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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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At Ross College, I really enjoyed the professors as well as getting to know my classmates. Everyone was very encouraging and I really enjoyed it!

Nikki Haley Graduate Online - Health Administrative Services student at Ross College Online campus Graduation: November 27, 2018
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I began my journey of becoming a medical assistant at the age of 49 years young. I chose Ross in Portage and my instructors were polar opposites but they both had my success and best interest at heart. I am now a medical assistant at one of the major hospitals in the area, working in orthopedics. Ross helped me have a successful career because they trained me to be the best I could be. Thank you, Ross, for allowing me to be part of your family.

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Dental Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
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Veterinary Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
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Pharmacy Technician Program offered at these campus locations:
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Nursing Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Grand Rapids
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  • Midland
Medical Insurance Billing & Office Administration Program offered at these campus locations:
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  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
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  • Erlanger
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
  • Brighton
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  • Davison
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  • 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:
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Business Management Program offered at these campus locations:
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