Nursing- AAS

AAS Degree - Code #0622

The nursing program prepares individuals to become registered professional nurses. Courses are sequential and progress from simple to more complex situations, with specialized content in obstetrics, psychiatric, and pediatric nursing integrated throughout. Learning is enhanced through the use of skill practice for a "hands-on" approach to gain expertise. A state of the art clinical lab with high fidelity simulators complements experience gained in regional health care organizations.

Clinical experience, an essential part of each nursing course, further enables students to gain technical competence to apply theoretical knowledge with practice. During the first year, there is one seven-hour clinical experience a week; during the second year, there is one 12-hour clinical weekly. Students may be required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5000,

A laptop is required for the nursing program as it will be needed for on-campus exams and other educational purposes. Microsoft Word is required; internet access is required. In addition, an I-Pod Touch without a phone or camera (or with phone and camera disabled) is required.

The associate’s degree in nursing (AAS) can be completed within a 2+2 format which includes two years of associate degree level coursework, at which time students earn an AAS degree and are eligible to take their registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX) and then two years of bachelor level coursework to earn their RN-BSN degree. An alternate format which is being greatly emphasized for student retention and success with progression through the nursing program and NCLEX success, is the 1+2+1 format. The student completes the required arts and sciences courses including anatomy and physiology in the first year and then in years 2 and 3 takes specific nursing courses with bachelor level coursework integrated, and at the completion of year 3, earns their AAS degree and is eligible to take the registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX). The student then returns for year 4 and earns their RN-BSN degree. Students have found the 1+2+1 program to meet their needs for assimilation into college, learning anatomy and physiology before taking nursing courses, and completing both their AAS and BSN in four years. Licensed Practical Nurses who are currently licensed and working and have graduated within the past five years may qualify to forgo Nursing I and enter into Nursing II in the spring. This is on a case by case situation and is not guaranteed.

Students must earn a ‘C’ in Nursing I and II and Anatomy and Physiology I and II and a ‘C+’ in Nursing III and IV to progress in the nursing program. Competency in medication clinical computation is required and is tested as part of the Nursing II and III courses.

Specific policies related to progression in the nursing program and readmission to the nursing program is publicized to enrolled nursing students in the Nursing Student Handbook. The Nursing Student Handbook is distributed to nursing students each year as part of the syllabus in the four major nursing courses.

The determination of a student’s ability to complete the nursing program is based on an individualized assessment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence. If a student’s ability compromises or threatens the health or safety of others, the student may be denied enrollment or continuation in the program if deemed unsafe.

In addition to meeting the college health requirements, nursing students are required to provide documentation of an annual PPD and a self-report health assessment. Hepatitis B vaccine, flu vaccine, and other requirements may be specified by affiliating agencies. A policy regarding chemical impairment is publicized to enrolled nursing students.

Any student wishing more information should contact the nursing program director.


  1. Apply the nursing process within a holistic framework to assist diverse clients of all ages with major health concerns.
  2. Implement psychomotor nursing care measures in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.
  3. Establish and maintain effective, professional communication orally and in writing within the program, including scholarly work and communication with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  4. Provide health education in a variety of settings using teaching-learning principles.
  5. Promote a quality, caring environment that ensures clients’ safety, comfort, dignity, and self-esteem consistent with his/her developmental stage.
  6. Manage care for a group of clients in a time-and cost-effective manner.
  7. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively.
  8. Apply technology and informatics to retrieve, communicate, and submit information.
  9. Evaluate personal strengths and limitations; seek appropriate assistance.
  10. Demonstrate accountability based on legal and ethical implications for personal behavior, professional practice, and aspects of care delegated to others.
  11. Demonstrates responsibility for inquiry, self-development and continued learning.


Alfred State associate degree graduates may enter directly into the Alfred State RN-BSN program.


Facilities used for clinical experiences include St. James Mercy Health, Hornell; Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville; Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville; Olean General Hospital, Olean; Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA; Cuba Memorial Hospital, Cuba; Highland Hospital, Rochester; Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitations, Mt. Morris, as well as other area facilities and community sites. Students may be placed in day, evening, and night clinical placement as well as weekend and weekday rotations. Students may be responsible for their own transportation.



Employment and transfer rate of 98 percent – 73 percent are employed in their field; 25 percent transferred to continue their education.


Biological Science

Health Information Technology

Human Services

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities


Required: It is essential that students are able to fully participate in clinical, caring for clients as assigned. Established entrance requirements for nursing students include being able to:


Algebra, Biology, Chemistry at high school level; if not taken in high school, then college course with “C” or better is required. Biology: BIOL 2303 Human Biology or BIOL 1104 General Biology I. Chemistry: CHEM 1013 Introductory Chemistry I. Algebra: MATH 1004 Mathematical Concepts. or Math 1014 Algebra Concepts

Recommended: Combined SAT score of 900 (critical reading and math)


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: