Total Credit Hours: 79

Program Description

The Nursing Program is comprised of 79 credit hours, which include theory, lab and clinical rotation experience.  This experience will cover medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric and psychiatric nursing. Reinforcement of basic skills in English, Mathematics, and Sciences appropriate for the job preparatory program will occur thorough didactic instruction and applied laboratory procedures/practice. This program is designed to prepare the graduate to utilize and apply the nursing process to provide nursing care to clients across the life span in a variety of settings. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Nursing (A.S.) Program is to provide the knowledge, clinical skills, nursing values, meanings and experience necessary for an entry-level professional nursing position; this program will prepare the student for employment as registered nurses.  At the end of the program, the graduate will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health status and functional health needs of clients and families by using the nursing process to interpret health data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in formulating nursing plans of care in collaboration with clients, families and interdisciplinary healthcare team members.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in implementing a plan of care within the legal and ethical parameters.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in developing teaching and learning plans to implement with Clients and families, whether directly or through assignment to other members of the healthcare team
  • Demonstrate knowledge in providing care to multiple clients through direct care and/or delegation of care
  • Demonstrate use of critical thinking to analyze clinical data and current literature as a basis for decision making
  • Demonstrate ability to act as an advocate to promote quality healthcare for culturally diverse groups.
  • Demonstrate ability to coordinate resources for the provision of quality care
  • Demonstrate ability to function within the organizational framework of various healthcare settings.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for quality of nursing consistent with the legal scope of the practice.

Entrance Requirements

In order to be accepted into the Nursing (A.S.) Program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must submit a High School Diploma (or equivalent in their country of origin) or GED.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age.
  • Applicant must score at the 11.0 level in mathematics, language and reading on the TABE Test.
  • Applicant must submit official school transcript documenting any previous work, with a minimum GPA of C average when requesting credit for general education courses previously taken at the associate degree level or highe . A student whose scores are below a 2.0 must take the course at SABER. Applicants requesting general education credit from foreign countries must submit an evaluation from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. which specifies the academic content of the course to be waived. SABER will only waive courses that have the same academic content as the ones offered at this institution.
  • Applicant who already has an LPN license must submit official school transcript from the Practical Nursing Program attended.
  • Applicant, who holds an LPN license and requests credit for previous courses taken, must take and pass, prior to graduation, a Professional Nursing HESI exam with a proficiency Level of 900 or higher for each designated nursing course being waived.
  • Applicants who hold an LPN license must provide proof of current, unencumbered LPN licensure in Florida.
  • Applicant must successfully complete a personal oral and written interview with the Program Director   and or an administrative representative of the program in order to evaluate the applicant’s ability to communicate satisfactorily as required by the health care delivery system.  The interviewer must recommend applicant for admission.
  • Applicant must submit three letters of recommendation either from a prior instructor or from a current employer. Letters must have contact information of person writing recommendation, such as name, signature, phone number and address.
  • Applicant must undergo a background check.  If applicant has a recent history of chemical abuse, or an arrest record indicating the same, he/she will be required to contact the intervention Project for Nurses (IPN).  Based on the evaluation results of IPN the applicant may be asked to enter into a contractual agreement for services with IPN.  Failure to enter into the stipulated contract and/or to comply with any of the requirements of the contract will result in denial of admission into the program.
  • Applicant must meet physical strength and function requirements as required.
  • Applicant must submit proof of CPR certification from the American Heart Association.
  • Applicant must meet personal health requirements as stipulated in the SABER Physical Health Form.

