Associate of Science Degree Nursing

Any time you interact with the healthcare field, you’re almost certainly going to encounter a registered nurse. From your family doctor’s office to the local urgent care to the school nurses working in your district, registered nurses are at the crux of our medical system. It is a career built on passion, caring, and expertise, and you could be a part of it with the Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Smith Chason School of Nursing in Los Angeles, CA.

Currently only offered at our Los Angeles Campus.

WHAT IS REGISTERED NURSING?

Registered nurses are the backbone of our modern healthcare industry. They work across the system, everywhere from tiny clinics to big public hospitals, serving the needs of their patients. Modern nurses are more highly trained and specialized than ever before, and it can be a great way to be a part of the medical profession. Many registered nurses go on to add specialties to their resume or even to further their education by becoming clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners.

WHAT DOES A REGISTERED NURSE DO?

Registered nurses are the jacks-of-all-trades of the medical profession, tasked with doing everything from providing direct patient care to education patients and the public to offering mental and emotional support. Their day-to-day tasks might include:

  • Assessing the condition of patients, both when they’re admitted and during the course of their visit
  • Filling out and keeping record of patients’ medical histories and current symptoms or treatments
  • Administering medications and treatments to patients as prescribed by a physician
  • Assisting with and contributing to the development of care plans for patients
  • Operating and monitoring medical equipment
  • Helping to perform diagnostic tests and consulting with the care team on the results
  • Communicating results, treatments, and post-release care with patients and their families

Nurses can also choose to work with specific conditions and patient groups, like: addiction treatment, cardiovascular, pediatrics, rehabilitation, surgical recovery, neonatal, and others.

HOW DO I BECOME A REGISTERED NURSE?

A formal postsecondary education is required in order to become a registered nurse, often through accredited programs like the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Smith Chason. Our Los Angeles nursing degree program has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and is a complete partner of ATI. We prioritize hands-on learning from day one, starting in our highly developed simulation lab.

Vocational nurses should also:

  • Have strong critical-thinking skills — RNs have the most contact with patients and need to be able to assess their status and know when and how to take action when necessary.
  • Be compassionate — An empathetic and caring disposition are key in those looking to enter the nursing profession.
  • Have good physical stamina — Being a registered nurse is a very active profession that often requires being on your feet much of the day and assisting, moving, and even lifting patients.
  • Be very organized — RNs often juggle multiple patients and their individual conditions and need to be able to keep all of them straight and know what each of them needs at the appropriate times.
  • Have strong communication skills — As an LVN, you’ll be working with a whole team of other medical professionals, so being able to interact and communicate with them well is key.

WHAT CERTIFICATIONS DO NURSES NEED?

All registered nurses who want to work in the state of California are required to be licensed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing by successfully passing the NCLEX-RN exam. Preparation for the NCLEX exam is a core component of our curriculum, and we pride ourselves on readying you to successfully sit for your licensure. Most new nursing graduates are also expected to have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, and potentially Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) as well.

There are additional specialized certifications nurses can pursue as well that can open up new employment opportunities, like:

  • IV Therapy
  • Long-term care
  • Wound care
  • Oncology
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • And a lot more

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN A NURSING DEGREE PROGRAM?

Smith Chason offers you a learner-focused experience, with an evidence-based approach to your education that’s built on the knowledge of our professional nursing instructors. Our Los Angeles ADN program combines online theory and lecture classes with hands-on nursing skills in our highly developed simulation and skills labs, and off-site clinical experience, to provide you with complete education in the skills and competencies you will need as a registered nurse. The program will cover topics like:

  • How to utilize evidence-based interventions to achieve the best patient outcomes
  • How to prepare and prioritize the appropriate skills, up through the highest levels of care
  • How to communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals
  • How to be a patient safety advocate at all times by establishing compassionate, caring, and therapeutic relationships

Many RNs choose to specialize their careers in departments like:

  • Medical/Surgical
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics & Gynecological (OB-GYN)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery and Transplantation
  • Emergency Room
  • Nursing Education

For over 20 years, the founders of Smith Chason School of Nursing have made it our mission to produce graduates who display both academic excellence and the highest levels of integrity. We are a true partner in your journey to becoming part of the nursing profession.

WHAT CLASSES WILL I TAKE FOR NURSING?

With our associate degree in nursing, you’ll take a wide range of core and general education courses that include:

  • Beginning Medical Nursing
  • Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Arts and Science of Nursing – Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Leadership and Ethics in Nursing
  • And more

WHAT’S THE CAREER OUTLOOK FOR REGISTERED NURSES?

Both the aging of the U.S. population and the growing number of people who can access health insurance through programs like ACA and Medicare expansion are contributing to rising demand in medical services. In order to keep up, skilled, registered nurses will be needed in medical facilities and health organizations all over the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of registered nurses will grow 9%, adding hundreds of thousands of jobs through 2030.

*EDD/LMID Projections of Employment by Occupation

WHERE DO REGISTERED NURSES WORK?

According to the BLS, around 60% of the registered nurses employed across the U.S. in 2020 worked at state, local, and private hospitals, including academic and research hospitals and specialty hospitals.

Other big employers of registered nurses include long-term and residential care facilities, educational programs, and ambulatory health services like:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Home health and hospice care
  • Public health
  • Outpatient care like surgery centers and urgent care clinics

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING?

The Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Smith Chason takes just 24 months to complete, including all off-site clinical experience.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT SMITH CHASON’S ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING?

To ensure that your education journey isn’t interrupted, Smith Chason utilizes a hybrid learning model. All lecture classes will be held online, skills and simulation labs will be on campus in person, and clinicals will be in-person at your assigned clinical site.

Founded by nurses for nurses, Smith Chason has built nursing education programs on the foundation of our instructors’ skills, passion, and professional experience. Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available,* and we’ve been accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and College as a private post-secondary vocational school since 2001 and our Los Angeles ADN program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses (California BRN).Find our full list of approvals and accreditations on our Admissions page.

Smith Chason understands that you might need a helping hand in your nursing ambitions. For that reason, financial aid and scholarships are available*. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information about receiving federal assistance and view our full booklet of scholarships.

Financial Aid

*To those who qualify. ADN program pending approval by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) and pending Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approval.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Are you ready to advance your career by advancing your education? Find the information you need to apply to the Smith Chason School of Nursing on our Admissions Page.

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