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AAS - Nursing

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Nursing Program is available at eight of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. The Nursing Program provides eligibility for students to apply for the national exam for the registered nurse license. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006, 212.363.5555, ext 153.

Program offerings:
This program is offered at the following sites:
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College
GateWay Community College
Glendale Community College
Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College/Boswell
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix College
Scottsdale Community College

Waiver of Licensure/Certification Guarantee:
Admission or graduation from the Nursing Program does not guarantee obtaining a license to practice nursing. Licensure requirements and the subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Students must satisfy the requirements of the Nurse Practice Act: Statutes, Rules and Regulations, independently of any college or school requirements for graduation.

Pursuant to A.R.S. 32-1606(B)(17), an applicant for professional or practical nurse license by examination is not eligible for licensure if the applicant has any felony convictions and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions. The absolute discharge must be received five or more years before submitting this application. If you cannot prove that the absolute discharge date is five or more years, the Board cannot process your application.

All nursing applicants for licensure will be fingerprinted to permit the Department of Public Safety to obtain state and federal criminal history information. If there is any question about eligibility for licensure or certification, contact the nursing education consultant at the Arizona State Board of Nursing (602-889-5150).

Health Declaration:
It is essential that Nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program. At a minimum, students will be required to lift patients, stand for several hours at a time and perform bending activities. The clinical nursing experience also places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting patients? lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application.

Health & Safety Requirements for the Nursing Program:
1. Students must submit a Health and Safety Documentation Checklist verifying completion of all requirements and maintain current status throughout the program.
2. Students must submit the Health Declaration Form signed by a licensed health care provider.
3. Students must test negative on a timed urine drug screen.
4. Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.

Grade Requirements:
Students must obtain a "C" grade or better in all courses required within the program.

Course Fee Information:
Please see class schedule for information regarding course fees.

University Transfer Students:
For students planning a University Program
Students who are planning to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing may obtain their prerequisite courses at the Maricopa Community Colleges. For information on courses that meet requirements for admission into a baccalaureate program, please contact a program advisor.

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing graduate is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The RN is educated as a generalist who delivers health care to clients and family groups and has competencies related to the art and science of nursing. The RN may be employed in a variety of acute, long term, and community based health care settings. The AAS degree in Nursing provides the graduate with an educational foundation for articulation into the university setting.

The Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006, 212.363.5555, ext 153.
Major Code: 3812
Award: AAS
First Term: 4105
Total Credits: 61-74
Last Updated: Oct 31st, 2013
Area Note: The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the student?s educational experience.
BIO156 Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology 0-4
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
One year of high school chemistry 0-4
MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level mathematics course 3-5
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
PSY240 Developmental Psychology (3) 3
Required Courses: 35
NUR151 Nursing Theory and Science I 10
NUR171 Nursing Theory and Science II 8
NUR251 Nursing Theory and Science III 8
NUR271 Nursing Theory and Science IV 7
NUR291 Nursing Clinical Capstone 2
Restricted Electives: None
Free Electives: None
General Education: 16-19 Credits
General Education Core: 6-9 Credits
First-Year Composition: 6 Credits
ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
ENG102 First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108 First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Critical Reading: 0-3 Credits
CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment
Oral Communication: None
Mathematics: None
Met by MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122 OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level mathematics course in Program Prerequisites area.
General Education Distributed: 10 Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts: 2 Credits
Any approved course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: None
Met by PSY101 or PSY240 in Program Prerequisites area.
Natural Sciences: 8 Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) AND
BIO205 Microbiology (4)
Program Competencies:
  1. Creates an environment utilizing therapeutic communication and caring to achieve desired client outcomes. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  2. Demonstrates effective communication skills both verbally, behaviorally, and in writing with health team members, clients and their families. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  3. Provides culturally competent care to a diverse population. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  4. Utilizes research and recommends evidence-based nursing care to meet individualized needs across the care continuum. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  5. Demonstrates coordination of nursing care for multiple clients in collaboration with health team members. (NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  6. Demonstrates behaviors that promote the image and integrity of the nursing profession. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  7. Demonstrates legal and ethical behaviors in all nursing activities. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  8. Applies the nursing process to provide safe client care. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  9. Utilizes realistic outcomes measurements to evaluate client care. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  10. Produces positive client outcomes through the use of teaching/learning activities. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  11. Applies scientific principles and clinical reasoning to safely provide evidence-based clinically competent care within the current healthcare environment. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  12. Demonstrates accountability for quality improvement in the health care system. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  13. Integrates technology to assist in providing safe, effective client care. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)
  14. Manages information confidentially and effectively to insure positive client outcomes. (NUR151, NUR171, NUR251, NUR271, NUR291)