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Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

The employment outlook for registered nurses continues to increase. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, as there will be an increased emphasis on preventative care. The growing rate of chronic conditions (such as diabetes and obesity) and the demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population will create job opportunities in the field. Finger Lakes Community College offers a highly competitive nursing program, which has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing* since 1978.

* FLCC's program is accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Telephone: 404.975.5000.

The Program

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing offers a registered nurse (R.N.) course of study, utilizing a state-of-the-art nursing lab, audio-visual lab, and computer-assisted instruction. In addition to developing the skills necessary for nursing practice, students in the program receive a broad-based liberal arts education. After completing the course of study, students are qualified to take a national licensing exam to become registered nurses. The overall passing rate for FLCC nursing students is competitive with state and national averages.

  • Path to Nursing Courses: A sequence is provided for those students who either apply too late in the year for admission to the nursing curriculum, have not met the prerequisites for admission, or prefer to pursue the nursing curriculum on a part-time or reduced course load basis. An accelerated option for LPNs is also available. For details, contact the Nursing Department.
  • Faculty: The nursing faculty at Finger Lakes Community College are well-respected in their areas of expertise. They have presented at national workshops and authored published works.
  • Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will provide and advocate for safe patient-centered care using sound nursing judgment to assist individuals, families and communities to achieve optimal adaptation to changing health.
  • Students will practice within a professional, legal, and ethical scope.
  • Students will function as a member of the Interprofessional team through effective communication and mutual respect to achieve quality patient outcomes.
  • Students will promote safe practice within changing and uncertain environments through the use of evidence based practice standards, information management, and a spirit of inquiry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN at or above the state/national levels as first-time test takers.
  • Graduates will report satisfaction with their educational preparation.
  • Graduates will practice as satisfactory entry-level nurses.
  • Graduates will be actively engaged in continuing education.

The Experience

Clinical experiences at a variety of health care agencies enhance the program. Opportunities for forty-hour clinical practicums exist during the January and Summer Sessions. Nursing and Liberal Arts students who are on a path to nursing are invited to become members of FLCC's Nursing Club, which promotes fellowship and high standards of nursing.

The Graduates

Graduates in nursing who have sought employment have found it. Many transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in nursing. Transfer Articulation Agreements are in place for Nazareth College, State University College at Brockport, St. John Fisher College, The Sage Colleges, LeMoyne College, SUNY IT, and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Joint Admission Agreements are in place with Roberts Wesleyan College, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Rochester*.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for registered nurses was $65,470 in May 2012.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities exist through the FLCC Foundation and various other organizations. For more information, contact a member of the Nursing Department or the Financial Aid Office.

The Faculty

All full-time Nursing faculty have a master's degree in Nursing. They collectively bring many years of clinical practice experience within the profession. Many continue to work in the acute and public healthcare settings in addition to their faculty roles. A number of the faculty have advanced certification in specialty areas that goes beyond their basic nursing education. All faculty spend many hours each year in continuing education and professional development activities in order to keep their skills and knowledge on the cutting edge of health care information.