Nursing AAS

Nursing AAS


Associate Degree in Nursing (AAS)

The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The nursing program prepares students to become registered nurses (RNs), to provide safe, quality care in hospitals and ambulatory care settings. The program provides a variety of learning experiences, including classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The nursing program implements a ladder approach, consisting of Level 1 (first year) and Level 2 (second year). Upon completion of both levels, graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

This program is a highly selective program and acceptance is dependent upon a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an admission criteria point system. Students will need to complete the required general education before applying. MATH 115 may be taken during the summer semester between Level I and Level II. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Transfer credit for non-nursing courses and placement exam credit will be evaluated on an individual basis. Transfer courses must be completed with a "C" or higher to qualify for credit towards associate degree. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Level II Applicants who have an active, unencumbered LPN license may apply to enter Level 2 on a space available basis. Students must have an American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Providers CPR certification (not Heart savers but BLS) before coursework begins.

Other admission requirements (Level I & II): ATI TEAS—Proficient level or above. Students must also demonstrate an English score of 50 or better. Students must meet all pre-application admission criteria except for MATH 115 as referenced above.

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First time degree seeking students must complete INST101, Success in
College, as a requirement for graduation.

Pre-requisite Courses HOURS F,S,I,SU GRADE
BIOL 136 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 F    
BIOL 137 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 F    
BIOL 140 Microbiology 4   S  
ENGL 101 Rhetoric I 3 F    
PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology 3   S  
Total 18 11 7  

MATH 115 is required for advancing to Level 2. It may be taken during the summer semester between Level I and Level II

Level One First Semester      
NURS 192 Concepts of Nursing 12    
Total 12    
Level One Second Semester      
NURS 194 Adult Nursing 8    
NURS 195 Maternal-Child Health Nursing 4    
Total 12    
Total Hours 24    
Summer between Level 1 and Level 2      
MATH 115 Survey of Statistics* 3    
Total 3    
Total Hours 3    
Level Two First Semester      
NURS 296 Advanced Nursing I 6    
NURS 297 Advanced Nursing II 6    
Total 12    
Level Two Second Semester      
NURS 298 Advanced Nursing III 8    
NURS 299 Advanced Nursing IV 4    
Total 12    
Total Hours Level Two 24    
Total Hours Nursing Program 69    

In addition to the pre-requisites listed on page 1, it is recommended that students also complete BIOL 102 Principles of Biology; BOFF 140 Medical Terminology; HITT 115 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology; HLTH 102 First Aid/CPR; and HLTH 130 Nutrition.