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Associate of Applied Science

Get comprehensive education and practical experience in nursing, and prepare to become licensed as a registered nurse.  Students who choose to leave the program before completing the degree may qualify for other certificates

This program has approval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. [more].

Length of program: 6-7 semesters.

Program/Major Codes: Special Admissions Requirement – See an advisor

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:  Take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) to be eligible to work as a registered nurse. 

Academic Options:  Pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing at a university.

Program Requirements

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

Program Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be fulfilled (with grades posted) before students may begin the Program Application process. Time limits and higher minimum grades apply for some courses. *

REA 112  Critical Reading  OR  Compass reading score of 95 or higher 0-4
MAT 122  Intermediate Algebra  OR  math assessment score into MAT 151 or higher 0-3
CHM 130/130LB/130IN*  Fundamental Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130]  OR  chemistry assessment score of 34 or higher 0-5
BIO 201IN*  Human Anatomy and Physiology I [SUN# BIO 2201], and complete the BIO 156IN prerequisite as needed 4-8
BIO 202IN*  Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202] 4
PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101] 4
Subtotal 12-28

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.**

Humanities and Social Science Requirement:  complete a course from
the Humanities/Fine Arts or Leadership/Ethics categories marked with a "C" or "G"
Subtotal 3

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NRS 104/104LC/104LS Nursing Process I 8
NRS 105/105LC/105LS Nursing Process II 9
NRS 201/201LC Nursing Process III 9
NRS 202/202CA/202CB Nursing Process IV 9
NRS 203 Trends and Issues in Nursing 1
Subtotal 36

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 205IN Microbiology  [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
ECE 107 Human Development and Relations 3
 or PSY 240   Developmental Psychology
BIO/FSN 127IN Human Nutrition and Biology 4
HCA 102* Drug Calculations 1
HCA 155 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
WRT 101 Writing I  [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 21
Total 72-88

* HCA 102 requires a grade of A.  CHM 130/130LB/130IN must have been completed with a grade of C or better within the last six (6) years.  BIO 201IN and 202IN must have been completed with a combined average grade of B or better within the last six (6) years.  For BIO 201IN/202IN, the average grades may be met with a grade of C in one course and a grade of A in the other.

** Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication: WRT 101 and 102; Analysis and Critical Thinking - MAT 122 (or assessment),  BIO 201IN and 202IN; Humanities and Social Sciences - PSY 101 fulfills 4 credits in the Social Science category; Computer and Information Literacy - core or support courses fulfill this requirement.