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Nursing

Nursing

Program Description

AUM Nursing graduates are in demand by employers all over the Southeast — in hospitals, clinics, home health, hospices, schools, and public health programs. As a nurse, you’ll play a critical role in patients’ diagnosis and care in a challenging profession that unites knowledge and compassion. At AUM, you’ll get the classroom and clinical training you need to be a skilled healthcare professional. If you want a career helping people, one that allows you a choice of jobs, join the AUM Nursing program.

Points of Pride

  • 97% of students have jobs within three months of graduation.
  • The EARN (Educational Advancement for Registered Nurses) program allows RNs to complete their Bachelor of the Science of Nursing completely online in three semesters.
  • AUM nursing students get clinical experience conducting physical exams, blood tests, and dental, vision and hearing checks. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences participates in the Healthy Kids initiative and provides health screenings to schoolchildren in the Lowndes and Elmore County public schools.
  • In 2015 and 2016, AUM nursing students received clinical training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda, MD, through Project SERVE (Student’s Education Related to the Veteran Experience). AUM was one of only two universities to participate in this program.
  • In 2015-2015, 25 percent of the nurses at Baptist Medical Center East who received the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award were AUM graduates. The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 to recognize the extraordinary work that nurses do.
  • In every semester’s Warhawk Hospital, students from all departments in the College of Nursing and Health Services work together to care for patients in the AUM simulation learning laboratory.  This is an inter-professional active learning experience to prepare students to work cooperatively to create a better patient-centered health-care system. 
  • AUM’s Nursing program cultivates close relationships with clinical agencies in order to provide students with high quality clinical immersion experiences within an hour of the university. Senior students are able to plan their preceptor experience without disrupting the semester or incurring additional living and/or travel expenses. 
  • AUM’s Promoting Academic SuccesS (PASS) and Mentoring to Educate Retain and Empower Nurses (MEREN) programs provide academic support to nursing students by providing activities that develop clinical judgment, critical thinking and test-taking skills, reading effectiveness and nursing values.

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)

Physician Assistants

$95,820 per year

30% (28,700 more jobs)

For More Information

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University at Montgomery

Moore Hall 101

334-244-3658

bjenkins@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks                                                                                

  • After graduating from AUM, Ron Cleutat worked as a nurse manager of a cardiovascular intensive care unit, a travel nurse, and in clinics serving 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
  • While serving as a nurse in the Navy, Commander Michele Kane received a master’s in nursing education from George Mason University, a doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and studied the British health care system at Oxford University. Currently, Kane oversees all nursing research conducted at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda
  • Dr. Joyce Varner earned both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of South Alabama and is now an Assistant Professor in USA’s gerontological nurse practitioner program
  • Stacy Hoffman Glass graduated in 2016 as the Chancellor’s Scholar and accepted a position at Baptist Hospital
  • Kelly Costly Henderson is a nurse at East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) who, sponsored by EAMC, completed her BSN degree in 2016 through the EARN RN-BSN program
  •  Valerie Cochran received her Master in Science in Nursing from AUM and is Assistant State Nursing Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health
  • Sarah Covington received her certification as a Nurse Practitioner at AUM and is the owner of Covington Healthcare in Tallassee, AL
  • Lisa Haigler earned a Master of Science in Nursing from AUM, and is now a Nurse Manager at Baptist East Hospital and an adjunct faculty member at AUM
  • After graduating from AUM, Linda Gibson-Young earned a masters and PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is now an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Joseph Rightmyer received a doctorate from the University of Alabama and works for the Alabama Department of Public Health, seeing patients in clinics across eight counties in Alabama
  • Virginia Christine Simmons Muckler is a Nurse Anesthetist and Simulation Expert at Duke School of Nursing

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Nursing degree includes:


Course #

Course Name

Course Description

NURS 3150

Evidence Based Practice

Evidence based practice concepts essential for professional nursing practice.

NURS 3240

Patient-Centered Care I (plus clinical lab)

Medical surgical concepts essential for professional nursing practice. Companion lab required: Application of medical surgical essentials for professional nursing practice.

NURS 4340

Patient-Centered Care Child Bearing

Childbearing family concepts essential for professional nursing practice.

NURS 4351

Nursing Care for the Pediatric Patient and Support Network

Theory and application of concepts essential for care of the pediatric patient and support network. (2 theory, 2 clinical)

NURS 4360

Population-Based Care

Population based concepts essential for professional nursing practice.

NURS 4361

Community Public Health Nursing

Exploration and application of concepts inherent in the delivery of care for individuals, families and populations in community health settings and environments (3 theory, 2 clinical)

NURS 4400

Leadership for Professional Nursing Practice

Concepts essential for leadership and transformation into professional nursing practice.

NURS 4421

Transition Practice

The course is designed to allow for the application of concepts pertaining to the transition into professional nursing. This course implements all concepts covered throughout the AUMSON curriculum. (5 clinical)