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The Associate in Applied Science program in Nursing prepares graduates for a rewarding career as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).

OCC's Nursing Program now offers a dual admission option with SUNY Upstate Medical University! That means 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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What You'll Learn

In this course, you’ll develop a firm base of scientific know-how and nursing theory to help you build strong clinical skills.

You’ll also learn to be adaptable, act as a patient advocate, and work independently. Most importantly, you’ll learn to apply the latest medical theories, techniques, and technology.  Read on for more about what you'll learn in OCC's Associate in Nursing. 

Where You'll Go

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.

Program Outcomes

  • Success on Nursing licensure exam (2020 NCLEX-RN): 95.92%
  • Graduation Rates (2017): 64.0%
  • Job Placement (2019): 100.0%
  • Satisfaction on graduate surveys (2019): 93.1%   
  • Satisfaction on employer surveys (2015-2018): 100.0%
  • Previous year's outcomes


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

Typical Salary

5 years after graduating


Popular careers, growth potential, and regional demand for the past 12 months.
Career 10-year growth potential Regional Demand
Registered Nurse 25% Very High

Real Data from Central New York

  • Data reflect previous twelve-month period in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and surrounding five-county Central New York region.
  • Salary gathered from SUNY Graduate Wages (data source: NYS Unemployment Insurance) unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Demand is determined by the number of job postings in the region over the past twelve months. 
  • Occupational growth potential gathered from Burning Glass.   

Transfer Paths

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