Nursing Degree

AAS Nursing Degree Program

The two year degree or AAS nursing courses are offered in Day and Evening Divisions. Clinical laboratory experiences are conducted at a variety of facilities that will meet the students’ clinical objectives.  The 2014-15 handbook will be available soon.

All applicants to the Nursing Program will be required to take a placement test. Those scoring below a cutoff score will be  required to complete remedial course work and be retested after remediation to be admitted into the program. Students who are unsuccessful in the PNC Program will not be admitted into AAS Nursing Program.

The  Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is a member of the National Council of Associate Degree Programs.  Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and/or ACEN:
 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
 Atlanta, GA 30326
 P: (404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

CURRICULUM

The nursing curriculum moves from nursing theory to the art and science of patient care, integrating clinical experiences with formal classroom work. 

A student must obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required in the Nursing Program. (A grade of “C-” is not adequate to meet the minimum requirement of “C”.) The student must pass both theoretical and clinical components of a nursing course, or the course must be repeated in its entirety. Failure to successfully complete course work that is required by the Nursing Program results in dismissal from the program. A student may repeat a nursing course only once. 

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Associate’s Degree:

  • Minimum Grade Point Average
    • 80 for high school students
    • 2.3 for transfer students
  • Prerequisite Coursework:
    • Successful completion of at least 2 college-preparatory Math courses
    • Successful completion of at least 3 science courses, which must include a Biology and a Chemistry course.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)
    • The TEAS V is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.
    • Applicants will be admitted on the basis of meeting the minimum requirements for entry and their TEAS test scores.
    • Applicants scoring below the desired TEAS test score may consider enrolling as a general studies student. Upon completion of remedial course work, the student may retest. Admissions decisions will be based on space availability.
    • How to Register for the TEAS V
      • TEAS V is administered through PSI and offered regularly in Albany
    • Acceptable scores are the following:
      • Reading 70.5%
      • Mathematics 69%
      • Science 53.6%
      • English 63.8%
    • An applicant may take the TEAS test twice in a 12-month period. Test attempts at other colleges are reported to Maria College and will count as an attempt.
    • For more information please visit the Testing Requirements page. 

Qualified LPN applicants may enter the Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program in three ways:

  1. Successful completion of the Advanced Placement Challenge Exam, qualifying admissions into NUR 130. Enrollment is limited each year.
  2. Successful completion of the PN-RN Transition Courses (NUR 198 and 199) and 23 required liberal arts credits.
    1. A resume demonstrating current clinical experience is required to enter NUR 198.
    2. These qualify for admission into NUR 240.
    3. Class size is based on available space in the Nursing Program.
  3. Successful completion of the Maria College Practical Nursing Completion Program and completion of all required liberal arts credits with the exception of microbiology (MIC 203) qualifies for admission into NUR 240. Those not immediately entering the Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program must have worked as an LPN for at least six months prior to admission.
    1. A copy of the license and a letter of employment verification must be submitted at time of application.

Please note: All Associate’s Degree in Nursing applicants must meet all admission requirements for the Associate Degree Program, as well as program-specific requirements.