This is an innovative, fast-paced, nine-month option leading to an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. The Associate of Science in Nursing Program prepares nurses to manage direct care to patients with commonly recurring illnesses in acute and long-term health care facilities. The program of study includes a three-week preceptorship experience immediately prior to graduation. All graduates are eligible to take the licensing exam for registered nurses. Graduates of this program will have the educational foundation to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through an advanced placement option for registered nurses, such as The W's RN-to-BSN.
Licensed Practical Nurses who have a current unencumbered Mississippi license are eligible for advanced placement in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program when they have one year's work experience as an LPN in a clinical setting within the last two (2) years and have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses, first year non-nursing courses, NU 112 Pharmacology, NU 144 Nursing Transition and NU 145 Nursing Transition Clinical. NU 112, NU 144 and NU 145 are offered during the second term of summer school. Upon completion of these courses the LPN is awarded credit for the freshman courses NU 114, NU 115, NU 116, NU 124, NU 125 and NU 126 (16 credits) in place of NU 144 and NU 145 (5 credits).
Since its inception in 1971 with 135 students, the Associate of Science in Nursing Program at The W has been committed to excellence in nursing education. Over 1,600 graduates are employed as registered nurses in acute and community health care settings throughout the United States.