Nursing A.A.S.

Care for those who need it most

This program prepares graduates for a rewarding career as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN). You’ll gain knowledge in scientific know-how and nursing theory to help you build strong clinical skills. You’ll learn to apply the latest medical theories, techniques, and technology to prepare you for your next steps.   

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Program Type
Career Program,
2 Years

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The AAS nursing program at Onondaga Community College at the Main Campus located in Syracuse, New York is accredited by the:

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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the AAS nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

Dual Admission with SUNY Upstate

Students who complete their two-year Nursing degree at OCC have the opportunity to easily transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University for their four-year degree. 

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Get a head start on your RN!

Complete the first semester of your RN courses with our Spring Transition for Advance Placement courses combined with your LPN education and work experience. This class is offered for 7 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the spring semester. 

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Nursing graduates are employed in all areas of health care, including school nursing, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home care. 

Though the duties and job titles of a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) may vary, they are based on where you work and the patients you work with. Some job titles include geriatric nurse, oncology nurse, cardiovascular, and neonatology nurse. Many graduates also hold supervisory and administrative positions. 

New York State prides itself in the high quality of its licensed and certified professionals. 

For the protection of its citizens, each license and certificate have requirements that individuals must meet in order to be licensed or certified in New York State. OCC’s academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed these New York State requirements. This is a role SUNY plays in protecting the public. However, other states frequently have their own requirements.

Onondaga Community College cannot determine whether its educational program curriculum for Nursing, A.A.S., that if successfully completed, is sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for practicing in Nursing in States and U.S. territories other than New York.

Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity (if not practicing in New York) to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice. We encourage you to talk to your program director if you plan to practice in a State other than New York after graduation.   


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Transfer Paths

4-year School Bachelor's Degree
SUNY Upstate Medical University Nursing, B.S.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute Nursing B.S.

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You can save thousands by starting your education here — especially when you compare OCC with traditional 4-year colleges.  And that's not all!  Our Financial Aid specialists can help you navigate the process of getting free aid to help pay for your education.

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