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.  The organizing framework of the program contains content related to the individual, healthcare, and nursing.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) at Southeastern Community College are prepared to meet the educational competencies defined by the National League for Nursing (2010), the National Research Council (2003), and the Nursing Practice Act of North Carolina (August 2009). The practice of nursing is directed toward meeting the healthcare needs of individuals through their lifespan. The ADN prepared nurse is characterized by the use of evidence-based clinical practice with the provision of care to individuals and families in structured settings. The scope of practice for the registered Nurse (RN) is not defined by specific activities or tasks, but rather as a process, and is identified as independent and comprehensive. In accordance with the North Carolina Board of Nursing Administrative Code 21NCAC 36.0224 Components of Nursing Practice for the Registered Nurse, the RN safely accepts assignments, collaborating with others as needed,  that include assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing interventions and prescribed treatments for an individual, group, or community. In addition, the ADN graduate is expected to demonstrate competencies that that are consistent with professional behavior, effective communication in all forms, assessment, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care inclusive of prioritization and delegation.

The nursing curriculum is designed to to use learning activities that accommodate various learning styles in a student-friendly learning environment. Acknowledging the existence of different levels of nursing, the faculty is committed to promoting the concept of life-long learning and facilitating the ease of educational access from one level of nursing education to the next higher level.

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.

Required Developmental Courses


CIS-070

Credits: 1

DMA-010

Credits: 1

DMA-020

Credits: 1

DMA-050

Credits: 1

DMA-065

Credits: 2

Semester 1


ACA-122

Credits: 1

BIO-168

Credits: 4

NUR-111

Credits: 8

NUR-117

Credits: 2

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Semester 2


BIO-169

Credits: 4

NUR-112AB

Credits: 3

NUR-112BB

Credits: 2

NUR-211AB

Credits: 3

NUR-211BB

Credits: 2

PSY-150

Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Semester 3


ENG-111

Credits: 3

NUR-114AB

Credits: 3

NUR-114BB

Credits: 2

PSY-241

Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Semester 4


NUR-113AB

Credits: 3

NUR-113BB

Credits: 2

NUR-212AB

Credits: 3

NUR-212BB

Credits: 2

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Semester 5


NUR-213

Credits: 10

PHI-240

Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected