Nursing AAS
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Nursing AAS

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • Delivery: On-campus 
  • Personal Interests: Health care, helping people, science
  • Skill Building: Patient care, communication, teamwork
  • Career Options: Nursing
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5208.10
  • Potential Salary: $68,450

Graduate ready for nursing practice

Nursing School Almanac Top U.S. Nursing Schools of 2021

Build the skills and experience to become a registered nurse ready to care for adult or pediatric patients in hospitals, clinics, and other practice settings.

Take courses in adult medical/surgical nursing, maternal/newborn health, pediatrics, psychosocial nursing, professional nursing practice, and pharmacology from experienced, supportive nursing faculty.

Upon completing the program, sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Jefferson’s Nursing A.A.S. program offers: 

  • Personalized instruction from faculty with real-world experience
  • High-tech classrooms and a fully equipped clinical practice simulation laboratory


Number of students accepted into the traditional option each year.


Median starting salary for a RN in the United States.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate Degree Program in Nursing at JCC, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Practice concepts of learned attributes to care for clients at all developmental levels.
  2. Utilize the nursing process to meet the caring needs of individuals experiencing an illness or loss/dysfunction.
  3. Utilize effective communication skills when interacting with health team members, clients, families and peers.
  4. Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for clients.
  5. Practice as a team member in collaboration with other health team members.
  6. Create an environment for health teaching for individuals seeking to restore balance.
  7. Maintain ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities within the Registered Nurse scope of practice.
  8. Utilize theories and concepts of science, liberal arts and nursing to provide holistic care.

Admissions Requirements and Application

Grade point average: Cumulative GPA or 2.5 or higher or high school graduation grade average of 75 or higher.


Satisfy BOTH of the following criteria to meet all prerequisites for BIO 251 Anatomy & Physiology 1, BIO 252 Anatomy & Physiology 2, and BIO 202 Microbiology:

  • Satisfactorily complete BIO 106 Human Biology, BIO 111 Survey of Cell Biology, or BIO 131 Principles of Biology 1
  • Earn a grade of 70 or higher in one year of high school chemistry or one semester of college chemistry (equivalent to CHE 107 Introduction to Chemistry)


Satisfy ONE of the following criteria to meet all prerequisites for MTH 174 Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1:

  • Direct placement into MTH 174 Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
  • Completion of one of the following with a C or better: MTH 125 Intermediate Algebra, MTH 144 Elementary Statistics, MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning, or any course MTH 165 College Algebra and Trigonometry or higher


Satisfy ONE of the following criteria to meet the prerequisites for ENG 101 Research and Composition:

  • Direct Placement into ENG 101 Research and Composition
  • Complete ENG 100 College Composition with a 70 or higher

Nursing Program Admission Scoring Rubric

Students entering this program are required to purchase or lease a computer laptop for in-classroom use. Computers are an integral part of all course instruction within the Nursing A.A.S. program. Please review the College’s recommendations for computer purchases or check with the Helpdesk to ensure you purchase a computer that will be able to run any specialized software or textbook add-ons. Note: some technology such as Chromebook, iPads, and tablets are good for Internet access or to access cloud applications and storage but are not able to run specialized software required for some classes, some textbook add-ons, and will definitely not meet the needs of a “power user.”

  • If born after January 1, 1957, proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Results from a current physical examination, a Mantoux test (within three months of first Nursing A.A.S. clinical experience), proof of tetanus immunization (within 10 years), proof of rubella immunization or results of a rubella titer (these requirements can be submitted upon admission), proof of influenza vaccination (annually). Proof of covid-19 vaccination and booster may be required by external clinical sites.  
  • Copy of certificate of completion from American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course (must be renewed annually; can be submitted upon admission).
  • Malpractice insurance for nursing students 18 years of age and older is strongly recommended (

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. Due to varying standards among states, the SUNY Jefferson Community College Nursing Program may not lead directly to licensure in all 50 states.

Learn more about NYS and out of state professional licensure requirements…

Acceptance to the program is competitive, taking into consideration academic preparation, experience, and motivation. Qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list and will be notified if space becomes available. Applicants not admitted by the first week of the program must reapply for further consideration.

To apply to the program, you must:

  • Complete Jefferson’s free application for admission and the nursing supplemental application
  • Be a high school graduate or have an equivalency diploma
  • Submit high school transcripts, GED test scores, and/or college transcripts to the college Admissions Office
  • Have met all program admission requirements
  • The Supplemental Nursing Application deadline is January 31
    • The deadline for Supplemental Nursing Applications for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES LPN Graduates applying within the articulation agreement is March 1
  • Note: At this time, our Fall 2023 cohort is full. Applications for Fall 2024 will be accepted after September 1.
  • Note: The Weekend Option has been discontinued. We are no longer accepting applications for this program option.   
  • Freshmen Health Requirements Form
  • Senior Health Requirements Form

Readmission and Transfers

If you have left the program you may be readmitted only once. You must meet all program requirements, re-apply, and be approved by Nursing Admissions Committee.

