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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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Alycia Murdie

I'm a single mother of 3 and work full time. I came to the point of my life where I was ready to change my profession and do something that will better our lives. So I was looking around at different schools, calling around seeing what they offer. Then my mom told me about Ross. I was nervous of course, but I called and the gentleman I talked to was so upbeat and supportive. Made me feel like they were really willing to help me out. I set up an interview with the school and I met with Brandi. Brandi is amazing!! She was so friendly and listened to all of my needs and wants. I started school in May 2018, of course I was nervous, but everyone helped me out with all of my questions. Every time I walk in for class, they are always so friendly and knew my name from day one. I was in the evening MA program. My teacher was very helpful and if I needed help they would sit down with me and work one-on-one. I'm now on my externship with the school. I'm at an ENT and I love it! I'm so glad I took the step and called Ross because now I see everything I learned in school coming out everyday and realize every day that my life will be for the better with this career.

Alycia Murdie Graduate Medical Assistant student at Knoxville, TN campus Graduation: January 23, 2019
Kayla Childress

Prior to Ross, I had attended two other colleges trying to find a career that I would be passionate about. Once I came to Ross, I knew I had found the career that I will love. The instructors supported me every step of the way, as well as other staff members on campus. I am so glad I made the choice to continue my education at Ross. I am excited for my future and all the opportunities ahead of me!

Kayla Childress Graduate Medical Assistant student at Port Huron, MI campus Graduation: April 24, 2019
Cailin Neubert

The best way to change your life is to do something that will challenge you to grow. Ross is that challenge for me. With the help of my teachers and the entire Ross staff, I am learning to be better worker, team player, and student.

Cailin Neubert Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ann Arbor, MI campus Graduation: April 5, 2019
Kayla Wimberly

I'm thankful for Ross for giving me this great opportunity to learn and become a great medical assistant. The teachers and staff are very friendly and want you to succeed.

Kayla Wimberly Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ann Arbor, MI campus Graduation: April 5, 2019
Samantha Paige

Being a student at Ross, I have been able to have a schedule that has worked for me and my family, which is important since I have five children. The instructors have helped tremendously in ensuring that we learn and are confident in the things that are needed for our homework assignments and tests. They become a second family that wants to see you succeed. The staff here at Ross has gone out of their way at times to make sure that I stayed on the right course. Any time that I had a question, they all made themselves available.

Samantha Paige Graduate Medical Assistant student at Fort Wayne, IN campus Graduation: May 21, 2019
Medical Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Quad Cities
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
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  • Owensboro
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  • Cincinnati
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  • Mansfield
  • Niles
  • Canton (OH)
  • Sylvania
  • Johnson City
  • Knoxville
  • Charleston
  • Morgantown
Dental Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Erlanger
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
  • Brighton
  • Canton (MI)
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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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