The Associate Degree Nursing program of study prepares students to deliver safe patient care in simple and complex situations. Learners focus on acquiring a knowledge base in basic sciences, oral and written communication, human behavior, and social sciences. These courses form a foundation for the study of the nursing care needs of persons of all ages. A combination of classroom instruction and actual supervised experiences caring for patients in a variety of health care settings is used to prepare learners to function in an entry-level staff nurse position after graduation. Upon completion of the first year of the curriculum, graduates are awarded a diploma and are qualified to write the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX-PN) examination for practical nurses. Upon completion of the second year of the curriculum, graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and qualified to write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) examination for registered nurses.
Program Prerequisite: Current, valid CNA Certificate.
Students must complete the curriculum described below: