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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

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.  

Program Prerequisites

Students must have completed the following prerequisites (with a grade of B or better within the last four years) before they may begin the Program Application process.

Appropriate score on the College reading assessment 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
   Note: Complete the BIO 056IN Introductory Biology for Pima Nursing prerequisite as needed
BIO 202IN  Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202] 4
PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101] 4
Subtotal 12-16

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:  complete a course from
the Humanities/Fine Arts or Leadership/Ethics categories marked with a "C" or "G"
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 201/201LC Nursing Process III 9
NRS 202/202CA/202CB Nursing Process IV 9
Subtotal 35

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation. Higher minimum grades may apply for some courses.

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 205IN Microbiology  [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
ECE 107 Human Development and Relations 3
 or PSY 240   Developmental Psychology
NRS 108* Drug Calculations 1
NRS 155 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
WRT 101 Writing I  [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 17
Total 67-71

* NRS 108 requires a grade of A.  Program prerequisites require a grade of B or better within the last four years.  

** 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 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.