Program Information

Program Mission

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program supports the mission and goals of the college. The ADN program is designed to provide educational opportunities to qualified students for a career as registered nurses, thereby helping to meet the expanding healthcare needs of the community. Our goal is to prepare individuals to give client care in beginning staff level positions as providers of care, managers of care, and members within the discipline of nursing and interdisciplinary team.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. Assumes the role of the RN in the delivery of client-centered care by developing and integrating an individualized plan of care based on the nursing process and implementing principals of teaching/learning.
  2. Functions as a productive member of the interdisciplinary health care team to ensure continuity of client care and achieve positive client outcomes.
  3. Utilize principles of critical thinking including pursuing best information and evaluate current nursing practice to make clinical judgments and decisions to provide safe quality care.
  4. Actively participate in quality improvement initiatives in the delivery of client centered care.
  5. Practice nursing safely with regard to client, self, and others. Provide safe and accurate nursing care in diverse settings following policies and guidelines and integrating age specific competencies.
  6. Utilize and integrate technology in the delivery of safe and effective client centered care.
  7. Use health care system resources to coordinate and deliver client centered care that is safe, effective, and efficient.
  8. Practices nursing within the legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines of nursing assuming responsibility for the outcomes of nursing care given by self and/or delegated to others.

    Assumes the responsibility for professional growth and exhibits responsible behavior.
  9. Utilize the principles of leadership to facilitate the management of safe, quality, and client centered care.
  10. Communicates effectively with clients across the lifespan and interdisciplinary health care team members in a culturally sensitive timely manner using written, verbal, non-verbal, and electronic modalities.

Program Outcomes 

Required OutcomesDefinitionLevel of Achievement
Program Completion The percentage of students who complete the nursing program within 150% of the of the stated program length. At least 60% of students enrolled in the ADN program will complete the program.
Performance on Licensure Exam The percentage of graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN® as first time writers. The program's 3-year mean for the licensure exam pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same 3-year period.
Job Placement The percentage of graduates, one year after graduation, employed in nursing practice as a registered nurse. Approximately 90% of graduates will be employed in nursing practice as a registered nurse within one year.
Program Satisfaction The perceptions of the graduates and employers as to the adequacy and effectiveness of the ADN program. At least 80% of the employers and graduates responding to the program satisfaction survey will rate the graduates’ overall preparation to practice in nursing as satisfactory.