May 28, 2023  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog 

Nursing: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 69 credits minimum

Nursing Division
Jordan Campus
General Information
Division Office 801-957-6260
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professor - Beverly Anderson
Associate Professor - Debora Jackson
Assistant Professor - Julie Rowsey, Shane Carter, Karen Risch, Tana Marchbanks, Scott Belnap, Kristen Harris, Deborah Williams, David Cluff, Stephen Weaver, Brian Hoskisson, Raymond Searles, Robert Beeler, John Williams, Spencer Lowe

Program Description
The nursing program is a selective admission program that takes two years to complete once accepted. It is recommended that the student declare a Pre-Medical and Health Sciences major prior to applying to the program. Successful completion entitles the student to an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and eligibility to test for a Registered Nursing license. Completing the additional General Education requirements needed for an Associate of Science Degree (AS) or Certificate of Completion will further the students’ readiness to transfer into a four-year institution for the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Career Opportunities
The Nursing program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX exam to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN).  RN’s manage and provide care in various healthcare areas including acute care, long-term care & community settings.

RN-BSN Options: SLCC students who have completed an Associate of Science degree or Certificate of Completion, in addition to the AAS degree in Nursing, have an option to pursue RN to BSN training at a variety of 4 year institutions, (which includes transferring to the University of Utah under a formalized agreement).

The University of Utah and most institutions offer the RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science Nursing) degree via an “on-line” format.

Interested students should consult with SLCC Nursing Advisor, Deron Hutchinson, at 801-957-6215 and or the nursing program advisor at the institution they plan to pursue their RN to BSN training.

Estimate Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $235
Supplies: $200 (uniform, stethoscope, penlight, shoes)
Course Fees: $455 (lab)
Other (specify): $1250 (ATI NCLEX Review)
Total Program Fees: $2140

Estimate Time to Completion
Nursing Courses 2 years. (Note: Additional semesters are needed to complete prerequisite application requirements prior to acceptance).

Program Entry RequirementsApplying to the SLCC Nursing program does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Applicants are selected for admission to the nursing program via a merit based/competitive admission process. Note that the Nursing program is restricted in the number of applicants we admit per admissions cycle. We accept 80 students twice per year.

Applicants are admitted into the nursing program without discrimination or harassment based on beliefs, sex, national origin, age, or marital status. Students with disabilities can be admitted to the nursing program if they can meet nursing program performance objectives


  • Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See and declare your major as Pre-Medical and Health Sciences.
  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed. Send to: SLCC Office of the Registrar and Academic Records, 4600 South Redwood Road, P.O. Box 30808, Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808
  • Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript(s) must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office. The form is located at: This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  • Complete SLCC placement exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and ENGL courses as prerequisites). See:


  All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the application deadline for the Nursing program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of other prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated program prerequisite course may be taken.

NOTE We will accept an equivalent AP course (with a score of 3 or higher) toward the prerequisite application requirements for the nursing program. Please see the nursing academic advisor for an interpretation of your AP scores grade equivalences.

  • See the Nursing webpage for essential information regarding completion of application and additional requirements at Application submission does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should see the Nursing academic advisor for further information.
  • Documentation of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course OR documentation of Medical Assisting experience. Documentation must be sent to before the application deadline. In some cases, equivalent health care experience can be substituted but must first be approved by the Admissions Office.
  • Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version 6 Proctored Assessment. This test is purposed to assess the academic and intellectual readiness of prospective nursing students. The minimum acceptable score for each category is as follows:
    • Reading 48%, Mathematics 47%, Science 34%, and English/Language Usage 40% with a minimum overall score of 42%.
  • NOTE Required Support Courses: Although not mandatory for admission purposes, it is strongly recommended they be completed before applying for the nursing program. Support courses not completed before admission to the nursing program must be completed prior to beginning the third semester of the nursing program (with a C or better).


Students admitted into the program will be required to purchase a COMPLIO (American DataBank) Compliance Package and submit the following in COMPLIO:

  • Proof of all required program immunizations or proof of immunity.
  • Proof of successful completion of CPR certificate (American Heart Association Two-Year BLS Provider).
    • Certification must not expire while in program.
  • Purchase and complete background check through SLCC’s authorized vendor (American DataBank). Failure to pass background check may result in program dismissal.
  • Upon notification, purchase and complete drug screening through SLCC’s authorized vendor. Failure to pass drug screen may result in program dismissal. Students are not to purchase drug screening until notified.
  • Students are fiscally responsible for complying with requirements specific to working in clinical settings. The following costs are estimates only for planning. Actual cost and frequency are determined by vendors and specific clinical facilities. Estimated costs include:
    • Background check - $30
    • Drug Screen Package - $35
    • Compliance Package - $15/yr
    • Immunizations (Cost varies considerably based on insurance coverage, past vaccinations, and personal immunity)

Specialized Accreditation
The Salt Lake Community College Associate of Applied Science degree is approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC., ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone (404) 975-5000.

