NursingRegistered Nursing (RN)


Allied Health and Nursing

Registered nurses (RNs) provide care to patients, families and communities and also work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. Registered nurses may work in hospitals, physicians’ private offices, nursing homes, clinics, schools, work sites and in patients’ homes under the direction of such health professionals as physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists and others.

When providing direct care, registered nurses observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress; work with physicians to diagnose and treat disease; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation.

Registered nurses also develop and manage nursing care; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.

Registered nurses are members of a profession and work diligently to uphold the standards of the profession.  Registered nurses are caring and compassionate; are able to accept responsibility and direct, delegate to and/or supervise others; are able to follow orders precisely; and are able to determine when consultation is required. All nurses are patient advocates and health educators.

Educational Opportunities in Registered Nursing

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
This program prepares graduates to function as registered nurses in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care agencies. Registered nurses promote health for clients through hygienic care, teaching; assessment of body systems; implementation of the nursing process, including treatment modalities offered by the physician; and rehabilitative care. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Related Educational Opportunities in Other Health- Care Programs

  • Certificate of proficiency in emergency medical services-paramedic
  • Certificate of proficiency in medical assisting
  • Certificate of proficiency in phlebotomy
  • Associate of applied science in clinical laboratory science technology
  • Associate of applied science in dental hygiene
  • Associate of applied science in diagnostic medical sonography
  • Associate of applied science in physical therapist assisting
  • Associate of applied science in radiologic technology
  • Associate of technical studies in nuclear medicine
  • Associate of science (leading to programs such as pre-dentistry, pre-med,  preoptometry and pre-pharmacy)

Educational Opportunities in Nursing through LCCC’s University Partnership

The University of Akron
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The University of Akron’s nursing program prepares students to provide patient care, to direct others in giving care and to become members of comprehensive health care teams. Professional nurses also teach health care, prepare discharge plans and make referrals that can aid patients and their families.

Nursing graduates work in hospitals, urgent care centers and community-based public health agencies and clinics, and provide in-home care to patients. With a combination of experience and education, Akron nursing graduates can obtain employment as clinical specialists in a variety of areas.

Master of Science in Nursing
For registered nurses who have diplomas or associate degrees in nursing and who aspire to the Master of Science in nursing, the University of Akron offers the RN-MSN sequence. Students complete 68 hours of prerequisite undergraduate coursework.  The RN-MSN sequence consists of bridge coursework totaling 21 hours of upper-division, baccalaureate-level coursework and a minimum of 36 hours of graduate-level coursework. Students receive 46 hours of undergraduate by-passed credit after successful completion of all undergraduate course requirements.

Master of Science in Nursing
Nursing education at the master’s level builds upon baccalaureate nursing preparation. Program courses and content are organized and courses sequenced to facilitate the progression of student learning from that of a baccalaureate generalist to that of a specialist. The curriculum has two dimensions: core and specialization. Core courses are taken by all students and include theory, research, health policy, computer applications and pathophysiology.

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
Associate degree nursing graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials beyond the technical scope can enroll in Youngstown State University’s bachelor’s degree in allied health program, a two-plus-two concept which allows the associate nursing degree program to serve as the first two years of the baccalaureate- degree program. Students acquire the additional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that enhance their career mobility in the health-care setting.


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