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Nursing: Nursing graduate.

Associate Degree Program

Associate Degree Nursing (RN) prepares you for a career as an essential member of the health care team.  Nurses are often the primary contact for the patient , directly addressing patients' responses to health events.  Through this program, you will gain knowledge and skills that are essential for making a difference in the health of members of your community. Nursing is one of the most interesting and important fields in health care, providing various exciting job opportunities, excellent pay, and a rewarding career.  If you are interested in starting a career in nursing, this program is your first step.

Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of each location's competitive admission process. Interested applicants should review the information provided here and contact their program advisor for application requirements.

Offered at the Dover, Georgetown, and Stanton campus.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions in:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Long term care facilities
  • Physician offices
  • Private clinics
  • Home healthcare
  • Hospice
  • Public health
  • Correctional health systems
  • School systems
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $50,000 - $60,000.

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Integrate sound nursing judgment, incorporating theoretical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills, to provide clinically competent nursing care for individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Integrate the diversity of the individual, family, and community to maintain caring relationships.
  3. Employ appropriate communication techniques while functioning as a member of the healthcare team.
  4. Manage care for a group of patients using organization, collaboration, and delegation.
  5. Integrate civic professionalism, ethical, and legal standards into nursing practice.

Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.
Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program. Graduates who meet the admission requirements enter the RN to BSN, or RN to MSN program at affiliated four-year institutions.  See a program advisor for details!