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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

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What can I do with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing?

Registered Nurse

16% Estimated Job Growth

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program is to prepare nurses, through classroom and clinical education, with the necessary skills to function at the entry level of practice for registered nursing.

Program Goals

1. Provide an effective, comprehensive instructional curriculum that is well rounded in all fundamental concepts and theories as they apply to nursing modalities, procedures, and patient education.

2. Graduate AAS degree nursing students who will reflect the highest standards of legal, ethical, and moral conduct.

3. Provide Registered Nurses whose skills and knowledge are commensurate with the expanding need for nursing services in North Carolina and the nation.

4. Work closely with the nursing community to understand the needs of patients specific to Western North Carolina and to improve the quality of services delivered.

5. Maintain excellence in both clinical and didactic areas that are pertinent to the faculty’s area of instruction.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the AAS Nursing Program, students are expected to be able to:

1. Use informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

2. Employ evidence-based practice to integrate best research with clinical experience and client values for optimal care.

3. Have skills to identify and apply best practices to nursing care by providing client-centered, culturally-competent care.

4. Respect client differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.

5. Involve clients in decision-making and care management.

6. Coordinate and manage continuous client care consistent with the level of licensure.

7. Demonstrate the ability to supervise others and provide leadership of the profession appropriate for an Associate Degree Nurse.

8. Promote healthy lifestyles for clients and populations.

9. Work in interdisciplinary teams to cooperate, collaborate, communicate, and integrate client care and health promotion.

10. Participate in quality improvement processes to measure client outcomes, identify hazards and errors, and develop changes in processes of client care.

11. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by responding to problems, scenarios, and arguments in order to reach sound solutions, decisions, and positions.

12. Model commitment to professional growth, continuous learning, and self-development.


Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success at South College

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It was not something I needed to learn to do, it was something I was supposed to do [becoming a nurse]. After 38 years it was just something that was kicking in.

- Charlie Lee, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
South College Knoxville

You never feel like part of a headcount, and you can have conversations with your professors. I don’t think other schools give you the personal touch South College does.

- Lisa Farmer, Bachelor in Nursing (BSN- Accelerated)
South College Knoxville

I have always had a passion for science, and while working in a medical office as a receptionist, I had the ability to watch day-to-day actions of a PA. I was immediately drawn to the profession. I have a passion for helping people, and being a PA grants me the ability to turn my passion into a career.

- Holly Hammontree, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
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