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

Curriculum Requirements

Students in the nursing program are required to complete 64 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of C (2.0) or better. A minimum grade of C is required in Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology to continue in the Nursing program. All required core Nursing courses with a NUR prefix require a C+ (2.5) or better for satisfactory academic performance in addition to satisfactory clinical performance. All required non-nursing courses in the nursing sequence require a C (2.0) or better for program completion.

Please note: unsatisfactory clinical performance in any clinical nursing course will negate the student's academic performance.

For this degree program, students must complete the following:

Program Core

  • NUR 111 Health Concepts I
  • NUR 112 Professional Nursing I
  • NUR 113 Pharmacology I
  • NUR 121 Health Concepts II
  • NUR 122 Professional Nursing II
  • NUR 123 Pharmacology II
  • NUR 231 Health Concepts III
  • NUR 232 Professional Nursing III
  • NUR 233 Pharmacology III
  • NUR 241 Health Concepts IV
  • NUR 242 Concepts Synthesis
  • NUR 243 Capstone

General Education

  • BIO 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 230 Microbiology
  • COM/ENG 125 Healthcare Communication
  • ENG 101 Composition I
  • MAT 115 Mathematics for Health Care Professionals
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 200 Life Span Development
  • SUNY General Education approved course in one of the following categories:*
    • American History
    • Western Civilization
    • Other World Civilization
    • World (Foreign) Language
    • The Arts
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics OR
    • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • 1 credit hour HPE Elective


Any student who successfully completes ENG 103 and a general education COM course may receive credit for ENG 125 upon acceptance to the FLCC Nursing program.

* Suggested courses that can satisfy this requirement include ANT 111 Cultural Anthropology, HIS 265 The Black Death and Beyond: How Disease Has Changed History, ASL 101 American Sign Language I (or higher), FRN 101 French 1 (or higher). The College Catalog includes a list of all the courses satisfying each of these categories. The program would also like students to still have the option to take SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, despite this resulting in the additional SUNY General Education category not being met.

SUNY General Education Electives

For information on which courses fulfill SUNY General Education Electives and for information on transferring to a four-year school, visit

Requirements for Admittance to RN Licensure Exam

Graduates of this nursing program meet the education requirement for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of "good moral character," and a fee must be paid for the test. On the application for the test, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Have you ever been found guilty of professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the New York State Education Department.

Candidates who wish to undertake the Excelsior College degree for an Associate in Applied Science in nursing in New York State may enroll at Finger Lakes Community College for required general education courses. Information about this external degree can be obtained by contacting Excelsior College at or by phone at 1(888) 647-2388.