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Nursing

Nursing (B.S.)

Undergraduate Nursing Program

Program Options: 

The AUM School of Nursing undergraduate program leads to a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree; the basis for professional nursing practice.  The BSN prepared graduate is prepared to provide comprehensive care in a variety of acute, community and rehabilitative settings.  The baccalaureate curriculum provides a solid foundation for graduate study. All nursing program options have been developed consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing -- Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) and The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). The DNP program has been developed consistent with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006).

Traditional Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program: This is a pre-licensure program for non-nurses who have met the prerequisite course work and have been accepted into the limited access Nursing Program. 

RN to BSN: Educational Advancement for Registered Nurses (EARN) program: This is a program for registered nurses who have an Associate’s Degree and are seeking a BSN degree.  This program is offered totally online.  

Graduate Nursing Program 

The AUM School of Nursing offers two graduate program options that result in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.  Master’s education prepares nurses for flexible leadership and engagement within complex, changing systems, including health, educational and organizational systems.  Graduates from the MSN program are prepared to sit for the certification examination appropriate for each specific program option. 
In 2019, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will commence as a post-master’s program. The program is 40 semester hours long and will be offered totally online.  This program has been approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (12/2017) and is awaiting approval from SACSCOC. It is anticipated to commence in January, 2019.

Program Options: 

Family Nurse Practitioner

A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is a registered nurse with a graduate degree in nursing that is prepared for advanced practice with individuals and families throughout the life span and across the health continuum.  This practice includes independent and interdependent decision-making and direct accountability for clinical judgment.

Graduate preparation expands the comprehensiveness of the FNP role to include participation in and use of research and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management and consultation.  

Nurse Educator for Interprofessional Practice

Students interested in the Nurse Educator for Interprofessional Practice Program will be prepared to educate healthcare providers and educators for the 21st century healthcare environment where interprofessional practice and team science is required.  Course work in academic nursing emphasizes developing in the role as an educator and/or faculty member.  Emphasis is on application of theories and principles of teaching-learning in a variety of health care settings and colleges of nursing.  Teaching practical experiences are provided in the classroom, clinical settings and in the use of current technologies.   

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The practice doctorate in nursing is the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The DNP degree is designed to provide the highest level of practice expertise and scientific knowledge to advanced practice nurses focused on practice at the aggregate, systems, or organizational level. The DNP program is a post-master’s that provides the educational pathway for master’s prepared nurses to acquire and integrate advanced nursing science with advanced strategies to enhance, alleviate and ameliorate health and health care delivery phenomena and evaluate patient outcomes. The goal of this program is to prepare highly educated nurse leaders, clinicians and educators and increase access to high quality care for the citizens of Alabama and the nation.  

Points of Pride

  • 98% of traditional BSN graduates have job offers at the time of graduation
  • The EARN or RN to BSN Program allows RNs to complete their BSN degree completely online.
  • AUM nursing students received clinical training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda, MD through ProjectSERVE (Student’s Education Related to the Veteran Experience).
  • Each semester, students from all departments in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences work together in the Warhawk Hospital, a simulated interprofessional experience, to prepare students to work as a team in clinical practice.
  • AUM nursing student join students from the other health departments in the college for the Healthy Kids Outreach Initiative offering health screening to schoolchildren in underserved areas in AL.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree in nursing will give you plenty of jobs at better-than-average pay to choose from. The healthcare field is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations — 19 percent from 2014 to 2024 — and add 2.3 million jobs to the economy. The most recent median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $62,610 — higher than the median annual wage of all occupations.

 

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Registered Nurses

$66,640 per year

16% (439,300 more jobs)

Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

$102,670 per year

31% (53,400 more jobs)

For More Information

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
School of Nursing 
Moore Hall 101
334-244-3658
kconner4@aum.edu (Undergraduate Program Information)
ashaw7@aum.edu (RN to BSN and Graduate Program Information)

Soaring Warhawks

Ms. Stacy Hoffman Glass graduated in 2016 as the Chancellor’s Scholar and accepted a position at Baptist Hospital
Dr. Linda Gibson-Young completed her BSN at AUM and earned a masters and PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is now an Associate Professor at Auburn University.
Dr. Virginia Christine Simmons Muckler is a Nurse Anesthetist and Simulation Expert at Duke School of Nursing.
Mr. Ron Cleutat graduated from AUM, worked as a nurse manager of a cardiovascular intensive care unit, a travel nurse, and he worked with disabled children. He is now co-founder and CEO of Hemophilia Preferred Care, a company that provides healthcare services for patients with hemophilia and their families.

Program Overview

The traditional BSN Program for non-nurses is a full-time program of studies with classroom, clinical laboratory, simulation experiences and clinical practice in a variety of health care agencies.  This program track is comprised of 63 semester hours and upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.  
The RN to BSN: Educational Advancement for Registered Nurses (EARN) program for Associate Degree nurses seeking a BSN degree is comprised of 30 semester hours and all courses are offered online.  The AUM faculty members teaching online have been prepared according to the highest quality standards for online education. An advisor maintains contact with students throughout their progression in the program to facilitate access to classes and other needs.
The graduate MSN Program options are online and have specific curricula found on the website. A graduate advisor maintains contact with students throughout their progression in the program to facilitate access to classes and other needs. 
The DNP program, planning to commence in January 2019, will be a post-master’s program.  Graduates from the DNP program will practice as nurse practitioners, nurse executives, clinical nurse specialists, midwives, nurse anesthetists and educators in a plethora of settings.  A doctoral advisor will maintain contact with students throughout their progression in the program.  
 
Program curricula can be found in the online catalog, student handbooks located on the website and from an academic advisor.