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Associate Degree Nursing

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Associate Degree Nursing Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program will teach you the skills needed to provide nursing care to patients in a variety of settings, helping prepare you for the nurse’s role as a patient care provider and member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Employment opportunities include nursing positions with:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical offices
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community agencies

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) required to practice as a registered nurse (RN).


The Associate Degree Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing Option (LPN to ADN Option) nursing programs at College of The Albemarle at the COA Elizabeth City campus located in Elizabeth City, NC is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing Option (LPN to ADN Option) nursing programs is: Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.



See the links below for program-specific admission requirements and other information regarding our program.

Nursing Handbook (PDF)

Admissions Fact Sheet (PDF)

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid (PDF)


ATI TEAS Information


Occupational Outlook Handbook

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National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)

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


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Opportunities

Graduates of the ADN program are encouraged to further their education and professional development by pursuing a BSN. COA has developed an RN to BSN Strategic Transition in Education Progression Center (STEP) to assist registered nurses in completing the prerequisite courses needed for admissions to an RN to BSN program.

Articulations and Support Programs

COA has an agreement with ODU for concurrent enrollment in COA’s ADN program and ODU BSN program.
COA has an articulation agreement with Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU), allowing students to receive training in both nursing and biblical studies. In a four-year program, you can earn an ADN from COA and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from MACU. For more information, please call 252-335-0821 ext. 2304.

Curriculum Guide

ADN Curriculum Guide (PDF)