May 30, 2024  
Catalog 2022-2023 
Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, AAS

Location(s): Salem Campus

Estimated costs for students in Level II courses listed below are Tuition $2,871; Differential fee, $290; universal fee, $1,073; clinical/lab fee, $3,330; criminal background check and drug testing fee, $90; equipment and supplies, $744; CPR certification, $40; TB screening, $50; licensure testing fee including Pearson fee, $435. These fees do not include all the General Education course fees. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 503.399.5018 to find out if you qualify for help with these costs.

You may earn an associate degree by successfully completing the required 93 credit hours. You must earn grades of “C” or better in all required courses in order to progress through the terms. An associate degree in nursing qualifies you to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN).

RNs apply knowledge drawn from a broad, in-depth education in the social and physical sciences to assess, plan, order, provide, delegate, teach, and supervise care that promotes a patient’s optimum health and independence.

An RN 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. RNs must also assume responsibility for their own professional development.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Nursing degree should be able to:

  • Patient Centered Care: Incorporates novice level management skills while providing patient centered care. 
  • Quality and Safety: Develop nursing care that minimizes risk or harm to patients, self, and others; and uses data to monitor outcomes of patient centered care.
  • Clinical Decision Making: Formulate clinical judgements in providing nursing care based on current evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences, needs, and values.
  • Professionalism: Design nursing care that reflects integrity, accountability, and legal and ethical practice while modeling the professional roles of coordinator of care, educator, advocate, and leader.
  • Informatics and technology: Formulate nursing care using current technology and patient information to maximize safety, and optimize health.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: Communicate effectively and collaboratively in a self-directed manner with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.

Nursing AAS Program Prerequisites:

Additional Elective Credit Hours: 3 ***

Any course of at least three credits and with a course number of 100 or above chosen from one of the following academic areas: ART, ASL, ATH, BI, CH, CLA, COMM, CIS, CS, ENG, FA, FR, GE, GEG, GEO, GS, HDF, HE, HOR, HPE, HST, HUM, JNL, JPN, MTH, MUS, NFM, OC, PE, PH, PHL, PS, PSY, RD, REL, RUS, SOC, SPN, SSC, SSP, WR, WS

The Following Options May Be Used To Fulfill The Psychology Requirement: †

The Following Options May Be Used To Fulfill This Writing Course Requirement: ^

Core Nursing Courses:


+Meets related instruction requirement, see Degree and Certificate Types . For subject areas, see General Education .

*CH 110 CH 104  & CH 105 , or CH 121  & CH 122  is a prerequisite for BI 231 .

Note: The number of clock hours required for the above courses is higher than the number of credit hours. Details about clock hours for each course may be found in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Nursing courses are comprised of 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.

Specialized Courses

The college periodically offers specialized courses to help registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other health-care personnel keep abreast of current knowledge and new developments in nursing. A noncredit basic nursing assistant course approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing is also available. For more information about courses, contact the nursing office, 503.399.5058.