Practical Nursing AAS Degree

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing provides a more liberalized education than the certificate program and is structured so that students completing some NSCC Health & Medical certificates can apply 45 - 60 credits from the certificate toward the degree. Many employers view the AAS degree as a sign of increased competence and readiness for career or salary advancement. In order to begin the program, please follow the procedures outlined on the Admissions page.

LPN to RN Ladder Transition

If an LPN student successfully completes the LPN program, the student can request to be admitted directly into the LPN to RN Ladder program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Holistically care for self and others within an ethical, legal, and diverse framework under a designated healthcare provider within the scope of practice of the practical nurse.
  2. Demonstrate competency in educating and communicating with patients, patient’s family and healthcare team.
  3. Demonstrate competency in data gathering, contributing to problem-identification, planning, implementing nursing care, and contributing to evaluation within a variety of settings utilizing appropriate technology.
  4. Use critical thinking to identify normal and abnormal patterns based on an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in order to contribute to the safe management of patient care.
  5. Effectively delegate and collaborate with patients, patient’s family, and the healthcare team.

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of an approved Nursing Assistant program.

  • Math Requirement: Placement testing into MATH&107 or higher within 2 years of application date, or transcript showing successful completion of MATH098 or AHE103 (formerly MATH 100) within 7 years of application date.
  • AHI100 (strongly recommended)
  • AHE103 (strongly recommended)
  • BIOL&241
  • BIOL&242
  • BIOL&260
  • CHEM&121
  • ENGL&101
  • PSYC&200

Co-requisites required for the LPN to RN Ladder Program (ADN)

  • MATH&146  (formerly MATH 109)
  • NTR150
  • US Cultures / Global Studies course

Min 2.8 grade required for all prerequisite courses. BIOL&241, BIOL&242, BIOL&260 and Math Requirement must be completed within 7 years of application date. See Testing for placement test info and schedules.

Curriculum

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
NUR115 Intro to Patient Care 2
NUR116 Nursing Fundamentals 6
NUR117 Nursing Fundamentals Laboratory 2
NUR118 Clinical Nursing Skills I 2
NUR119 Clinical Nursing Skills II 1
NUR126 Role of the LPN 3
NUR127 Medical/Surgical Nursing - Child/Adult I 6.5
NUR128 Medical/Surgical Nursing - Child/Adult II 6
NUR130 Critical Thinking in Nursing Practice 2
NUR131 Clinical Nursing Practice I 3.5
NUR133 Family Nursing Theory 1.5
NUR134 Family Nursing Clinical 1.5
NUR139 Transition to the LPN Practice 4
NUR141 Clinical Nursing Practice II 2
NUR154 IV Intravenous Therapy Skills 1
  Communication elective 5
  Computation elective 5
  Human Relations elective 5
  Natural World elective 5
  US Cultures elective 5
  General electives 21

Total Credits: 90 (excluding prerequisites)

Required Sequence

  • 1st quarter: NUR115, NUR116, NUR117, NUR130
  • 2nd quarter: NUR118, NUR127, NUR131
  • 3rd quarter: NUR119, NUR128, NUR133, NUR134, NUR141
  • 4th quarter: NUR126, NUR139, NUR154
  • Any quarter: electives

Electives

Communication Elective

This may be fulfilled with prerequisite course ENGL&101, or one of the following. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

    Computation Elective

    This may be fulfilled with one of the following. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

      Human Relations Elective

      This elective may be fulfilled from the following list. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

        Natural World Elective

        This may be fulfilled with prerequisite course BIOL&241, or one of the following. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

          US Cultures Elective

          This may be fulfilled with prerequisite course PSYC&200, or one of the following courses from the AA degree distribution list. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

            Global Studies

            The following courses are currently approved to fulfill the Global Studies requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

              General Electives

              These may be fulfilled with prerequisite courses AHI100, AHE103, and BIOL&242, or any non-required college level (100 or higher) course. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

              Notes

              General education courses may transfer to many four-year colleges, but vocational training courses will normally not transfer to bachelor's degree programs.

              This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses are taken in the indicated sequence. To complete the program, a 2.0 grade or better is required in all nursing courses.

              Courses contain significant program-related topics in the areas of communication, computation, human relations, and leadership. General education is also noted in various NUR courses (see specific course outlines for details).

              Safety and Hygiene issues are included throughout the program. However, they are emphasized in NUR115, NUR116, NUR117, NUR131, NUR134, NUR139, NUR141, and NUR154 by use of lectures, demonstrations, laboratory and clinical practice of safe techniques.

              Effective beginning: Winter 2013
              Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
              326A / 51.1613

              Nursing Program

              Contact
              Jan Lang
              email
              (206) 934-4627
              Contact
              Robert Ford
              email
              (206) 934-6029

              Health & Human Services Division

              Location
              IB 2301Northwest section of the Instruction Building, 2nd floor
              Division Contacts
              email
              (206) 934-3790
              Mailing Address
              NSC Health & Human Services Division
              9600 College Way N
              3NC2402A
              Seattle, WA 98103
              Dean
              Steven Thomas
               

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