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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).

Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

ACEN

Resources

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

Nursing Handbook

Admissions Fact Sheet

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid

ATI TEAS Information

Careers

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Want to Become a Nurse? Explore Nursing Careers

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.

NSNA

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

First Year
Fall Semester 
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2, and either BIO 090 or one unit of high school Biology, and either CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry 3 3 0 6 4
NUR 111 Introduction to Health Concepts Prerequisite: Admission to ADN
Corequisites: BIO 168, PSY 150, ACA 111, ENG 111
4 6 6 16 8
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: ENG 011
3 0 0 3 3
ACA 111, 118 or 122
College Student Success
n/a 1 0 0 1 1
Total Semester Hours 14 9 6 29 19
First Year
Spring Semester 
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
NUR 112 Health-Illness Concepts Prerequisite: NUR 111
Corequisites: BIO 169, PSY 241, NUR 113, NUR 212AB
3 0 6 9 5
NUR 113 Family Health Concepts Prerequisite: NUR 111
Corequisites: BIO 169, PSY 241, NUR 112, NUR 212AB
3 0 6 9 5
NUR 212AB Health System Concepts Prerequisite: NUR 111
Corequisites: NUR 112, NUR 113, BIO 169, PSY 241
1 0 3 4 2
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology Prerequisite: PSY 150 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II Prerequisite: BIO 168 3 3 0 6 4
Total Semester Hours 13 3 15 31 19
Second Year
Fall Semester 
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts Prerequisites: NUR 111, NUR 112, NUR 113
Corequisites: ENG 112, NUR 211, NUR 212BB
3 0 6 9 5
NUR 211 Health Care Concepts Prerequisites: NUR 111, NUR 112, NUR 113 
Corequisites: ENG 112, NUR 114, NUR 212BB
3 0 6 9 5
NUR 212BB Health System Concepts Prerequisites: NUR 111, NUR 212AB
Corequisites: NUR 114, NUR 211, ENG 112
2 0 3 5 3
Total Semester Hours 11 0 15 26 16
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BIO 275 Microbiology Prerequisites: BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 163, BIO 165 or BIO 168 3 3 0 6 4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
PHI 240 recommended
Must select one from the following: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 240, HUM 115
Prerequisites: varies 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts Prerequisite: NUR 111
Corequisites — take all: NUR 112, NUR 113, NUR 114, NUR 211, NUR 212; Humanities Elective, BIO 275
4 3 15 22 10
Total Semester Hours 10 6 15 31 17
Total Semester Hours Required for Degree 71