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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: 5-6 semesters.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

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 2017-2018

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

Students must have completed the following within the last four years (unless otherwise noted) before they may begin the application process. Courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Completion of the Accuplacer reading assessment (no expiration date) 0
MAT 097  Intermediate Algebra  OR  math assessment score into MAT 151 or higher within the last four years 0-3
BIO 201IN  Human Anatomy and Physiology I [SUN# BIO 2201] or BIO 201IH  Human Anatomy, Physiology and Histology   
   Complete the BIO 056IN or 156IN prerequisite as needed 0-4
BIO 202IN  Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202] 4
Subtotal 8-16

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.

Humanities and Social Science Requirement 3
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 Nursing Process II 9
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
BIO 205IN Microbiology  [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
ECE 107 Human Development and Relations 3
 or PSY 240   Developmental Psychology
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY1101] 4
WRT 101 English Composition I  [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 17
Total credits as displayed (not including preparatory coursework) 60
Total credits as displayed (including preparatory coursework) 68-76

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication: WRT 101 and 102; Analysis and Critical Thinking - MAT 097 (or assessment),  BIO 202IN and 205IN; Humanities and Social Sciences - PSY 101 fulfills 4 credits in the Social Science category, complete a course from the Humanities/Fine Arts or Leadership/Ethics categories marked with a "C" or "G"; Computer and Information Literacy - core or support courses fulfill this requirement.

** NRS 108 requires a grade of A.