Associate in Applied Science (AAS)



Effective July 1, 2016, there will be a new admission requirement to being placed on the waiting list.  Please see an Academic Advisor for additional information.

This program prepares students to become registered nurses. Students learn to provide direct care that is based on the nursing process. Students acquire knowledge and technical skills necessary for effective communication with clients and families. They learn management, organizational and delegation skills necessary to provide competent care to a group of clients. Health care teaching is emphasized as a critical aspect of the communication process.

The didactic and clinical components of the curriculum are interrelated to provide a strong background for the student in attaining the objectives of the programs and in becoming a competent practitioner. Experience is provided in a variety of agencies, including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home health care settings. The nursing program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Persons considering a career in nursing should have an interest in the health sciences and in working closely with people. In addition, they should be able to meet the academic demands of a program that requires a commitment of time, energy and motivation to learn.

Admission to the program is contingent on meeting the established minimum criteria as defined in the Nursing Program Handbook. Applicants also are required to complete a health history, an immunization record, a criminal background check and drug screening. Applicants selected for the program are required to have a physical examination. Graduates are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

St. Louis Community College (STLCC) uses a first-come first-served waiting list. Prospective students should see an academic advisor for assistance in planning for admission. When all the prerequisites are met, the academic advisor will give the student the nursing program application. The completed application is then turned into admissions and at that point the student is placed on the waiting list.

Note: An individual who has been convicted of a felony may not be licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Missouri.

STLCC and Webster University Nursing Dual Admission Program
The Dual Admission program (DAP) between St. Louis Community College and Webster University makes it possible for students to be jointly admitted to both institutions. It provides nursing students at STLCC with the opportunity to seamlessly complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Webster University and provides students with access to resources at both institutions. Learn More

LPN Bridge is a course for LPN’s to allow them to bridge into the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Because LPN’s have already had some of the same content that is covered in the first year (the first two semesters) of the 4-semester ADN program, the LPN Bridge course was developed to “bridge” or to cover the content from the first year ADN program that LPN’s have not had. Students take one bridge course, NUR:160, and then they enter the third semester and finish along with the regular ADN students. Details of the program are available with the attached brochure.

Program Prerequisites

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2016, there will be a new prerequisite to being added to the waiting list. Please see an academic advisor for additional information. This change does not affect those already on the waiting list.

The St. Louis Community College District nursing faculty has worked diligently developing a new curriculum that meets the rigors of the rapidly changing healthcare environment. This required changes to the prerequisite courses to be placed on the waiting list and to enroll in NUR:151. The nursing courses have also been modified to provide for better learning opportunities.


For students currently on the waiting list for entrance into the nursing program, and who enroll in NUR:151 (previously NUR:101), the requirement for the following courses will need to be met prior to enrolling in NUR:151 (All courses require a grade of “C” or better):

BIO:207 COM:200
ENG:101 LIB:101

See an academic advisor to plan for admission based on the Advising Checklist


Job Resources

  • For information on the job outlook in the nursing profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
  • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
  • For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.


Estimated Program Expenses (August 2015) – Amounts subject to change

Five Program Courses (ENG:101, BIO:207, PSY:200, COM:200, and LIB:101) Required Prior to Enrolling in Fundamentals of Nursing, NUR:151:

In-District Maintenance Fees: $1442.00 (14 credit hours @ $103/

Personal Transportation: $300.00 (approximate)

Books: $400.00

Additional Five Required Courses Estimated Expenses: $2142.00



Pre-Entry:  The following eight items are required to be completed within six months prior to the first day of Fundamentals of Nursing, NUR:151.  Each campus Nursing Department will have specific deadlines for submitting documentation of these eight items.  Failure to meet these deadlines will result in removal of your name from the admission process.

