FCCA requirement is successfully completed.

Graduation

NCLEX: National Council Licensure Examination

Entry into the practice of nursing in the United States and its territories is regulated by the licensing authorities within each jurisdiction. To ensure public protection, each jurisdiction requires a candidate for licensure to pass an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse.