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 is 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.
To view all entrance/admission details, please go to the Apply and Register page and click on the Requirements link for the program.
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.
Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.
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