2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

Nursing - AAS

Progression Plan - Nursing Pre-entry Requirements  

Progression Plan - Nursing AAS  


IMPORTANT: Professional Licensure Disclosure  

Application for Admission to the Nursing Program

Special application is required for admission to the nursing program. It is recommended that students work closely with their advisor to ensure all application requirements are fully met. A Nursing Applicant Information Guide, available from the Advising Center and online at the Nursing website, describes program prerequisites and application process. Refer to the Nursing website: www.yc.edu/nursing for application deadlines.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from other regionally accredited institutions will have their completed general education coursework evaluated on an individual basis.

Health Declaration

It is essential that nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program. At minimum, students will be required to lift clients, stand for several hours at a time, perform bending activities and perform fine motor skills with dexterity. The clinical nursing experience places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting clients' lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application. The technical standards for the program are identified in the Nursing Applicant Information Guide.

Graduation Requirement

All required courses for the AAS in Nursing degree must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Math and science coursework must be completed within the last ten years.


Graduates receiving an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing Degree are eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for the Registered Nurse (R.N.). The R.N. has opportunity to be employed in variety of health care settings such as acute, long term care, hospice, and community based settings. Registered Nurses function within their legal scope of practice as set forth by the State Boards of Nursing and professional standards per the American Nurses Association (ANA). The AAS degree provides the articulation foundation for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree within the university. The program is fully accredited by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


Students intending to transfer courses toward a Bachelor Degree in Nursing should consult the catalog of the school to which they plan to transfer. Materials are available in the Advising Center and through the Department of Nursing to assist students in selecting courses equivalent to those required in baccalaureate nursing programs in Arizona. Generally 64 credits from community colleges are transferable to Arizona public universities: specific articulation information is available through AZTransfer at www.aztransfer.com.

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Nursing Pre-entry Requirements Progression Plan

Nursing AAS Progression Plan


Credit Hours Required: 68.5

Pre-Entry Requirements

Note: Pre-entry requirements must be complete or in progress in order to apply to the Nursing Program. To prepare to apply to the AAS Nursing Program, it is recommended that students begin in the Associate of Arts (Nursing Intent) degree program and work closely with an academic advisor to ensure timely and on-track progression for application submission.

The 24 credit hour pre-entry block includes Anatomy & Physiology I & II and all of the General Education requirements.

  • Prior to program application, the applicant must be certified as a CNA, LNA or have completed AHS 114  (or equivalent) within the last three years.

General Education (16 credits)

Anatomy & Physiology I & II (8 credits)

Program Requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Degree program, the learner will be able to:

1. Patient Centered Care
Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values and needs.
2. Teamwork and Collaboration
Function effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
3. Evidence Based Practice
Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal healthcare.
4. Quality Improvement
Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
5. Safety
Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
6. Informatics
Use information and technology (IT) to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making.