AAS Nursing Degree Albany, NY

AAS Nursing Degree (RN) 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.

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 New York State Board of Regents and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The program is also 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:

ACEN Accreditation


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After completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program in Nursing at Maria College, the graduate will be able to meet the following competencies:
  •     Demonstrate clinical competency while caring for clients, families, significant support persons and groups with health problems in various environments.
  • Utilize the nursing process to plan care for clients, families, significant support persons or groups in various environments to promote, maintain and manage health.
  • Enable clients, families and significant support persons to make educated decisions about health care choices by providing health information through teaching-learning.
  • Communicate in a collaborative manner with the clients, families, significant support persons, members of the health care team, and with community resources.
  • Incorporate critical thinking into clinical decision making when managing care for clients, families, significant support persons or groups in a variety of environments.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in an accountable, responsible manner as a member of the profession of nursing.


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. 


Associate’s Degree:

  • Minimum Grade Point Average
    • 80 for high school students
    • 80% Biology
    • 80% Chemistry
    • "C" or higher in Biology
    • "C" or higher in Chemistry
    • 2.5 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 VI)
    • The TEAS VI 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 VI
      • TEAS VI 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. 

Note:  High School students can substitute their SAT scores provided that they meet the minimum requirements.

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.


Year NCLEX Pass Rate Completion Job Placement
2016 88.8%  67.3% 91.8%*
2015  93.6%  69.6% 95%*
2014  82.7%  57.3% 91.3%*

*Employment rate based on student response from the Placement Survey Report.