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

Description

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 I or CNA II certificate after completing three 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 and quality improvement to enhance patient care outcomes.
  5. Nurse as User of Technology and Informatics: Integrates science with technology to identify, synthesize, and communicate data to inform nursing practice.

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

Required:

  • The program has selective admission based on the Nursing program application, scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V)™, 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.
  • Must be completed with a C grade or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher:
    • BI 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BI 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BI 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III
    • BI 234 Microbiology
    • Choose one course from the following human relations courses:
      • AH 115 Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health
      • COMM 115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
      • COMM 218 Interpersonal Communication
      • COMM 219 Small Group Communication
    • MTH 105 Math in Society or course from the foundational requirements math list
    • WR 121 Academic Composition 
  • Chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology courses must have been successfully completed no more than five years before the time of application.

Recommended:

  • Students are recommended to complete the following courses before admission to be better prepared for nursing courses and because points are awarded for completion of these additional courses during the application process. Students must complete these courses with a C grade or better:
  • Students admitted to the Nursing program are expected to be computer literate and utilize 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: $2,000
  • Specialized clothing or uniform: $175
  • Tools and equipment: $175
  • My Clinical Exchange (mCE): $37.00 first year, $37.00 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: $450 per term

Licensing Costs to Oregon State Board of Nursing

  • State exam/licensure fee: $360 ($160 RN-OR, $200 NCLEX)
  • State fingerprinting fee: $64.50 (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 105Math in Society (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list.)4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Support Courses
CH 104Introduction to Chemistry I5
or CH 221 General Chemistry I
FN 225Human Nutrition3-4
or HHP 240 Science of Nutrition
PSY 215Developmental Psychology4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
Choose one course from the following:3-4
Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Core Courses
NUR 106Nursing I12
NUR 107Nursing II10
NUR 108Nursing III11
NUR 206Nursing IV11
NUR 207Nursing V10
NUR 208Nursing VI9
Total Credits106-108

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 MicrobiologyWR 121 Academic Composition and MTH 105 Math in Society (or higher).
    • Once admitted to the Nursing program, students must pass Nursing Theory greater than or equal to a 76.55 percent or 77 percent 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
FallCredits
BI 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
MTH 105Math in Society4
PSY 215Developmental Psychology4
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits16
Winter
BI 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CH 104
Introduction to Chemistry I
General Chemistry I
5
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
4
 Credits13
Spring
BI 233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
BI 234Microbiology4
FN 225
Human Nutrition
Science of Nutrition
3-4
Choose one course from the following:3-4
Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health 
Introduction to Intercultural Communication 
Interpersonal Communication 
Small Group Communication 
 Credits14-16
Second Year
Fall
NUR 106Nursing I12
 Credits12
Winter
NUR 107Nursing II10
 Credits10
Spring
NUR 108Nursing III11
 Credits11
Third Year
Fall
NUR 206Nursing IV11
 Credits11
Winter
NUR 207Nursing V10
 Credits10
Spring
NUR 208Nursing VI9
 Credits9
 Total Credits106-108

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