The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.
A student shall:
- Earn a minimum of 75 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
- Each nursing course must be completed with a C or better for progression to the next nursing course
- Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at NHCC.
- Have four years to complete the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the four-year period preceding their graduation.
In addition to the General Education courses and the Nursing Curriculum courses, nursing students are required to participate in 30 hours of service learning by the end of the nursing program. Some or all hours may be completed during semester breaks however no service learning hours can be earned until after the first day of class in a NURS course.
Sequences and Prerequisites
Courses are planned to build upon previous course work. Therefore, the following sequence of courses is required; however, it is recommended that a student pursue the general education and supporting science courses first. Note: High school chemistry and algebra are recommended prior to Biology 1001.
- Biology 1001 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program
- Psychology 1160 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program
- English 1201 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program
- Communications 1110 is taken concurrently or prior Nursing 2700
- Biology 2111 is taken prior to Nursing 2700
- Biology 2112 is taken prior to Nursing 2800
- Biology 2100 is taken prior to Nursing 2700
- Psychology 1250 is taken with the second semester of the Nursing program
Nursing courses are taken in sequence
- Nursing 2750 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2700
- Nursing 2820 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2800
- Nursing 2850 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2800
- Nursing 2920 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2900
Highly Recommended Courses
- Applicants should have completed at least high school chemistry OR a college level introduction to chemistry course with a 'C' or better.
- Placing at college level on the Accuplacer or completing course work to get to college level in Math, English and Reading (as well as Listening and Vocabulary for students with an ESOL background).
Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.
Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information
North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.