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Associate in Science
STEM and Health Professions

Why Study Nursing?

Rockland Community College’s Nursing program prepares students for a career as a Registered Nurse. Students complete required nursing course work as well as the general education courses required for students who want to continue their education at a four-year institution.

For a detailed program description and explanation of admission, progression, graduation, and other program requirements. Information is available on the RCC Nursing webpage

Occupational Objectives:

The nursing curriculum guides the student through a series of college level courses that are designed to prepare the student for a career in the highly demanding field of healthcare. Students who successfully complete the program and become licensed may find careers in a variety of nursing specialties such as: pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac care, psychiatric and mental health, labor and delivery, and many more. Students are also prepared to further their education in a baccalaureate-nursing program or another degree of their choosing.

Sample Courses:

  • Nursing Process IA - IVB
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Principles of Drug Administration
  • Microbiology
  • Life Span Development
  • Principles of General & Biological Chemistry


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

The degree will provide students with an effective, rigorous, and dynamic program that will attract, motivate, and prepare students to support the community by providing qualified nursing care. In addition, it will prepare students for the increasing responsibility of healthcare workers in a highly demanding field.

The nursing program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd., NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. (Phone #: 404-975-5000)

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop the skills necessary to provide care based on nursing theory to patients with commonly occurring health problems in institutional and community based health care settings
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of cognitive, psychomotor and affective behavior in the implementation of the nursing process
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other members of the health team to facilitate comprehensive patient care across institutional and community based settings
  • Develop basic management concepts and skills necessary to manage the care of a group of patients
  • Understand the ethical and legal parameters of the profession of nursing