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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

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The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree qualifies the graduate to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) in Nursing at the RN level. When the graduate successfully passes the examination, the nursing graduate will be licensed as a Registered Nurse. RNs are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, insurance companies, rehabilitation facilities, resorts, cruise ships, nursing homes, the military and community and public health agencies. Many go on to universities and colleges to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) or Nurse Practitioner (NP).



English Composition (may be taken before semester listed) 3 credits
Nursing 47 credits
Allied Health (may be taken before semester listed) 3 credits
Total: 53 credits


All NUR courses must be completed during the semester listed

Course Sequence Level I Practical Nurse Certificate

Spring Semester
NUR 104 Fundamentals of Nursing 5 credits
NUR 109 Pharmacology I 2 credits
Fall Semester
ALH 103 Nutrition (can be taken early) 3 credits
NUR 111 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 6 credits
NUR 119 Pharmacology II 2 credits
NUR 131 Pediatric Nursing 3 credits
Winter Semester
NUR 112 Medical/Surgical Nursing II  7 credits
NUR 129 Pharmacology III  2 credits
NUR 130 Maternity Nursing 3 credits
 Total:  33 credits


NOTE – Prerequisites are required prior to admission to Level I and are listed below:

  1. Completion with a grade of 2.5 (C+) or better each credit for the following courses:
    • High school chemistry (2 semesters/1 credit) or its equivalent, for example, CHEM 130 within the last 5 years.
    • ALH 218 Medical Terminology*
    • ENG 121 English Composition I*
    • BIO 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
    • BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*
    • PSY 210 Human Growth & Development*
  2. Minimal score of achievement at the 65th percentile on the pre-entrance examination.
  3. Placement in MATH 104 Intermediate Algebra or higher on Accuplacer Placement Test


Course Sequence Level II Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree

Spring Semester
NUR 220 Nursing Role Transition 2 credits
Fall Semester
NUR 213 Complex Parent-Child Nursing  4 credits
NUR 215 Complex Medical/Surgical Nursing  4 credits
Winter Semester
ENG 122 English Composition* (can be taken early) 3 credits
NUR 201 Health Care Ethics 2 credits
NUR 214 Community Mental Health Nursing 3 credits
NUR 216 Leadership in Nursing 2 credits
Total: 20 credits
*Course has a prerequisite


Admission requirements for all students:

  • Submit to the Nursing Office a formal typed letter indicating a desire for admission to Level II
  • Submit a completed nursing application for Level II to the nursing office
  • Obtain a minimum decision score of 75% on the Kaplan Entrance test


Admission requirement for currently enrolled Level I students:

  • Successful completion of the Level I Program, and passing the NCLEX-PN Examination, resulting in Michigan licensure as a Practical Nurse, during the 1st semester of the Level II program.


Additional admission requirements for current Licensed Practical Nurses:

  • Submit a letter indicating you have a minimum of 540 hours of employment as an LPN within the past year from your employer and two (2) references; one from your Director of Nursing and one from your nurse supervisor which speaks to your professionalism and clinical competence. (Individuals who do not meet the employment requirements may meet with the Director of Nursing to discuss options)
  • Submit a copy of your current Michigan LPN license


Nursing Program Requirements:

  • Students may not enroll in nursing (NUR) courses unless they have been accepted into the nursing program by the Director of Nursing.
  • Students accepted into the nursing program must receive a grade of 2.5 or higher in each required course taken in the nursing curriculum if they are to progress.
  • Students who receive final grades of less than 2.5 in a course will not be allowed to progress until they have made up their deficiencies. This will be accomplished by repeating the course involved and achieving at least a 2.5 final grade in the repeated course. If a student fails the same course twice (receives a final grade of less than 2.5), they are dismissed from the program and shall not be readmitted. Any student who leaves the program for any reason is not guaranteed readmission.


Effective: Spring 2006; revised 10/31/05; revised 3/14/11;
revised 4/19/12; revised 11/13/14


Employment Information


Overall, job opportunities for
registered nurses are expected
to be good, according to the
Department of Labor statistics.
Demand for healthcare services
will increase because of the
aging population, given that
older people typically have
more medical problems than
younger people. Nurses also will
be needed to educate and care
for clients with various chronic
conditions, such as arthritis,
dementia, diabetes, and obesity.

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate client care, educate clients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to clients and their family members.

Duties of registered nurses include:

  • Record clients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer clients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for clients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe clients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach clients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the clients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer clients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly clients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Nursing at GOCC
GOCC offers both the Certificate of Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing education programs (Laddered programs). Students can enter Level I and Level II nursing programs based upon a competition for available seats.

Students must successfully complete either the Level I program and/or the Level II Associate Degree in Nursing program to become eligible to complete the nationwide NCLEX exam to obtain a state-issues nursing license.

Following licensure, nurses can find employment opportunities in a multitude of nursing specialties ranging from critical nursing care, flight nursing, long-term care nursing, rehabilitation centers, the military and more. Some nurses choose to join travel agencies where they can accept a different geographical location every 13 weeks. Many nurses are being mandated to pursue their bachelor’s in nursing and/or advanced nursing degrees.

Glen Oaks Community College is looking forward to becoming ACEN accredited in the future. Our nursing program is presently fully approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.