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As the nation’s population ages, the healthcare industry needs more qualified nurses. Hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities are seeking specially trained individuals to help care for patients. With the right nursing degree, you could launch a rewarding career in one of America’s fastest-growing job fields.

Our nursing education program is designed to help you gain entry-level employment as a registered nurse (RN). Your courses combine classroom theory with hands-on clinical experience in real-world healthcare settings to give you a practical, well-rounded educational experience.

With your degree and proper licensing,1 you could qualify to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care centers.


With your Associate's degree in Nursing Education and necessary licensure,1 you could qualify to work2 as a:

  • Registered nurse (RN)


Independence University is conveniently located in Ogden, Utah. You will enjoy easy parking, friendly local faculty and staff, and modern, comfortable buildings with smaller, personalized classes.

This program is offered at the following location:


As a nursing education student, you’ll learn vital nursing knowledge and skills,3 such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Maternal/newborn nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Nursing leadership and management

Nursing Education (RN)

The world is in need of good nurses. With our Nursing Education degree, you could be ready to begin your career as an RN.


Course Name Credits

NUR 2220
Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

This 8-week course provides an understanding of the nurse's role in health and illness within evolving practice environments and across the spectrum of health and illness. The course expands on the use of the nursing process when caring for critically ill patients, and will address nursing care issues from a physiologic, pathophysiologic, and psychosocial context. The nursing skills addressed in this class will include: comprehensive head to toe physical assessment, advanced pharmaceutical interventions, advanced medical-surgical care modalities, advanced use of clinical technology, and other specialty care areas that address the care of the medical-surgical client. Nursing students will advance in their roles as provider of care, manager of care, and a member of the discipline of nursing using up-to-date knowledge to apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning.

Prerequisites: NUR 2140 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 1115
Anatomy and Physiology

This course introduces the basics and advanced human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Introduces common human processes. Prepares nursing students to take NUR 1116 - Pathophysiology.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 1119
Fundamentals in Nursing

This 12-week course deals with the care of the aging client, caring through the lifespan, and clients with special needs. Human Flourishing will be addressed using Evidence-base Practice (EBP) and applying this to the health of the individual, family and the community. Patient-Centered Care (PCC) of the aging adult is addressed by emphasizing nursing skills such as health assessment, stress and coping, and basic nursing skills; basic human needs such as hygiene, comfort, and activity, as well as skills in oxygen therapy, post-surgical care, palliative care, orthopedic measures, diagnostic procedures, and other skills to aid the patient in meeting basic human needs. The way care is administered to the patient is found in the health care delivery systems, continuity of care, and home health chapters. Professional Identity and Values are included in the introduction to and history of nursing.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 2221
Leadership & Management in Nursing

The first three weeks of this 8-week course builds on previously mastered medical-surgical content with an application to leadership and management. It provides a strong knowledge base to assist the student in the development of critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on common leadership and management issues. The remaining five weeks of the course will be utilized for NCLEX review and HESI preparation.

Prerequisites: NUR 2220 or with the consent of the Dean and is taught concurrently with NUR2250.

NUR 1140
Maternal-Newborn Nursing

This 8-week course builds on the concepts of previous nursing courses with emphasis on utilizing the Nursing Process in dealing with women's health focus during childbearing years, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and the health of newborns. Students will explore the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, and alterations in health related to women in these phases and the newborn infant. Emphasis is on whole person care of the client. Management and planning of the Nursing Process will include concepts from a variety of culturally diverse settings to include nursing in the community.

Prerequisites: NUR 2120 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 2120
Medical-Surgical Nursing

This 12-week course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview as well as examination into critical concepts related to medical-surgical nursing. The students will be exposed to numerous health problems that are commonly found nationally as well as worldwide. These health problems will be described in pathophysiological detail and further expounded upon to provide an emphasis of the dynamic nursing roles needed to care for individuals with complex health conditions. Mobilizing key aspects of the nursing process, students will begin to understand the correlation of disease management through the collaborative approach of the nursing/medical team. Skills include a head-to-toe physical assessment, pharmaceutical interventions, medical-surgical care modalities that address the care of the medical-surgical client.

Prerequisites: NUR 1119 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 2140
Mental Health Nursing

This 8-week course uses the biopsychosocial model to provide a contemporary holistic framework for delivering nursing care to individuals and families living within tumultuous societies. An emphasis on the recovery model is presented throughout the course materials. Current advances in psychiatric care, psychiatric nursing care, and nursing education are presented.

