Nursing (Associate of Applied Science)

ATTENTION: Effective March 2, 2020, BIOL 224 will be a prerequisite for the RN (AAS) degree program and subject to the three attempt rule. Prerequisite courses for limited entry programs may be attempted three times. All attempts include withdrawals, audits and grades. Please contact Health Programs Advising at (702) 651-5885 or 651-4415 if you have any questions.

Nature of Work

Nursing is a profession which focuses on a wide range of human related responses observed in both sick and well persons. Nursing has a theoretical base selected from other sciences and nursing research. Nurses are highly respected and supported by the public.

Career Opportunities

Nurses work with people of all ages in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Offices
  • Home Health
  • Schools
  • Public Health
  • Military
  • Federal Government
  • Long Term Care
  • Managed Care
  • Subacute/Rehabilitation Settings

Program Description

Program Outcomes 2020-2021

Program completion rates
(Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
70% of the students who enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program will graduate within three years.
-Completion Rates:
181/205 = 88.3%

Pass rates on specific credentialing exam/s (Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
The program’s most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test takers during the same 12-month period.
-NCLEX-RN Pass Rates:  
170/210 = 80.95%            
(2020 annual pass rate summary: 170/198 = 85.86%)

Employment rates/job placement post-graduation (Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
80% of ADN Program graduates who complete the 6-12 month post-graduation survey will indicate employment as a RN.
-Job placement:
51/59* = 86%

*N = respondents (59/192) to the survey sent out 6 mos after May 2020 and December 2020 graduation


The CSN Associate Degree in Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and has "conditional approval" by the Nevada State Board of Nursing.

The Associate Degree nursing program at the College of Southern Nevada meets the state education requirements for a registered nursing license in the states of California, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. The College of Southern Nevada has not determined if the Associate Degree nursing program at the College of Southern Nevada meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.

Program Requirements

Nursing Program Guidelines 2021-2022

Nursing (RN) Advising Sheet - Extended Track - Spring
Nursing (RN) Advising Sheet - Regular Track - Spring
Nursing (RN) Career Guide - Spring
Nursing (RN) Selection Criteria - Spring

Nursing (RN) Advising Sheet – Extended Track – Fall
Nursing (RN) Advising Sheet – Regular Track – Fall
Nursing (RN) Career Guide - Fall
Nursing (RN) Selection Criteria - Fall

Note: Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these Essential Functions of Nursing StudentsStudents with documented need for accommodation are to meet with the Disability Resources Center.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for ADN Applicants

All ADN program applicants are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Please click here for English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Admission Requirements

This is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission must be submitted to the Limited Entry office by the application deadline. All prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration. Applicants are notified of their acceptance by the Limited Entry office.

TEAS Exam Information
Health Care Experience Documentation Form
Evidence of Non-infectivity for Tuberculosis
Proof of Immunity to Select Infectious Diseases

Find out how to apply to this program through the Limited Entry Office.

Assessment Testing

NOTE: The Kaplan Exam must be taken prior to December 31, 2016 and will be accepted until December 31, 2021.  Kaplan Exams taken after December 31, 2016 will not be accepted.  TEAS or Kaplan Exam scores older than (5) years at the time of application will not be considered.  Students who have taken the TEAS or Kaplan exam from another state and/or institution must have all their scores officially transferred to CSN before their specified application deadline.  An unofficial copy must also be presented with the limited entry packet.

Proficiency Exam for Assessment of Anatomy & Physiology/Microbiology

Science courses must be no older than 7 years old at the time of entry into the Limited Entry Programs at CSN. Students applying to the nursing program who completed college transferable course(s) with a "C" or better in Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits) and/or Microbiology (4 credits), greater than 7 years ago may be eligible to take a proficiency exam(s) for these subjects. By satisfactorily passing a standardized exam for Anatomy & Physiology and/or Microbiology, the Nursing Program Director will waive the 7 year policy for the science courses and science courses can then be used for purposes of selection into the Nursing program.

Proficiency Exam Information and Eligibility Requirements - Nursing

Accepted Students

Students accepted into the program will be required to show proof of CPR certification, health insurance, immunization against Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria and proof of a negative TB skin test.  A physical examination must also be completed.  This documentation is due at the mandatory advising session held during the week before classes begin each semester.

Join us on Nurses Lounge to connect with current students, faculty and alumni for networking. This site is created just for YOU - our CSN nursing students past and present- to network, connect for job leads and hear of each other's successes.

Licensing Requirements
All states require Registered Nurses to be licensed. To become licensed in the State of Nevada, you must have graduated from an approved school of professional nursing and have passed the RN national licensing examination.

In addition to successfully completing the prescribed course of study in an approved school of nursing, the Nevada Nurse Practice Act (NRS 632.140) requires that candidates for licensure be (1) of good moral character (2) in good physical and mental health. Prospective students are advised that if they have been convicted of a felony prior to admission to the program that this may preclude subsequent licensure to practice as a nurse in Nevada (NRS 632.320). If you are a prospective student and have been convicted of a felony, please refer to the Criminal Convictions Fact Sheet located at Nevada State Board of Nursing website.

Click here for information on Criminal Convictions for those seeking a Nursing Career in Nevada

Student's First Checklist

New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Health Programs Advising Checklist. This checklist provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited-Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.

Find out how to Transfer Credits to CSN from other colleges.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact one of our Health Programs Advisement Offices.

  • Charleston Campus: (702) 651-5885, Building K Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: (702) 651-4415, Main Building Room N212
  • Henderson Campus: (702) 651-3563, Student Union Room 127