Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Nursing students and faculty member participating in lab activity

The Program

The A.A.S. nursing degree program offers a registered nurse (R.N.) course of study that features a state-of-the-art nursing lab and audio-visual lab, as well as computer-assisted instruction.

In addition to developing the skills necessary for nursing practice, you will receive a broad-based liberal arts education while enrolled in the program.

After completing the course of study, you will be qualified to take a national licensing exam necessary for becoming a registered nurse. The overall passing rate for FLCC nursing students is competitive with state and national averages.

Accelerated Option

An Accelerated Option for LPNs is also available. For details, check out the Accelerated Option for LPNs website, or contact the Nursing Department.

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will provide and advocate for safe patient–centered care using sound nursing judgment to assist individuals, families and communities to achieve optimal adaptation to changing health.
  • Students will practice within a professional, legal, and ethical scope.
  • Students will function as a member of the interprofessional team through effective communication and mutual respect to achieve quality patient outcomes.
  • Students will use evidence based practice standards, a spirit of inquiry, technological and informational literacy to promote safe practice within changing and uncertain environments.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences at a variety of health care agencies enhance the program. Opportunities for 40-hour clinical practicums exist during the January and summer sessions. If you are a nursing or liberal arts student, and are on a path to nursing, you are invited to become a member of FLCC's Nursing Club, which promotes fellowship and high standards of nursing.

The Faculty

Each full-time nursing faculty member has a master's degree in nursing. Collectively, they bring several years of clinical practice experience within the profession to the classroom. In addition to their faculty roles, many continue to work in the acute and public health care settings. A number of the faculty has advanced certification in specialty areas that go beyond their basic nursing education.

Faculty dedicate time each year to continuing their own education and engage in professional development activities in order to keep their skills and knowledge on the cutting edge of health care information.

The Scholarships

If you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Bowen Family Memorial
  • Charlotte Cowie Memorial Scholarship for an Adult Freshman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Elwood A. (Emma) Garner Award
  • Frances F. MacLeod Legacy
  • Jane Milne Mills Memorial
  • Alice C. Southgate Home Bureau
  • Mary E. Moynihan Memorial
  • Thompson Health Nursing
  • Arianne van Tienhoven Tepper Award

FLCC Foundation Scholarships

The Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Program Evaluation demonstrates that students have achieved each End-of-Program Student Learning Outcome.
  • Annual licensure examination pass rate will be a minimum of 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.
  • 65% of the students will graduate from FLCC within 150% of the time frame allotted for the program.
  • 90% of graduates seeking employment will be employed in a RN position within one year of graduation.

Transfer Opportunities

FLCC has transfer articulation agreements with the following schools, allowing you to transfer into their bachelor's program with full junior standing.

  • Alfred State College
  • The College at Brockport
  • SUNY Canton
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Excelsior College
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Keuka College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Nazareth College
  • Niagara University
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • St. John Fisher College
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University

Joint admission agreements are in place with:

  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • The University of Rochester

Career Opportunities

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Finger Lakes Community College offers a highly competitive nursing program, which has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing* since 1978.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median pay for registered nurses was $75,330 per year in 2020.

* FLCC's program is accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Telephone: (404)-975-5000

Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosures:
SUNY's academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed New York state requirements. Other states frequently have their own requirements, so if your goal is to practice in another state we encourage you to check and see what each state requires. View professional licensure disclosures.
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