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Nursing - Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Larimer and Westminster
This program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice as a registered nurse. The nursing program is a two-year curriculum. Registered nurses function in a variety of roles: provider of care and manager of care in various health care settings including acute care hospitals, long term care settings, and community settings such as clinics, home health and health maintenance organizations. As a member of this discipline of nursing, registered nurses practice within the scope of practice as outlined in the Colorado Nurse Practice Act. Many students pursue a baccalaureate or master’s degree after completion of an associate degree in nursing. Graduates of the nursing program are eligible for advanced placement into baccalaureate nursing programs through the Colorado Articulation Model. More advanced positions usually require advanced degrees. Military commissioned status after graduation has special requirements. Contact an advisor for further information.
Upon successful completion of the nursing program, the student is awarded an AAS degree in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to submit an application to complete the NCLEX® exam for licensure as a registered nurse. The Front Range Community College associate of applied science degree is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and accredited by the NLNAC.
The program offers an LPN “exit option” course at the completion of the first year. This is for students who would like to complete the requirements to be eligible to apply for the PN NCLEX®. Students completing NUR 169 and the first year of the nursing program may apply for the NCLEX® exam for practical nursing licensure.
Assessment testing is required of all students. Students who are reading at the college level and obtain the following Accuplacer scores should have the basic skills necessary for success in program course work: Reading: RC-80 or greater, English: SS95 or greater and WR5-8, Mathematics: EA 61 or greater or must complete MAT 090, Science: department standard.