Nursing AAS (RN)

Maria has the highest NCLEX-RN pass rate in New York State for college-based RN programs with over 100 graduates a year. Close interaction with faculty and a network of leading healthcare facilities for clinical experience play a major role.

Nursing AAS (RN)

A two-year nurse preparation program
Our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in nursing prepares students with both a theoretical and clinical foundation for a career as a registered nurse (RN). During classes, you will focus on the science behind excellent nursing care. In labs and clinical rotations, you will practice the art of nursing.

Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam).  In 2017, the annual NCLEX-RN pass rate for Maria College reported by New York State for first time test takers was 92.7%– Maria has the highest pass rate in the state of New York for college-based RN programs with over 100 graduates a year.

Your choice: day or evening
Our program is designed to meet the scheduling needs of traditional and non-traditional students. Enroll in our Day or Evening Division. Either way, you will benefit from:

  • Personal attention
  • A state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab where you can practice your skills
  • Clinical experience in the Capital Region’s finest healthcare facilities, including: Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Health Partners, Ellis Medicine, St. Margaret’s Center for Children, and Capital District Psychiatric Center.

See the AAS Nursing Policy & Procedure Manual for more information, or check the important links in the sidebar menu.

Accreditation

The Nursing Program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, Office of the Professions (http://www.op.nysed.gov) 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:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000  Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

  • Program Learning Outcomes

    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.
  • Course Sequence: Day Division

    Day Division

    First Year: First Semester                 

    Course

     

    Credits

    BIO 209

    Anatomy & Physiology I

    4

    NUR 110

    Nursing I

    1

    NUR 120

    Nursing II

    6

    PSY 100

    General Psychology

    3

       

    14

    First Year: Second Semester

    BIO 210

    Anatomy & Physiology II

    4

    ENG 111

    Composition

    3

    NUR 130

    Nursing III

    8

    PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3

       

    18

    Second Year: First Semester

    BIO 203

    Microbiology

    4

    NUR 240

    Nursing IV

    8

    RES 201

    Foundations in Social Justice

    3

    ENG 211

    Critical Inquiry and Writing

    3

       

    18

    Second Year: Second Semester

    NUR 250

    Nursing V

    9

    NUR 260

    Nursing VI

    3

    SOC 101

    Introduction to Sociology

    3

       

    15

    *A clinical experience may be required during day hours.   

  • Course Sequence: Evening Division

    Evening Division

    First Year: First Semester

    Course

     

    Credits

    BIO 209

    Anatomy & Physiology I

    4

    PSY 100

    General Psychology

    3

       

    7

    First Year: Second Semester

    BIO 210

    Anatomy & Physiology II

    4

    ENG 111

    Composition

    3

       

    7

    First Year: Third Semester  

    RES 201

    Foundations in Social Justice

    3

    PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3

       

    6

    Second Year: First Semester  

    NUR 110

    Nursing I

    1

    NUR 120

    Nursing II

    6

       

    7  

    Second Year: Second Semester

    NUR 130

    Nursing III

    8

       

    8

    Second Year: Third Semester

    ENG 211         

    Critical Inquiry and Writing

    3

    SOC 101

    Introduction to Sociology

    3

       

    6

    Third Year: First Semester

    BIO 203

    Microbiology

    4

    NUR 240

    Nursing IV

    8

       

    12

    Third Year: Second Semester

    NUR 250

    Nursing V

    9

    NUR 260

    Nursing VI

    3

       

    12

  • Application Requirements

    Minimum Grade Point Average:

    • High School Students:
      • 80% Minimum Grade Point Average
      • 80% Biology
      • 80% Chemistry
    • College Transfer Students:
      • 2.5 Minimum Grade Point Average
      • “C” or higher in Biology
      • “C” or higher in Chemistry

    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.
      • A resume demonstrating current clinical experience is required to enter NUR 198.
      • These qualify for admission into NUR 240.
      • 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.
      • 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.

  • Student Achievement Data

    Year

    NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

    Job Placement

    2017

    92.7%

    95%*

    2016

    88.8%

    91.8%*

    2015

     93.6%

    95%*

    2014

     82.7%

    91.3%*

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

     

  • Articulation Agreements
    • Capital Region BOCES graduates with CNA license to the AAS in Nursing at Maria College
    • Capital Region BOCES Practical Nursing Program graduates with LPN to AAS in Nursing at Maria College
    • Graduates of Certified Nurse Aide program at Questar III BOCES with CNA license to AAS in Nursing at Maria College
Maria Stories
Joseph Aklassou

2018 Vanguard Awardee, Joseph Aklassou-gana ‘18, originally from Ivory Coast, West Africa graduated from Maria’s AAS Nursing Program.

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Maria’s RN program is academically rigorous and students graduate with the skills, confidence, and compassion they need to be a leader in their field.