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Associate Degree Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to patients and groups of patients throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings. Courses will include content related to the nurse’s role as provider of nursing care, as manager of care, as a member of the discipline of nursing, and as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, and community agencies.


James A. White, BSN, RN
Director, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs Admissions/Advisement
Elizabeth City Office: OC107 
252-335-0821 ext. 2304

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Career Information Guides

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Registered Nurses

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program is competitive. Applicants must meet specific requirements and take the TEAS test to be considered for admission. The links below will provide you with the necessary information on the program specific admission requirements and TEAS testing.

Video of the Health Sciences Admission Process

Admission Requirements Fact Sheet

TEAS Testing Information

Health Science Program Comparison

Pre-admission Requirement
Applicants admitted into the Associate Degree Nursing program must have successfully completed Nurse Aide I, or its equivalent, and must be listed on the Nurse Aide registry with no pending investigations or substantive findings.

Please review the current Nursing Handbook for more information and nursing student requirements.

Transferring to a Four-Year College or University
Graduates of the COA Associate Degree Nursing program are encouraged to further their education and professional development by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  The college has developed a RN to BSN STEP Center to assist registered nurses in completing the pre-requisites courses needed for admissions to a RN to BSN program.
RN to BSN  STEP Center

General Transfer Information

Associate Degree Nursing and Bachelor of Science Biblical Studies Articulation Agreement
College of The Albemarle has an articulation agreement with Mid Atlantic Christian University (MACU) so that students may receive training in both Nursing and Biblical Studies. In a four-year program, students can earn an Associate Degree in Nursing from COA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies from MACU. For more information please call (252) 335-0821 x 2304.

Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN)

Eastern North Carolina Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

RIBN Admission Requirements

RIBN Program
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RIBN provides an economically feasible educational pathway between community colleges and universities for more North Carolina nursing students to achieve a baccalaureate (BSN) degree. For more information about RIBN, visit http://www.ribn.org. #nursing #nursingstudent #studentnurse #ribn.

National Student Nurses' Association
With a membership of 60,000 nationwide, the National Student Nurses' Association mentors the professional development of future registered nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.

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