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Nursing - AAS

Major: 3812
Effective Term: 2010 Summer II Final Term: 2015 Summer
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 61-74

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in 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.

Program Notes:

Students must earn a grade of?C? or better in all courses required within the program.

The Nursing Program?s Core Values of Caring, Holism, Nursing Role Development, Critical Thinking, Safe Practice, and Information Management and Technology are integrated into the student learning outcomes/program competencies.

Admission Criteria:

High School diploma or GED,
Formal application and admission to the program is required.
A passing score on a nursing program admission test is required to complete an application.
Applicants for Advanced Placement must receive a passing score on a practical nursing content exam for placement into Block 3.
The final decision rests with the Nursing Program Chair at the College to which the student is accepted.

The Nursing Program Chair reserves the right to deny acceptance of an admission application if the applicant was dismissed for issues relating to academic integrity, unsafe patient care, and/or two (2) or more failures from any nursing program.

All applicants holding or receiving a certificate as a Nursing Assisting and/or license as a Practical Nurse must remain in good standing with the Regulatory Board. Once enrolled, students receiving any disciplinary actions against their certificate or license must notify the Nursing Program Chair within five (5) school days. The Nursing Program Chair reserves the right to restrict the student?s participation in clinical experiences and involvement in patient care until the certificate and/or license is valid and unrestricted.

Program Prerequisites
The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the student's educational experience.
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology 0-4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
One year of high school chemistry 0-4
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level mathematics course 3-5
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
PSY240Developmental Psychology (3) 3
Required Courses
NUR151Nursing Theory and Science I 10
NUR171Nursing Theory and Science II 8
NUR251Nursing Theory and Science III 8
NUR271Nursing Theory and Science IV 7
NUR291Nursing Clinical Capstone 2
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 16-19
General Education CoreCredits 6-9
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits 0
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits 0
Met by MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122 OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level mathematics course in Program Prerequisites area.
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 2
Any approved course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 0
Met by PSY101 or PSY240 in Program Prerequisites area.
Natural SciencesCredits 8
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) AND
BIO205Microbiology (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)

Additional information is available at MCCCD's Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation.

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change.

Please refer to the Official MCCCD CCTA website for official programs information.

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