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The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Nursing provides students with principles and knowledge from general education and the biological and behavioral sciences, as well as the science of nursing.

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This knowledge forms the basis for utilizing the nursing process in a professional practice. Concurrent integration of theory into clinical practice is an important aspect of professional nursing education. A Registered Nurse can work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health, and a variety of other health care areas.

What is a Registered Nurse?

A registered nurse (RN) holds a Degree in Nursing and has successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam and completed all of the licensing requirements set forth by the state board of nursing. Nurses work in many medical facilities alongside physicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and other healthcare professionals.

A nurse's basic function is to provide direct patient care by assessing and diagnosing their needs and then coming up with and implementing a care plan. There are a variety of specialties within the nursing field including geriatric, ambulatory care, psychiatric, pediatric oncology, and many more.

Nursing Clinical Hours

As part of the Nursing program at Ross, each student spends time in a variety of healthcare facilities including nursing homes, specialty clinics, mental health offices, and hospitals. The clinical provides students with the essential hands-on patient care experience in a real healthcare facility setting. It also gives students a chance to be exposed to different types of facilities, patients, and care before they are looking for a job.

Certification for Nursing Graduates

At the conclusion of the program, in order to practice as a nurse, students must register, take, and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam. This confers on them the title of Registered Nurse and gives them the legal and professional right to work as a nurse in a variety of healthcare settings.

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Tina Johnson

I was unsure about changing my career and taking out more financial aid to pay back. I was excited to come back to school but very nervous. After the first 3 days of my first MOD, I was extremely confident that this is what I wanted. Mrs. Bishoff has made learning so exciting and fun. I really wish I could give her a higher marking. She deserves it. She is by far the best instructor/teacher that I have ever had in all my years of going to school.

Tina Johnson Graduate Dental Assistant student at New Baltimore, MI campus Graduation: May 28, 2019
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I chose Ross because it worked with my schedule and I am so happy I did. I went in with a dream and it became a reality thanks to Ross.

Chryl Williams Graduate Medical Assistant student at Kokomo, IN campus Graduation: July 27, 2018
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I have loved my time here. I have gained so much knowledge in this field. It has made me prepared and excited to start my career in an office in Michigan!

Sierra Fisher Graduate Dental Assistant student at Sylvania, OH campus Graduation: March 19, 2019
Jessie Morrison

I learned so much in my short time here at Ross. Mrs. Hawley was one of the best teachers I've ever had the pleasure of learning from. She made every day in the classroom enjoyable and amazing. I'm so glad I chose Ross to help me step into my medical career. Now that I've graduated, I feel prepared to start this next chapter in my life and I am very excited.

Jessie Morrison Graduate Medical Assistant student at Knoxville, TN campus Graduation: January 11, 2019
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I thought I had my whole life to go back to school and then I had kids. Everything came to a halt and I thought it was too late for me. One night I did some digging and came across Ross Medical Education Center. I applied and instantly knew this was my chance to go back to school. It wasn't too late, and now I have graduated! Best choice I've made in making a career for myself!

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Medical Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
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Dental Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Erlanger
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
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Veterinary Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Erlanger
  • Canton
  • Kalamazoo
  • Madison Heights
  • New Baltimore
Pharmacy Technician Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Muncie
  • Bowling Green
  • Brighton
  • Davison
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Madison Heights
  • Saginaw
  • Cincinnati
  • Mansfield
  • Johnson City
  • Charleston
Nursing Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Midland
Medical Insurance Billing & Office Administration Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Bowling Green
  • Erlanger
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
  • Brighton
  • Canton (MI)
  • Davison
  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Madison Heights
  • New Baltimore
  • Port Huron
  • Muskegon
  • Saginaw
  • Taylor
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Niles
  • Mansfield
  • Johnson City
  • Knoxville
  • Charleston
  • Morgantown
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville
  • Quad Cities
Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
Practical Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
Veterinary Technology Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
Business Management Program offered at these campus locations:
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