Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Associate Degree Nursing, Non-Integrated

A45110 (Associate Degree)

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
  2. Make judgements in practice, substantiated with evidence that integrates nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
  3. Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
  4. Examine the evidence that underlines clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
Characteristics of the AD Nursing program:
  • will prepare students to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) which is required to practice as a registered nurse.
  • is designed for five sequential semesters in length.
  • will be separate from the existing practical nurse programs in the above colleges.
  • Isothermal Community College is the administrative unit and the central location of the three colleges. The commuting time to the administrative unit from the other two colleges is approximately 30 minutes or twenty miles. This means that the greatest distance between the consortium colleges is approximately one hour or 50 miles. Nursing classes will be held on all three campuses at some period of time during the program. When possible, non-nursing courses will be scheduled on the campus of the student’s county of residence.

Students are considered General Education majors until they are accepted into a health science program. Belinda Foster, Health Science Advisor/Career Coach, provides advising to students planning to pursue an Associates Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Practical Nursing. Students applying for Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II will be assigned an advisor from the Health Science Department.

Nursing Information Meetings are held for those who want to learn more about the nursing programs or have specific questions. These meetings are held periodically to avoid interference with regular academic classes.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Health Sciences Advisor, Belinda Foster call 828.652.0611.