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Associate Degree Nursing - Fall Entry

Curriculum Description

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

NC CIP: 51.3801
POS Approved: Fall 2018

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 0 4
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
NUR 111 Intro to Health Concepts 4 6 6 8
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
  Total: 12 11 6 18

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 0 4
NUR 112 Health-Illness Concepts 3 0 6 5
NUR 212 Health System Concepts 3 0 6 5
PSY 241 Developmental Psych 3 0 0 3
  Total: 12 3 12 17

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 113 Family Health Concepts 3 0 6 5
  Total: 6 0 6 8

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts 3 0 6 5
NUR 211 Health Care Concepts 3 0 6 5
Select one:
Writing/Research in the Disc 3 0 0 3
Prof Research & Reporting (3) (0) (0) (3)
  Total: 9 0 12 13

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts 4 3 15 10
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
  Total: 4 3 15 13

Total Credit Hours: 69


  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives — Select one: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, HUM 115, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, PHI 240. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

Additional admissions requirements

1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology.

2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification at the healthcare provider level.

3. Completion of program orientation requirements.

4. A grade of C or better is required in all required related courses, and a grade of B or better in NUR courses is mandatory for admission and progression in the Associate Degree Nursing program.

5. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form.

6. Certification as a certified nurse assistant I (CNA I).

Program Information

In addition to traditional classroom instruction, students may also receive curriculum content through a variety of delivery technologies, including the Internet. Students who do not have personal computers with Internet access may use the computers in the college nursing laboratory and the Learning Resource Center.

This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by scores attained on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) and a selective admission process based upon completion of related courses (i.e. biology, English, psychology, etc.) with a grade of C or better. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process.

Readmission may be possible but requires reapplication and approval by the college.

Successful completion of NUR 214, Nursing Transition, will be required for licensed practical nurses desiring placement in the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening

Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on

Total Credit Hours: 49 for LPN to RN

**Hours vary depending on course selection