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 50 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 50 credits must be completed by the end of fall term preceding admission and must include at least one term of Anatomy and Physiology. 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.

For more information, contact the program secretary, Sumner Hall, Rm 4 at 541-888-7443. Information about the Nursing program may also be obtained online.

Prerequisites

Students must take the following prerequisites:

Thirty (30) credits must be completed by the end of fall term preceding admission and must include one term of Anatomy and Physiology.

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisites
SummerCredits
CHEM110
Found of Gen, Organic Biochem 1
or Fnds of Gen, Org Biochem w/Honors
4
FN225 Nutrition 4
CIS120 Concepts of Computing (or documented proficiency) 4
Any 200 level Social Science Course 3
 Credits15
Fall
BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 2 4
BI234 Microbiology 4
MTH95 Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 4
WR121
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
3
 Credits15
Winter
BI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PHL102 Ethics 3
WR122
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
3
 Credits10
Spring
BI233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
PSY237 Life Span Development 3
SP218
Interpersonal Communication
or Small Group Discussion
3
 Credits10
 Total Credits50
1

Students applying for the nursing program must have completed either a general chemistry sequence or CHEM110 Found of Gen, Organic & Biochem or CHEM110H Fnds of Gen, Org & Biochem w/Honors within the last seven years.

2

Students must be enrolled in or have completed BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I prior to submitting an application.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Nursing 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
FallCredits
ANTH221 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 1 3
BI149 Introduction to Human Genetics 3
NRS110 Foundations of Nursing Health 9
 Credits15
Winter
NRS111 Found of Nrsg in Chronic Illness I 6
NRS230 Clinical Pharmacology I 3
NRS232 Pathophysiological Processes I 3
WR123
English Composition 2
or Report Writing
3
 Credits15
Spring
NRS112 Found of Nrsg in Acute I 6
NRS231 Clinical Pharmacology II 3
NRS233 Pathophysiological Processes II 3
PHL103 Intro to Logic and Critical Thnkg 2 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
NRS222 Found of Nrsg in Acute Care II 9
Humanities/Soc. Sciences or Natural Sciences 3 6
 Credits15
Winter
NRS221 Found of Nrsg in Chronic Illness II 9
Humanities/Soc. Sciences or Natural Sciences 3 6
 Credits15
Spring
HE250 Personal Health 4 3
NRS224 Scope of Practice/Integrated Pract 9
Elective 5 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits90
1

ANTH222 Intro to Cultural Anthropology or ANTH223 Intro to Cultural Anthropology may be substituted for ANTH221 Intro to Cultural Anthropology.

2

WR123 English Composition and PHL103 Intro to Logic and Critical Thnkg may be taken in Winter or Spring term.

3

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 Intro to Criminal Justice, CJ101 Intro to Criminology, CJ201 Juvenile Justice and Deliquency, CJ220 Introduction to Substantive Law, CJ243 Drugs and Behavior, CS133WS Web Scripting, CS160 Computer Science Orientation, CS161 Introduction to Computer Science I, CS162 Introduction to Computer Science IICS261 Data Structures, ECON202 Macroeconomics, ED169 Overview of Student Special Needs, ED258 Multicultural Education, ENG, G (200 level), GEOG105 Cultural Geography, GS, HD208 Career/Life Plan, HDFS222 Family Relations, HDFS225 Prenatal Infant and Toddler Dev, HDFS229 Development in Middle Childhood, HDFS247 Preschool Child Development, HST, HUM, J, MUS, MUP105 Jazz Band, PH, PHL, PS (200 level), PSY (200 level), SOC (200 level), SP, SPAN (200 level), WR (200 level), and WS.

4

PE231 Wellness for Life or three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses may be substituted for HE250 Personal Health.

5

Developmental and remedial courses will not fulfill elective requirement.

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.