Program Goals

The goals of the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) are organized according to the College domains of learning: knowledge, proficiency, and culture care values. All goals begin with knowledge attained from the nursing and general education courses. Knowledge, proficiency, and culture care values are integrated and dynamic. The following model shows the relationship among the three domains:

Knowledge
  • Apply the theoretical concepts from a selected knowledge base of the natural and social sciences, humanities and nursing to provide holistic nursing care
  • Use teaching and learning principles to address needs/health problems of individuals, families and groups
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and implement selected evidence-based nursing interventions
Proficiency
  • Use the nursing process to provide care for basic, common or complex needs/problems and to assist individuals, families and groups with health promotion, maintenance and rehabilitation
  • Exhibit therapeutic and culturally sensitive interpersonal communication skills when addressing the needs/health problems of individuals, families and groups and when interacting with health care team members
  • Participate as a member of the nursing and health care team in providing and managing proficient, safe, and effective direct and indirect nursing care, including the use of information technology
Culture Care Values
  • Demonstrate ability to provide culturally competent care by preserving/maintaining cultural identities and diverse life ways of individuals, families and groups
  • Practice nursing within the framework of the professional standards, values and codes, and legal and ethical considerations, including both the Illinois and Iowa Nursing Rules and Acts