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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Health Sciences

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Wildwood

Nursing is an art and applied science that is practiced in a variety of acute and long-term care settings. Nurses assist groups and individuals in the promotion and maintenance of health, restoration to health, adaptation to long-term illness and provision for comfort when return to health is no longer possible.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

Please see an academic advisor regarding changes in nursing admission requirements.

Additional Requirements

Nursing Program Fast Facts

Female Nurse

Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Missouri State Board of Nursing and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Clinical opportunities throughout the St. Louis area including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Cardinal Glennon, Mercy, St. Luke’s Hospital and more.


STLCC’s nursing program is affordable at $19,000 for the two-year program*. This is approximately 20% of the cost of other similar programs in the St. Louis area.


Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

2 years

Get your nursing degree in as little as 2 years.


Pass Rate for the NCLEX-RN®.


Total cost for the two-year program.


"I choose STLCC for the high-quality education in relation to the low cost. I’ve been able to pay my way through school (with the payment plan) up until my acceptance into the nursing program, where I’ve benefited from scholarships and employer reimbursement covering the entire cost of my books and tuition. I continue to choose and recommend STLCC because it is truly a gem in the community."

- Nursing Student: Richelle Herron

"I started the nursing program to make a better life for myself, but also because a few years ago I lost my grandmother to complications during dialysis. I knew that it was my job to do whatever it took to save other grandmothers and loved ones, like my own. My goal is to become a dialysis nurse and open a dialysis center in memory of my grandmother."

- Nursing Student: Conswayla Bosley

"The STLCC mission of “Expanding Minds. Changing Lives.” could not ring more true. My time at STLCC while completing prerequisites and the nursing program has been nothing short of spectacular. I have gained an extensive amount of knowledge and training that has prepared me to step out into this competitive job market with confidence and a feeling of absolute accomplishment."

- Nursing Student: Daetron Thomas

Brand New Facilities at STLCC-Forest Park

The Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park as it becomes the new front door to the campus. The center is the first new building constructed at the campus in nearly 20 years. Completed in 2019, it is a state-of-the-art learning environment featuring the latest technology that will help address the need for more skilled healthcare workers in the St. Louis region.

Watch a Video About the New Building

Bachelor Degree Completion Programs

St. Louis Community College has developed strong partnerships with surrounding universities that provide students with the opportunity to enroll at STLCC and the university simultaneously. This dual admission program makes it possible for students to be jointly admitted to both institutions. It provides nursing students at STLCC with the opportunity to seamlessly complete a bachelor's degree through the university and provides students with access to resources at both institutions.

LPN Bridge

LPN Bridge is a course for LPN’s to allow them to bridge into an associate degree in the nursing program. Because LPN’s already have some of the same content that is covered in the first year (the first two semesters) of the 4-semester nursing program, the LPN Bridge course was developed to “bridge” or to cover the content from the first year of the program that LPN’s have not had. Students take one bridge course, NUR:160, and then they enter the third semester and finish along with the regular nursing students.

Nursing Advising Checklist LPN Bridge


The Associate in Applied Science degree in nursing has accreditation from the following organizations:

  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
    Phone 404-975-5000; Fax 404-975-5020
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing (Full approval)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Program Outcome #1 - NCLEX Pass Rates

Year National Missouri District Florissant Valley Forest Park Meramec
2016 84.57 85.50 91.67 95.24 87.50 94.03
2017 87.11 88.70 86.84 95.65 83.33 86.96
2018 88.03 90.55 94.29 96.67 88.89 96.62
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Program Outcome #2 - Retention Rates

Year Florissant Valley Forest Park Meramec
2016 57.4 36.95 62.85
2017 49.0 44.59 76.25
2018 39.29 44.59 70.89
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Program Outcome #3 - Job Placement Rates (includes employment and continuing education)

Year District
2014-2015 77
2015-2016 91
2016-2017 89
2017-2018 95
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Florissant Valley
Deanna Martin | dmartin383@stlcc.edu | 314-513-4236

Forest Park
Bobbie Weber | aweber@stlcc.edu | 314-644-9572

Cindy Hartwig | chartwig@stlcc.edu | 314-984-7285

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Cost of Attendance

For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.

Program Career and Salary Information

Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.

The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

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