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Associate in General Education – Nursing

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Program Overview

For specific information on admission and requirements of nursing programs, please visit Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nursing program.

The Associate in General Education (AGE) — Nursing is designed for two types of students related to nursing:

  1. Students who’re beginning their studies toward an ADN and plan to eventually pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The AGE — Nursing program is designed for students who wish to begin their study toward an ADN and a BSN as based on blocks one through three of the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN programs and the North Carolina Community College ADN programs, which was approved by the State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors in February 2015. The AGE-Nursing shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses.
  2. RNs who’re working toward the courses needed to enter an RN to BSN program. A nurse who has already completed an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing with a GPA of at least 2.0 and a grade of “C” or better in the AGE — Nursing courses, and who holds a current unrestricted license as a RN in North Carolina can use this degree pathway to fulfill the UNC institutions lower-division general education requirements as well as nursing program entry requirements for RN to BSN programs. However, because nursing program admissions are competitive, no nurse is guaranteed admission to the RN-BSN program of his or her choice.

Curriculum Guide

Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success/Academic Transition 1
Select one course:
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
Composition: The following two English courses are required: 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry none ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines none ENG 111 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 9
Select two courses from the following (6 SHC):
*PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics (3 SHC) (recommended)
*ART 111 Art Appreciation (3 SHC)
*ART 114 Art History Survey I (3 SHC)
*ART 115 Art History Survey II (3 SHC)
*MUS 110 Music Appreciation (3 SHC)
*MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz (3 SHC)
*PHI 215 Philosophical Issues (3 SHC)
*HUM 115 Critical Thinking (3 SHC)
And select one course from the following (3 SHC):
ENG 231 American Literature I (3 SHC) or
ENG 232 American Literature II (3 SHC)
Social/Behavioral Sciences: The following three courses are required: 15
PSY 150 n/a none none 3
PSY 241 n/a none none 3
SOC 210 n/a none none 3
And select one course from the following (3 SHC):
SOC 213 Sociology of the Family (3 SHC)
SOC 220 Social Problems (3 SHC)
SOC 225 Social Diversity (3 SHC)
And select one course from the following (3 SHC):
HIS 111 World Civilizations I (3 SHC)
HIS 112 World Civilizations II (3 SHC)
HIS 131 American History I (3 SHC)
HIS 132 American History II (3 SHC)
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: The following three BIO courses are required (12 SHC): 15 – 16
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I none none 4
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II none none 4
BIO 275 Microbiology none none 4
And select one required sequence from the following (4 SHC):
CHM 151 General Chemistry I (4 SHC)
CHM 130 Gen, Org, and Biochemistry (3 SHC) and
CHM 130A Gen, Org, and Biochem Lab (1 SHC)
Mathematics:  The following course is required: 7 – 8
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I none none 4
And select one course from the following (3 or 4 SHC):
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy (3 SHC) or
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra (4 SHC)
3 – 4
Other Required Hours: Social Behavioral Science/Elective (6 – 7 SHC) (Dependent on selection of mathematics and natural science) 6 – 7
Select two courses from either the Social Behavioral Science or Elective category or one from each
Social Behavioral Science:
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SHC)
ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SHC)
POL 120 American Government (3 SHC)
ANT 210 General Anthropology
CIS 110
COM 231 Public Speaking
SPA 111 (or other 3+ hour foreign language course)
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61

Note: Individual University of North Carolina (UNC) RN to BSN nursing programs may require a maximum of two courses totaling no more than six credits to meet school specific degree requirements that are not a part of the RN to BSN Articulation Agreement. In no case will these additional requirements necessitate completing more than 128 credits in order to earn a BSN. Each UNC RN to BSN institution will develop, publish, and maintain on their website a RN to BSN degree plan that identifies specific degree requirements that are not part of the RN to BSN AA.

To review the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the UNC RN to BSN and other NC Community College nursing pathways, please visit their website.

*Denotes courses (23 Semester Hours of Credit) in Block 1 of the Five Block Degree Plan that are completed as part of the North Carolina Community College AAS Nursing degree.