Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

The SFCC Nursing Program is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000 or Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) to qualify for licensure as registered nurses in New Mexico. Students who plan to take the licensure examination in another state are advised to contact that state’s board of nursing for specific requirements.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Engage in professional nursing practice that is patient centered and culturally appropriate for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within health care organizations and systems.
  • Deliver nursing care that is evidence-based across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors through the application of policies that apply to health-care delivery.
  • Engage in effective inter-professional collaboration in the delivery of health care for quality patient outcomes.
  • Utilize technologies for the management of information and in the delivery of patient care.
  • Demonstrate conscience in nursing practice through the application of professional nursing standards and ethical and legal decision-making.
  • Establish commitment to ongoing professional growth to assure excellence in the nursing profession.

Class Requirements


Eligibility for application to the nursing program includes the following: a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all prerequisite courses, a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the science courses, a current BLS/CPR certificate from American Heart Association HESI Admission test score of at least 75 in science, math and English. Math and science courses must have been completed within five years prior to the nursing program.

The following are required prerequisites prior to admission: BIOL 230, BIOL 230L, BIOL 231, BIOL231L, ENGL 112 or ENGL 216 and MATH 121 or 135. Students must meet with a nursing adviser prior to completing the application. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Prospective students who have been convicted of a felony are advised to contact the appropriate state board of nursing prior to admission to determine their eligibility for licensure. Fingerprinting for background checks, drug testing, and proof of required vaccinations are required once students are accepted into the program. All students must meet the stated requirements of each assigned clinical site to qualify for placement.


Communications (3 hrs.)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature


ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

MATH 121       College Algebra (4)


MATH 135       Introduction to Probability and Stats (3)

Laboratory Sciences (12 hrs.)

BIOL 221          Microbiology for Health Sciences (3)

BIOL 221L       Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab (1)

BIOL 230          Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)

BIOL 230L       Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1)

BIOL 231          Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3)

BIOL 231L       Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)

PSYC 290         Developmental Psychology (3)

Humanities and Fine Arts (3 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal 9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)


NURS 120      Introduction to Nursing Concepts (3)

NURS 125      Principles of Nursing Practice (4)

NURS 140      Health & Illness Concepts I (3)

NURS 145      Health Care Participant (3)

NURS 155      Nursing Pharmacology (3)

NURS 160      Assessment and Health Promotion (4)

NURS 200      Health and Illness Concepts II (3)

NURS 210      Professional Nursing Concepts I (3)

NURS 225L    Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions (4)

NURS 230      Health & Illness Concepts III (4)

NURS 235      Clinical Intensive I (4)

NURS 260      ADN Capstone (3)


HLCR 232      Pathophysiology (4)

NOTE: Before starting the nursing program, the prerequisites in English, Math, Psychology and Sciences must be completed:

·         ENGL 111 ·         PSYC 111
·         PSYC 290 ·         BIOL 221 and BIOL221L
·         BIOL 230 and BIOL 230L

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)