Associate Degree Nursing

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.

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing program learn by participating in class, campus lab and clinical, and clinical in health care agencies. The DCCC Associate Degree Nursing program uses problem-based learning (PBL) as its primary teaching method. PBL consists of students working in small groups to identify learning issues from patient cases. Each individual student then researches the issues to discuss later in the small group sessions. Students must show much individual independence and initiative to be successful with the PBL method. The DCCC ADN program uses minimal lectures as teaching methods.

Jobs available

  • Staff Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Cardiac Care Unit Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Charge Nurse

Courses you'll take

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.

What you'll gain

Graduates of the 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.



The Associate Degree Nursing program consists of three options: Traditional ADN, LPN to ADN and the RIBN option. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate should possess the knowledge, fundamental skill, and attitudes to:

  1. Plan holistic nursing care for individuals across the lifespan experiencing complex alterations in health. 
  2. Provide safe, culturally competent, therapeutic nursing care to individuals. 
  3. Safely and ethically manage nursing care within the healthcare system for individuals.


The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

DCCC ADN licensure exam pass rate for 2015-2017:
Program: 94%
Traditional Option: 97.57%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN Option: 89.53%

Program completion for 2015-2017:
Program: 84.6%
Traditional Option: 70.02%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN Option: 93.44% 

Job placement rates:
Class of 2016 Traditional Option: 100%
Class of 2016 LPN to ADN Option: 100%

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of nursing. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the program student handbook. ADN Technical Standards

Admission Requirements: 

Traditional Option 

To be eligible for admission to the Traditional ADN option applicants must: 

1. Complete the application process as described in the ADN Admission Packet.

2. Demonstrate physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.

3. Complete an approved Nursing Assistant I training course consisting of 70 hours of training, which includes 40 hours of clinical instruction and be listed as a NAI with no substantiated findings prior to first day of the Fall semester.

4. Be currently certified in Healthcare provider CPR prior to the first day of the Fall semester.

LPN to ADN Option

Enrollment Process LPNCurrently licensed LPNs may elect to take courses in the hybrid LPN to ADN Option. Upon successfully completing both courses in this option, students will receive credit for NUR 111, NUR 112, NUR 113, NUR 114 and NUR 211.

The following are Admission criteria for applicants to the hybrid LPN to ADN option.

  1. Have completed all required ADN support courses with a “C” or better.
  2. Have completed the application process as described in the LPN to ADN Admission Packet.
  3. Have graduated from an approved Practical Nurse Education program.
  4. Hold an unrestricted North Carolina or compact state license as an LPN.
  5. Have 12 months full-time experience or part-time equivalent to 12 months as an LPN.
  6. Have achieved an acceptable score on the TEAS.
  7. Have physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.
  8. Have signed and submitted Statement for Provision of Clinical Site and Preceptor.
  9. Be currently certified in Healthcare Provider CPR prior to the first day of the Fall semester.

RIBN Option

The RIBN program option provides four years in nursing studies.

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) is the home school for three years of the program.

Students will be enrolled in both NC A&T State University and DCCC for the first three years of the program, taking the majority of coursework at DCCC.


Probation and Suspension

A nursing student is placed on suspension status from the program for the following reasons:

  1. demonstrates behavior which conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice as judged by the nursing faculty; 
  2. presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to nursing practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time; and/or 
  3. receives a final grade of "D" or "F" in any required course in the ADN curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of "Unsatisfactory" in any nursing course.

Nursing students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled in the College. Additional criteria apply to nursing students. 

Since requirements for progression in the nursing program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. Students who are eligible to do so may continue in their supporting courses and apply for readmission to the nursing program at a later time or may elect to change their major.

Criminal Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, and Immunization Requirements for Conditionally Accepted Students

A criminal background check, urine drug screen, and up-to- date immunizations are required by clinical sites prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program. Applicants for initial nursing licensure in North Carolina must complete a criminal background check as well.

For conditionally accepted nursing students to place an order for a criminal background check, urine drug screen, and immunization tracking services, please visit Castlebranch for Background Check, Drug Screening and Immunization Tracking and select the appropriate nursing program option (Associate Degree Nursing OR LPN-to-ADN).