Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Health Sciences

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec

This program prepares students to become registered nurses. Students learn to provide direct care for clients that is based on the nursing process. Students acquire knowledge and technical skills necessary for effective communication with clients and families. They learn management, organizational and delegation skills necessary to provide competent care to a group of clients. Healthcare teaching is emphasized as a critical aspect of the communication process. The didactic and clinical components of the curriculum are interrelated to provide a strong background for the student in attaining the objectives of the programs and in becoming a competent practitioner. Experience is provided in a variety of agencies including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home health care settings.

Required Courses

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

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.

Nursing Advising Checklist
Nursing Program Handbook
(1.5 MB)
Functional Abilities Requirement of Nursing Students

Check Out Our New Center for Nursing and Health Sciences

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.

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.

STLCC and University of Missouri - St. Louis Nursing Dual Admission Program
STLCC and Webster University Nursing Dual Admission Program

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

Experience is provided in a variety of clinical environments, including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home health care settings.

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses.

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 | | 314-513-4236

Forest Park
Bobbie Weber | | 314-644-9572

Cindy Hartwig | | 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 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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