Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AAS)
The A.A.S. program admitted the last class in the Spring 2014 semester. In the Fall 2014 semester the Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program admitted the first class. The two programs will run concurrently until full implementation of the BSN program occurs. The last graduating class from the A.A.S program at the Jefferson City campus will be December 2015 and represents the closure of that program. The Fort Leonard Wood A.A.S program will continue to operate and is not transitioning to a BSN program at this time.
The purpose of associate degree nursing is to prepare graduates who apply the nursing process in the provision of direct nursing care in diverse settings where policies and procedures are specified and guidance is available. Therefore, the associate curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and includes professional values, core competencies, core knowledge and role development. The associate degree graduate is prepared to function as a provider of care, a member of the profession and a manager of care in acute and community based settings.