Nursing (Associate of Applied Science)

Achieve an associate degree in as few as 17 months*

This program is not currently enrolling new students. 

Nursing (Associate of Applied Science) Mission Statement

The program provides students with the theoretical knowledge, hands-on laboratory instruction, clinical training in various settings, and professional attributes required to obtain entry-level positions in the field of nursing. The program prepares students to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® (NCLEX-RN) and to the State Board of Nursing for licensure.

Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes

The program includes general education courses covering mathematics, written, verbal and nonverbal communications; interpersonal skills; critical thinking; the sciences; and the humanities. Learning objectives include achievement of sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills in pharmacology, health assessment, mental health, therapeutic communication, and nursing care through the life-span and health-illness continuum.


Nursing (Associate of Applied Science)

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In order to graduate from the Nursing (Associate of Applied Science) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:

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*An applicant who has passed the NCLEX-PN exam, holds an active, unrestricted license for Practical or Vocational Nursing, and who graduated less than two years prior to enrollment may be admitted with advanced placement status. If the applicant graduated more than two years prior to enrollment, the applicant must demonstrate a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care within the last three years.

To be eligible for advanced placement status, prior to enrollment, the applicant must successfully complete a nursing skills assessment and satisfactorily complete a Foundations Specialty assessment with a minimum score of 850 on the first attempt. Applicants will then be eligible to enroll in the ASN180 Transition to Professional Nursing course. Upon successful completion of ASN180 Transition to Professional Nursing course, the student will be awarded a total of 14 credits for ASN100 Foundations of Nursing & ASN150 Medical-Surgical Nursing I (consisting of a total of 90 theory hours, 60 lab hours, and 270 clinical hours).

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