Associate of Science in Nursing


BSC 1001 Human Anatomy and Physiology I.This course provides a basic understanding of the human body, its systems and their functions. Students will concentrate on these body systems: skeletal system, integument system, cardiovascular system, muscular system, nervous system, and cells. 3
BSC 1002 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab IThis course consists of the laboratory for BSC 1001. 1
NURS 1001 Foundations of NursingThis course provides a foundation for future courses in nursing. The learner is introduced to the philosophy and conceptual framework of SABER School of Nursing and the roles and responsibilities of the nurse as a member of the healthcare team. 3
NURS 1002 Foundations of NursingThis course provides the students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in NURS 1001 selected clinical experiences 3
ENG 1001 English IIn this course, through a variety of writing projects the student develops competence in writing clear, correct, and effective English prose. 3
MAT 1001 Applied MathematicsThis course develops student’s ability to think logically and quantitatively. Some of the topics included are: set theory, algebra, number theory, geometry, measurements, graphs, probability theory and statistics. 3
PSY 1001 Developmental PsychologyThis course focuses on the nature of human behavior as a dynamic developmental phenomenon. 3
NURS 2001 Role Transition in NursingThis course provides an introduction to the profession of nursing, which includes the roles basic to nursing practice. 3
NURS 2002 Role Transition in Nursing-Clinical PracticumThis course provides an opportunity to apply the nursing process in selected clinical experiences. 2
BSC 1011 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIThis course is a continuation of BSC 1001 3
BSC 1012 Human Anatomy and Physiology II – LabThis course if the laboratory for BSC 1011 1
MPH 1001 Mathematics/Pharmacology -Course will include logic, introduction to the real number system (whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, decimals, and real numbers), elementary algebra (solutions of first and second degree equations, and problem solving). The emphasis is on the interconnections of mathematical concepts. Course will teach the conceptual and mathematical operations necessary for safe and effective administration of medications. 3
NURS 3001 Complex Nursing Problems -In this course the student is challenged to use critical thinking skills guided by the organizing structures of the nursing process, to plan care for adult clients experiencing acute disruptions in health. 4
NURS 3002 Complex Nursing Problems – Clinical PracticumThis course provides the students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in NURS 2001 selected clinical experiences. 3
ENG 1011 English II -In this course, the student will continue to learn and practice the skills of clear, correct and effective English, by means of writings, conversations, and reading of essays, short stories, and poems. 3
BSC 2001 Medical Microbiology –This course is an introductory study of the microbial world with emphasis on the nature and behavior of microorganisms, the interrelationships between microbes and the human host in health and disease, and the principles of prevention and control of infectious disease. 3
BSC 2002 Medical Microbiology Lab –This course is a laboratory experience which will develop techniques for the student in the proper handling, observation and identification of microbial cultures. 1
NURS 1101 Critical Thinking in Nursing –This course is designed to assist the first year nursing student to develop learning strategies necessary to attain success in the nursing program. 4
NURS 3011 Complex Nursing Problems II 3
NURS 3012 Complex Nursing Problems II – Clinical PracticumThis course provides the students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in NURS 3011 selected clinical experiences 3
NURS 4001 Ethics and Law in Health Care –This course is designed to acquaint students with current ethical issues and trends in nursing and the environment. 3
NURS 5001 Nursing and Childbearing Family –This course focuses on the nursing care of the childbearing family. An emphasis is on the normal reproductive phases of the life cycle, including prenatal, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care. 3
NURS 5002 Nursing and Childbearing Family – Clinical PracticumThis course provides an opportunity to the student to apply what they have learned in NURS 4001 in selected clinical experiences. 2
NURS 6001 Mental Health Nursing –This course provides the student with a theoretical base for providing nursing care to clients with moderate to severe deficits in their mental health, course will also discuss psychological reactions to illness or life situations as well as defense mechanism concepts of alcohol, drug abuse and other risk behaviors on the human body. 3
NURS 6002 Mental Health Nursing – Clinical PracticumThis course provides the student opportunities to apply concepts of psychiatric nursing. 1
NURS 7001 Leadership Management –This is an introductory course to leadership and management concepts and theories needed in today’s health care environment. Learners will have the opportunity to use effective communication skills while assessing and promoting health. 3
NURS 7002 Leadership Management – Clinical PracticumThis course will explore the principles of nursing management, leadership and delegation. Clinical experiences focus on management of care to individuals and groups of clients and collaborative interactions with other members of the healthcare team. 2
NURS 8001 Nursing Trends and Issues –This course explores the study of the principles of cultural diversity specifically applied to the health care setting. Social and cultural dimensions of health and health care will also be explored. 3
NURS 9002 Clinical Practicum –In this course the student will be provided the opportunity to perform in the role of the professional registered nurse under the supervision of the nursing faculty.Note: License # 70493 presently on probation. 4