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

The Outlook

The employment outlook for registered nurses continues to increase. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, as there will be an increased emphasis on preventative care. The growing rate of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, and the demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population will create job opportunities in the field. Finger Lakes Community College offers a highly competitive nursing program, which has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing* since 1978.

* FLCC's program is accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Telephone: (404)-975-5000

The Program

The A.A.S. nursing degree program offers a registered nurse (R.N.) course of study, utilizing a state-of-the-art nursing lab, audio-visual lab, and 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.

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.

The 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 Graduates

Graduates in nursing who have sought employment have found it. Many transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in nursing. Transfer articulation agreements are in place for institutions* such as:

  • Nazareth College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • The Sage Colleges
  • Le Moyne College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome
  • SUNY Upstate

Joint admission agreements are in place with:

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

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Academic Advising, Career and Transfer Services Office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a Nursing student, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

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

For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

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. The entire faculty spends many hours each year in continuing education and professional development activities in order to keep their skills and knowledge on the cutting edge of health care information.