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Associate Degree Nursing (A45110)

Associate in Applied Science

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. Courses must be completed in sequences as outlined in the curriculum.

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.

Admissions Requirements

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Minimum Requirements


  • Complete the RCC admissions process (  apply to RCC, submit all transcripts)
  • Completed   BIO 168   and  BIO 169   with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in BIO 169 in the Spring 2025 semester.)
  • Completed   CHM 131   (with lab  CHM 131A  ) or   CHM 151   with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in CHM 131 /A or  CHM 151  in the Spring 2025 semester.)
  • Have a 2.8 GPA or higher from all completed pre-requisite and nursing general education courses. GPA calculation includes:
  • Be in Satisfactory Academic Standing with Rockingham Community College (2.0 or higher RCC cumulative GPA).
  • Attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session in the 2024/2025 academic year.
  • Hold current certification in   Adult and Child CPR  issued by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Current Nurse Aide I (CNA) in North Carolina. Must be listed on the   state registry. (Applicants may be currently enrolled in a Nurse Aide I class in Spring 2025.)
  • Complete the TEAS exam with a minimum score of 68%. Scores are valid for 24 months (2 years) from time of application.
  • Essay– One page, double spaced, typed statement responding to the following questions: What makes you a strong candidate for the ADN program at Rockingham Community College? What is the biggest challenge you will face in the ADN program?

Important Information

It is your responsibility to read this page and the information it contains in its entirety. You must meet all requirements to be considered for acceptance; however, completion of these items does not guarantee acceptance to the Fall 2025 entering class.

Approval Agency

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the
North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON)
P.O. Box 2129,
Raleigh, NC 27602-2129

Course Sequence

Program Prerequisites

Students admitted to the Nursing Program must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher prior to enrolling in the first nursing [NUR] class and Certification of completion of Nurse Aide I and current listing on NC Registry without substantive findings.

Program Prerequistes
Course Course Name
BIO 168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 169 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab or
CHM 151 General Chemistry I
First Fall Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 111 Introduction to Health Concepts 4 6 6 8
NUR 117 Pharmacology 1 3 0 2
Total 8 9 6 13
First Spring Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Clinical Credit
NUR 112 Health-Illness Concepts 3 0 6 5
NUR 113 Family Health Concepts 3 0 6 5
NUR 118 Nutrition/Diet Therapy 2 0 0 2
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Total 11 0 12 15
Summer Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Clinical Credit
NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts 3 0 6 5
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3 0 0 3
Total 6 0 6 8
Second Fall Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines 3 0 0 3
NUR 211 Health Care Concepts 3 0 6 5
NUR 212 Health Systems Concepts 3 0 6 5
Total 9 0 12 13
Second Spring Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Clinical Credit
NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts 4 3 15 10
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 0 3
Total 7 3 15 13

Total Credits: 74

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective– Choose one of the following:

UGETC: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, PHI 240
Gen Ed: HUM 115

Employment Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.

Program Costs

Associate Degree Nursing Program Costs

Associate Degree Nursing students should be prepared to incur additional expenses beyond college fees and tuition.

Outlined below are estimated expenses and are subject to change:

  First Year Second Year
Medical Exam $100 $100
* Drug Screening and Background Check $114 $80
Immunizations (include but not limited to
Hep B, TB, Flu, childhood immunizations) $300 $300
Uniforms for Clinical and Lab $140
1 pair bandage scissors, 1 pair hemostats, pen light,
3-color pen, 1 stethoscope, 1 sphygmomanometer $100
1 pair shoes (white leather) $50 – 75
Watch with second hand; military time preferred $25
Lab Kits $216
Program Resources
Online educational services
NCLEX Review $1,800 $1,000
Student Accident Insurance $6 $4
Nursing Pin, Lamp, and Cap (optional) $75
Malpractice Insurance $48 $32
CPR $30 – 50
Certification Exam
(National Council Licensure Exam, NCLEX-RN) $300

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

Pass Rates by Year
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-- Fall 2021 Nursing Student


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