Nursing, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec

This program prepares students to become registered nurses. Students learn to provide direct care for clients that is based on the nursing process. Students acquire knowledge and technical skills necessary for effective communication with clients and families. They learn management, organizational and delegation skills necessary to provide competent care to a group of clients. Health care teaching is emphasized as a critical aspect of the communication process.

The didactic and clinical components of the curriculum are interrelated to provide a strong background for the student in attaining the objectives of the programs and in becoming a competent practitioner. Experience is provided in a variety of agencies including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home health care settings.

The Nursing program on each campus is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Persons considering a career in nursing should have an interest in the health sciences and in working closely with people. In addition, they should be able to meet the academic demands of a program that requires a commitment of time, energy and motivation to learn.

Admission to the program is contingent on meeting the established minimum criteria as defined in the Nursing Program Handbook. Applicants also are required to complete a health history, criminal background check, and immunization record. Applicants selected for the program are required to have a physical examination.

Graduates are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

An individual who has been convicted of a felony may not be licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Missouri.


The following must be completed prior to applying for admission into the Nursing program:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Pre-entry:
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
ENG 101College Composition I3
Math proficiency at or above the MTH 140 level
PSY 200General Psychology3
LIB 101Introduction to Library and Online Research1

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Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I
COM 200Communication Between Cultures3
PSY 200General Psychology3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
LIB 101Introduction to Library and Online Research1
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
NUR 151Fundamentals of Nursing7
NUR 152Nursing Laboratory Practicum I1
NUR 154Nursing Laboratory Practicum II1
NUR 153Nursing of Adults and Children I9
NUR 251Nursing of Adults and Children II10
NUR 253Management Skills in Nursing3
NUR 252Nursing of Adults and Children III8
Total Credit Hours69

Pre-Nursing Requirements

BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)4
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
or ENG 100 Career English
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
COM 200Communication Between Cultures3
LIB 101Introduction to Library and Online Research1
Total Credit Hours14

Nursing Program 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
NUR 151 Fundamentals of Nursing 7
NUR 152 Nursing Laboratory Practicum I 1
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200) 3
 Credit Hours15
NUR 153 Nursing of Adults and Children I 9
NUR 154 Nursing Laboratory Practicum II 1
BIO 203 General Microbiology I 4
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
NUR 251 Nursing of Adults and Children II 10
XXX xxx Physical Education Elective2
 Credit Hours12
NUR 252 Nursing of Adults and Children III 8
NUR 253 Management Skills in Nursing 3
XXX xxx Missouri State Requirement3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours55