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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.

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 the website, Program Admissions, or a West Campus advisor for details. Students are encouraged to attend an information session for the Department of Nursing.

Nursing Interest Program/Major code: AOA9ALA/9NRS - Same requirements as AA in Liberal Arts, General Concentration (AOAALA/ALA1/ALAG). See page 157 for program requirements.

Nursing Program/Major code: AASADNURSING/NRS1

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

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 2019-2020

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.  

New:  Effective July 1, 2018, the AAS in Nursing (including PN Exit Option) is changing the preparatory requirements for application to the selective admissions process. Students will be required to complete MAT142 or MAT151 or higher with a "C" or better, BIO201IN or BIO201IH with a "B" or higher, BIO202IN with a "B" or higher, and WRT101 with a "C" or higher or passing of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) WRT101 CLEP exam. This will be required for the September 1, 2018, application deadline.

Effective Feb. 2, 2018, course expirations will no longer be in effect except for the one-year expiration of HESI A2 results. Preparatory and prerequisite courses do not expire after this date


Preparatory Coursework

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

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, and BIO 202IN,  with a grade of B or better 8
WRT 101 with a grade of C or higher 3
Accuplacer Reading Placement 0
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.

Arts and Humanities Requirement
  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
HCA 100 Strategies for Academic Success 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.