Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Nursing, AS

Award: Associate of Science

Degree Code: NURR

Number of Credits: 70

Program Description

The Associate of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates to function as entry-level nurses by emphasizing educational competencies within eight core components of nursing practice: professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The program is directly articulated with a number of higher education nursing programs, thus providing an educational foundation for further study in nursing. The program is approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, Georgia 30326).The nursing program has specific objectives that correlate with the College’s educational goals. The specific objectives are described in the Nursing Student’s Manual.

Information on program admission, selection policies and procedures, and eligibility criteria are located here.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work of the nursing program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

Nursing care in doctors’ offices, hospital settings, private nursing/home health care, and administrative industries such as insurance companies and state agencies.

Required Courses

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Full-Time Status

Part-Time Status

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

  • Provide safe and competent nursing care that acknowledges and encompasses the uniqueness, dignity, diversity, freedom and holistic well-being of each individual within their community and within the context of the Neuman Systems Model.
  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and appropriately with clients, families, health care team members and peers, while promoting human dignity, patient advocacy and a spirit of inquiry.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate application and integration of evidence, critical thinking, nursing concepts, and clinical judgment, in the clinical decision making process, as they practice as a nurse within the conceptual framework of nursing practice.
  • Embrace the fundamental core values of nursing identified by NLN: caring; diversity; ethics; excellence; holism; integrity; and patient-centeredness.
  • Take the NCLEX-RN.


1 Selection may not include EGL designation.