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Are you looking to enrich your life with a rewarding career as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN)? If you are, and you are a highly motivated, self-directed learner, the Associate in Applied Science program in Nursing at Onondaga Community College may meet your learning needs. Watch for Health Professions Information Sessions listed on the Admissions webpage. If you have any questions on the Admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at (315) 498-2221.
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What You Will Learn:

You will develop a firm base of scientific knowledge and nursing theory that will help you build strong clinical skills. You will learn to be adaptable, acting as client advocates and often working independently. You will learn to care for those who are unable to care for themselves and to help others take control of and improve their health. Most important, you will learn to apply the latest theory, techniques and technology.
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What It Is Like:

Onondaga offers a unique program that allows students to learn the theory portion of the program independently outside of traditional classroom settings through self-paced modules with supportive guidance from faculty. Students design their own structure for gathering and learning information and for mastering new skills, thus preparing them to act confidently and independently in the workforce when they graduate. You will learn and practice your skills in the classroom and through clinical experience in hospitals and community agencies. Since most of our students are non-traditional students, the program offers flexible pacing to accommodate family, work and community commitments. The program also offers an advanced standing option for licensed practical nurses and students transferring nursing courses from other programs.  Successful students are those who can work independent from a structured classroom environment.
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Where It Can Take You:

With the current nursing shortage, there is a high demand for nurses. Our nursing graduates are employed in all aspects of health care including school nursing, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities and home care. Many graduates hold supervisory and administrative positions, and, with further education, there are many  opportunities for expanded roles.

This degree program has transfer agreements with the colleges listed below. This means you can start your degree here and finish it there without losing credits.

Here are some transfer resources for nursing graduates:

Transfer Agreements

OCC has agreements for the following:

Regional Higher Education Center

Advising Guides:

  • Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University’s  advising guide

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"I chose nursing because I wanted a better understanding of some health issues in my family. Onondaga's program provided the flexibility I needed to learn and still be available to help my family with these issues." ~Shanda