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What Is the AAS Degree in Nursing?

Nursing Associate Degree

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at Otero prepares you to qualify as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of Colorado. Nursing is one of the fastest-growing, most rewarding career fields today. Registered nurses are highly-trained professionals.

Associate of Applied Science

This five semester program is designed to prepare the graduate for practice as an RN. Upon successful completion of all program requirements the graduate is eligible to apply to take the RN State Licensing exam.

About the Nursing Education Program

The curriculum follows the criteria for the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model and is specifically constructed to promote career mobility between nursing educational levels .

Otero Colleges offers two different Nursing options.  We offer an Exit LPN certificate option for those students that would like to test for their NCLEX-LPN and also an AAS-Nursing for those students who would like to get their Associate Degree and test for the NCLEX-RN exam.

The Otero Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program and the LPN exit option is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and the Colorado Community College System. Our AAS-Nursing is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

After you have successfully completed your AAS-Nursing program and earned your degree, you can apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination. The NCLEX is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

Nursing Student Handbook

Nursing AAS Options

Program offered in a Traditional or Nontraditional Schedule Format

  • Traditional Day: Otero offers Practical Nursing students the option of attending classes in a traditional class format where they will attend class two days a week and do their clinical experience during the week.
  • Non-Traditional Nights and Weekends: Students can choose to attend in the Non-traditional schedule format that allows them to attend class two nights a week and do their clinical experience on the weekends.

The Nursing Curriculum

What is a Traditional Program Schedule?

In the Traditional program, students are in class or lab two days a week in addition to clinical two days a week. Most clinical experiences are during the week. The course of study will align with the same timeline as students taking the Non-traditional schedule program.

Who are Traditional Schedule Students?

Traditional Schedule students are typically students who do not have outside obligations, such as families or jobs, thus allowing them to attend class during the week days and complete their clinical experiences during the week.

What is a Non-traditional Course of Study?

In the Non-traditional program, students are in class or lab two evenings a week. Most clinical experiences are on the weekends. The course of study will align with the same timeline as students taking the Traditional schedule program.

Who are Non-traditional Schedule Students?

Non-traditional Schedule students are usually students who have families, jobs, or other obligations that take their time during the daytime hours. These students often find that coming to nursing school two evenings a week and doing their clinical experience on weekends allows them the flexibility to meet their other life obligations.

The Nursing AAS Curriculum (Otero Catalog)

NCLEX Professional Nursing Licensure

After you have successfully completed the Otero accredited nursing program and earned your degree, you will take the NCLEX exam (National Council Licensure Examination), a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine if a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

NCLEX-RN current pass, completion, & job placement rates

Year Number of Students NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
Current NCLEX Pass Rates
2017 40 87.50%
2018 24 83.33%
2019 37 97.2%

 

 

Additional Course Information

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Upon satisfactory completion of the associate degree sequence with a minimum of “C” in each course of the prescribed curriculum, the student will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Successful completion of the Otero nursing program requirements for graduation will also entitle the graduate to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the State Licensure Examination. The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters of full-time course work, plus a series of prerequisite courses prior to application to the program.

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