Nursing - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) with a focus in nursing allows students to transfer with junior standing to all Oregon public universities and some private universities. For students planning to apply to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, an additional benefit of the AAOT is the potential admission points awarded to those with a degree, thus making an application more competitive. However, the majority of BSN programs have prerequisite coursework that exceeds the AAOT's requirements. It is important for students to identify their potential transfer institutions as early as possible so that their course plan can most accurately reflect the transfer institution's requirements.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 105
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Recommend: COMM 115 or COMM 218 or COMM 219
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Recommend: PSY 201 and PSY 215
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable. 239
Total Credits90-106

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated.


Students should take two terms of the same world language. Students who completed two years of the same world language in high school with a “C” or better, may choose 8 elective credits numbered 100+ instead of world language

Advising Notes

Oregon has eleven baccalaureate degree programs, with five of those being campuses affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) maintains an approved educational program list with four broad categories: practical nursing programs, registered nurse associate degree programs, registered nurse baccalaureate degree programs, and graduate programs. Students should use the OSBN approved program list when researching Oregon Bachelor of Science in Nursing options.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Mathematics (recommend MTH 105)4
Oral Communication (recommend COMM 115, or COMM 218 or COMM 219)3-4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Elective (recommend BI 101)4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Third Term
Discipline Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 231)4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PSY 201)4
Elective (recommend MTH 243)4
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
or Technical Writing
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 232)4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PSY 215)4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 233)4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend BI 234)4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend FN 225)4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Elective (recommend CH 104 or CH 221)5
 Total Credits90-96

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