The Associate in Applied Science degree programme in General Nursing is appropriate for persons who wish to enter the nursing profession. This programme has two tracks: general and psychiatric nursing. The main aims of the programme are to prepare nurses with the critical thinking, analytical, evaluation and technology skills and competencies that will equip them to provide quality patient care in any local, regional or international health care setting. It also provides a sound foundation for further studies in nursing or other health science professions.

To be admitted to this programme, short-listed applicants must be successful at an admissions interview.


Applicants to the nursing programme must be between 17½ and 45 years old.

Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics and a science subject, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C. *Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond.

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).

NB: To be admitted to this programme, short-listed applicants must be successful at an admissions interview.

See table below for a list of required supporting documents which must be submitted along with your application. Applicants must also submit all required supporting documents to, within 2 weeks of submitting an online application.


    Contact Admissions

    3 Years (FT)

    Chaguanas/ City Campus/ South Campus / Tobago

    Blended or Online (face-to-face lab component)


                                                       COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                                CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    COMM 151 Communication in Nursing 3 COMM 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    NURS 115 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
    NURS 141 Emergency Care 2 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
    NURS 150 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing 3  PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity 3
    NURS 156 Health Promotion and Maintenance 3  SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    NURS 165 Nutrition I 3  Total Core Curriculum Courses 15
    NURS 220 Pathophysiology I 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    NURS 223 The Childbearing Family 3 BIOL 171 Structure and Function I 4
    NURS 260 Nutrition and Disease 3 BIOL 172 Structure and  Function II 4
    NURS 275 Pharmacology in Nursing 3 BIOL 221 Microbiology for Nursing 3
    NURS 301 Epidemiology 3 CHEM 121 Bio-chemistry 3
    NURS 320 Pathophysiology II 3 COMM 123 Sign Language 2
    NURS 324 Paediatric Nursing 3 Total Support Course Credits  16
    NURS 334 Adult Nursing 3
    NURS 411 Professional Development and Management 3
    NURS 447 Gerontology 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 47
    NURS 181 Clinical Experiences (Level I Practical Examination) 2
    NURS 372 Clinical Experiences (Level II Practical Examination) 3
    NURS 373 Clinical Experiences (Level III Practical Examination) 2
    Total Clinical Experiences Credits 7

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree in General Nursing, students must successfully complete 85 credits and 3280 clinical hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 47 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 47 credits
    Core curriculum courses 15 credits
    Support courses

    Clinical experiences and practical exams

       16 credits

    7 credits

    Total Credits Required for Graduation 85 credits
    Clinical Competencies: Students are also required to demonstrate competence to function in a clinical environment. To this end, clinical assessments will be undertaken continuously throughout the programme to determine students’ levels of clinical competence.
    Total clinical hours (Requirement of the Nursing Council) 3280 hours

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