Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) nursing program, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the New York State Education Department, prepares students to become members of the health team in health service agencies, clinics, community and long-term care agencies and hospitals.

In addition to academic course work in the classroom, skills are practiced in the college laboratory and health care facilities. Approximately 45% of the clinical sections of the nursing curriculum are taught by adjunct faculty, who hold outside employment in a variety of clinical and educational settings. The faculty provides students with knowledge of the most current trends in the health care industry.

A high school diploma or the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (GED) is required for admission to the college. Students accepted to the clinical phase of the nursing program graduate with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).


Registered Nurses are independent professionals, licensed by the state and legally responsible for their own practice. Their role in health care combines science and technology with the more personal arts of healing, counseling and education. Nursing is a career rich in options and opportunity that will challenge your mind and touch your heart.

Think about being a nurse

  • There are now over 75 different specialties in Nursing.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the nation will need at least 2.5 million RNs by the year 2020.
  • The shortage of registered nurses in the U.S. is now estimated at 126,000 in hospitals, is projected to increase to more than 400,000 in all health care facilities by 2020.
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