ADN Program Details
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program prepares students to be frontline providers of health care. Registered nurses design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and larger populations. Nursing students learn how to attend to the sick and the injured; how to rehabilitate, counsel, and educate patients; and how to work as part of a health care team in many settings.
Students take courses in psychology, medical microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, sociology, the humanities, and nursing. Supervised clinical experience is provided in hospital departments such as maternity, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Nurses should be responsible, caring, empathetic, and detail oriented. They must be able to supervise or direct others, correctly assess patients' conditions, establish priorities of care, and determine when consultation is required. They must be emotionally stable and able to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a 108 credit hour program with a bridge option (106 credit hours) for licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The curriculum is designed to prepare highly educated, technically competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are required to make a minimum grade of (C) in all courses each quarter for progression.
Students are admitted to the Allied Health Assistant Certificate Program or Healthcare Science Certificate Program any quarter to begin work on required non-nursing courses; however, selection of applicants to begin the ADN nursing program is competitive and occurs once a year in June. Transfer students who wishes to compete should contact the Office of Admissions by January to establish their status.
Program graduates are prepared to function as providers and managers of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings such as, but not limited to, hospitals, clinics, home healthcare, physicians' offices and long-term care facilities. Career placement services are available to assist students in finding employment. Graduates are eligible to apply for advanced nursing programs in neighboring university systems. The ADN curriculum has been accepted by both Columbus State University and Troy University RNBSN Bridge Program for advanced degrees.
Program graduates who meet graduation requirements are eligible to apply to the Georgia Board of Nursing to write the national licensure examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses (RNs). The program has full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing, and is accredited by the National League for Nursing.