Associate in Science, Nursing
Concentrations within this Program
Nurses make unique and distinct contributions to the healthcare system and to society as a whole.
The goal of nursing care is to address human needs across the lifespan, and to promote, protect, maintain, and restore health and human dignity. Nurses act as compassionate providers of care. They are leaders, educators, and counselors. PTI has created an Associate in Science, Nursing, to educate the next generation of America’s caregivers.
The PTI ASN is a 21-month comprehensive program designed to prepare students who want to enter the nursing profession and for graduates who have completed a Practical Nursing program and want to expand their skills to sit for Registered Nursing Licensure. The curriculum is designed to prepare you to sit for the NCLEX-RN Registered Nursing Exam. Through discussions,interactive instruction, lectures, hands-on laboratory training, and practce in our Simulation Center, you'll have a chance to develop the skills that could help you stand out in the job market and make a difference in patients' lives
At PTI we combine classroom learning with skills practice in PTI’s state of the industry laboratory and Simulation Center. ASN students will gain valuable experience in extensive clinical settings including an emphasis on primary care and wellness, acute care, chronic illness, obstetrics, and pediatrics. This valuable combination of classroom learning, laboratory preparation, and clinical experience is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in nursing.
- You can complete your degree in less than two years. There is no waiting for available classes and no delays in getting your degree.
- Licensed Practical Nurse program graduates may participate in our advanced standing program to complete their ASN with additional quarters of study based on credit for previous education and experience.
- The curriculum is designed to prepare you to sit for the NCLEX-RN Registered Nursing Exam.
- You will benefit from separate courses in critical thinking, ethics and pharmacology.
- You will learn in clinical settings across the entire healthcare delivery continuum from wellness to acute care to chronic care with people of all ages.
- You will regularly learn in PTI’s state of the industry simulation lab where you will be working with the latest equipment and technology.
- You will learn in our state of the art Nursing Skills Lab that provides hands on practice of the skills you will use in your career in nursing.
- You will work in a nurturing environment with experienced instructors and student advisors. Our small class sizes mean you get the individual attention you need.
- Our students learn the science of nursing and beyond. We believe in lifelong learning for our nurses and have articulation agreements with several colleges for ongoing nurse education should you decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Many courses may be considered for transfer by area RN to BSN programs.
So you want to be a Nurse? Here’s what you need to know about eligibility and admission to PTI’s School of Nursing.
PTI’s School of Nursing welcomes candidates to its testing dates and information sessions for its Practical Nursing and Associate in Science, Nursing, programs. Here’s what you need to know about candidacy for PTI’s School of Nursing.
PTI School of Nursing candidates must complete the following.
- Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
- Pass PTI’s nursing entrance exam
Submit acceptable SAT/ACT scores
- Pass a background check and a drug screening.
Here’s how you get started.
Step 1 – DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY
- If you have SAT/ACT scores that match the following, call PTI Nursing Admissions at 412-809-5386.
SAT: Math 450 or better and Verbal 450 or better
ACT: 19 or better
- If you currently work as an LPN, call PTI Nursing Admissions at 412-809-5386
- If A and B don’t apply to you, schedule a testing date for PTI’s Nursing entrance exam to determine your eligibility
Step 2 – ATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION
Once you are notified of your eligibility, you can schedule a date to attend one of PTI’s School of Nursing Information Sessions to receive your Enrollment Packet and instructions.
Step 3 – APPLY FOR CLEARANCES
Submit the following components as detailed in your Enrollment Packet.
- Act 33
- Act 34
- Act 73
- PTI’s admissions application
- $100 tuition deposit*
- $60 drug screening fee*
* your tuition deposit and screening fee should be included in one $160 check made payable to Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Step 4 – MEET WITH ADMISSIONS
When all 6 components of your enrollment packet are submitted you can schedule an individual interview with PTI Admissions to tour our facility and to discuss your career goals, educational expectations, financial aid need and possible credit transfers.
Step 5 – COMPLETE YOUR ADMISSIONS APPLICATION
Submit the following forms.
