AAS Nursing Program


The FCSON Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), administered through the Ohio Board of Nursing. The program will offer the approved general education courses through a distance education and residential format.

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Direct Entry is a 20 month track. (See additional eligibility requirements).

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing One + One track combines our traditional PN program and courses for the completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program (RN). The program can be completed in 24 months (104 weeks), and students who are currently Licensed Practical Nurses can complete the program in as little as 12 months (52 weeks). The track recognizes previous academic success and current licensure by allowing advanced standing in the program with a maximum of 46 transferrable credits. Licensed Practical Nurses will enter the AAS One + One Nursing track beginning in Semester IV (4) and will complete semester IV, V, and VI.

This program is recommended for students with strong support systems in place, strong computer skills, recent academic experience, and the ability to work part-time or less.

Program Description…

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the AAS program is expected to:

  • 1
    Perform patient care within the prescribed legal and ethical guidelines and scope of practice.
  • 2
    Apply evidence-based knowledge from nursing and the basic biological, physical, social, behavioral, and technological sciences to support clinical decision- making in order to provide accurate and safe nursing care.
  • 3
    Utilize the nursing process in clinical decision making to promote the achievement of successful patient outcomes
  • 4
    Collaborate with other members of the health care team to ensure cohesive and coordinated care for optimal patient outcomes
  • 5
    Provide accurate, safe and cost-effective nursing care when implementing the prescribed treatment plan in order to assist patients and their families in coping and adapting to changes in health status
  • 6
    Demonstrate cultural, spiritual and mental health needs for diverse patient populations
  • 7
    Demonstrate caring behaviors in interaction with patients, families and support persons.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements…

Eligibility Requirements

Be 18 years of age or older prior to attending any clinical component of a course.
Meet the minimum required score of 60% on the HESI Entrance Exam.

In addition to admission requirements required for all programs, the following requirements must also be met:

  • Possess a current and unrestricted Ohio Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) license.
  • NOTE: Applicants that have graduated from the FCSON Practical Nursing Program after sixth (6) months of program completion and have not obtained licensure are NOT ELIGIBLE to enroll in this track.
  • Be a graduate of a Practical Nursing program approved by a state Board of Nursing recognized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
  • Be IV-certified or successfully complete an IV certification course at FCSON prior to taking any clinical course in the program.
  • NUR 201 Course is required for those Felbry graduates who previously completed the Practical Nursing program more than one (1) year prior to start date AND for students who are not Felbry Practical Nursing Graduates.
  • The track recognizes previous academic success and current licensure by allowing advanced standing in the program with a maximum of 46 transferable credits. Licensed Practical Nurses will enter the AAS One + One Nursing track beginning in Semester IV (4) and will complete semester IV, V, and VI.
  • FCSON graduates and/or Licensed Practical Nurses entering into the (AAS One+ One ) program are excluded from completing the Entrance Exam requirement.
  • Application/Registration Fee
  • Proof of Graduation
  • GED/High School Transcript
  • High School Diploma
  • College Transcript (as required)
  • High School Attestation
  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation Received (as required)
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of US Residency (Social Security Card, Resident Alien Card, Current US Passport or Naturalization Certificate)
  • Two Character Reference Letters (not from relatives)
  • Proof of IV Certification


  • BCI/FBI Background (use code 4723-09)
  • Tdap vaccination
  • Influenza vaccination (annual)
  • MMR vaccination or titer
  • Varicella vaccination or titer
  • Hepatitis B vaccination, titer, or declination form
  • TB screening (Two-step method, Proof of annual one-step method, QuantiFERON-TB Gold, or Chest X-ray)
  • Ten-panel drug screen
  • BLS for Healthcare Provider (Current CPR certification)

Students are required to satisfactorily complete each of the following clinical requirements above before registering for any clinical(s).

We believe that learning should be active and student-centered, supporting student responsibility, engagement, and interaction.

Program Completion Requirements


Program Outcomes

The student must completely satisfy the following requirements for completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) program for graduation from the college, and for eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN):


Students must satisfactorily pass all courses with a final grade of (78%) or better and earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or higher. For courses with a clinical or lab component, each component must be satisfactorily passed for the student to receive a passing grade for the entire course. Failure of any component results in failure of the entire course, regardless of the grade average already earned for the remainder of the course. Students are required to have completed:

• At least six semester credit hours in English Composition and Communication (e.g., First Writing, Second Writing, Public Speaking)

• At least three semester credit hours in Mathematics, Statistics and Logic (e.g., College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, Formal/Symbolic Logic)

• At least three semester credit hours in Arts and Humanities (e.g., Art History, Ethics, American History, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Ethnic or Gender Studies)

• At least six semester credit hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

• At least ten semester credit hours in Natural Sciences (e.g., Astronomy, Microbiology, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Geography, Physics)


During the final semester of the program students must successfully complete a course that utilizes a national NCLEX-RN performance predictor exam as the final exam. This final exam is often referred to as the Exit Exam. Students are required to obtain a passing score, as recommended by the assessment company, on the Exit Exam to successfully complete the course. Students will be given a baseline exam to identify strengths and areas for remediation. Two exam attempts administered near the end of the semester will be used to determine the final score. Failure to pass the exam will result in a failing grade and repeating the course at own expense. Students who fail the course a second time will be dismissed from the program.


Discharge all financial obligations and pay all outstanding fees.


Submit a completed Graduate Audit Form.

Once Completed

Upon successful completion of the above requirements, the Program Administrator will notify the Ohio Board of Nursing that the student is now a graduate and qualifies to sit for the NCLEX-RN. FCSON reserves the right to require additional testing, at the student’s cost, to assess NCLEX readiness for graduates that do not submit a completed Graduate Audit Form within three (3) months of completing the last semester of the coursework.

Graduates are responsible for filing their own applications to take the NCLEX-RN and for paying all fees associated with taking the exam. FCSON will reimburse $200 toward the NCLEX-RN registration and testing fees to any graduate who takes and successfully passes the exam within three (3) months of completing the program.




Program Fees…

AASN Direct Fees

category cost
application fee $75
enrollment $50
general education courses $8,122.50 ($285 per credit)
core nursing courses 100 level $2,887.50 ($385 per credit)
core nursing courses 200 level $14,820.00 ($520 per credit)
lab and skills fee $2,250
integrated assessment fee $4,950
e-books $1,599
technology fee $1,150
laptop & software $750* (as applicable)
graduation fee $100* (prior to program completion)
printing fee $20
Estimated Total Cost $35,899.00 excluding application enrollment and laptop fee


Application Fee $75
Enrollment Fee $50
General Education Courses $8,800 ($275 per credit)
Core Nursing Courses 100 Level $12,025 ($370 per credit)
Core Nursing Courses 200 Level $13,117.50 ($495 per credit)
Lab and Skills Fee $1,950
Integrated Assessment Fee $4,601
E Books $2,699
Technology Fee $1,850
Laptop & Software $750 * (As applicable)
Graduation Fee $100 * (Prior to program completion)
Printing Fee $20
Estimated Total Cost $45,162.50 excluding Application & Enrollment, and Laptop fee

Fees and charges due upon occurence

make-up fee for any missed clinical $200
make-up fee for a missed exam (when make-ups are allowed) $50
exam retake fee for exit exams (fee charged for each retake) $80
late registration fee $50
transfer of credit fee (for each course transferred) $50
graduation application filing fee $100
late tuition payment fee (assessed against total amount due after two business days) 5%
returned check fee $35

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change per academic year. A tuition payment plan is available to students upon request.

FSCON students are not charged additional or specialized fees for participation in the distance learning program.