  1. Criminal Background Check: $50.00 (Depends on # of names & # of states)
  2. Drug Screen: $30.00
  3. Immunization Tracker: $25.00
  4. Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Family Care Safety Registry: $12.50
  5. Health Exam: $50.00
  6. Immunizations or Titers: $650.00 (If no documented history of immunizations then you must have titer results showing immunity or receive the immunizations.)
  7. Health Insurance: $600.00 (must maintain throughout program)
  8. American Heart Assoc. (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR: $65.00

Pre-Entry Estimated Expenses                                            $1482.50


First Semester

In-District Maintenance Fees: $1545.00 (15 credit hours @ $103/

Nursing Books: $600.00

Personal Transportation: $600.00 (approximate)

Lab Kit: $150.00

Uniforms: $100.00 (2 @ $50)

Black Leather Shoes: $75.00

Stethoscope: $50.00

Lab Coat: $40.00

Watch with Ability to Count Seconds: $30.00

Bandage Scissors: $10.00

Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues: $5.00 (Optional)

Assessment Exam: $175.00

First Semester Estimated Expenses: $3,380.00

Second Semester

In-District Maintenance Fees: $1442.00 (14 credit hours @ $103/

Personal Transportation: $600.00 (approximate)

Nursing Books: $250.00

Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues: $5.00 (Optional)

Assessment Exam: $175.00

Second Semester Estimated Expenses                                 $2472.00


Between Second and Third Semester in the Nursing Program 

Health Insurance: $600.00 (must maintain throughout program)

Repeat Health Exam if History of (+) TB Test: $50.00

Immunization Tracker Annual Renewal: $25.00

Between Second and Third Semester Estimated Expenses:  $675.00


Third Semester

In-District Maintenance Fees: $1236.00 (12 credit hours @ $103/cr. hr.)

Nursing Books: $200.00

Personal Transportation: $600.00 (approximate)

Fingerprinting Fee: $60.00

State Board License Application Fee: $45.00

Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues: $5.00 (Optional)

Assessment Exam: $175.00

Third Semester Estimated Expenses: $2321.00


Fourth Semester

In-District Maintenance Fees: $1442.00 (14 credit hours @ $103/cr. hr.)

Personal Transportation: $600.00 (approximate)

NCLEX-RN Exam Registration Fee: $200.00

Transcript to State Board: $5.00

Assessment Exam: $175.00

Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues: $5.00 (Optional)

NCLEX-RN Review Course: $450.00 (Optional)

School Pin: $100.00 (Optional)

Graduation Pictures: $30.00 (Optional)

Graduation Robe Rental: $25.00 (Optional)

Fourth Semester Estimated Expenses: $3032.00


Total Estimated Expenses for Program: $15,504.50



Nursing (AAS) 69 Credits

ENG:100 Career English (or)
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
COM:200 Communication Between Cultures 3
PSY:200 General Psychology 3
PSY:205 Human Growth and Development 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
BIO:203 General Microbiology I 4
BIO:207 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO:208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
LIB:101 Introduction to Library and Online Research 1

Physical Education Activity – 2 credits

Area of Concentration – 22 credits

NUR:151 Fundamentals of Nursing 7
NUR:152 Nursing Laboratory Practicum I 1
NUR:154 Nursing Laboratory Practicum II 1
NUR:153 Nursing of Adults and Children I 9
NUR:251 Nursing of Adults and Children II 10
NUR:253 Management Skills in Nursing 3
NUR:252 Nursing of Adults and Children III 8

Nursing Handbook

LPN Bridge Program Information Sheet

Nursing Program Information Sheet

Advising Checklist

Nursing Bridge Program Advising Checklist

Self-Guided Dosage Calculation Test Tutorial
Students are required to pass the Dosage Calculation Test (DCT) prior to applying to the nursing program. This self-guided tutorial provides an opportunity to independently prepare for the DCT and learn to confidently calculate medication dosages.

The web pages in the tutorial site are best viewed with the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome Internet browsers.


There is a traditional classroom preparation course, NRSG: 704 Nursing Math, that is offered through Continuing Education. Call 314-984-7777 or check the Continuing Education class schedule for dates/times.

Students are given three opportunities within a calendar year (January-December) to pass the DCT and must pass with a minimum score of 90%.  Students will be furnished with a 6-function calculator when taking the DCT.

The Dosage calculation test is given in the Assessment Center by appointment only.

Florissant Valley
Admin. Building, First Floor
Phone: 314-513-4292
Office Hours:
Mon.-Thurs.: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Forest Park
Phone: 314-644-9233
Office Hours:
Mon. and Wed.: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Communications North 229
Phone: 314-984-7596
Office Hours:
Mon.-Thurs.: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The DCT does not replace the math assessment test.



The Nursing program is offered at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses or five education centers.


Back to the top Print This Page

Career and Technical Education Programs