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The Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing program prepares graduates to deliver nursing care in various health care environments. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Registered Nursing (RN) licensing exam National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) awards the license upon successful completion of the exam.

For more information about Nursing, please visit the program page.

This degree requires program application and admission; please visit the above link for details.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: NURSI.AAS

Program Requirements
NURSI 1120Role of the Nurse I1
NURSI 1130Introduction to Core Concepts4
NURSI 1140Physical Assessment2
NURSI 1150Pathophysiology-Altered Health Concepts3
NURSI 1170Nursing Pharmacology and Disease Process3
NURSI 1220Health and Illness Concepts I5
NURSI 1230Family Health Concepts I5
NURSI 2120Health and Illness Concepts II5
NURSI 2130Family Health Concepts II5
NURSI 2320Complex Health Problems4
NURSI 2330Role of the Nurse II1
NURSI 2340Clinical Decision Making Practicum2
ANAT 1551
ANAT 1552
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
or ANAT 1571
ANAT 1572
Anatomy and Physiology With Cadaver I
and Anatomy and Physiology With Cadaver II
ENGLI 1101English Composition I3
MATH 1102Mathematics for Health Sciences3
MICRO 1420Microbiology4
PSYCH 1100General Psychology3
PSYCH 2237Developmental Psychology: The Life Span3
SPEEC 1100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
or SPEEC 1120 Small-Group Communication
General Education
Select three credits in Humanities/Fine Arts requirement 13
Total Credits70

In addition to the courses listed above.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Pre-Program Courses

ANAT 1551
ANAT 1552
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
or ANAT 1571
ANAT 1572
Anatomy and Physiology With Cadaver I
and Anatomy and Physiology With Cadaver II
MICRO 1420Microbiology4
MATH 1102Mathematics for Health Sciences (or higher) 13
NURSA 1105Nurse Assistant Training (or CNA proof, see footnote) 26
Total Credits21

 Program Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
NURSI 1120 Role of the Nurse I 4 1
NURSI 1140 Physical Assessment 4 2
NURSI 1150 Pathophysiology-Altered Health Concepts 4 3
NURSI 1130 Introduction to Core Concepts 5 4
NURSI 1170 Nursing Pharmacology and Disease Process 5 3
PSYCH 1100 General Psychology 3
Second Semester
NURSI 1220 Health and Illness Concepts I 6 5
NURSI 1230 Family Health Concepts I 6 5
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
PSYCH 2237 Developmental Psychology: The Life Span 3
Third Semester
NURSI 2120 Health and Illness Concepts II 6 5
NURSI 2130 Family Health Concepts II 6 5
SPEEC 1100
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
or Small-Group Communication
Fourth Semester
NURSI 2320 Complex Health Problems 7 4
NURSI 2330 Role of the Nurse II 7 1
NURSI 2340 Clinical Decision Making Practicum 8 2
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3 3
 Total Credits55

MATH 1104 Mathematics for Horticulture, MATH 1120 Mathematical Foundations for Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonographers, and MATH 1340 History of Mathematics not accepted.


CNA Requirement: Proof of completion of an approved Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nursing Assistant Program.  Approved programs can be found on the Nurse Aide Testing website. This documented proof can be provided by ensuring you are registered and certified on the IDPH Healthcare Worker registry OR if you are not listed in the registry, you must submit a transcript or certificate showing proof of Certified Nursing Assistant program completion. Your Certified Nursing Assistant certificate can be submitted to


Choose from within list of Global/Multicultural Studies courses (recommended: PHILO 1110 Ethics)


Typically offered first 8 weeks of semester.


Typically offered second 8 weeks of semester.


Typically offered first or second 8 weeks of semester.


Typically offered first 10 weeks of semester.


Typically offered last 6 weeks of semester.