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Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN with PN option)

 

Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

This division of Instruction is approved by the State Department of Education and the Alabama Board of Nursing. The associate degree nursing program is a comprehensive program of study that integrates theory and clinical practice. This seamless curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, mindset and skills to become safe and competent practitioners of nursing. Students have the option of taking the practical nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) upon successful completion of the first three semesters. Continuation of the program for an additional two semesters will lead to graduation with an associate degree in nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the registered nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).


MISSION

The Nursing program of J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College supports the mission of the College. The program is committed to providing the nursing student the education, experience and technology to become a safe, professional provider of nursing care to diverse, multicultural populations across the life span, with well-defined healthcare needs. The program provides and supports professional behavior, critical thinking, therapeutic communication and safe skills development. The program values individuals who practice competently with care while maintaining ethical standards.

Skills Needed

Successful nurses have a caring and empathetic nature and have a high tolerance for stress. This profession also requires keen observational, decision-making, technical and communication skills.

Expected Earnings/Salary

The Occupational Outlook Handbook lists the 2015 Median annual earnings for Registered Nurses as $67,490.00 or $32.45 per hour, and Licensed Practical Nurses as $43,170.00 per year or $20.76 per hour.

Additional information available from the Occupational Outlook handbook
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm and http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm

PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Subject

Credit Hours

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

ORI 101 ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE (IF REQUIRED)

1.0

BIO 201 HUMAN A&P I

4.0

BIO 202 HUMAN A&P II

4.0

BIO 220 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

4.0

ENG 101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3.0

MTH 100 INTERMEDIATE COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3.0

PSY 210 HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

3.0

SPH 107 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

3.0

ETHICS OR OTHER HUMANITIES ELECTIVE (SEE CATALOG)

3.0

NURSING COURSES

NUR 112 FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF NURSING

7.0

NUR 113 NURSING CONCEPTS I

8.0

NUR 114 NURSING CONCEPTS II

8.0

NUR 115 EVIDENCE BASED CLINICAL REASONING

2.0

PN CERTIFICATE – TAKE NCLEX-PN EXAM AND BECOME LPN

NUR 211 ADVANCED NURSING CONCEPTS

7.0

NUR 221 ADVANCED EVIDENCE BASED CLINICAL REASONING

7.0

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

67



The associate degree nursing program with PN option is a seamless two-step curriculum.  Students who complete NUR112, 113, 114 and 115 are awarded a practical nursing certificate and are eligible for licensure by taking the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN). Students can continue and complete all nursing courses and are awarded an associate degree. Graduates are eligible for licensure by taking the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). For information about a nursing license, please contact the Alabama Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 303900, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3900 or www.abn.state.al.us.


Program Policies

The intensity of the nursing curriculum and the development of acceptable workplace habits mandate that the nursing program establish departmental policies regarding absences and tardiness, professional and ethical conduct, uniform dress code, and testing. Nursing is a profession that demands high ethical and professional standards, and success in nursing depends on the nurse’s ability to provide safe, effective care while demonstrating acceptable workplace habits. Departmental policies promote safe and effective care and the development of acceptable workplace habits and are consistently enforced. Departmental policies are included the college catalog and the appropriate course syllabi.

The typical student, who enters the program full-time and whose academic and clinical progress are satisfactory, can complete the program in five semesters provided the necessary courses are offered. 

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED REQUIRED; ACT TEST SCORES REQUIRED

Drake State will accept Residual ACT scores from any two-year college within the Alabama Community College System

The Associate Degree Nursing Program requires a separate application packet.  Please contact the 
New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240 for information about the application packet, requirements and deadlines.

Nursing Application (Word file) 

*Please note that your application packet must be complete in order to be considered for selection.


Estimated Program Cost

The Tuition per Credit Hour is $145.00*. The tuition estimated for the associate degree nursing program is $9,715.00. The textbooks and lab supplies and other fees are estimated at $3,000.00 for the whole program and $1,100.00 to $15,00.00 for the first semester (prices subject to change).

*Estimates based on Fall 2016 tuition/fees and additional fees.  Subject to change without notice.

Nursing Advisory Committee

Ms. Tracy Gossett –Clinical Educator at Crestwood Medical Center

Ms. Pat Newberry – Clinical Excellence Manager for Huntsville Hospital

Ms. Joy McMinn – Chief Nursing Officer at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama

Ms. Melissa Bullard – LPNAA President and past member of the Alabama Board of Nursing

Ms. Leatrice Jackson – QA/Staff Development Coordinator at Tut Fann Veterans Home

For more information about the Associate Degree Nursing (RN/PN) Program, contact the 
New Nursing Student Advisor at 256.551.5240.