Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Nursing: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 68 credits minimum

Program Website
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Program Description
The nursing program is a selective admission program that takes two years to complete once accepted. Successful completion entitles the student to an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and eligibility to test for a Registered Nursing license.

Career Opportunities
The SLCC nursing program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX exam to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN). RN’s can choose from a variety of exciting career opportunities and practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, home health, assisted living facilities, state health agencies, and public health agencies.

The SLCC Nursing program currently has an articulation agreement with the University of Utah. Additional articulation agreements are currently in discussion.

Estimate Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $1,885
Supplies: $200 (uniform, stethoscope, penlight, shoes)
Course Fees: $414 
Other (Clinical Fees): $200

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

Program Entry Requirements


  • Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See and declare your major as Pre-Medical and Health Sciences.
  • Verification of high school graduation or equivalent (GED) will be required before the (program) admissions deadline. Send official high school transcripts to
  • 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 up to 6 weeks or longer and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  • Complete Placement process see


  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.
  • A CNA license from the state of Utah within the last three years of applying OR a mastered competency (MC) in the SLCC CNA course taken within the last three years of applying will be required to be eligible to apply for the Nursing program. Other certifications or trainings such as MA, EMT, etc. will not be accepted for eligibility to apply. Documentation that verifies this must be submitted to within 5 days of submitting your application (priority review and application deadlines still apply). Documentation may also be mailed to Health Sciences Admissions, PO Box 30808, Salt Lake City, UT 84130; or dropped off in person at the Jordan Campus at 3491 W Wights Fort Rd, JHS 065, West Jordan UT.

  • Pre-requisites MUST be completed the semester prior to applying, no exceptions.

  • It is highly recommended that Pathophysiology be taken prior to applying. 

  • Transcripts must be sent to the Transfer Evaluation Office (TEO) by March 15 for Fall sessions, August 1 for Spring sessions. Grades must be posted to the transcripts at the time they are sent to the TEO. 

  • Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version proctored Assessment is required for all applicants.  See

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 who have been awarded Conditional Acceptance 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, American Red Cross BLS).
    • 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
3390 Peachtree Rd. NE Suite 1400
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 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.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Composition (EN): ENGL 1010  or
ENGL 2010

Quantitative Studies (QS): MATH 1010 or
any Quantitative Literacy (QL)  course with the exception of MATH 1030 and MATH 1035

Communication (CM): embedded within the curriculum

Human Relations (HR): embedded within the curriculum

Life Sciences (LS): BIOL 1610 and

Social Sciences (SS): PSY 1100  or
FHS 1500

Program Requirements

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.

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Nursing AAS: Full-time  
  • Time to completion is 4 semesters. Students will follow the program semester schedule. Additional time is needed to complete the pre-requisite courses. Please see Nursing academic advisor.


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, complete all required steps in the SLCC Transfer Evaluation process Be sure to submit transcripts from ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite coursework has been completed. This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered. Transcripts must be sent to the Transcript Evaluation Office by March 15 for Fall session or by August 1 for Spring session.
  • All general education and Nursing Program Co-requisite courses classes must be completed with a “C” or better.
  • Complete NRSG 1230 Pathophysiology  with at least C+ or better.
  • Copy of Unencumbered LPN /LVN License: The license must be currently valid for use in the State of Utah, and in good standing. You will need to enter your LPN license number on the application when applying.

SLCC retains the right to re-evaluate or retest students.

  • 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      

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • The graduate plans compassionate, culturally, sensitive patient-centered care in partnership with patient’s preferences, values and needs. [1,2,4,5,7]
  • The graduate functions effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care through clinical experience and community service/outreach. [1,2,4,5,6,7]
  • The graduate uses clinical judgment based on the best current evidence to provide safe patient care. [1,3,4,7]
  • The graduate adheres to established safety standards to provide quality patient care. [1,3,7]
  • The graduate implements leadership skills, accountability, and adherence to professional nursing standards. [1,4,7]
  • The graduate uses patient information and technology to communicate, minimize error, and support decision making. [1,2,3,4,7,8,9]