Program Learning Outcomes

Associate of Applied Science (AAS-N)

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS-N) program consists of integrated lectures, labs and clinicals conducted in approved clinical education affiliates. The program prepares students to demonstrate competency in providing nursing care in a variety of health care settings and for employment in the field of registered nursing.

Candidates successfully completing the AAS-N program are eligible to apply for the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) required for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN). The Jackson College’s Associate in Applied Science Nursing Degree is approved by Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) located at 511 W Ottawa, P.O. Box 30004, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-1820, and is in pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20037, 202-909-2500.


Program Learning Outcomes

Human Flourishing

AAS-N Program Learning Outcome

The graduate will advocate for culturally diverse clients, families, significant others, and members of the healthcare team in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings to reach their maximum potential in various healthcare environments throughout the lifespan.

Level 1 Outcome

Advocate for stable, culturally diverse adult clients through the provision of evidence based care in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth

Level 2 Outcome

Advocate for culturally diverse clients and families through the provision of evidence based care for varied client populations in ways that promote self-determination, integrity and ongoing growth.

Level 3 Outcome

Advocate for culturally diverse, increasingly complex, critically ill and/or multiple clients and their families while providing culturally responsive, evidence-based care in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth.

Nursing Judgment

AAS-N Program Learning Outcome

The graduate will:

  1. Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science into the provision of safe and quality care that promotes the health of clients throughout the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate competency in nursing health care technology and informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support organizational reimbursement.

Level 1 Outcome

Prioritizes and provides safe, quality client-centered care for stable clients utilizing Maslow’s Hierarchy and the nursing process.

Level 2 Outcome

Using the nursing process and evidence-based practice, prioritizes and provides safe, quality client-centered care for varied client populations.

Level 3 Outcome

  1. Using the nursing process and evidence-based practice, prioritizes and provides safe, quality, client-centered care for increasingly complex, critically ill, and/or multiple clients.
  2. Evaluate quality improvement and analysis of aggregate data for the increasing complex, critically ill and/or multiple clients.
Professional Identity

AAS-N Program Learning Outcome

The graduate will implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, legal and ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and safe quality care for culturally diverse clients throughout the lifespan.

Level 1 Outcome

Apply legal, ethical, and practice standards while evolving within a professional nursing environment.

Level 2 Outcome

Demonstrate legal, ethical and practice standards in the care of varied client populations and advancing one’s professional identity.

Level 3 Outcome

  1. Integrate legal, ethical and practice standards into the care of increasingly complex, critically ill, and/or multiple clients.
  2. Transition from the role of student to that of a graduate nurse while developing leadership characteristics.
Spirit of Inquiry

AAS-N Program Learning Outcome

The graduate will evaluate evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for clients throughout the lifespan.

Level 1 Outcome

Describe evidence based practice in nursing including the rationale for its use.

Level 2 Outcome

Apply evidence based practice standards to guide care of varied client populations.

Level 3 Outcome

Translate, question and challenge the status quo of research findings in collaboration with inter-professional healthcare teams to manage increasingly complex, critically ill, and/or multiple clients.