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Nursing (ADN)

Associate of Applied Science

Get the comprehensive knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to begin working in this critical healthcare field.  By completing this program you will be well prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) and become eligible to work as a registered nurse.

Length of program: 5-6 semesters.

Competitive Admissions Program: Students must meet the preparatory coursework and any other prerequisites and apply to the program. Only the most qualified students are admitted to the program. See Program Admissions, or a West Campus advisor for details. 

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Critical Care
Dean: 520.206.6661


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Registered Nurse $71,755

Academic Options

Continue your studies by taking a bachelor’s degree in nursing at a university. Students entering this program who are interested in a BSN or MSN should consider Pima's Concurrent Enrollment programs.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Students must earn a C grade or better in all program core and support courses* to progress to the next semester or to graduate.  Course substitutions are not accepted in the Nursing program.   

Preparatory Coursework

These courses may be eligible for Title IV loans only; see a financial aid specialist.  

Students must have completed the following before they may begin the application process.

MAT 142 or MAT 151 or any MAT course that requires MAT 142, 151 or 188 as a prerequisite with a grade of C or higher, or placement into MAT 189 or higher. 3-4
BIO 201IN or BIO 201IH with a grade of B or better 4
BIO 202IN with a grade of B or better 4
WRT 101 with a grade of C or higher 3
Accuplacer Reading Placement
HESI A2 Assessment for Math, Reading, and Anatomy/Physiology with a 75% or higher
   HESI A2 assessment results are only able to be used for one year from assessment date for application
Subtotal 14-15

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
Arts and Humanities
  Complete a course which meets the C or G requirements.
  Recommend: ANT 112, ANT/AIS 206, HIS 101 or 141
Subtotal 3


Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
NRS 104/104LC/104LS Nursing Process I 8
NRS 105/105LC/105LS
  or NRS 188/188LC/188LS**
Nursing Process II
  Transition to Associate Degree Nursing
NRS 108*** Drug Calculations 1
NRS 155 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
NRS 201/201LC Nursing Process III 9
NRS 202/202CA/202CB Nursing Process IV 9
NRS 203 Nursing Trends and Issues 1
Subtotal 40

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
  or FSN 154
Human Nutrition and Biology
BIO 205IN Microbiology  [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
ECE 107
  or PSY 240
Human Development and Relations
   Developmental Psychology
HRP 100 Success in Health Professions 1
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1102] 3
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 17-18
Total (not including program prerequisites and preparatory coursework) 60-61
Total (including program prerequisites and preparatory coursework) 74-76

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication: WRT 102; Social and Behavioral Science - PSY 101; Mathematics or Science: BIO/FSN 127IN or FSN 154 or BIO 205IN; Other Requirement - ECE 107 or PSY 240.

** NRS 188/188LC/188LS is only available to Licensed Practice Nurse advanced placement.

*** NRS 108 requires a grade of A. 

Nursing Interest Program/Major code: AOA9ALA/9NRS

Nursing Program/Major code: AASADNURSING/NRS1

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