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AAS Degree - Code #0622

Linda Panter, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
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The nursing AAS program will prepare you to become a registered professional nurse — one of the fastest-growing fields in the country. Courses are sequential and progress from simple to more complex situations, with specialized content in obstetrics, psychiatric, and pediatric nursing. Learning is enhanced through the use of skill practice for a hands-on approach to gain expertise. During the first year, there is a seven-hour per week clinical experience. During the second year, the clinical experience increases in time and complexity. Simulation is incorporated into the laboratory experience.

Clinical experience, an essential part of each nursing course, further enables students to gain technical competence to apply theoretical knowledge with practice. Clinical experiences are gained through a variety of health care facilities. There is no guarantee that the college will provide bus transportation to and from all clinical sites.

A laptop is required for the nursing program, as it will be needed for on-campus exams and other educational purposes. Microsoft Office is required; Internet access is required. In addition, a handheld pocket-sized electronic device is required (i.e., smart phone) for downloading program software. The device must have the capability to disable both phone and camera. Further system requirements will be sent via a newsletter in early June to newly admitted, transfer, and continuing students.

All sciences (anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology) must be passed with a minimum of "C+" in order to progress through the nursing program.  Students must earn a "C" in Nursing I (NURS 1108) and Nursing II (NURS 2208) and a "C+" in Nursing III (NURS 3310) and Nursing IV (NURS 4410) to progress in the nursing program. Competency in medication clinical computation is required and is tested as part of the Nursing II (NURS 2208) and Nursing III (NURS 3310) courses.

Note: BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II have to be completed with a "C+" and must be taken in the classroom with lab component at the same college.

Specific policies related to progression in the nursing program and readmission to the nursing program are publicized to enrolled nursing students in the Nursing Student Handbook.

A zero-tolerance for incivility is in effect at Alfred State nursing.  Furthermore, if a student's behavior compromises or threatens the health or safety of others, including clients, peers, faculty, and staff, the student may be denied enrollment or continuation in the program.  A policy regarding chemical impairment is publicized to enrolled nursing students.

Background checks may be required by affiliating agencies.  Background checks will be at the expense of the student.

Nursing students are required to provide documentation of an annual two-step PPD and a self-report health assessment.  Hepatitis B vaccine, flu vaccine, and other requirements may be specified by affiliating agencies.

Any student wishing more information should contact the nursing program.

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  • The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) [3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326] phone 404-975-5000,
  • The associate degree in nursing (AAS) is currently being offered in three different educational pathways:
    • The traditional two-year program
    • A three-year part-time program
    • Within a dual-degree format
  • Graduates of the AAS degree may directly enroll in the RN-BSN program after filling out the "Joint Intent to Enroll" form.
  • Graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Acquires self-empowerment to provide holistic care to a diverse population while providing health education using learner-centered focused principles.
  • Demonstrates accountability and effective interpersonal relationships with clients and members of the health care team, and works collaboratively in professional practice.
  • Implements evidence-based practice to promote a caring environment that ensures client's safety, comfort, dignity, and self-esteem consistent with his/her developmental stage in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Demonstrates responsibility for continued learning and further growth.
  • Manages care for clients while evaluating own performance to improve professional practice, quality of care, and safety in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Applies technology and information management skills to retrieve data, communicate, support decision making, and submit information.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State nursing graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech, the nursing BS, or technology management BBA degree program, and can fill out the Joint Intent to Enroll form when applying to continue their studies.


Facilities used for clinical experiences may include: Cuba Memorial Hospital, Elderwood, Guthrie Corning Hospital, Highland Hospital, Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Jones Memorial Hospital, Noyes Memorial Hospital, Olean General Hospital, Veterans Affairs in Bath, and Hornell Gardens, as well as other area facilities and community sites. Students may be placed in day, evening, and night clinical placement, weekend and weekday rotations, and may be responsible for their own transportation.

Professional Opportunities

Ambulatory settings Clinics
Health insurance providers Home health care
Hospitals Industry
Long-term care facilities Physician offices
Schools Visiting nurses' agencies

Employment Statistics

According to the most recent Employment and Continuing Education survey, of those 2016 graduates responding, 26 percent are employed; 71 percent continued their education.

Student Achievement Data

The NCLEX pass rate for the May 2017 graduates is 89 percent.
The completion rate for the fall 2014 cohort is 82 percent.

Related Programs

Biological Science
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Health Information Technology
Health Science
Human Services
Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities
Radiologic Technology

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

  • Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry
  • Recommended: 980 combined reading/writing and math SAT score or composite ACT score of 19
  • Required: It is essential that students are able to fully participate in clinical, caring for clients as assigned.  The AAS is a rigorous program that will require a high degree of dedication.  Established entrance requirements for nursing students include being able to:
    • Ambulate (walk) without assistive devices
    • Lift at least 35 pounds
    • Function in a safe manner, not placing clients in jeopardy
    • Maintain confidentiality in regard to professional practice
    • Appropriately utilize standard medical equipment
    • Interpret data from electronic devices in the health care setting for the purpose of client care
    • Maintain professional composure at all times
    • Communicate effectively, orally, and in writing


Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state. Completion of the nursing program does not assure licensure as a registered professional nurse. Graduates of this nursing program meet the education requirements for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of “good moral character” and a fee must be paid for the test and license. On the application for New York State licensure, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been found guilty after trial, or pleaded guilty, no contest, or nolo contendere to a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court?
  • Are criminal charges pending against you in any court?
  • Has any licensing or disciplinary authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, canceled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license or certificate held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded, or otherwise disciplined you?
  • Are charges pending against you in any jurisdiction for any sort of professional misconduct?
  • Has any hospital or licensed facility restricted or terminated your professional training, employment of privileges or have you ever voluntarily or involuntarily resigned or withdrawn from such association to avoid imposition of such measures?
  • If the answer to any of the questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the State Education Department, prior to earning a license.

General Notes:

Min. of a "C" grade is required for Nursing I and II; min. of "C+" is required for Nursing III and IV.

BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II have to be completed with a "C+" and must be taken in the classroom with lab component at the same college.

CPR certification is required BEFORE taking Nursing I (NURS 1108) and remain active throughout the nursing program.


Alfred State students may transfer to most New York State baccalaureate programs consistent with NYS transfer agreement.

Registered Nurse Program Nursing - AAS Degree



COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
NURS 1108 Nursing I 8

Min. of "C+" is required in BIOL 1404 to progress
Min. of a “C” grade is required for Nursing I



PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NURS 2208 Nursing II 8

Min. of "C+" is required in BIOL 2504 to progress
Min. of a “C” grade is required for Nursing II


PSYC 1023 Human Development 3
BIOL 4254 General Microbiology 4
NURS 3310 Nursing III 10

BIOL 4254 is a prerequisite for NURS 4411. A min. grade of "C+" is required for BIOL 4254.
Min. of a  “C+” grade is required for Nursing III


LITR xxx3 Literature 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
NURS 4410 Nursing IV 10

Min. of a  “C+” grade is required for Nursing IV

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student’s ability to participate in a required professional practice experience.


  • 36 credits of nursing (nursing I, II, III, IV)
  • 12 credits of natural science (anatomy & physiology I and II, microbiology)
  • 9 credits of social science (general psychology, general sociology, human development)
  • 6 credits of English/humanities (freshman composition, literature)