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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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. Healthcare 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
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 University of Missouri St. Louis Nursing Dual Admission Program
The Dual Admission program (DAP) between St. Louis Community College and University of Missouri St. Louis 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 University of Missouri St. Louis and provides students with access to resources at both institutions. Learn more about the STLCC/UMSL Dual Admission program.
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.
See an academic advisor to plan for admission based on the Advising Checklist
- 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.
Estimated Program Expenses
See the Nursing Program Handbook link for estimated expenses.
St. Louis Community College Nursing Program
Program Outcomes and Success Measures
Program Outcome #1: The Program demonstrates evidence of graduates’ achievement on the licensing examination. The Program’s most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.
|National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) Percent Passing|
|Year||National Average||Florissant Valley Campus||Forest Park Campus||Meramec Campus||District Nursing Program|
Program Outcome #2: The Program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement in completing the nursing program within 150% of program length.
Percent of Students Completing Nursing Program Within 150% of Program Length
|Semester and Year of Admission||Florissant Valley Campus||Forest Park Campus||Meramec Campus||District Nursing Program|
|Spring 2012||No Spring Admission||51.0||67.5||58.3|
|Spring 2013||No Spring Admission||66.7||76.9||71.3|
|Spring 2014||No Spring Admission||51.4||57.5||50.7|
|Spring 2015||No Spring Admission||Determine 12/2017||Determine 12/2017||Determine 12/2017|
|Fall 2015||Determine 05/2018||Determine 05/2018||Determine 05/2018||Determine 05/2018|
Program Outcome #3: The program demonstrates evidence of graduates’ achievement in job placement, including continuing their education.
Percent of Graduates Employed in Nursing Related Field or Continuing Their Education
|Year||Percent Employed in Related Field and/or Continuing Their Education|
Nursing (AAS) 69 Credits
|ENG:100||Career English (or)|
|ENG:101||College Composition I||3|
|COM:200||Communication Between Cultures||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 – 39 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|
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.
Admin. Building, First Floor
Mon.-Thurs.: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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
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.