Nursing (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Nursing
Program Code: 1615

About This Major...

This program, which is offered on the Montrose campus, allows the student to achieve an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, opening up greater employment opportunities, increased compensation, and more job security.  The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program prepares the student to achieve a balance between general college and nursing education. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing RN is prepared to be a direct caregiver in hospitals, long-term facilities, and ambulatory care-clinical settings.

This program has selective admission requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the current admission requirements. 

Important information for this program:

  • All essential learning requirements and prerequisite courses must be in progress or completed before applying to the program.  Additional admission requirements also apply.  Please visit the Department of Health Sciences’ website for a complete list of admission requirements and program information.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource. 

All CMU/CMU Tech associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Exhibit professional nursing care to diverse patients across the life span. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Utilize health information systems to provide safe patient care throughout the health care environment. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  3. Incorporate therapeutic communication into all interactions. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Incorporate evidence based practice in the application of care to provide safe quality outcomes. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Utilize principles of leadership and management skills in caring for patients throughout the lifespan. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  6. Display accountability utilizing ethical reasoning. Incorporate compassionate and empathetic behaviors while providing care. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and CMU Tech Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/CMU Tech.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/CMU Tech coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree:

  • 79 semester hours required for the AAS in Nursing. 
  • Must have a "C" or better in all courses.

Essential Learning Requirements

(15 Semester hours, must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course for this degree.)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 (or higher)3
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
PSYC 233Human Growth and Development-GTSS33
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

(2 semester hours, must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course.)

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Foundation Courses

(12 semester hours, must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course.) 

BIOL 209
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
BIOL 210
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
BIOL 241Pathophysiology4
Total Semester Credit Hours12

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(50 semester hours, must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course.)

NURS 244Introduction to Adult Concepts of Health2
NURS 244LIntroduction to Adult Concepts of Health Laboratory2
NURS 246Pharmacological Concepts I3
NURS 247Fundamentals of Nursing3
NURS 247LFundamentals of Nursing Laboratory2
NURS 248Adult Concepts of Health I3
NURS 248LAdult Concepts of Health I Laboratory3
NURS 249Pharmacological Concepts II3
NURS 250Health Assessment for Nurses3
NURS 250LHealth Assessment for Nurses Laboratory1
NURS 251Adult Concepts of Health II3
NURS 251LAdult Concepts of Health II Laboratory3
NURS 252Mental Health Concepts in Nursing2
NURS 252LMental Health Concepts in Nursing Laboratory2
NURS 253Family Nursing Obstetrics and Pediatrics4
NURS 253LFamily Nursing Obstetrics and Pediatrics Laboratory2
NURS 255Adult Concepts of Health III3
NURS 255LAdult Concepts of Health III Laboratory3
NURS 256Capstone1
NURS 256LCapstone Laboratory2
Total Semester Credit Hours50
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Science, History, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
BIOL 209
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA Activity Course 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
PSYC 233 Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 3
BIOL 210
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
BIOL 241 Pathophysiology 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
NURS 244 Introduction to Adult Concepts of Health 2
NURS 244L Introduction to Adult Concepts of Health Laboratory 2
NURS 246 Pharmacological Concepts I 3
NURS 247 Fundamentals of Nursing 3
NURS 247L Fundamentals of Nursing Laboratory 2
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring Semester
NURS 248 Adult Concepts of Health I 3
NURS 248L Adult Concepts of Health I Laboratory 3
NURS 249 Pharmacological Concepts II 3
NURS 250 Health Assessment for Nurses 3
NURS 250L Health Assessment for Nurses Laboratory 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
Third Year
Fall Semester
NURS 251 Adult Concepts of Health II 3
NURS 251L Adult Concepts of Health II Laboratory 3
NURS 253 Family Nursing Obstetrics and Pediatrics 4
NURS 253L Family Nursing Obstetrics and Pediatrics Laboratory 2
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring Semester
NURS 252 Mental Health Concepts in Nursing 2
NURS 252L Mental Health Concepts in Nursing Laboratory 2
NURS 255 Adult Concepts of Health III 3
NURS 255L Adult Concepts of Health III Laboratory 3
NURS 256 Capstone 1
NURS 256L Capstone Laboratory 2
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours79

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found on the Graduation web page.

If a student's petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. A student's “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.