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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate competency in educating and communicating with patients, patient’s family and healthcare team.
- 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.
- 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.
- Effectively delegate and collaborate with patients, patient’s family, and the healthcare team.
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)
Co-requisites required for the LPN to RN Ladder Program (ADN)
- MATH&146 (formerly MATH 109)
- 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.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|NUR115||Intro to Patient Care||2|
|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|
|Human Relations elective||5|
|Natural World elective||5|
|US Cultures elective||5|
Total Credits: 90 (excluding prerequisites)
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.