Prerequisites: NUR 1150 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 1117
Microbiology for Nursing

An introduction to microorganisms, their biology, and their relationships to health, technology, and the environment, with practical applications.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 2250
Nursing Practicum

This 8-week course is the preceptorship for the students. The student will work with a nurse in the clinical setting. The student will follow the nurse and learn the routine of being a professional nurse. By the end of the preceptorship, the student should be able to do the normal duties of the nurse with minimal supervision. The student should be able work independently in the clinical setting and work as a professional. The student will follow the code of ethics, work within her scope of practice, use critical thinking skills, use effective communication skills, coordinate patient care with other healthcare team members and disciplines, demonstrate professional behavior, and be a mentor to others, while incorporating evidence-based research into patient care.

Prerequisites: NUR 2220 or with the consent of the Dean and is taught concurrently with NUR2221.

NUR 1116

Studies pathophysiological etiology and mechanisms that cause disease and alter physiological control and function of organs and organ systems. Emphasizes the gross histopathological and physiological alterations that occur in various disease states.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 1150
Pediatric Nursing

This 8-week course builds on previously mastered medical-surgical content with an application to the pediatric population. It provides a strong knowledge base to assist the student in the development of critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on common issues and pediatric-specific content. The course includes nursing care plans that summarize issue- or system-related content. Nursing process is discussed with each disorder with an emphasis on health promotion. We will also learn full head-to-toe assessment techniques during the SIM LAB portion of the course. You will need to pass off the assessment skills in the SIM LAB.

Prerequisites: NUR 1140 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 1118
Pharmacology Principles For Nursing

Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for safe and therapeutic drug therapy. Emphasis is placed on drug identification and classification, pharmacological actions, side effects, appropriate dosing and calculations, drug interaction, basic treatments used by the nurse, guidelines for use of drugs, as well as the legal and ethical considerations of pharmacology.

Prerequisites: None.

Total Credits

general education

Course Name Credits

MAT 225
College Algebra

This course covers introductory algebraic expressions, formulas, and solving equations. Students learn graphing, numerical sets, exponents, radicals, and inequalities.

Prerequisites: None.

ENG 105
English Writing Fundamentals

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: None.

CHE 110
Introduction to Chemistry

Introduces the fundamentals of chemistry to students in the health sciences. Covers chemical measurements and calculations, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, states of matter, solutions, chemical equilibrium, acid-base systems, and introduces organic chemistry.

Prerequisites: None.

PSY 250
Positive Psychology

Explores emotional intelligence and its application in personal, professional, and communal relationships. Focus is on recognizing and improving emotional intelligence and developing a plan for self-management and implementation.

Prerequisites: None.

SOC 240
World Cultures

This course is designed to provide students with a background on cultural intelligence and its relevancy in the workplace. Students will explore the various cultures they belong to and how these impact their perceptions. Students will also learn how self-efficacy and the concept of self influence cultural intelligence. Student emphasis will focus on improving cultural intelligence skills to positively impact their personal and professional lives.

Prerequisites: None.

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Program Outcomes and Goals

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing at Independence University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.


If you want a rewarding career helping others, a nursing career may be the perfect fit for you. With your Associate’s degree in Nursing Education, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge and skills to enter into a variety of healthcare settings. You’ll also be prepared to advance your education with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in nursing.

Start fresh with a new laptop

At IU, we want to prepare you with the right tools for success. This includes a new laptop you can use in school and keep when you graduate. Plus, your enrollment includes no-cost IT support!

Four-week modules instead of four-month semesters

At IU, our courses are taught in four-week modules, which means you can start sooner and focus on fewer courses at a time. IU uses a blended in-class/online learning format which really provides the best of both worlds. You get the personal touch of in-class time with fellow students and your instructor, plus you’ll complete some of your nursing curriculum online which provides more flexibility for your life.

Should you need extra help as a student at IU, your instructors and tutors will provide one-on-one support. IU is committed to helping you prepare for success as a healthcare professional in the dynamic field of nursing.

Skills You'll Gain

During your nursing program, we’ll prepare you to pursue a career as an RN, with knowledge and skills in such areas as:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Maternal/newborn nursing
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nursing leadership and management
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pediatric nursing

What to Expect as you Pursue a Nursing Career

As a graduate of IU's nursing degree program, you will be prepared to sit for the national exam to become a registered nurse. You can seek entry -level to mid-level positions as a nurse in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities.

Independence University is nonprofit, which means we put student needs first. All your courses and tools have been carefully designed to maximize your success. At IU, your educational journey will challenge you but also enrich you as you prepare for future career growth.