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Nursing, A.S.

Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S. (code: AS.NUR.RN)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 67 credit hours.

Purpose: For students who wish to complete formal education with an Associate of Science degree. Graduates of the nursing (RN) program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Range of Occupations

  • Registered Nurse (RN)

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a completed program application.
  3. Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher by the application deadline or enroll in MAT 005  and complete it with a grade of C or better by the application deadline.
  4. The Test of Essential Academic Skills version V (TEAS V) is required  with the scores indicated in the program admissions requirement booklet.
  5. High school graduate or equivalency or bachelor’s degree or higher from nationally recognized institution or 27 college credits with “C” or better from nationally recognized institution will also meet this requirement. Official transcripts required.
  6. United States high school general chemistry (1 credit), CHE 011  (non-credit), or a college-level chemistry (CHE 111  or CHE 103 ) with a grade of C or better. If home schooled, the high school curriculum must be under a recognized umbrella organization with the supervision of a state-approved curriculum. AACC may require a course syllabus so that our chemistry department chair can review and approve the curriculum.
    CHE 011  or CHE 111  or CHE 103  is eligible for Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Waiver.
  7. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115 .
  8. Eligibility for a general education Mathematics course.
  9. Foreign educated students: must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org or WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org.
  10. Foreign educated students whose native language is not English must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112  or ENG 115 /ENG 116  or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  11. Satisfactory completion of criminal background check.
  12. Submission of completed health examination record.
  13. Submission of current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the registered nursing course sequence on a rolling admission basis. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students will apply for the RN program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Once the applicant’s admission criteria have been verified, that student receives conditional acceptance for the next available seat. Applications will be rejected if incomplete. Incomplete applications will be sent back to the student and can be resubmitted once they are complete. Students need only apply once to the program, providing their application is complete. A future seat will be slotted for them once the student meets the criteria for admission.

To be considered for conditional acceptance, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • First consideration will be given to candidates whose resident address is in Anne Arundel County for at least three months prior to the date the application is submitted. If selected for a future class, the Address Verification form must be resubmitted to the Records office.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at this college.
  • Chemistry requirement must be complete by the date the application is submitted.
  • Arithmetic placement test and Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) are required. Students will have two chances to achieve the minimum accepted scores on the Arithmetic placement test.
  • Address verification.
  • Official transcripts, if applicable.
  • Final acceptance in the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check, satisfactory completion of a health examination record, and submission of a copy of the required CPR card.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.


Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Enrollment Restrictions

State requirements and limitations of hospital facilities necessitate enrollment restrictions. An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor may not be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse. (See nursing department director for additional information.) Students enrolled in the nursing course sequence are required to comply with the Maryland Nurse Practice Act.

Readmission to the Nursing Course Sequence

Students who leave or are dismissed from the nursing course sequence may address a written petition for readmission to the department director. Readmission cannot be assured and is based on the criteria described in the readmission requirements available in the Health Sciences office. Requests for readmission must be received by the nursing department by Aug. 1 for spring term readmission and by Jan. 10 for fall term readmission. Prior nursing courses must have been taken within the previous two years.

Transfer from Other Nursing Programs

Students who have successfully completed nursing courses within the past two years in an accredited RN nursing program may be eligible to transfer into the nursing course sequence. Transfer cannot be assured and is based on the evaluation of completed nursing courses. Transferring students must contact the director of nursing and healthcare initiatives for direction.

Transfer to Baccalaureate Nursing Programs

Nursing graduates may transfer up to 60 general education credits to state baccalaureate nursing programs. They will be awarded 30 additional credits for an unencumbered RN license.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

A grade of B or better is required in BIO 231  and BIO 233  and a grade of C or better in all NUR and all general education courses to progress in the program.

Students practice selected procedures on each other in the college laboratory. All nursing students must receive a mark of satisfactory in the clinical laboratory. Students who receive a mark of unsatisfactory in the clinical laboratory at any time during the nursing course sequence will not be permitted to continue in the clinical laboratory and will receive a final grade of F.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

  Click Here to View, Save or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses and Admissions Requirements      

Recommended Course Sequence - Registered Nursing

Students must have a grade of C or better in all Registered Nursing courses and general education courses (with the exception of BIO 231 /BIO 233 , which must be a grade of B or better) to progress in the program.  General education courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the RN program.

