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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Program OverviewCourse GuideAdditional Information

The Associates of Applied Science in Nursing degree qualifies the graduate to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) in Nursing at the Registered Nurse (RN) level. When the graduate successfully passes the examination, the nursing graduate will be licensed as a Registered Nurse by the State Board of Nursing. 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. There are no electives in the program. Admission to the program is contingent upon completion, at the appropriate level of performance, of prerequisite courses and a pre-entrance examination, as well as appropriate math placement. Many graduates continue their studies to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) credentials, with some achieving licensure as Nurse Practitioners (NP) upon completion of the MSN.

Communication (6 credit hours)

**ENG 121 English Composition* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
ENG 122 English Composition* 3 Credits/3 Contacts


Humanities/Social Science (4 credit hours)

PSY 101 Psychology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts


Mathematics/Natural Sciences (11 credit hours)

BIO 101 Human Biology 3 Credits/5 Contacts
**BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 Credits/6 Contacts


Required Courses

**ALH 218 Medical Terminology 3 Credits/3 Contacts
NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing 7 Credits/13 Contacts
NUR 109 Pharmacology I 1 Credits/1 Contacts
NUR 111 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 8 Credits/17 Contacts
NUR 119 Pharmacology II 2 Credits/2 Contacts
NUR 211 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 6 Credits/9 Contacts
NUR 218 Mental Health Nursing 3 Credits/6 Contacts
NUR 219 Pharmacology III 2 Credits/2 Contacts
NUR 221 Medical/Surgical Nursing III 5 Credits/8 Contacts
NUR 224 Family Nursing 6 Credits/9 Contacts
NUR 230 Professional Issues in Nursing 2 Credits/2 Contacts
Total: 66 Credits
*Course has prerequisite(s).
** Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to program admission.

All courses except BIO 101 must be completed with a grade of 2.5 or higher.
Admission Requirements
All applicants, except those holding a Practical Nurse license, must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete all prerequisite courses (marked ** above) with a grade of 2.5 or higher
  • Submit a completed Nursing program application to the Nursing Division office
  • Obtain a minimum decision score of 65% on the Kaplan Entrance test


Program Requirements

  • Students may not enroll in NUR courses until they have been accepted into the program by the Director of Nursing.
  • Students accepted into the program must receive a grade of 2.5 or higher in each course taken at GOCC.
  • Students who receive any final grades below 2.5 in a course will not be allowed to progress until they have made up their deficiencies by repeating the course(s) and earning at least a 2.5 final grade.
  • If a student fails two courses in the nursing curriculum (could be the same course), they are dismissed from the program and shall not be readmitted.
  • Any student who leaves the program for any reason cannot be guaranteed readmission.


Scope & Sequence:

Summer 1 Fall 1 Winter 1 Fall 2 Winter 2
ALH 218 BIO 211 NUR 111 ENG 122 NUR 221
BIO 101 NUR 101 NUR 119 NUR 211 NUR 224
BIO 210 NUR 109 PSY 101 NUR 218 NUR 230
ENG 121 NUR 219


Tuition is calculated on contact hours.

Current/Updated: 5/13/2021

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.