Courses toward an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (two-year program) are now offered in cooperation with Delaware County Community College with day-nursing classes, as well as an evening/weekend program. Priority for enrollment is offered to residents of Chester County. This degree prepares students for positions as beginning level staff nurses in hospitals and transitional, long-term care and community settings.

Upon successful completion of 70 hours of class time, students receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science (AAS) with a major in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the state licensure examination to become a registered nurse.

Upon graduation, the associate degree nurse should be able to:

  • Use therapeutic nursing intervention to provide care for patients of all ages.
  • Use critical thinking skills to make nursing decisions.
  • Practice as a registered nurse in a variety of structured healthcare settings.

The career outlook is very promising for future Registered Nurses:

  • Over 65% of all registered nurses are graduates of a two-year associate degree program.
  • The Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers published a Supply/Demand Report for RNs/LPNs. The RN report shows that by 2010 the shortage of RNs in Pennsylvania will likely be as large as 16,000.
  • Almost 90% of new RNs find employment within three months.


Chester County Hospital
Rhoads Education Building

701 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.431.5274

Delaware County Community College
Admissions Office: 610.359.5050
Fax: 610.430.2946
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