The program provides both general and technical education for all nursing students, including practical nurses to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Registered Nursing.

Specific information will be given to accepted students by program faculty regarding testing sites that have been approved by SLCC for both drug-screening test and criminal background check. The expenses of these requirements are additional student costs.

The clinical placement agencies make the final determination about accepting students for placement in their facility, and may decline to have students placed at their facility, based on the criminal background record of the student. The latter may cause the student not to be able to complete all of the program requirements.

In addition, if the criminal background check discloses issues of concern it will be the responsibility of the student to contact the licensing agency and seek advice regarding eligibility for licensure and requirements needed to progress in this profession.

For students who choose to complete their LPN licensure, the Program offers a Preparation for NCLEX-PN Examination course (NURS 1250 ) at the completion of the first year.

Students accepted into the nursing program must meet the same health and safety requirements as the participating clinical facilities require of their own employees.

Licensure Information
Graduation from the Nursing program does not guarantee the ability to obtain a Utah state license to practice as a Nurse. Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of each state.  In order to practice as a Nurse, students must satisfy individual state requirements, independent of SLCC graduation requirements. It is highly recommended that students consult in advance with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), or similar agencies in other states, to find out more about eligibility for licensure. DOPL can be reached at 801-530-6628 or at their website.

For students who plan to work as a Nurse in another state, here is one suggested website for researching state licensure requirements: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4 - Think Critically and Creatively
5 - Civic Engagement
6 - Work Professionally and Constructively
7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy

Integrate nursing that is patient-centered, caring, culturally sensitive and based on the physiological, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Collaborate with members of the Inter-professional health care team to promote continuity of patient care and achievement of optimal outcomes.

2, 4, 6

Apply best practices, expert opinion, and clinical expertise as a basis for nursing practice and clinical judgment.

1, 3, 6

Develop and implement quality improvement strategies to advance health care services.

1, 2, 4, 6

Establish a safe environment for patients, self, and others.

1, 2, 4, 6

Integrate information technology resources into the provision of patient care.

3, 7

Develop and implement health-related education to patients that will facilitate their acquisition and reinforcement of knowledge and skills, adoption of new behaviors, and modifications of attitudes.

1, 2, 4, 6

Demonstrate nursing skills in a professional, ethical, and legal manner.

2, 4, 6

Demonstrate leadership skills in the management of safe, quality patient care.

2, 4, 6

Analyze the interrelationship of microsystems within a healthcare-related microsystem and its impact patient care.

1, 4

Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal communication that promotes an effective exchange of information, shared decision making, patient satisfaction, and achievement of optimal patient outcomes.

1, 2, 4, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

  • No (CM) required. The philosophy of the Nursing Program contains communication as a program concept. Courses integrate communication into content presented in the classroom and clinical settings. Students learn basic communication skills in the beginning level courses. Additional content is added with each course, including group dynamics, group communication, therapeutic and non-therapeutic patterns of communication.

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

  • No (HR) required. Human Relations training is embedded within the Nursing curriculum. Human needs and interpersonal relationships are constant with each patient/nurse relationship and are threaded throughout the nursing curriculum.

Distribution Areas

Distribution area credits are fulfilled by completing courses required as prerequisites for the Nursing program.

Elective Courses

The courses below are specific for LPNs entering into the program and for students wishing to take the practical nursing certification exam. They are not required.

Graduation Map

Additional Program Notes

It is strongly recommended that the student request to take NURS 1130 Pathophysiology  prior to beginning the nursing courses. This process is posted on the nursing website under the tab “pathophysiology”

Advising Notes

To maintain a position in the program after starting nursing courses, students must be continually enrolled and complete all core nursing courses in sequence, as well as maintain a grade of C+ or better in all courses.


The program also offers an Advanced Placement option. This is for students who have completed a practical nursing program and are licensed as a practical nurse in Utah. The following admission criteria must be met before the applicant can be considered for acceptance into the program.

  • Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student.
  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed. Send to:
    SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808
  • Also submit a transfer evaluation request form located at: This process
  • may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  • All general education and science support classes must have a “C” or better.
  • Complete NURS 1130  Pathophysiology with at least C+ or better.
  • Copy of current LPN License.

SLCC retains the right to re-evaluate or retest students coming from non-ACEN accredited programs and nursing programs that differ from SLCC.

  • Online application is found on MySLCC, Student Tab, Health Sciences Portal, Program Admissions

For specific information regarding admission requirements, please go to the website at


The following courses and labs must be completed before beginning the nursing program. Courses and labs must be completed with a C grade or better.



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