- Health Evaluation Form
- Proof of CPR (professional rescuer)
- Drug screening results
Once you complete these five steps, your application for admission to PTI’s School of Nursing can be evaluated. Upon acceptance, you can order your uniform and prepare for the start of classes.
Questions? Contact PTI Nursing Admissions at 412-809-5369 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PTI’s Nursing entrance exam
This is a timed and computerized multiple-choice test that focuses on your thinking and reasoning skills, which are necessary for success in the nursing program. Please arrive early with your photo ID to complete check-in. Allow 90 minutes to complete this entrance exam.
Nursing Entrance Exam Schedule
More about this program
- Certifications & Clinical Experience
- Key Skills
- Consumer Information: Associate of Science in Nursing
Certifications & Clinical Experience
Graduates of PTI’s Associate in Science, Nursing, are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. As a special benefit PTI pays for the cost of this examination*.
At PTI we will arrange for your clinical instruction with clinical experiences in varied locations including:
- Kindred Hospital
- UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital
- Country Meadows
- LifeCare Hospitals of Pittsburgh
- St. Barnabas Health System
- Kane Regional Centers
- KinderCare Learning Centers
- HCR ManorCare, Greentree
- UPMC Cranberry Place
- The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center
*PTI reimburses graduates who successfully pass the exam within 120 days of graduation.
Key SkillsIn the PTI ASN Program you will learn key skills such as:
- Assessing patients who are acutely or chronically ill
- Managing patient care problems and concerns.
- Anticipating health care needs of patients and families
- Intervening to promote patient safety
- Educating patients and families about health and illness
- Providing nursing care for patients with complex healthcare needs
- Using available life-saving technology to monitor patients
- Leading teams
- Collaborating with others in healthcare settings
- Preparing reports on patient status
- Performing treatments and cutting edge therapies
- Coordinating discharge planning
- Participating in quality improvement initiatives
- Supervising nursing team members and evaluating performance
- Evaluating patients' responses to medications and treatments
- Introduction to Nursing
- This course introduces the beginning student to the concepts associated with the practice of nursing, including definitions, standards of practice, core values, roles in generalist and advanced practice, key responsibilities of the nurse in relation to quality and safety, and career planning for lifelong learning. In addition, the student explores basic study skills, test taking skills, stress and time management skills, and use of resources available to support the learning process. The goal of this course is to prepare the beginning student for success in subsequent terms of the program by laying a solid foundation in nursing.
- Foundations in Nursing
- This course introduces the student to the foundational elements of nursing practice and basic nursing care skills and procedures. The role and scope of RN practice are examined emphasizing the components of the nursing process and nursing care planning. Values and ethics are applied to designated patient care situations. The influence of legal guidelines and regulatory processes that govern nursing practice are explored. Effective methods of communicating with patients and staff are discussed and opportunities for patient care documentation are provided. For basic nursing skills and procedures, information on rationales for performance, steps of performance, normal values (if applicable), troubleshooting performance problems, expected patient outcomes and skill/procedural documentation is provided. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU182. Successful completion of both RNU181 and RNU182 is necessary for progression.
- Clinical Practice 1
- This practicum course accompanies RNU181: Foundations of Nursing, and provides the student opportunities to practice basic nursing care skills and procedures in a laboratory and simulated patient care environment. Content from RNU181 is applied using written instructions, performance videos, and hands on practice of nursing skills and procedures. Skill and procedural checklists provide evidence of student mastery of the skill and procedure. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU181. Successful completion of both RNU181 and RNU182 is necessary for progression.
- Primary Care and Wellness
- This course provides the ASN student with critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills specific to the primary care and wellness needs of the adult. Students will be provided with content on conducting comprehensive health histories and spiritual, cultural, psychosocial and physical assessments. Emphasis is placed on identification of normal and abnormal health data and assessment findings to identify patient problems/needs/interventions. Health promotion and wellness strategies are examined to provide a foundation for patient and family education. Stress as a human response is explored in various life situations as well as effective and non-effective coping strategies. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU187. Successful completion of both RNU186 and RNU187 is necessary for progression.
