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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing prepares the student for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). This program is designed to prepare graduates for entry level nursing positions in a variety of health care settings. The AAS degree in Nursing provides the graduate with an educational foundation for articulation into a university setting. This program has specific admission requirements. Students should declare Pre-Health Careers as their major until admitted to the AAS Nursing program.  Upon admission to the Nursing program, students must complete and submit a change of major form to the Director of Nursing for approval.  


Program Prerequisites

ENG 101 College Composition I 3
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics 5
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 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 120 Mental Health Nursing 2
NUR 124 Nursing Concepts II 5
NUR 126 Nursing Pharmacology II 1
NUR 215 Nursing Concepts III 9
NUR 217 Nursing Pharmacology III 1
NUR 220 Nursing Concepts IV 9
NUR 222 Management & 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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