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If you want to make a difference through hands-on care, nursing may be the path for you. Anne Arundel Community College's Nursing department has an outstanding reputation and the express goal to prepare excellent nurses who are readily employed in the most respected profession in the United States. Our students practice simulated nursing skills in a college lab with state-of-the-art equipment and have continually exceeded national and state pass-rate averages. They also receive a variety of clinical experiences in hospitals on acute medical-surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and critical care units; emergency rooms and operating rooms; in extended care and rehabilitation facilities; with home health and community health agencies; and in psychiatric facilities.


Transfer Degrees

AACC’s Nursing department is proud to offer the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique, Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Nursing A.S.

Are you ready for a career as a registered nurse? Anne Arundel Community College can help!  In our 70-credit Registered Nursing program you will gain hands-on experience through simulated skills practice in our state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical settings.

Successful students will earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.  With full-time enrollment, students can complete the program in three years.

Certification
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Our graduates have a higher than average pass rate, both at the state and national level.

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Registered Nursing Program Outcomes

Nursing, LPN, Paramedic, Veterans to RN Advanced Placement, A.S.

AACC and the American Public University System (APUS) have created an accelerated dual enrollment program that combines credential assessment, credit transfer, and online education to enable LPN's, Paramedics or Veterans admission into the second year of the registered nursing program at AACC.

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Nursing, Arts & Science Transfer, A.S.

The field of nursing includes a number of different career paths. For some, earning a Bachelor's  of Science in Nursing (BSN) will allow them greater involvement in patient care, including healthcare administration, research or clinical teaching positions. The Nursing Transfer, A.S. will allow you to transfer to both in and out-of-state four-year colleges to complete your degree.

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Note: this degree is offered through the Department of Biology. Questions should be directed to the Science office at 410-777-2260 or science@aacc.edu.

Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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Credit Certificates

Practical Nursing (PN)

A licensed practical nurse or LPN performs a variety of tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse. These tasks may include administering medicine, measuring and recording vitals, and providing general bedside care. AACC’s 41-credit Practical Nursing program offers opportunities to work with state-of-the-art equipment and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Students gain hands-on clinical experience in hospitals, on acute medical-surgical, obstetrical, and pediatric units; in extended care and rehabilitation facilities; with home health and community health agencies; and through outpatient psychiatric experiences. This evening and weekend program takes one academic year to complete.

Certification
Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN). Our graduates have a higher than average pass rate, both at the state and national level. Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates will be licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

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Program Statistics

Registered Nurse Program Completion

Term Graduated

Aggregate

Face to Face
(*changed to Blended)

AP Total
(LPN, Veteran and Parademic)

LPN -RN

Veteran - RN

Paramedic - RN

Spring 2018

62%

62%

60%

60%

N/A

N/A

Fall 2018

63%

*67%

50%

50%

N/A

N/A

Spring 2019

74%

76%

50%

50%

N/A

50%

Fall 2019

74%

76%

50%

50%

N/A

N/A

Spring 2020

78%

77%

100%

100%

N/A

100%

Fall 2020

79%

78%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Spring 2021*

80%

80%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Three-Year Mean

73%

74%

68%

68%

100%

83%

Graduation rate is calculated at 150% time (stated program length, five academic terms) of completion for all students enrolled in initial nursing courses.

*To be updated after five term students graduate Fall 2021.

Performance on Registered Nurse Licensure Exam

Term Graduated

Aggregate

Face to Face
(*changed to Blended)

AP Total
(LPN, Veteran and Pandemic)

LPN -RN

Veteran - RN

Parademic - RN

Fall 2017

98%

98%

100%

100%

N/A

N/A

Spring 2018

94%

96% 100% 100% N/A N/A

Fall 2018

100% *100% 100% 100% N/A N/A

Spring 2019

100% 100% 100% 100% N/A 100%

Fall 2019

96% 96% 100% 100% N/A N/A

Spring 2020

97% 97% 100% 100% N/A 100%

Fall 2020

95% 95% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Spring 2021

Pending Pending N/A N/A N/A N/A

Three-Year Mean

97%

97%

100%

100%

 

 

Graduate success on licensure is a significant benchmark for any nursing program. Graduates' success on the RN-NCLEX is calculated by the graduating cohort.

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What can you do with a degree in nursing?

Choose from hundreds of specialties as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, technician, or nursing assistant. Our registered nursing graduates work in Baltimore-Washington area hospitals including the shock trauma unit, home health agencies, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, and health departments as school nurses. Graduates who live outside the region readily find employment. Locally, starting salaries for new graduates average more than $47,000 per year for full-time employment.

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Licensed Nurse Refresher

AACC’s School of Continuing Education offers this two-course continuing education program which is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. The program is offered twice a year and successful completion awards students a nursing certification as well as an AACC continuing education certificate.

Learn more about the Licensed Nurse Refresher.


Learning Outcomes

Nursing Program Outcomes

The AACC Nursing program will demonstrate:

  1. Evidence of the graduates' achievement on the licensure exam with a pass rate of at least 92% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.
  2. Evidence of the graduates’ achievement in 60% completion of the Nursing program.
  3. Evidence of the graduates’ achievement in job placement in the nursing field of at least 90% within 12 months of graduation (this is self-reported data).
  4. Evidence of the program satisfaction:
    a. 75% of the graduating class reports satisfaction with the Nursing program at AACC graduation regarding preparation of End of Program Student Learning Outcomes.
    b. 75% of the graduates’ report satisfaction with performing at RN student learning outcomes level of achievement in employment.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilize the five steps of the nursing process to determine and provide nursing care that is holistic, systematic, evidence-based, safe and grounded in understanding of the sciences, humanities, cultural diversity and nursing theory (Care Provider).
  2. Analyze data, question assumptions and approach all clients with a curiosity resulting in safe clinical decisions that improve quality of care (Investigator).
  3. Implement one’s role as a professional in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices and an evolving identity as a nurse (Professional).
  4. Collaborate with clients, families and the health care team to provide coordinated care that is holistic, safe and individualized for multiple clients in diverse health care settings (Collaborator).
  5. Utilize teaching and learning strategies to promote knowledge that optimizes decisions related to health and wellness for clients, families, peers and the community (Educator).
  6. Utilize professional and therapeutic communication strategies with clients, families and the health care team to promote positive client outcomes (Communicator).

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.


Accreditation

The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON), 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (410-585-1900).