Nursing AAS
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Nursing AAS

Instructor and two students in nursing lab

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • Delivery: On-campus (weekday and weekend options)
  • 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.

Chemistry: complete one of the following:

  • 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 I)
  • Earn a 70 or higher in Nursing ABC, an online, non-credit course not eligible for funding with financial aid (learn more at

Biology: complete one of the following:

  • Meet all prerequisites for BIO 251: Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 252: Anatomy and Physiology II (prerequisites include earning a 70 or higher in BIO 106: Human Biology, BIO 111: General Biology I, or BIO 131: Principles of Biology, or scoring a 3 or higher on the High School AP Biology Exam)

Mathematics: complete one of the following:

  • Earn a 70 or higher in MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra or MTH 133: Technical Math; or placement test at the level within two years of the application deadline for the Nursing A.A.S. option of your choice.
  • If you have completed MTH 125, MTH 133, or MTH 165 outside the two-year time frame, earn a 70 or higher in ALH 110: Dosage Calculations for Nurses and other Health Care Professionals; or placement test at the MTH 155: Algebra, Functions, and Modeling level within two years of your application deadline.
  • If you have completed MTH 125, MTH 133, MTH 165, or ALH 110 outside the two-year time frame, placement test at the MTH 165: College Algebra and Trigonometry level or score 70 or higher on the Competency Exam administered by the nursing department (you can take it once during the two years prior to your application deadline).
  • Placement test at MTH 185: Precalculus or higher or complete high school pre-calculus with a 70 or higher

English: complete one of the following:

  • Placement test at the ENG 101: Research and Composition level or 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), and full covid-19 vaccination and booster. 
  • Card of completion in basic life support for health care providers (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…

Deadlines vary depending on the Nursing A.A.S. program option you choose.

  • Applications for the Fall-Start Nursing program are currently being accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those completed applications received by January 31st  . All decisions will be made on a space-available basis.
    • Applications for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES LPN Graduates applying within the articulation agreement for the Traditional Option must be received by March 1
  • Applications for the January-Start Weekend Option have closed. 

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:

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.

If you are reapplying to NUR 112 A,B; NUR 231 A,B; or NUR 232 you must enroll in corresponding co-requisite nursing courses in the semester in which you are seeking readmission (even if you have previously passed the co-requisite with a grade of C or higher). The exception is NUR 212: Pharmacology. NUR 234 must be completed with NUR 232.

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% TBD
December Graduates 2018 2019 2020 2021
Graduation rate 48% 39% 54% 63%
First-time licensure pass rate 81% 100% 93% TBD


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.

Effective Fall 2015

Nursing AAS Degree Planning Worksheet

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

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday




Program Contacts

Kady Hoistion, MS RN CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing Administrator
(315) 786-2322

Heather Natali

Senior Secretary, Nursing Program
(315) 786-2319