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Graduation/Licensure Requirements for Registered Nurses

A.A.S. Graduation
A minimum of 70-71credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation. Students must complete the following courses with grades of "C" or better:

Nursing - A minimum of 36 credit hours in nursing will be required for graduation. Eighteen of these credit hours must be taken in residence.  Specific major requirements are NUR 101, 102, 103, 104, 201,202, 203, and 204.

Non-nursing - ENG 101, ENG 102, BIO 103/104L, BIO 208/209L, BIO 301/301L, AGR 303A, PSY 101, PSY 308, S/A 201, PSC 201 and GE 101 (if transferring less than 30 hours of college credit).

All students must take 3 nationally normed exit exams (HESI), complete supplemental instruction and complete an NCLEX Review Course to pass Nursing Care of Adults IV.

A.A.S. Licensure
Upon graduation, with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, the graduate is eligible to apply to the Missouri State Board of Nursing, (or the state board  in which you plan to practice), to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN); however, completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN. The State Board of Nursing determines eligibility requirements.  According to Missouri Statute 335.046,


"The applicant shall be of good moral character and have completed at least the high school course of study or equivalent thereof  as determined by the state board of education, and earned  a professional nursing degree or diploma in  an approved school of nursing."