Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS – RN)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing Degree is designed to be completed in two (2) years of full-time course work following completion of prerequisite courses. Following completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). The Faculty of the Nursing Program at CNCC believe that professional standards, guidelines, and competencies form the basis of a strong nursing curriculum. The nursing classes at CNCC reflect current, relevant and evidence-based nursing practice that prepares students to meet professional and workforce needs.

CNCC Nursing Program Plan of Study

General Education Course Prerequisites

Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 1021 English Composition 3
PSY 2440 Human Growth and Development 3
BIO 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 2102 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 2104 Microbiology 4

Additional General Education Requirements

Course Title Credit Hours
HPR 1010 Dietary Nutrition 1
MAT 1120 Math for Clinical Calculations 3
BIO 2116 Pathophysiology 4
Elective Humanities or Social Sciences 3

29 Total General Education Credits

First Semester

Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 1009 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
NUR 1012 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology 2

Second Semester

Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 1006 Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts 7
NUR 1050 Maternal-Child Nursing 6

Third Semester

Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 2006 Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing I 6.5
NUR 2011 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4
NUR 2012 Pharmacology II 2

Fourth Semester

Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 2016 Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5
NUR 2030 Transition to Professional Nursing 4

42.5 Total NUR Credits 71.5 Total Credits

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the AAS Nursing Program will be able to:

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
  2. Engage in critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make patient-centered care decisions.
  3. Implement quality measures to improve patient care.
  4. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons.
  5. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  7. Assimilate professional, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  8. Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally-competent care.

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.