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The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program prepares students to achieve a balance between general college and nursing education. Upon completion of the program, students are able to sit for their NCLEX RN Exam. RNs who have earned their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing are prepared to be direct caregivers in hospitals, long-term facilities and ambulatory care clinical settings. 

Spring 2024 Zoom Q&A Sessions are available for anyone interested in applying to this program. Click here for session information. 

This program allows students to achieve an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, opening up greater employment opportunities, increased compensation and job security.

Academic Requirements for Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

After completing the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program graduates will sit for the NCLEX RN Exam. RNs have career opportunities in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, physician offices and long-term care facilities.

Many RNs who have earned their AAS will continue on to the online RN to BSN program.

Program Accreditation

The Associate Nursing Program at Colorado Mesa University, located at the Montrose, Colorado campus, is accredited by the: 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Nursing Program is Initial Accreditation. 

-View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes for NCLEX pass rates, attrition rates, employer satisfaction and graduate satisfaction are not available until the first cohort has graduated in May 2020.