Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

OCCC's Nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. In our program, you will learn the knowledge and skills required for an entry-level nursing job, and qualify to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, which is a requirement for practice.

Our program is designed to prepare the student to be licensed as a registered nurse. RNs deliver nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.RN's apply knowledge drawn from a broad, in-depth education in the social and physical sciences to assess, plan, .order, give, delegate, teach and supervise care that promotes a patient’s optimum health and independence. A nurse guides other team members with less education and/or experience, evaluates needs for patient instruction, plans and participates in health teaching, and applies mental health principles to nursing care and function. RN's must also assume responsibility for their professional development.

RN's Make decisions regarding patient care based on professional values and responsibilities at the associate degree nurse level while complying with identified legal/ethical standards (scope of practice regulations established by boards of nursing and Code of Practice guidelines established by the American Nurses Association).

Admitted students may earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing by successfully completing 91 required credit hours of the two-year Nursing program (50 credits of first year of the program; 41 credits of the second year of the program) and 32 per-requisite credits. BI, FN, NUR and general education courses to be completed with a letter grade of “C” or better, it is required that all prerequisite courses are completed under the same rule. An associate degree in nursing qualifies students to apply to the Oregon State of Board of Nursing to apply for licensure  and to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN)  to become a registered nurse (RN).

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree will have the resources to:

  • Use a holistic approach to develop, implement, and evaluate plans of care for patients that apply standard nursing care plans to meet individual needs.

  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively in a self- directed manner with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.

  • Use first-level management skills in providing care for individuals and groups of patients.

Note: The number of clock hours required for the below courses is higher than the number of credit hours. Details about clock hours for each course can be found in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Nursing courses are a combination of classroom and clinical hours with each classroom credit hour equal to one clock hour per week and each clinical credit hour equal to three clock hours per week. Preparation time for class and clinical experiences is outside the clock hours required for each course.

Associate Degree Nursing Program Costs

Please refer to the college website for current program costs

Contact Student Services at 541-867-8503 to find out about Financial Aid eligibility.

Approved General Education Electives for Nursing. We utilize Portland Community College’s approved general education electives for the Associate of Applied Science. The list is located in the college catalog. OCCC offers term by term a subset of these approved electives. Please confer with your academic advisor at OCCC regarding approved electives.

For program admission information, please visit OCCC Nursing Web Page.

Technical Standards

The Oregon Coast Community College Nursing Program has the responsibility to society to educate competent health care providers to care for their patients/clients with clinical judgment, broadly based knowledge and competent technical skills at the entry level. The program has academic as well as technical standards (non-academic criteria) students must meet in order to successfully progress in and graduate from the program. The Technical Standards document is provided in order to assure that the students who enter the program know and understand the requirements, and can make informed decisions regarding the pursuit of this profession.

Articulation Agreement

Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) has a co-enrollment agreement with Linfield College and the OCCC Nursing program to give students graduating from our program an opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. The Co-Admission Agreement between Linfield College and OCCC facilitates student progression from the Associate of Applied Science degree program to the Bachelor of Science degree program (RN to BSN) through consistent program communication, curricular coordination, and focused academic advising. Collaboratively, we are promoting successful undergraduate educational experiences for our nursing students.

Note: The number of clock hours required for the courses is higher than the number of credit hours. Details about clock hours for each course can be found in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Nursing courses are a combination of classroom and clinical hours with each classroom credit hour equal to one clock hour per week and each clinical credit hour equal to three clock hours per week. Preparation time for class and clinical experiences is outside the clock hours required for each course.

All required courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher.

 

Year 1, Term 1

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
16

Year 1, Term 2

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
17

Year 2, Term 1

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Year 2, Term 2

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
16

Year 2, Term 3

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
10
Total credits:
91

Overview

Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements

Subject

Type

Associate Degree