Supplemental Nursing Application

Once admitted to the program, you have four years to complete all program requirements.

If you are seeking to transfer from another nursing program to Jefferson’s Nursing A.A.S. you must complete prerequisites, apply, and be accepted. Transfer nursing credit will not be accepted.

Jefferson graduates can go on to earn B.S. degrees in Nursing. Transfer agreements with the following programs help you choose courses and transfer credits smoothly.

  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute, RN to B.S.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, RN to B.S.
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing, RN to B.S.
  • SUNY Delhi, RN to B.S.


Jefferson students graduate and get licensed

Graduation and licensure pass rates for recent graduates: 

May Graduates 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Graduation rate 28% 46% 57% 61% 64%
First-time licensure pass rate 91% 89% 93% 94% 82%
December Graduates 2018 2019 2020 2021
Graduation rate 48% 39% 54% 63%
First-time licensure pass rate 81% 100% 93% 95%


Deciding if a career in nursing is right for you? Read some expectations for the career and program.

Degree requirements for Nursing A.A.S.

Nursing AAS Degree Planning Worksheet

Nursing Requirements (39 credit hours)
Nursing Requirements (39 credit hours) Credit Hours
NUR 111 1: Basic Needs 7
NUR 112A: Maternal and Newborn Health 3.5
NUR112B: Medical/Surgical 1 3.5
NUR 212: Pharmacology 3
NUR 231A: Medical/Surgical 2 5
NUR 231B: Psychosocial Nursing 5
NUR 232: Medical/Surgical 3 10
NUR 234: Seminar in Nursing 2
English Requirements (3 credit hours)
English Requirements (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
Social Sciences Requirements (6 credit hours)
Social Sciences Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
PSY 133 – Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 144 – Introduction to Sociology 3
Math and Science (15 credit hours)
Math and Science (15 credit hours) Credit Hours
BIO 2021 – Microbiology 4
BIO 2511 – Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
BIO 2521 – Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
MTH 174 – Mathematical Probability & Statistics 3

Restricted Elective Requirement (1 credit hours)
Restricted Elective Requirement (1 credit hours) Credit Hours
ALH 145 – Introduction to Medical Terminology
ALH 110 – Dosage Calculations
INT 111 – College Foundations




Total Credit Hours 64


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
  • If a student has completed all coursework other than NUR prior to entering the degree, they cannot be full-time in their first year (7 credits each semester in year 1)
  • Applications are due January 31
  • Matriculated nursing students must maintain a grade of “C” (70) or better in nursing courses and science courses.
  • All NUR courses must be taken in sequential order.
  • 1 BIO 202, BIO 251 and BIO 252 MUST be within seven (7) years.
  • On the Nursing application rubric, students will lose points for retaking classes for a better grade.

Nursing AAS Degree Planning Worksheet

Effective Fall 2015
Nursing Requirements (40 credit hours)
Nursing Requirements (40 credit hours) Credit Hours
NUR 111 1: Basic Needs 7
NUR 112A: Maternal and Newborn Health 3.5
NUR112B: Medical/Surgical 1 3.5
NUR 212: Pharmacology 3
NUR 231A: Medical/Surgical 2 5
NUR 231B: Psychosocial Nursing 5
NUR 232: Medical/Surgical 3 10
NUR 234: Seminar in Nursing 2
ALH 145: Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
Liberal Arts Requirements (24 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (24 credit hours) Credit Hours
BIO 202: Microbiology1 4
BIO 251: Anatomy and Physiology 11 4
BIO 252: Anatomy and Physiology 21 4
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 233: Life Span Development 3
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3

Total Credit Hours 64


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1BIO 202, BIO 251 and BIO 252 must be within seven (7) years.  


The Associate Degree nursing program at Jefferson Community College located in Watertown, NY is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is: continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Help meet the national demand for registered nurses

Nurses are in demand virtually everywhere, and completing your A.A.S. degree and becoming a registered nurse (RN) can be the start of a rewarding career.

RNs practice in hospitals, clinics, care facilities, clients’ homes, schools, and other settings. With advanced training, they can become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives or nurse educators.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for registered nurses to grow 15 percent by 2026, faster than most other professions. RNs nationally earned a median salary of $68,450 in 2016.



Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

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(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday




Program Contacts

Kady Hoistion, MS RN CNE

Director of Nursing
(315) 786-2322

Heather Natali

Senior Secretary, Nursing Program
(315) 786-2319