Nursing AAS (RN)

Maria's NCLEX-RN first time pass rate for 2019 is 90.18%, higher than the NYS average of 86.42%. 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). 

The 2019 NCLEX-RN State pass rate for Maria College for first time test takers was 90.18%–higher than the NYS first time pass rate of 86.42%.

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

  • End of Program Student 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:

    • Integrate caring and sound nursing judgment to promote the health of clients, families and communities in various environments.
    • Incorporate the nursing process when planning safe, quality care for clients, families and communities to promote, maintain, and manage health and modify the environment.
    • Communicate in a collaborative manner with clients, families and communities, members of the health care team, and with community resources.
    • Incorporate critical thinking to examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice and improves the quality of care for clients, families and communities.
    • Personify professional identity in an accountable, ethical, and responsible manner as a member of the profession of nursing.
    • Advocate for clients, families and communities to make educated decisions about health care choices by providing evidence-based health information through teaching-learning.
  • Course Sequence: Day Division

    Day Division

    First Year: First Semester                 

    Course

     

    Credits

    BIO 209

    Anatomy & Physiology I

    4

    NUR 110

    Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

    1

    NUR 120

    Fundamentals of Nursing

    8

    PSY 100

    General Psychology

    3

       

    16

    First Year: Second Semester

    BIO 210

    Anatomy & Physiology II

    4

    ENG 111

    Composition

    3

    NUR 130

    Care of individuals across the lifespan

    8

    PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3

       

    18

    Second Year: First Semester

    BIO 203

    Microbiology

    4

    NUR 240

    Care of Clients with Physical and Psychological Needs

    8

    SOC

    Introduction to Sociology

    3

    ENG 211

    Critical Inquiry and Writing

    3

       

    18

    Second Year: Second Semester

    NUR 250

    Care of the Complex Client

    8

    NUR 260

    Transition to Nursing Practice

    3

    RES

    Foundations in Social Justice

    3

       

    14

     

  • 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

    Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

    1

    NUR 120

    Fundamentals of Nursing

    8

       

    Second Year: Second Semester

    NUR 130

    Care of individuals across the lifespan

    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

    Care of Clients with Physical and Psychological Needs

    8

       

    12

    Third Year: Second Semester

    NUR 250

    Care of the Complex Client

    8

    NUR 260

    Transition to Nursing Practice

    3

       

    11

  • 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.
      • 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® First-time Pass Rate

    Program Completion Rate

    Job Placement

    2019

    90.18%

    100%

    2018

    95.69%

    100%*

    2017

    92.7%

    69.49%

    95%*

    2016

    88.8%

    71.19%

    91.8%*

    2015

     93.6%

    68.48%

    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-gana

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.