AAS Psychiatric Nursing
The Associate in Applied Science degree programme in Nursing (Psychiatric) is appropriate for persons who wish to enter the nursing profession. This programme has two tracks: general and psychiatric nursing. The main aims of the programme are to prepare nurses with the critical thinking, analytical, evaluation and technology skills and competencies that will equip them to provide quality patient care in any local, regional or international health care setting. It also provides a sound foundation for further studies in nursing or other health science professions.
Applicants to the nursing programme must be between 17½ and 45 years old.
Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics and a Science subject, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.
*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond
Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualiﬁcations may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).
3 Years (FT)
COURSES IN THE MAJOR CORE CURRICULUM COURSES
|CODE||COURSE TITLE||CR.||CODE||COURSE TITLE||CR.|
|COMM 151||Communication in Nursing||3||COMM 117||Fundamentals of Writing||3|
|NURS 115||Foundations of Nursing Practice||3||LIBS 130||Fundamental Research Skills||3|
|NURS 141||Emergency Care||2||SPAN 100||Introduction to Spanish||3|
|NURS 150||Introduction to the Profession of Nursing||3||PSYC 103||Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity||3|
|NURS 156||Health Promotion and Maintenance||3||SOCI 102||Introduction to the Study of Society||3|
|NURS 165||Nutrition I||3||Total Core Curriculum Courses||15|
|NURS 220||Pathophysiology I||3||SUPPORT COURSES|
|NURS 223||The Childbearing Family||3||BIOL 171||Structure and Function I||4|
|NURS 250||Psycho-Pathophysiology||3||BIOL 172||Structure and Function II||4|
|NURS 261||Nutrition and Disease (Psychiatric)||3||CHEM 121||Biochemistry||3|
|NURS 276||Psycho-Pharmacology||3||COMM 123||Sign Language||2|
|NURS 301||Epidemiology||3||BIOL 221||Microbiology for Nursing||3|
|NURS 325||Paediatric and Adolescent Care (Psychiatric)||3||Total Support Course Credits||16|
|NURS 326||Intro to Medical/Surgical Nursing||3|
|NURS 336||Care of the Mentally Ill Adult||3|
|NURS 411||Professional Development and Management||3|
|Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major||53|
|CLINICAL EXPERIENCES AND PRACTICAL EXAMS|
|NURS 181||Clinical Experiences (Level I Practical Examination)||2|
|NURS 372||Clinical Experiences (Level II Practical Examination)||3|
|NURS 373||Clinical Experiences (Level III Practical Examination)||2|
|Total Clinical Experiences Credits||7|
The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.
Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.
All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.
The College accepts the following methods of payment:
Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.
The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)
The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at: www.moe.gov.tt
Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.
The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.
The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.
Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)
The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:
Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
To successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science degree in Psychiatric Nursing, students must complete 91 credits and 3280 clinical hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:
|Required courses in the major area of study||53 credits|
|Total Courses in Major Area of Study||53 credits|
|Core curriculum courses||15 credits|
Clinical experiences and practical exams
| 16 credits
|Total Credits Required for Graduation||91 credits|
|Clinical Competencies: Students are also required to demonstrate competence to function in a clinical environment. To this end, clinical assessments will be undertaken continuously throughout the programme to determine students’ levels of clinical competence.|
|Total clinical hours (Requirement of the Nursing Council)||3280 hours|
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