Nursing (RN) - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)


The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing provides students with the academic and clinical preparation to sit for the national licensure exam (NCLEX) upon program completion and provides a career ladder with exit points at the nursing assistant or practical nurse after the first year and registered nurse after the second year.

Students who choose to exit the program at the end of the first three terms will be awarded the Practical Nursing One Year Certificate of Completion, which qualifies students to take the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination and to apply for licensure as a practical nurse from a state board of nursing. Students may also apply for the CNA certificate after completing two terms. Students who successfully complete the first year of nursing courses may continue on to the registered nurse sequence of courses without additional application requirements.  

After completing required support and prerequisite courses and all six terms of nursing courses, students are awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination and apply for licensure as a registered nurse from a state board of nursing. 

Licensed practical nurses who graduated from another nursing program and have a current license may seek advanced placement into the program's registered nurse level and should see the nursing advanced placement page for requirements and application information.

A student may choose to complete the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in Nursing but should note that requirements are different.

The program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Nurse as Health Promoter and Care Provider: Apply the nursing process to provide holistic, individualized, and clinically competent patient care within family and community context across the care continuum.
  2. Nurse as Care Manager: Deliver nursing care to diverse patient and family populations demonstrating organization, time management, delegation, supervision, and leadership in nursing practice.
  3. Nurse as Professional Colleague: Model professional behaviors within the scope of practice of the registered nurse.
  4. Nurse as Quality Care Advocate: Integrates concepts of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, technology, and informatics to enhance patient care outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements


  • The program has selective admission based on the program application, scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)™, Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT), and completion of program prerequisite courses.
    • Applications are accepted annually during Spring term for admission to the Nursing program the following Fall term.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed with a C grade or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Program Prerequisites:

  • BI 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BI 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III
  • BI 234 Microbiology
  • MTH 105Z Math in Society or course from the foundational requirements math list
  • WR 121Z Composition I

Other Required Support Courses:

  • CH 104 Introduction to Chemistry I or CH 221 General Chemistry I
  • FN 225 Human Nutrition
  • PSY 215 Developmental Psychology
  • WR 122Z Composition II or WR 227Z Technical Writing 
  • Choose one course from the following human relations courses:
    • PSY 202Z Introduction to Psychology II
    • PSY 228 Positive Psychology
    • SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 212 Race, Class, and Gender
    • For the 2024-2025 catalog year students may request to substitute the above human relations course options with AH 115COMM 115COMM 218Z, or COMM 219. Students should consult with their advisor about making this substitution.
  • Chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology courses must have been successfully completed no more than five years before the time of application.
  • Students admitted to the Nursing program are expected to be computer literate and to use different computer programs in their courses; CIS 120 Computer Concepts is recommended to enhance computer skills and usage if needed.

Other Entrance Requirements

  • In-district residency status
  • Documentation of completion of immunizations and screenings listed on the program page
  • Current healthcare provider American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification (must be maintained throughout program duration)
  • Complete criminal history checks as a condition of acceptance into the nursing program (see the program page for details)
  • Must complete a 10 panel urine drug screen with Verified Credentials, Inc.

Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)

  • Nursing textbooks and software: $900
  • Specialized clothing or uniform: $175
  • Tools and equipment: $175
  • My Clinical Exchange (mCE): $39.50 first year, $39.50 second year
  • Verified Credentials, Inc. background check, drug screen, immunization tracking: $120
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification: approximately $90

Enrollment Fees

  • Nursing program fee: $570 per term

Licensing Costs to Oregon State Board of Nursing

  • State exam/licensure fee: $369 ($169 RN-OR, $200 Testing Fee for RN-NCLEX)
  • State fingerprinting fee: $70.50 (RN)

* Does not include cost of immunizations and/or titers if needed.
* Additional costs for optional LPN licensure

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Prerequisite Courses
BI 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI 233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
BI 234Microbiology4
MTH 105ZMath in Society (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list.)4
WR 121ZComposition I4
Support Courses
CH 104Introduction to Chemistry I5
or CH 221 General Chemistry I
PSY 215Developmental Psychology4
WR 122ZComposition II4
or WR 227Z Technical Writing
PSY 202ZIntroduction to Psychology II4
or PSY 228 Positive Psychology
or SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology
or SOC 212 Race, Class, and Gender
FN 225Human Nutrition4
Core Courses
NUR 106Nursing I12
NUR 107Nursing II10
NUR 108Nursing III11
NUR 206Nursing IV11
NUR 207Nursing V10
NUR 208Nursing VI9
Total Credits108

Advising Notes

Students seeking transfer admission into the AAS in Nursing must meet with the pre-admission nursing advisor and advanced placement program coordinator to determine eligibility before entry. Students transferring to another institution should be advised that often only selected credits from a community college program are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions.

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.
    • Greater than or equal to a 3.0 cumulative GPA for BI 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology IBI 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIBI 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIIBI 234 Microbiology,WR 121Z Composition I and MTH 105Z Math in Society (or higher).
    • Once admitted to the Nursing program, students must pass Nursing Theory greater than or equal to 75 percent in NUR 106 Nursing I and NUR 107 Nursing II and 76.55 percent in NUR 108 Nursing III - NUR 208 Nursing VI to pass the Nursing course and pass practicum (LRC and Clinical) to remain in the Nursing program.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Must adhere to the Nurse Practice Act of the state of Oregon.
    • Additionally, students are required to consistently meet the outcomes, technical standards, policies and/or safety standards of the program and College. Failure to do so may result in probation or removal from the program. It is the COCC student’s responsibility to know and abide by the Nursing Program and College policies including Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
BI 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
MTH 105ZMath in Society4
PSY 215Developmental Psychology4
WR 121ZComposition I4
BI 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CH 104
Introduction to Chemistry I
or General Chemistry I
WR 122Z
Composition II
or Technical Writing
BI 233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
BI 234Microbiology4
FN 225Human Nutrition4
PSY 202Z
Introduction to Psychology II
or Positive Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
or Race, Class, and Gender
Second Year
NUR 106Nursing I12
NUR 107Nursing II10
NUR 108Nursing III11
Third Year
NUR 206Nursing IV11
NUR 207Nursing V10
NUR 208Nursing VI9
 Total Credits108

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