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ADN/RN (Associate Degree Nursing)

Program Objectives:

The objective of the Nursing (ADN) program at the College is to help graduates prepare to become Licensed Registered Nurses. The program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of medical settings as Registered Nurses. The program combines theory and clinical components in addressing the concepts of professional nursing roles: caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator and manager.

The purpose of the Nursing (ADN) program is to participate as an active partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the community by educating and preparing entry-level professional nurses to practice in a variety of settings. The faculty is committed to the professional development of the student, the support of the institution within the community and the enhancement of the nursing profession. Graduates of the bridge track are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Upon completion of the Nursing (ADN) program graduates will:

Achieve a passing score on the NCLEX-RN exam;

  • Provide compassionate, protective and effectual professional nursing care to individuals and families.
  • Employ other professionals and paraprofessionals in therapeutic and mutual discussion for the benefit of patient results.
  • Combine the knowledge of biological and behavioral sciences into the decision making process regarding patient care.
  • Merge values, ethics and legal principals with critical thinking when making decisions for patients.
  • Support the mission and goals of the organization through efficient use of all resources, personnel and financial.
  • Display a commitment to professional nursing through patient advocacy, professional activism and lifelong learning.

Program Description:

The Nursing (ADN) program is designed to facilitate career mobility for the Registered Nurse. The program is designed to provide educational and clinical experiences leading to employment in beginning positions as registered nurses in hospitals or comparable facilities.

This educational program builds on the vocational knowledge and experience of the licensed practical nurse. The program is designed to provide the licensed practical nurse with a method to complete an associate of science degree in nursing and be eligible to take the State of Florida NCLEX-RN exam.

The program is nine (9) quarter long comprising of six (6) general and pre-requisite courses, six (6) pre-requisite courses and twelve (12) professional nursing courses totaling 109 quarter hours. This translates to 820 clock hours of didactic instruction, 100 clock hours of supervised laboratory experience and 630 clock hours of supervised clinical experience for a total of 1550 clock hours.

Areas of study include nursing values and roles, fundamental nursing concepts and techniques, adult health nursing, gerontology nursing, mental health nursing, gynecology, obstetrics and pediatrics nursing, community health concepts, medical and surgical nursing and pharmacology, with nutrition integrated throughout the program.

Curriculum Development:

The Nursing (ADN) program at the College prepares the graduates to sit for the Florida State Board Examination (Florida Statutes, Chapter 464) and upon successful completion of the exam to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN).

Estimated Length of Study:

Day Classes: 18-24 Months (109 Quarter Hours)

Online Course Delivery:

This course has been approved for online course delivery of general education courses.

Credit/Clock Hour Description:

The program courses are presented in quarter hour segments. Each academic quarter is 12 weeks in duration with a total of 109 quarter credit hours for program completion. The 109 quarter credit hours translate to 72.6 semester hours or 1550 clock hours. 1 quarter credit hour is equivalent to 10 theory hours, 20 lab hours or 30 clinical hours.

*Books and materials are NOT included in the cost of tuition. Students must purchase their own uniforms.

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