Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Nursing


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Program Description

We offer both an AS track and an AAS track.

Nursing Education (Associate of Applied Science Track)

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Jefferson State Community College’s Registered Nursing program. It is our mission to prepare students to enter the nursing workforce with an entry-level nursing degree. We offer the Associate in Applied Science degree and prepare students to take the national licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX). We have four campuses that offer full-time courses to fit a variety of student needs.

JSCC Nursing Education Program Statistics

  • NCLEX Pass Rate: March 2017 -March 2018 = 91.5%
  • Completion Rate: Spring 2017 – Fall 2017 = 41%
  • Job Placement: Spring 2017 – Fall 2017 = 95%

The information provided on this website is for information purposes only and is not to be considered as a contract between a student and Jefferson State Community College. Jefferson State reserves the right to change any provision listed on this website without furnishing actual notice to individual students. Information on any changes will be available in the office of the Chairperson of the Department of Nursing. Every attempt will be made to advise students if any changes do occur.

About JSCC Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing Education Program admitted its first students in September 1965 and in August 1967 graduated the first Associate Degree nursing graduates in the state. The program received initial accreditation by the National League for Nursing in December 1967 and has maintained that status throughout the ensuing years. The program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), formerly NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000.

JSCC Nursing Mission Statement

The mission of the nursing programs of the Alabama Community College System is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system. We seek to provide full and equal access to opportunities for education success to meet the community needs.

Nursing Philosophy

We believe that nursing is a dynamic profession, blending science with the use of evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning and the art of caring and compassion to provide quality, patient-centered care.

We believe learning is an interactive process in which faculty and students share the responsibility to meet program outcomes. We believe in using educational methods that are current and supportive of students in the teaching and learning environment, with the presentation of information from simple to complex.

Nursing is guided by standards of practice and standards of professional performance. Standards reflect the values and priorities of the nursing profession. Therefore, we have integrated competencies from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and National League of Nursing (NLN) into our philosophy as part of our core values.


NLN competencies for nursing are central to the conceptual framework. The related QSEN competencies for graduate nurses define the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that the graduate nurse should possess to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. (QSEN)

  • Human Flourishing – Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. (NLN def)
    • Patient-Centered Care – Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values and needs. (QSEN)
  • Nursing Judgement – Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patient within the family and community context. (NLN def)
    • Safety – Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (QSEN def)
    • Informatics – Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making. (QSEN def)
  • Professional Identity – Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context. (NLN def)
    • Teamwork and Collaboration – Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. (QSEN def)
  • Spirit of Inquiry – Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, questions underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities. (NLN def)
    • Evidence-based practice – Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care. (QSEN def)
    • Quality Improvement – Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. (QSEN def)

Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework derived from the philosophy forms a basis for the organization and structure of the nursing curriculum. This framework serves as a guide for nursing instruction in the attainment of student learning outcomes.

The framework consists of concepts that encompass the qualities of a successful graduate nurse. NLN competencies were chosen because they specifically define the competencies of the graduate Associate Degree Nurse. QSEN competencies reflect current contemporary practice. Concepts interlace NLN and QSEN competencies to achieve the goal of providing graduate nurses with the tools needed to provide holistic care in an ever-changing health care delivery system. Each competency includes knowledge, skills, and attitudes to serve as a basis for consistent performance expectations across academic and practice settings.

Campuses - NUR

Nursing Education is offered at each campus at Jefferson State. A student should plan to complete the program on the campus to which the student is admitted. Transferring campuses to complete the program will be allowed only in extenuating circumstances based on resources available. The nursing Admission and Progression Committee will make the final decision in the event a transfer between campuses is requested.

Admission Terms for the Nursing Program vary between campuses.

  • Jefferson Campus admits students in the Spring, Summer, & Fall semesters
  • Shelby Campus Day Program admits students in the Spring, Summer, & Fall semesters
  • Shelby Campus Evening Program admits students only in the Fall semester
  • St. Clair-Pell City Campus admits students only in the Fall semester
  • Chilton-Clanton Campus admits students only in the Fall semester

Catalog (Associate of Science Track)


Program Code - AS T155

Areas I-IV core courses are to be chosen from the Jefferson State

Approved AGSC General Course Listing.

Orientation Requirement***

  • ORI 101 Orientation to College 1

General Courses (60-61 semester hours)

  • Area I: Written Communication 6
  • Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts 12
    • *Literature 3
    • Arts (A) 3
    • Complete one course from the following: 3
      • SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communications
      • SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • +Additional Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  • Area III: Natural Sciences and Mathematics 11
    • MTH 112 Precalculus Algebra 3
    • CHM 104 Introductory to Inorganic Chemistry 4
    • +Natural Sciences 4
      • If you take CHM 104, you cannot take CHM 111.
  • Area IV: History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 12
    • *History 3
    • PSY 200 General Psychology 3
    • +Additional History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours maximum of history) 6

*As a part of the General Studies Curriculum, students must complete a six-semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history.

  • Area V: Pre-Professional, Major & Elective Courses 19
    • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    • BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    • BIO 220 General Microbiology 4
    • Additional hours to be chosen from JSCC’s Area V
    • Additional Courses. 7

+Refer to AGSC transfer guide for course options.

*** ORI 101 Waived if the student currently has 12 or more earned hours or has transferred in 12 or more hours.

For transfer information, refer to the AGSC guide and Area V page for this program. Failure to print and retain the Area V page for this major may result in the program not being transferable.

Last updated May 2019

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