Program of Study

Course work involves integration of concepts of the natural and social sciences, English and communication, computer technology and humanities. The focus will be nursing care of clients across their lifespan. A variety of teaching methodologies are used throughout the program including lecture, skills lab and clinical practice.


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Additional Information

Career Description

The program 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 the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

Recommended Courses and Skills

High school anatomy and physiology, strong basic math and algebra background, computer literacy, and proficient oral and written communication skills.

Admitted students will be required to show proof of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification and Nurse Aide I training (from a state approved program) and certification. It is strongly recommended to complete CPR and NAI training prior to applying for the program. A list of state approved Nurse Aide programs is available here.

Important Announcement:
Nurse Aide I Testing Requirements Changed

A new Rule, 10A NCAC 13O.0301, was recently approved by the Rules Division of the NC Office of Administrative Hearing and adopted by the NC Department of Health Service Regulation. This Rule will require that individuals who choose to take the N.C. Nurse Aide I exam must complete a state-approved training program.

In the past, individuals who had not completed state approved CNA I education had been able to
“challenge” the test, this option will no longer be available after March 1, 2016.

The only exceptions to requirement of completing the state approved training prior to taking the state exam are as follows:

  • Persons currently listed on any state’s Nurse Aide I registry,
  • U.S. military who have completed medical corpsman training, and
  • Retired or non-practicing nurses

Admitted students will also be required to receive a criminal background check and drug screening.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Ability to be a self-directed learner and worker, sense of responsibility and independence, critical thinker and problem-solver, good organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, versatility and flexibility, and a team player.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Associate Degree Nursing - Fall Entry Associate in Applied Science Day A45110
Associate Degree Nursing - Advanced Placement (LPN-ADN transition) Associate in Applied Science NEW Day A45110AP
Associate Degree Nursing - LPN RIBN Associate in Applied Science NEW Day A45110PB
Associate Degree Nursing - Spring Entry Associate in Applied Science Day A45110
Associate Degree Nursing - RIBN Associate in Applied Science Day A45110RB

Program Contact

If you would like specific information about the Associate Degree Nursing Program, please contact Renee Harrison, Department Chair, at 336-757-3215 or rharrison@forsythtech.edu.