Nursing, Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Nursing is intended for students seeking a career as a Registered Nurse. The program prepares students to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded an AAS degree and are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to a licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Entry Requirements

This is a restricted-entry program. Students are required to submit an application to the College and a separate application to the nursing program. A total of 52 credits of specific prerequisites must be completed. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better prior to beginning the nursing program. Thirty (30) of the 52 credits must be completed by the end of fall term preceding application and must include BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Selection of applicants is based on a point system described in the application/information packet.

Acceptance to the program allows for co-admission to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) nursing program. Students are eligible to complete a bachelor's degree in nursing from OHSU either full-time in three quarters or part-time.

Information about the Nursing program may also be obtained on myLakerLink in the Program Forms section ( For more information contact the administrative assistant, 541-888-7443 or the director at 541-888-7342.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Act personally and professionally based on a set of shared core nursing values.
  • Develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, and self-care.
  • Engage in ongoing intentional learning.
  • Demonstrate leadership in nursing and health care.
  • Collaborate as part of a health care team.
  • Practice within, utilize, and contribute to the broader health care system.
  • Practice relationship-centered care.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Make sound clinical judgments.
  • Locate, evaluate and use the best available evidence in making practice decisions.

Pre-Program Courses 

Thirty (30) credits must be completed by the end of fall term preceding application and must include BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. A student must have eight (8) credits of writing.

Plan of Study Grid
CHEM110 Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry 1 4
FN225 Nutrition 4
CIS120 Concepts of Computing (or demonstrated proficiency) 4
ANTH221 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 4 3
BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 2 4
BI234 Microbiology 4
MTH95 Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3 4
WR121Z Composition I 4
BI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PHL102 Ethics 3
WR122Z Composition II 4
BI233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
COMM218Z Interpersonal Communication 4
PSY237 Life Span Development 3
 Total Credits53

Students applying to the nursing program must either a 200-level general chemistry sequence or CHEM110 Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry.


Students must have completed BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I prior to submitting an application. BI231, BI232, and BI233 must have been completed within the last seven years.


MTH95, MTH105 or MTH105Z, or higher, excluding MTH211 will satisfy this requirement.


ANTH222, ANTH223 may be substituted for ANTH221.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 91 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the degree is awarded.

Student must complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NRS110 Foundations of Nursing Health Promotion 9
NRS230 Clinical Pharmacology I 3
BI149 Introduction to Human Genetics 3
NRS111 Found of Nrsg in Chronic Illness I 6
NRS232 Pathophysiological Processes I 3
STAT243Z Elementary Statistics I 4
NRS112 Foundations of Nursing in Acute I 6
NRS231 Clinical Pharmacology II 3
NRS233 Pathophysiological Processes II 3
PHL103 Intro to Logic and Critical Thnkg 3
Second Year
NRS222 Found of Nrsg in Acute Care II and End of Life 9
HE250 Personal Health 2 3
Humanities/Soc. Sciences or Natural Sciences 1 6
NRS221 Found of Nrsg in Chronic Illness II and End of Life 9
Humanities/Soc. Sciences or Natural Sciences 1 6
NRS224 Scope of Practice/Integrated Practicum 9
Elective 3 3
Any 200 level Social Science 3
 Total Credits91

Humanities/Social or Natural Science courses:  A minimum of 11 credits of Humanities/Social Science or Natural Science courses must be selected from outside of the student's area of concentration.  College-level courses may be selected from the following:  ANTH, ART, ASL (200 level), BI, CHEM, CJ100, CJ101, CJ201, CJ220CS133WS, CS160, CS161, CS162CS261, ECON202, ED169, ED258, ENG, G (200 level), GEOG105, GS, HD208, HDFS222, HDFS225, HDFS229, HDFS247, HST, HUM, J, MUS, MUP105, PH, PHL, PS (200 level), PSY (200 level), SOC (200 level), SP, SPAN (200 level), WR (200 level).


PE231, HE250, or three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses will satisfy this requirement.


Developmental and remedial courses will not fulfill elective requirement.