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USU Associate of Applied Science in Nursing for RN Licensure


The USU Nursing Program prepares students to apply the concepts of nursing to provide and improve healthcare in a challenging and diverse practice environment. Science courses such as anatomy and physiology provide a foundation on which nurse educators guide student learning to acquire the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of contemporary nurses.

About This Degree

This two-semester associate of applied science degree program teaches students how to coordinate the care of patients in a variety of healthcare settings, administer medications and treatments, instruct patients, and promote health.  Graduates are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure. Upon passing, graduates can qualify for positions as entry-level Registered Nurses (RNs).

What do Nursing Students Study?

Students enrolled in the associate of applied science program have a curriculum of study that includes medical-surgical, mental health, and family health nursing; pharmacology; pathophysiology principles and concepts; professional attributes; and care competencies and skills.

A Degree for Students Who...

  • Want to choose where they work or areas in which to specialize.
  • Need a flexible schedule.
  • Want an in-demand career.
  • Would like to advance in their career.
  • Like caring for people.

What kind of jobs do Nursing Graduates Get?

Upon passing the NCLEX-RN, RNs have a variety of job settings to choose from—acute care facilities such as hospitals, critical care units in hospitals, community health settings, schools, home healthcare services, hospice, correctional facilities, and others. 

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