Evening/Weekend Classes: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing

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Toledo Youngstown

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A strong foundation for a cutting-edge career as a nurse includes a blend of critical thinking and caring.

Mercy College will prepare you for this important, in-demand career working directly with patients and physicians as a Registered Nurse (RN). This degree program provides you with a quality education and solid preparations for a career as a RN. Classes are held on evenings and weekends.

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program courses begin in the fall semester (August) however students can be admitted and begin taking pre-requisite and general education courses toward their program of choice in the fall semester (August), spring semester (January), or summer semester (May).

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Priority Deadline for Admission to Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Programs

January 15, priority deadline. New students meeting program criteria, must have a completed admissions file, all transcripts received, by the priority deadline. Students submitting applications for admission after the priority deadline, may be reviewed but may or may not be eligible for a program seat due to reaching capacity of clinical seats. Students applying after the January 15 deadline, may be offered a spot on the wait list. Check with an admissions officer for questions regarding the priority deadline and program wait list.

Program Overview

Associate degree nursing education which occurs in institutions of higher learning prepares the graduate with the values, knowledge and skills needed to practice nursing with integrity and professional competence.

Associate degree nursing education, in conjunction with integration of knowledge from other disciplines, provides a broad theoretical base in nursing, related sciences and general studies; knowledge of the role of the associate degree nurse; the ability to practice in multiple settings; and a foundation for advanced nursing study. An essential component of nursing education is the concurrent integration of theory into the clinical practice setting. The graduate is prepared to function as a manager of care in acute and long-term settings where policies and procedures are specified and guidance is available.

Sample program of study for Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

Curriculum effective Fall 2021. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2021, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

To develop graduates who:

  1. Demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to practice nursing with integrity and professional competence.
  2. Integrate critical thinking and problem solving skills during the delivery of nursing care.
  3. Demonstrate clear and effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Understand the significance of Christian values during the delivery of professional nursing care.
  5. Apply knowledge of social and cultural factors that affect nursing care and enable effective delivery of nursing care in cross cultural situations.
The terminal learning outcomes of the program identify behaviors that are to be demonstrated by the graduate. Derived from the mission, philosophy and organizing framework, they are:
  1. Apply the nursing process in assisting the patient to meet self-care requisites.
  2. Integrate health-illness concepts in the provision of care.
  3. Synthesize the concepts of the teaching/learning process in the delivery of care.
  4. Demonstrate accountability and professional behavior in entry level associate degree nursing practice.
  5. Using the concepts of Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing, formulate plans of care for patients across the life span.
  6. Integrate knowledge of the humanities, sciences and nursing research to provide rationale for nursing practice.
  7. Demonstrate the consistent performance of safe, effective nursing skills in entry level associate degree practice.
  8. Demonstrate interpersonal skills throughout nursing practice.
  9. Practice Christian values within the ethical, legal, and professional standards of nursing practice.

Program Outcomes

  • Document .pdfAssociate of Science Nursing

    Program outcomes data for all Associate of Science Nursing programs, including Toledo and Youngstown, day and evening


Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Overall job opportunities for Registered Nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting. Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. In fact, registered nurses are projected to generate approximately 711,900 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. []

Salary Range

The national annual wage for registered nurses ranges from $47,150 – $102,990, with the median wage being $68,450. []

Admission Requirements

An applicant must be a high school graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 or a general equivalency diploma (GED) recipient with a score of 570 (score of 57 prior to 2002). If an applicant’s GPA or GED score is below the minimum, he/she may be eligible for admission under transfer student guidelines.

A transfer student must be a high school graduate or a GED recipient and have earned a minimum of 15 credit hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited college, with a GPA of at least 2.7. For applicants who have attended more than one regionally accredited college, GPAs from all colleges must combine to equal at least 2.7.

Applicants must have achieved the following test scores:

  • ACT composite score of 21, with a score of 20 on mathematics sub-test and a score of 19 on scientific reasoning sub-test, or SAT with a combined score of 1060 or above.
  • ACT/SAT is waived for transfer students who have earned a minimum of 15 college semester hours at a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.

Applicants should have completed and passed these high school courses, or their college equivalents:

  • Biology* – one year
  • Chemistry with a lab* – one year
  • Math – Algebra*

All courses should be completed with a grade of "C" or better; a grade of "B" or better is preferred.

*Courses marked with * must have been completed within the past seven years with grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or better is preferred.