- An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is an undergraduate degree that allows students to learn the fundamentals of nursing and develop practical skills. The majority of associate’s degrees are two years long, however, certain programs can be finished in as short as 18 months. Students who earn an ADN may be qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, which is required for licensure as a registered nurse.
- Given the multiple alternatives available, selecting the ideal ADN program for you may appear difficult. The important thing is to keep your career goals in mind when making your decision. Consider where your degree can lead you in terms of practice settings and the impact you wish to make.
Admission Requirements for the ADN Program
The qualifications for admission can differ by school. It’s essential to spend some time looking over the admissions requirements and process for the ADN program you want to attend. Interviews are required for some admissions processes, but they are not required for others. Admission to an ADN program may need the following:
- A high school diploma or GED. Many schools will require prospective students to have earned a minimum GPA for entry into their program.
- High school Chemistry and Biology (with final grades)
- SAT scores
- A personal essay
- HESI exam
Curriculum for ADNs
Although there is considerable overlap in terms of the topics studied, no two ADN programs are the same. Students should anticipate taking a combination of preparatory courses and nursing classes. The following are examples of foundational ADN classes:
- Foundations in Nursing
- Behavioral Health
Clinical hours are usually required in most ADN programs. Clinical hours may be required to apply for licensure/registration as a nurse, depending on your state board of nursing. Clinical hours will teach you how to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life situations in hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, and other medical settings.
Careers in Nursing with an Associate’s Degree
One advantage of having an ADN is that it can lead to a variety of job opportunities and work environments. In addition to earning RN licensure, you can pursue the following nursing occupations with your associate’s degree:
- Registered Nurse
- Outpatient/Personal Care Nurse
- Physician’s Office Nurse
- Nursing Care Facility Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
- Labor and Delivery Nurse
- Rehabilitation Nurse