Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Degree
Available at these Campuses: Bridgeview
Prepare for a career as a Registered Nurse (RN) with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Northwestern College – located in Bridgeview, IL. Whether you’re a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who wants to advance, or you’re just beginning your medical career, this is the kind of educational decision that changes entire lives. Not only will your own life change as you begin working toward a career in a highly respected healthcare field, but you’ll be improving the lives of your patients and their families every day you’re on the job.
To participate in this accelerated nursing program, Northwestern College requires your commitment, your dedication, and your passion for helping others. In return, we’ll give you a rewarding experience you won’t forget.
The Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing
Nurses are the foundation of every healthcare organization, from hospitals and clinics to private nursing facilities. The reason? As a nurse, you’re the individual who patients trust to provide hands-on care, and you’re the professional who works as a liaison between patients and the entire healthcare community. That’s why the Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing at Northwestern College provides a challenging and quality educational program from start to finish. The degree you will earn provides a great starting point for your career, whether you intend to specialize or jump right into the nursing job of your dreams.
Quality Training and a Challenging Curriculum
The nursing curriculum at Northwestern College is designed with the demands of the healthcare industry in mind. We offer a distinctive hands-on approach to learning, where students benefit not only from lectures offered by our educators, but also receive practical experience both in and out of the classroom through simulation labs and clinical practice. We provide the kind of well-rounded education that draws from technology, student-focused participation, and employer-recommended tactics. We train you to become more than a nurse—we also train you to become a leader.
Experience the Northwestern College Difference
Offering a complete career-focused nursing program that can be completed in as few as two years, the Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing at Northwestern College is meant to put students on the fast track to success.
Northwestern College prides itself on an education that means something in the real working world. Join us and become proud of your own ability to succeed.
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of a plan of care
- Communicate and collaborate with individuals, families, groups, and other health professionals in promoting health planning and delegating nursing care
- Assume accountability for their own decisions and actions for the procurement and application of new knowledge to professional practice
- Model professional behaviors that adhere to standards of practice and ethical codes of conduct
- Use leadership skills and knowledge to advocate for patients
Course InformationAs a nursing student, you will enjoy classes such as:
Medical Surgical Nursing
This course focuses on the nursing care of the adult clients with medical and/or surgical problems. It covers both acute and chronic illness states in the adult. This course includes aspects of both health promotion and disease prevention. The student utilizes laboratory and diagnostic test results data in analyzing client problems and in the formulation of a plan of care. The nursing process is used in all aspects of client care including assessment, analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The student plans care that meets the psychological, social, educational, and physical needs of the client.
This course focuses on the nursing care of infants, children, and adolescents. The topics covered include health promotion and disease prevention, acute illnesses in children, chronic illnesses in children, pediatric emergencies, growth and development, developmental theories, congenital health problems, and the hospitalized child. Nursing care of the entire family unit is emphasized in this course. Techniques of infant, child, and adolescent assessment are covered in detail. Pediatric medication dosages and administration techniques are reviewed. The nursing process is utilized in the analysis of client/family problems and in the formulation of a plan of care.
Maternity/Women’s Health Nursing
This segment of the program covers current topics in maternity nursing and women’s health. It encompasses health and illness in women of all ages. The care of women during pregnancy and childbearing comprises a major portion of this course, and includes disease states/problems and other deviations from the norm during pregnancy. It includes the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods, as well as the nursing assessment and care of the newborn. Other topics covered in this course are health promotion, disease prevention, and menopause. The nursing care of women with various gynecological disease states/problems is also included. The nursing process is employed in the analysis of client problems and in the plan of care for women in all developmental stages.
No career in nursing looks the same. But with this degree, graduates have the freedom to choose the career that suits your needs. From nursing assistants to registered nurses, there’s a full range of professional paths available.
A nursing career lends itself to career opportunities in everywhere from health clinics and hospitals to in-home/assisted living centers and physicians’ offices. The career options don’t stop there. Many hospitals or treatment centers, for example, provide the chance to care for patients with physical and/or psychiatric needs. With some hospital units requiring highly specialized care, you may discover a secondary path of healthcare that truly speaks to you.
While a large part of the job involves the technical applications of what students learn in the nursing school classroom, these jobs can also be physically demanding. Physical responsibilities of nursing can include everything from the administration of medications and treatments to treating wounds and sores or even providing sponge baths. On the other end of the patient-care spectrum, nursing sometimes demands emotional support, patient education, and diagnostic testing.
Earning Potential & Career Advancement
There’s a spectrum of earning potential in nursing. If you enter the field as a nursing assistant, you can make anywhere from $20,000 to upwards of $38,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. In 2017, the median salary was $27,520 for nursing assistants working in the United States.
Registered nurses, on the other hand, make anywhere from $48,690 to $104,100, with the median being $70,000 in 2017, reports the Bureau. This broad salary range offers room for advancement in a career after nursing school.
In addition to earning potential, the field of nursing is projected to grow with the aging baby boomer generation that will require continued healthcare. The Bureau predicts an estimated 8 percent growth for orderlies and an 11 percent This is best illustrated in the Bureau’s estimated 8 percent growth they predict for orderlies and the 11 percent increase they estimate for the employment of nursing assistants – both of which are well above the national average. More, from 2016-2026, registered nurses are estimated to see an 15 percent increase in employment.
Accreditations and Approvals
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org.
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing is approved by The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Division of Professional Regulation Illinois State Board of Nursing.
Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.
Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistance Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).
Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.
Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!
Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment.
For many students and parents, loans represent an important resource to help finance educational expenses. Northwestern College participates in the federal student loan program which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help meet their educational costs. A loan is a borrowed money that is expected to be paid back with interest. When you take out a student loan, you are making a legal obligation to repay the loan, so carefully consider the amount you borrow. Be a responsible borrower and borrow only what you need.
We encourage you to look for additional scholarship opportunities from external organizations.
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