- Clinical Practice 2
- This clinical experience accompanies and is built upon course content from RNU186: Primary Care and Wellness. Students are provided with hands on guided practice in conducting comprehensive health histories and spiritual, cultural, psychosocial and physical assessments in various healthcare settings. Students also gain experience in performing foundational nursing skills and procedures. As part of the clinical experience, students will provide developmentally and culturally appropriate health education to selected patients that focuses on health promotion and maintaining wellness. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU186. Successful completion of both RNU186 and RNU187 is necessary for progression.
- Lifespan Development
- Within this course, the student has the opportunity to explore common elements of human growth and development across the lifespan. Units of content include: theories of development, prenatal development and birth, infancy, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood, late adulthood, and death. In each unit, the physiological, cognitive, and psychological changes that occur with normal growth and development are presented. Implications for nursing practice will be highlighted.
- Pharmacology Applications for RN Practice
- This laboratory learning experience focuses on the application of pharmacology information to the Registered Nurse level of nursing practice. Units of content and skill practice include: dosage calculation, methods of medication administration, intravenous therapy administration, adaptations for particular age groups or populations, nursing responsibilities for documentation, nursing responsibilities for assessment and evaluation of patient responses to medication, principles of patient teaching related to pharmacologic approaches to health and illness, and legal, regulatory and ethical aspects related to the RN scope of practice related to pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on patient safety, along with health teaching regarding medication uses, actions, interactions, and side effects. Co-requisite: Enrollment in NUR137. Successful completion of both NUR137 and RNU192 is necessary for progression to 4th quarter clinical nursing courses and medication administration.
- Acute Care of the Adult
- This course focuses on caring for adults 1) with acute medical conditions, and 2) undergoing surgical procedures. Evidence based practices are analyzed as the foundation for planning quality and safe patient care. Comprehensive and focused patient assessment is emphasized. Clinical reasoning is threaded throughout the course as applied to analysis of patient specific data and care information, development of nursing interventions and the evaluation of associated patient outcomes. Ethical and legal concepts are applied to designated patient care issues. Core nursing values of caring, teamwork, patient advocacy and therapeutic communication are embedded in course content. Patient and family health education will be included as an essential component of the registered nurse role. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of all required nursing courses in the first 3 quarters of the program. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU197. Successful completion of both RNU196 and RNU197 is necessary for progression to clinical nursing courses in the 5th quarter.
- Clinical Practice 3
- This clinical practicum course provides the student with opportunities to apply the nursing process and nursing skills for simulated and actual patients with acute medical and surgical conditions. Students will apply content and concepts learned in the Acute Care of Adults course in obtaining and assessing comprehensive and focused patient data, developing plans of care with evidence based nursing interventions and evaluating patient responses and outcomes. Processes of clinical reasoning, and evaluation of quality of care indicators and patient safety issues are threaded within both the clinical and simulation settings. Opportunities for application of effective communication strategies with the healthcare team, therapeutic communication with patients and families and performance of health education are provided. The role of the registered nurse within the context of caring, patient advocacy and working as a healthcare team member are embedded within the simulation and direct clinical patient care experiences. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of all required nursing courses in the first 3 quarters of the program. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU196. Successful completion of both RNU196 and RNU197 is necessary for progression to clinical nursing courses in the 5th quarter.
- Care of Adults with Chronic Illness
- This course focuses on assisting adults with chronic illnesses to successfully develop selfmanagement goals, plans and strategies to prevent and/or limit chronic illness associated complications and improve quality of life. Content information on common chronic illness disease progression, complications, and treatment strategies is discussed and tools and strategies for assisting patients to develop and implement a chronic illness self-management plan are examined. Comprehensive assessments of patients and families will be emphasized as applied to development of a self-management plan. Using Wagner’s Chronic Care Model, the student will identify model components in a collaborative care framework of chronic illness management. The role of the registered nurse in assisting the patient in goal setting, action planning and problem solving chronic illness self-management will be emphasized. Students will develop a chronic illness self-management plan for an identified patient from the clinical setting or from a simulated chronic illness scenario. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of all required nursing courses from the first 4 quarters. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU203. Successful completion of both RNU201 and RNU203 is necessary for progression into subsequent clinical nursing courses.
