2023-2024 Catalog

Nursing Associate of Applied Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. This program functions as cohorts starting fall and spring semester of each academic year. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Program Director or Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a five semester AAS Degree in Nursing and enter the workforce. Students explore procedures to provide and manage care in various health care facilities. Students acquire skills and techniques to perform in acute care hospitals, long term care, clinics, home health and health maintenance organizations. This program prepares students for a career as an entry-level registered nurse (RN) in a variety of health care settings. With an AAS degree in Nursing, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam for licensure as a RN. FRCC's nursing degree is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing.

Learn more about this program.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program you 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

First Semester

ENG 1021 or ENG 1022 English Composition I or II (ENG 1021/22)


PSY 2440Human Growth & Development: GT-SS3


BIO 2101Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab: GT-SC1


NUTRITION Dietary Nutrition (HPR 1010) or Human Nutrition (HWE 1050)


BIO 2104Microbiology w/Lab: GT-SC1


Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: First Semester courses are required and must be taken prior to program admittance. You should complete the Nursing Program application process prior to declaring as a nursing student and take Semester 2 through Semester 5 as a full-time nursing student.

Second Semester

NUR 1009Fundamentals of Nursing


NUR 1012Basic Concepts of Pharmacology


BIO 2102Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab: GT-SC1


MAT 1120Math for Clinical Calculations


Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

NUR 1006Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts


NUR 1050Maternal Child Nursing


BIO 2116Pathophysiology


Total Credit Hours:17

Semester Note: If you are completing Transition into Practical Nursing (NUR 1069) and the first year of the nursing program, you may apply for the NCLEX® examfor practical nursing licensure. NUR 1069 is not offered every semester. Please check with program director for more information.

Fourth Semester

NUR 2006Advanced Concepts of M/S Nursing I


NUR 2012Pharmacology II


NUR 2011Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing


Total Credit Hours:12.5

Fifth Semester

NUR 2016Advanced Concepts of M/S Nursing II


NUR 2030Transition to Professional Nursing Practice


GEN EDUAny GT-AH or GT-SS Course


Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 71.5

Important Program Notes:

You must complete this program as a full-time nursing student beginning in Semester 2. Contact an advisor regarding your scheduling needs.

You must complete a minimum of 71.5 credits to complete this degree. If receiving financial aid, you should only take courses and credits as required for this degree. Check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress.