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Arizona Programs of Study


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing  is designed to prepare graduates for entry level nursing positions. 

Advising Note: Prior to being admitted to this program, students can declare the AAS-PreHealth Careers degree. Once a student has been admitted to the Nursing program, they need to submit a change of major form to the Nursing department. 


Program Prerequisites (19 credits)

ENG 101 College Composition I 3
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics 3
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHM 130 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
CNA License    
NUR 110 Nursing Assistant I 4
NUR 111 Nursing Assistant Clinical 1

General Education Requirements (27 credits)

*All AGEC coursework must be selected from the approved AGEC list.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics or higher 3-5
Arts/Humanities (3 credits)    
One course.  Any course from Arts/Humanities or Options. 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)    
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology 3
Physical/Biological Sciences (12 credits)    
BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 205 Microbiology 4
BIO 218 Human Pathophysiology 4

Degree Core Requirements (40 credits)

Course Course Title Hours
NTR 135 Human Nutrition 3
NUR 114 Nursing Pharmacology 2
NUR 116 Nursing Concepts I 7
NUR 124 Nursing Concepts II 9
NUR 215 Nursing Concepts III 9
NUR 220 Nursing Concepts IV 9
NUR 222 Management and Leadership in Nursing 1



The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates will possess at the end of their program of study.

  • demonstrate safe performance of nursing skills within regulatory frameworks of the registered nurse
  • exhibit professional behaviors for the role of the registered nurse including adhering to legal and ethical standards of practice
  • manage client care by utilizing the nursing process across the lifespan, family and community
  • demonstrate therapeutic relationships and communication skills with clients, family and the health care team
  • incorporates teaching and learning to promote, attain and maintain optimal client health
  • displays accepted best practices in nursing including lifelong learning to maintain best practices as supported by current evidence
  • utilize critical thinking skills to practice nursing within an ethical and legal framework
  • the nursing program will prepare students for success in the NCLEX-RN® (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) exam


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