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    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Overview


    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.

    The LPN Bridge Program is a program 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 Program was developed to “bridge” or to cover the content from the first year ADN program that LPN’s have not had. Students take two bridge courses, NUR:106 and NUR:107, 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
    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 who are currently on the waiting list you will have one of two situations occur. If you start your first nursing course NUR:101, Fundamentals of Nursing, spring semester 2014 you will not be affected by any changes.

    For students currently on the waiting list for entrance into the nursing program, and who enroll in NUR:151 (previously NUR:101), fall semester of 2014 or later, 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

  • Career Opportunities


    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.
    • For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
  • Resources

    Estimated Expenses
    Estimated Program Expenses (Updated August 2013) – Amounts subject to change

    Pre-Entry: The following six items are required to be completed within six months prior to the first day of the Fundamentals of Nursing course, NUR:101. Each campus will have specific deadlines for submitting documentation of these six items. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in removal of your name from the admission process.

    Criminal Background Check: $50
    Drug Screen: $30
    Immunization Tracker: $25
    Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Family Care Safety Registry: $11
    Health Exam: $50
    Immunizations or Titers (If no documented history of immunizations then you must have titer results showing
    immunity or receive the immunizations.): $650
    American Heart Assoc. (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR: $65
    Pre-Entry Estimated Expenses: $881

    First Semester
    In-District Maintenance Fees (16 credit hours @ $93/credit hour): $1,568
    Nursing Books: $600
    Personal Transportation (approximate): $600
    Lab Kit: $130
    Uniforms (2 @ $50): $100
    White Leather Shoes: $75
    Stethoscope: $50
    Lab Coat (Optional): $40
    Watch with Second Hand: $30
    Bandage Scissors: $10
    Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues (Optional): $5
    Assessment Exam: $50
    First Semester Estimated Expenses: $3,258

    Second Semester
    In-District Maintenance Fees (14 credit hours @ $93/credit hour): $1,372
    Nursing Books: $250
    Personal Transportation (approximate): $600
    Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues (Optional): $5
    Assessment Exam: $50
    Estimated Expenses for Second Semester: $2,277

    Summer Semester
    In-District Maintenance Fees (8 credit hours @ $93/per credit hour): $784
    Books: $200
    Personal Transportation (approximate): $300
    Repeat Health Exam if History of (+) TB Test $50
    Immunization Tracket Annual Renewal $25
    Estimated Expenses for Summer Semester: $1,359

    Third Semester
    In-District Maintenance Fees (16 credit-hours @ $93/credit hour): $1,568
    Nursing Books: $200
    Personal Transportation (approximate): $600
    Assessment Exam: $50
    Fingerprinting Fee: $60
    State Board License Application Fee: $45
    Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues (Optional): $5
    Estimated Expenses for Third Semester: $2528

    Fourth Semester
    In-District Maintenance Fees (14 credit hours @ $93/credit hour): $1,372
    Personal Transportation (approximate): $600
    NCLEX-RN Exam Registration Fee: $200
    Transcript to State Board: $5
    Assessment Exam: $100
    Student Nurse Association (SNA) Dues (Optional): $5
    NCLEX-RN Review Course (Optional): $450
    School Pin (Optional): $100
    Graduation Pictures (Optional): $30
    Graduation Robe Rental (Optional): $20
    Estimated Expenses for Fourth Semester: $2,882

    Total Estimated Expenses: $13,185

  • Program Curriculum


    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
    Recommended Academic Plan (AAS) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
  • Additional Information

    Nursing Handbook – Revision 2014

    Nursing Handbook – Revision 2013

    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.


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