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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)

RN Licensure Program – AASN
Program Description

The pre-licensure nursing curriculum provides a background in principles of nursing, the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences; as well as liberal arts. This rigorous academic curriculum ensures that our graduates are well prepared to function as a beginning professional nurse.

The aim of the AASN Program is to educate professional nurses to meet the healthcare needs of a changing society.


Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes and Course Outcomes

The GSC Nursing program meets the seven National League for Nursing – Associate Degree Program competencies.

At the completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the profession of nursing.
  2. Communicate effectively with patients, families, other individuals significant to the patient, and health team members.
  3. Assess holistically the health status of patients and the factors necessary to assist patients in adapting to changes in health status.
  4. Utilize evidence based practice to demonstrate sound clinical judgment and decision making that ensures holistic, accurate, and safe nursing care.
  5. Provide caring interventions to patients, families, and other individuals significant to the patient.
  6. Employ effective teaching strategies to provide relevant health instruction to achieve desired learning outcomes.
  7. Engage in collaborative practice with patients, families, other individuals significant to the patient, health team members, and the community across the wellness-illness continuum.
  8. Manage care effectively to meet the needs of patients transitioning within and across healthcare settings.

Nursing Philosophy

Our nursing philosophy is consistent with the mission of the College. 
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Concept-Based Curriculum

The organizing framework for the nursing program is concept-based; identifying essential concepts related to the patient, the nursing profession, and the health care system. The concepts intrinsic to the patient are both physiological and psychosocial. The concepts intrinsic to the nursing profession are related to the core components of professional practice and incorporate the art of caring as well as the science of nursing. There is an emphasis on the nurse’s responsibility in protecting and empowering the patient. Nursing process and evidence-based practice are the foundation for clinical decision making in providing patient-centered care. The concepts intrinsic to the health care system encompass community and society. The health care system is the environment in which the individual receives care and in which the nurse practices patient-centered, collaborative care.


BSN Completion Program

We offer our AASN as part of our 2+2 program.  Students who complete the AASN can continue to complete their BSN while attending full or part-time.

Description of the BSN completion program


LPN to RN (for Licensed LPN’s) 

Advanced Standing (for prior nursing courses or transfer credit) for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in nursing is available. To be eligible, an applicant must: (1) meet the admissions requirements for the college, (2) present a valid, unencumbered LPN license, (3) complete all pre-requisite courses, and (4) successfully complete the approved NUR 150 LPN to AASN Transition Course (both theory and laboratory) or a transition course from an approved Ohio Articulation Model. The student will be able to enter NUR201 on a space available basis.

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Progression in the Program

Progression in the Associate Degree Nursing Program encompasses the policy specific to grading in the nursing courses.

AASN Nursing Program Grading System

Progression Policy


AASN Sample Curriculum Plan

Curriculum Plan

The college admits students twice a year, in August and January. The full-time curriculum plan is designed to be completed in four semesters.  Generally, the program takes 2 to 2.5 years to complete.

Total 72 Credit Hours
Freshman Year Fall Semester Credit Hours
Course Number Description Credit
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHE 101 General Chemistry I 4
PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
NUR 101 Nursing I 6
Freshman Year Spring Semester Credit Hours
Course Number Description Credit
BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHE 102 General Chemistry 4
ENG 101 English Composition 3
PSY 205 Lifespan Development 3
MTH 103 Pharmacological Mathematics 1
NUR 102 Nursing II 8
Sophomore Year Fall Semester Credit Hours
Course Number Description Credit
BIO 215 General Microbiology 4
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 201 Nursing III 10
Sophomore Year Spring Semester Credit Hours
Course Number Description Credit
ETH 212 Health Care Ethics 3
NUR 202 Nursing IV 10
NUR 260 Nursing V 2




The Good Samaritan College campus is located in Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the TriHealth medical system.


Our students practice their medical skills in our nationally-recognized Simulation and Skills Lab.


Study under faculty with doctorate degrees in their field.