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Associate in Applied Science Nursing

Expected Certificate/Degree

Associate in Applied Science

Program Description

The purpose of the Nursing Program is to prepare the graduate to practice in healthcare systems that address the needs of the patients in a holistic manner. The curriculum structure provides an option to pursue licensure as a practical nurse upon completion of the first year of the program. Completion of the second level of the program prepares the graduate for an entry level position as a registered professional nurse. Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN upon successful completion of the program. It is a ladder program, and students can elect to take the NCLEX-PN after successful completion of the second semester of the nursing program.

Program Requirements

  • Advising session required.
  • 20 to 24 credits are required in General Education Courses. (Outlined Below)
  • 44 credits are required in Program Specific courses. (Outlined Below)

Please note: A student’s readiness to perform college-level coursework is based on the student's placement test and/or ACT scores. Below 1000-level coursework may be required prior to the student taking courses in the suggested sequences.

This is a typical Program Map; please meet with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss the details. 

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Code Course Name Credits
MATH MATH 1102 or higher* 3
SCIENCE ANAT 1551 or 1571 4
SCIENCE ANAT 1552 or 1572 4
SCIENCE CHEMI 1211, 1551, 1212, 1552, 2551, 2552 or equivalent 5


  • CNA Certification


If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.

Code Course Name Credits
NURSI 1120

Role of the Nurse I

NURSI 1140

Physical Assessment

NURSI 1150

Pathophysiology-Altered Health Concepts

NURSI 1170

Nursing Pharmacology and Disease Process

NURSI 1130 Introduction to Core Concepts 4
MICRO 1420 Microbiology 4

Total Credits: 17


  • 1st 8 weeks
  • 1st 8 weeks
  • 1st 8 weeks
  • 2nd 8 weeks
  • 2nd 8 weeks
  • MICRO 1420 is recommended to take prior to the start of the nursing program.

Code Course Name Credits
NURSI 1220

Health and Illness Concepts I

NURSI 1230

Family Health Concepts I


ENGLI 1101


PSYCH 2237


Total Credits: 16


  • English 1101 and Psych 2237 are recommended to take prior to admission, or during the summer prior to this semester.

Code Course Name Credits
NURSI 2130 Family Health Concepts II 5
NURSI 2120 Health and Illness Concepts II 5
GEN ED Speech 1100 or 1120 3

Total Credits: 13

Code Course Name Credits
NURSI 2320

Complex Health Problems

NURSI 2330

Role of the Nurse II

NURSI 2340

Clinical Decision Making Practicum


Humanities Elective


Total Credits: 10


  • 1st 10 weeks
  • 1st 10 weeks
  • Last 6 weeks
  • Humanities course within list of approved Global/Cultural Multicultural Studies (PHILO 1110), also recommended to take prior to admission, or during the summer prior to this semester.

 The following summarizes the minimum credits required in each of the specified General Education areas:

Communication: 6 credits

Physical and Life Sciences: 3 to 5 credits

  • At least one course with a laboratory component.

Mathematics: 3 to 5 credits

  • Select a minimum of 3 credits (1000-level or above).
  • Select Mathematics 1102, 1104 or 1120 only where required in the degree program. Only one from the following three courses may count toward overall degree requirement credit: Mathematics 1635, Psychology 2280 or Sociology 2205. Only one of the following courses may count toward overall degree credit: Mathematics 1428 or Mathematics 1431.

Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemporary Life Skills: 2 credits

  • Complete at least two credits from the list of courses in the Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemporary Life Skills category.

  • Safety: Provide safe and holistic nursing care throughout the lifespan to a culturally diverse society grounded in science and the nursing process.
  • Patient-Centered Care: Apply nursing judgment to ensure the delivery of patient-centered care and promotion of health for patients within a family and community context.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Collaborate effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare teams to foster open communication, respect, and shared decision-making.
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement: Incorporate a spirit of inquiry to make evidence-based clinical judgments and management decisions for quality improvement.
  • Informatics: Integrate information and technology to communicate and manage knowledge, and support decision making in the practice of nursing care.
  • Professionalism: Assume accountability for practice in accordance with professional, legal and ethical standards.

Contact Information

Nursing and Health Sciences Division
(630) 942-8331