- Clinical Practice 4
- This clinical practicum course provides the student with opportunities to apply the nursing process and nursing skills within the registered nurse scope of practice, for simulated and actual patients with chronic illness in both inpatient and outpatient settings.. Direct patient care experiences and scheduled outpatient field experiences provide the student with opportunities to apply content and concepts learned in the Care of Adults with Chronic Illness course. Through assessing comprehensive and focused patient data and developing plans of care focusing on patient self-management goals, strategies, and processes, students are able to operationalize the role of the registered nurse in the Self-Management component of Wagner’s Chronic Care Model. Opportunities for collaborating with healthcare team members and participating in patient health education, as a function of patient selfmanagement, are provided. The role of the registered nurse within the context of caring and patient advocacy is embedded within the simulation and direct patient care experiences. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of all required nursing courses from the first 4 quarters. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU201. Successful completion of both RNU201 and RNU203 is necessary for progression into subsequent clinical nursing courses.
- Nursing Care Evolving Family
- This course focuses on two key areas of family-centered nursing practice: women’s health, antepartal through postpartal health needs of women and infants, and care of children with health needs or illnesses. Content on pregnancy, the birth processes, and the needs of the newborn and family after labor and delivery is included. Strategies for promotion of health and the care needs of children with alterations in health status are examined, within a family context. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the first 4 quarters of the program. Corequisite: Enrollment in RNU207. Successful completion of both RNU206 and RNU207 is necessary for progression to additional clinical nursing courses in the program.
- Clinical Practice 5
- This clinical course accompanies RNU206. Clinical experiences are provided in primary care, hospital, and community environments where women, families, and children receive health care. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the first 4 quarters of the program. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU206. Successful completion of both RNU206 and RNU207 is necessary for progression to additional clinical nursing courses in the program.
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
- This course focuses on nursing care for patients and families experiencing an altered behavioral response to stress or illness, and/or a psychiatric disorder. Units of content include: therapeutic nurse-patient relationships within a patient-centered care approach, therapeutic care environments, biological bases for behavioral and psychiatric disorders, symptoms of various psychiatric disorders, intervention strategies, mental health issues that commonly co-occur in patients within non-psychiatric health care settings, and the impact of mental health issues on families. Application of the nursing process in psychiatric and nonpsychiatric settings will be emphasized, along with advocacy for vulnerable populations experiencing psychosocial or psychiatric problems. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of GES100 and all nursing courses from the first 4 quarters. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU213. Successful completion of both RNU211 and RNU213 is necessary for progression into future clinical nursing courses.
- Clinical Practice 6
- This clinical practicum course accompanies RNU211. The student is provided opportunities to apply the nursing process in the care of patients and families experiencing psychosocial and/or psychiatric issues. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of GES100 and all nursing courses from the first 4 quarters. Co-requisite: Enrollment in RNU211. Successful completion of both RNU211 and RNU213 is necessary for progression into future clinical nursing courses.
- Professional Transition into Practice
- This course focuses on the transition from student to practicing nurse. Core competencies for leading and managing the delivery of quality care are emphasized, using recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) initiatives. Units of content include: leadership and change concepts and theories, strategies for building effective teamwork in the practice environment, structure and financing of health care delivery systems, patient-centered care, management responsibilities of the nurse, quality improvement, leading evidence-based practice initiatives, health care information management, and ethical use of technology. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of all previous RNU courses. Co-requisite: RNU217. Successful completion of both RNU216 and RNU217 is necessary for completion and graduation.
- Clinical Practice 7
- This clinical course accompanies RNU216, and is designed to facilitate the student’s transition into practice through a precepted experience, providing safe care to multiple patients, and to assist with the integration of all components of professional nursing practice. The goal of the clinical experience is to assist with the integration and application of knowledge and skills from previous classroom and clinical work in order to facilitate the effective transition from student to professional registered nurse. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of all previous RNU courses. Co-requisite: RNU216. Successful completion of both RNU216 and RNU217 is necessary for completion and graduation.
