Associate Degree Nursing

Additional Information

Step 1: Download Admissions Requirements (MAR) Packet 
Step 2: View Nursing Information Session (MAR) Presentation

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.

Careers Available

Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $43,000 – $52,000/yr.

Course 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.

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.

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 Contact

If you would like specific information about the Associate Degree Nursing Program, please contact Dr. Wanda Douglas, Department Chair, at 336.757.3327 or

How To Get Started

Please see our Getting Started page.