Term 1

English: 3 credits

Total credit hours: 16-17

Term 2

Total credit hours: 13

Term 3

Total credit hours: 16

Total credit hours: 9-12

Term 5

Total credit hours: 13

LPN to RN Advanced Placement

LPN’s who have an active unencumbered MD license, in agreement with the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and have met all program admission requirements will be awarded 8 credits, which is equivalent to NUR 120 & 122. They will need to pass the NUR 121 Physical Assessment Skills competency, both written and practice tests, with a satisfactory score.

  • All students will be required to take the remaining nursing sequence
  • Students will register for NUR 130 and NUR 131 in the initial term.
  • Students will register for NUR 220 and NUR 221 in the second term.
  • Students will register for NUR 230 and NUR 231 in the final term


Prerequisite courses must be completed by the date the application is submitted. All science courses must be taken within 7 years of the date the application is submitted. The prerequisite course BIO 231/233 must be completed with a minimum grade of B. The BIO 232/234 prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

Recommended Course Sequence - LPN to RN Advanced Placement

A grade of C or better in each Registered Nursing and general education course is required to progress in the program. General education courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the RN program.

Term 1

Total credit hours: 12-13

Term 2

Total credit hours: 16

Total credit hours: 9-12

Term 4

Total credit hours: 13

Additional Admission Requirements

LPN Training

Official transcript from LPN training must be submitted to verify successful completion of LPN Training from a state-approved licensed practical nursing program.

Clinical Experience

The following material must be submitted to continue the application process:

  • Official transcript from a state-approved licensed practical nursing program.
  • Copy of current active Maryland LPN license.
  • Verification of current employment as an LPN for a minimum full-time equivalent (2080 hours) of one year within the last three calendar years.
  • Submission of Clinical Experience Form.
  • Submission of Work Performance Evaluation.

Veterans to RN Advanced Placement

AACC and the American Public University System (APUS) have created an accelerated, dual enrollment program that combines credential assessment, credit transfer and online education to enable qualified veterans admission into the second year of the nursing program at AACC.


All prerequisite courses must be completed by the date the application is submitted. All science courses must be taken within 7 years of the date the application is submitted. The prerequisite course BIO 231/233 must be completed with a minimum grade of B. The BIO 232/234 prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course.

A prerequisite cumulative GPA of 2.5 (no rounding) is also required.

Recommended Course Sequence - Veterans to RN Advanced Placement

A grade of C or better is required in NUR 152 and each Registered Nursing course to progress in the program. 

Term 1

*NURS 152 Military Nursing Fundamentals and Care of the Adult Childbearing Family 6 credit hours
(APUS Course)

Total credit hours: 6

Total credit hours: 5

Total credit hours: 9

Term 4

Total credit hours: 13

*About NURS 152

NURS 152 is a 6 credit online 16 week course through American Public University System (APUS). AACC will notify APUS of selected students. APUS will then contact student to set up registration. Once student’s registration is confirmed the student will receive information regarding the required books that will be needed for the course. Tuition for NURS 152 is $270 per credit hour plus a $50 technology fee. G.I. Bill benefits are accepted. Once the course is successfully completed the student will request an official transcript be sent to AACC to continue to Term 2.

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

Requirement satisfied through a sequence of courses within Program Requirements.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by completion of SOC 111 .

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate accountability for maintaining the standards of professional practice to include holistic client care across the settings, legal/ethical behaviors and life-long learning in concert with the Maryland Nurse Practice Act (Professional Behavior).
  • Utilize appropriate and therapeutic verbal and written communication to promote positive client outcomes (Communication).
  • Assess holistically and systematically, the health status of individuals, families and communities to determine health care needs (Assessment).
  • Utilize critical thinking and innovative thinking within the framework of the five steps of the nursing process to ensure the delivery of safe, accurate care (Clinical Decision Making).
  • Provide nursing care based on the global understanding of the sciences, humanities, nursing theory, research and personal experience that is holistic, culturally relevant and maintains client’s rights and dignity (Caring Interventions).
  • Identify learning needs of clients, develops plans and implements relevant teaching to assist the client in achieving their health goals (Teaching and Learning).
  • Collaborate with clients, families and other members of the health care team to ensure holistic, individualized care with appropriate allocation of human and material resources across the health care continuum (Collaboration).
  • Coordinate through direct intervention and delegation of care, the safe and accurate care of multiple clients in diverse health care communities (Managing Care).

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer.