Associate of Applied Science

Nursing Associate Degree

This five semester program is designed to prepare the graduate for practice as an RN. Upon successful completion of all program requirements the graduate is eligible to apply to take the RN State Licensing exam.

The curriculum follows the criteria for the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model and is specifically constructed to promote career mobility between nursing educational levels.


The OJC Nursing program is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing, The Colorado Community College System and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

After you have successfully completed the OJC accredited nursing program and earned your degree. You will take the NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination. The NCLEX is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

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Nursing Degree

Upon satisfactory completion of the associate degree sequence with a minimum of “C” in each course of the prescribed curriculum, the student will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Successful completion of the OJC nursing program requirements for graduation will also entitle the graduate to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the State Licensure Examination. The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters of full-time course work, plus a series of prerequisite courses prior to application to the program.


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