- Anatomy & Physiology 1
- This course introduces the student to concepts of anatomy and physiology. This course includes an introduction to structural units of the body, cellular function, and basic pharmacological principles. Systems to be examined include: the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous, sensory system, reproductive system.
- The focus of this course is on the structure, function, and environment of microorganisms with emphasis on those which are pathogenic. Discussion topics will include an introduction to the basic principles of microbiology, the morphology and life cycle of bacteria, epidemiology, immunology, and control of microorganisms. The pathogenesis and progression of infectious disease will also be explored. Co-requisite: NUR111.
- Microbiology Lab
- This course is an introduction to the basic laboratory techniques used to observe and identify microorganisms. Students will master the use of the microscope and the performance of the Gram Stain technique, along with the cultivation and identification of bacteria. In addition, adherence to laboratory safety rules and the maintenance of aseptic technique will be emphasized throughout the course. Co-requisite: NUR108.
- Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lab
- This course is an introduction to the basic laboratory techniques used to observe and identify anatomical structures and demonstrate physiological principles. Students will examine dissected specimens, anatomical models, and charts to achieve course competencies. Topics discussed include anatomical terminology, cellular form and function, tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Co-requisite: NUR103.
- Anatomy & Physiology 2
- This course is a systemic review of human biology with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms that allow for normal anatomic and physiologic function. References will be made to pathological conditions when appropriate. Topics of discussion will include blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immunology, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems along with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base balance mechanisms. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR103, NUR108, NUR111 AND NUR113. Co-requisite: NUR119.
- Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab
- This course is an introduction to the basic laboratory techniques used to observe and identify anatomical structures and demonstrate physiological principles. Students will examine dissected specimens, anatomical models, and charts to achieve course competencies. Topics discussed include blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immunology, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems along with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base balance mechanisms. Co-requisite: NUR118.
- This course focuses on the relationship between nutrition and health/illness across the lifespan. Discussion will include the function, digestion and absorption of essential nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Students will be introduced to the principles and techniques of nutrition assessment as well as individualizing health education and plan of care for the patient. Students will explore lifecycle nutrition and food safety through pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Current dietary guidelines and health promotion resources will be reviewed. Students will be introduced to concepts in clinical nutrition including nutrient delivery, weight management, eating disorders, and specific nutrition requirements in the management of chronic diseases.
- This course uses a systems approach in learning major classifications of medications and medications of choice for selected disease processes and pathological conditions. The student will also learn to calculate the dose administration for parenteral and non-parenteral medications.
- English Composition 1
- This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
- English Composition 2
- This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
- Effective Speech
- This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
- Principles of Mathematics
- This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
- This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
- This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
- Critical Thinking
- In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
- Social Problems
- This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
At PTI we offer a comprehensive Career Services Department Staffed with over 15 placement professionals to find you a nursing position. PTI Associate in Science in Nursing graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:
- Community Health Centers
- Urgent Care Centers
- Government Agencies
- Home Health Services
- Long Term Acute Care Hospitals
- Rehabilitation Agencies
- Behavioral Health Agencies
- Outpatient Centers
- Physicians’ Offices
- Public Health Departments
- Rehabilitation Centers
Here is where our career services department has established relationships:
- UPMC Senior Communities
- Uniontown Hospital
- HCR Manorcare
- Kindred Hospital
- Washington Hospital
- Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC
- Ohio Valley General Hospital
- Allegheny Health Network
- LifeCare Hospitals of Pittsburgh
- St. Barnabas Health System
Consumer Information: Associate of Science in Nursing
The Associate in Science, Nursing (ASN) Program has been designated as a Candidate for Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Telephone: 404-975-5000. Website: www.acenursing.org.
The Associate in Science, Nursing (ASN) Program has Provisional Approval Status from the PA State Board of Nursing, through fall 2015 when the licensure examination first time pass rates will be reviewed for the ASN graduates who have taken the NCLEX-RN examination during this annual reporting year (10/1/14 through 9/30/15).
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