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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing

Medgar Evers College offers an Associate degree in Nursing which prepares the individual to enter the profession as a Registered Nurse. The Associate Degree Program provides the foundation for entry into undergraduate study for the achievement of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Program Purposes:

  1. Prepare the entry-level technical nurse who will qualify to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
  2. Prepare the graduate who will be an accountable and responsible nursing care provider to clients with common well-defined health problems in structured health care settings.
  3. Provide opportunities which will encourage pursuit of lifelong learning and professional and personal development.

Expected Level of Achievement

  1. Students will complete the AAS nursing program curriculum within 100% of program length once nursing major courses are started.
  2. 80% of graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.
  3. 80% AAS graduates will be employed as RNs within 12 month of licensure.

End-Of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Medgar Evers College AAS Program will:

  1. Demonstrate professional, moral, and ethical conduct with respect for patient and family preferences and diverse needs.
  2. Collaborate through effective communication with members of the health care team, and patients to provide optimal patient care outcomes.
  3. Incorporate best practices and current evidence in decision-making and delivery of health care.
  4. Use quality measures to monitor, improve, and design patient care.
  5. Minimize risk of harm to patients through use of principles of safe nursing practice.
  6. Integrate science with information and technology to communicate and use decision support systems in the delivery of patient care.

Admission Criteria Requirements

All requirements for admission to Medgar Evers College must be met. For progression to the Clinical Nursing Phase of the AAS, students must meet additional requirements.. These requirements, include, but may not be limited to:

  1. Completion of Medgar Evers College/CUNY Skills Assessment Examinations (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics).
  2. Enrollment at Medgar Evers College a minimum of one semester.
  3. Maintain a “B-”, or higher, in all science courses.
  4. Completion of College Core requirements.
  5. Minimum 2.7 cumulative Grade Point Average required.
  6. A criminal background check may be required.
  7. Completion of the application process for acceptance into the Clinical Nursing Phase.
  8. Repeat science courses which are 5 years or older upon application to enter clinical phase.
  9. Satisfactory score on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination-RN (Verbal Ability, Mathematics, Science and Composite Score). General, NLN benchmark is an overall score of 100. However, the Admission, Retention and Progression Committee will evaluate the testing cohorts NLN scores to ensure that candidates are given an opportunity for admission.
  10. Required orientation prior to admission to the Nursing Clinical Phase.
  11. Any requirements as determined by the Department.


ENGL 112 College Composition I 3
ENGL 150 College Composition II 3
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
MTH 136 Intro to Algebra and Trigonometry 3
Life and Physical Sciences
BIO/L 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
Scientific World
BIO/L 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO/L 261 Pathogenic Microbiology & Immunology for Health Professions 4
CHM/L 105 Chemistry for Health Professions 4
CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals 3
NUR/L/S 130 Foundations of Nursing Practice 6
NUR/L 131 Clients with Altered Psychosocial Functioning 5
NUR/L/S 272 Childbearing /Childrearing 6
NUR/L/S 274 Commonly Occurring Health Problems I 6
NUR/L/S 275 Commonly Occurring Health Problems II 8
NUR 276 Transition to Nursing Practice 2
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3


All students must meet the following requirements for Retention and Progression through Nursing courses and must have:

  1. Current medical clearance to include occupational exposure health requirements.
  2. Current medical clearance to include New York State Department of Health requirements.
  3. Satisfactory health physical on file which includes Hepatitis B testing.
  4. Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR) from the American Heart Association.
  5. Physical clearance must state that student is physically able to perform all Clinical Course Requirements as mandated by the Department of Nursing and affiliating agencies.
  6. Minimum 2.7 cumulative Grade Point Average upon admission into nursing through graduation.
  7. Purchase of a MEC nursing student uniform upon admission into the first Nursing course.
  8. “B-” or higher in all Nursing (NUR) courses.
  9. Pass clinical, skills lab, and theory portions of each NUR course.
  10. Achieve a “B-” or better in all Science courses.
  11. Meet all requirements as outlined by the Department without exception.

Students who do not receive a satisfactory grade of “B-” or better in a Nursing course may repeat one (1) Nursing (NUR) course one (1) time only during their Progression through the Nursing Program. Students are expected to complete the Associate degree Nursing Program in no more than four (4) years.

Students repeating a Nursing course must earn a minimum grade of “B-” in the repeated Nursing course as well as a minimum GPA of 2.7 in order to continue progression through the Nursing Program. Achievement of less than a “B-” in a repeated Nursing course will result in the dismissal of the student from the Nursing Program.

Readmission to the AAS Nursing Program

Re-admission in a NUR course is based upon availability of space. Readmission is not automatic. Students who have not been in attendance for one (1) or more consecutive semesters, must apply for re-admission to the College in the Office of Admissions and meet all program requirements in effect at the time of re- admission. Students must apply for re-admission in writing, sixty (60) days prior to the date of requested re-admission. The written request is submitted to the Departmental Admission, Retention, and Progression Committee (ARPC) requesting continuation in the Clinical Nursing Phase. Only if space is available and all requirements are met that are in effect at that time, may the student be considered for re-entry into the Program.

Medgar Evers College will award the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing upon the student’s completion of all sixty-four (64) required Nursing Program Credits. Graduates are then eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

The NCLEX-RN application requirements include:

  1. Completion of all AAS degree requirements for the College;
  2. Completion of all program requirements as outlined by the Nursing Department;
  3. Valid Student Social Security Number;
  4. Minimum age of eighteen;
  5. Good moral character and standards as defined by the New York State Education Department’s Professional Licensure Board of Nursing.

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