Special Admission Requirements
|Spring application available: May 1
||Deadline for spring application: August 10
|Fall application available: December 1
||Deadline for fall application: February 1
Official Title of Major: Nursing, A.S.
Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S.
Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 70
Learn more about the Nursing Degree program
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), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, 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
Additional Program Requirements
A grade of B or better is required in BIO 231 or BIO 233 and a grade of C or better in all NUR and all general education courses to progress in the program.
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.
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.
- Attendance at a program information session is required or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed.
- Submit a completed online program application by the application deadline.
- Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher within 7 years of the date the application is submitted or enroll in MAT 005 and complete it with a grade of C or better prior to submitting program application.
- The Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) with a Proficient Score (58.7%) or higher, within two years of the date the program application is submitted, is required prior to submitting program application.
- High school graduate or equivalency or 27 college credits with C or better from nationally recognized institution. Transcripts required.
- Official transcripts are required for course evaluation and transfer.
- 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.
- Eligibility for ENG 101 / ENG 101A .
- Eligibility for MAT 137 or higher.
- Prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed prior to submitting program application.
- Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at this college.
- 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, WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org or SpanTran: The Evaluation Company at www.spantran.com.
- 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 101 / ENG 101A and ENG 102 course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the Registered Nursing program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
Students will be admitted to the Registered Nursing course sequence each fall and spring term as the number of students permits. The most competitive applicants will be selected. Students will apply for the RN program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Once the applicant’s admission criteria have been verified, qualified applicants will be selected in rank order, that student receives conditional acceptance for the next available seat. Applications will not be processed if incomplete. Once the class is full, students will have to wait for the next admission cycle to start in order to apply.
Selection will be competitive and the selection criteria used to evaluate each applicant will include a point system based on the following:
- Prerequisite courses taken at Anne Arundel Community College
- Prerequisite grades
- Current license or certification in a health care profession or evidence of military health care specialization
- Previously earned college degree, associate or higher
- ATI TEAS scores
Final acceptance in the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check, urine drug screen, health examination record, and submission of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR documentation.
Information and deadline for completion will be sent in applicant’s conditional acceptance packet. These are not to be completed prior to acceptance notification.
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 (BLS) CPR course by designated deadline.
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 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 and space availability. Students who received less than a C in two prior nursing courses will not be eligible for advanced placement in the AACC nursing sequence. However, they may apply to NUR 120, NUR 121, and NUR 122. Transferring students must contact the director of nursing 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 Check and Drug Screening
This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences section of this catalog.
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
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 except for BIO 231/BIO 233, which must be taken prior to submitting application.
LPN, Paramedic, Veterans to RN Advanced Placement
Special Admission Requirements - Rolling*
*Refer to Entrance/Admission Requirements for the Nursing (A.S.) program for detailed admission requirements.
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 LPNs, Paramedics or 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 /BIO 233 must be completed with a minimum grade of B. All other 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 - LPN, Paramedic, Veterans 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. NURS 159 must be taken the semester prior to starting the nursing course sequence.
*NURS 159 Fundamentals, Adult and Childbearing Family Nursing Transition course - 6 credit hours
*About NURS 159
NURS 159 is a 6-credit, online, 16-week course through the 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 159 is $270 per credit hour plus a $50 technology fee. Veterans educational 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.
** For Veterans - Term 1 is not considered Full-Time by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, therefore benefits will be prorated.
Additional Admission Requirements
Official transcript from LPN training must be submitted to verify successful completion of LPN training from a state-approved licensed practical nursing program.
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. LPNs must have an active unencumbered Maryland license in agreement with the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
- 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.
Official transcript from Paramedic training must be submitted to verify successful completion of Paramedic training from a state-approved licensed paramedic program.
The following material must be submitted to continue the application process.
- Official transcript from a state-approved licensed paramedic program.
- Copy of an active Maryland Paramedic license. Paramedics must have an active unencumbered Maryland license from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
- Verification of current employment as a Paramedic 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.
- Applicants must be a Medic/Corpsman to qualify for this program with at least one year of experience within the last three calendar years.
- Submit a copy of your DD-214 (Certification of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) as verification of your required medical service.
Satisfied by completion of SOC 111 .
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Utilize the 5 steps of the nursing process to determine and provide nursing care that is holistic, systematic, evidence-based, safe and grounded in understanding of the sciences, humanities, cultural diversity and nursing theory (Care Provider).
- Analyze data, question assumptions and approach all clients with a curiosity resulting in safe clinical decisions that improve quality of care (Investigator).
- Implement one’s role as a professional in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices and an evolving identity as a nurse (Professional).
- Collaborate with clients, families and the health care team to provide coordinated care that is holistic, safe and individualized for multiple clients in diverse health care settings (Collaborator).
- Utilize teaching and learning strategies to promote knowledge that optimizes decisions related to health and wellness for clients, families, peers and the community (Educator).
- Utilize professional and therapeutic communication strategies with clients, families and the health care team to promote positive client outcomes (Communicator).
This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.
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