ADN Program Curriculum

The ADN Program is designed to prepare learners to become competent registered nurses and to find employment in an entry-level position as a nurse.

How many classes are required for the ADN Program?

The ADN Program consists of 10 pre-licensure core nursing courses, delivered over 4 academic semesters, and 26 GE credits, delivered concurrently and in 1 additional academic semester. The total length of the Program for learners electing to complete all GE requirements at the College is 68 semester credits, or 5 academic semesters.

What classes are required?

Through our blended-distance program, learners engage in online didactic, on-ground labs and simulations, and on-ground clinical experience and learn disease management, treatment, and prevention as well as promotion of health from the standpoint of nursing. The curriculum is specifically constructed to promote career mobility in nursing. The curriculum in the ADN Program is concept-based instead of content-based. Learners will apply concepts to a variety of systems and disease processes, and critically think through situations by concept.

ADN Course Descriptions

General Education Course Descriptions

ENG 120: English Composition 

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: The course helps learners develop quality writing skills by explaining and identifying the steps involved in the writing process. Six types of writing are examined: argumentative, compare/contrast, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and summary. Learners will write a minimum of 20 pages as a requirement for the course. The importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling is highlighted, as emphasis is placed on editing and revising pieces of writing. Learners also learn proper research techniques, utilizing the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

 

MAT 100: Intermediate Algebra

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course provides knowledge of Intermediate Algebra and its applications. Emphasis is placed on algebraic techniques with polynomials, rational expressions, exponents, radical expressions and equations, factoring, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, logarithmic and exponential functions, and solving systems of two or more linear equations.

 

SCI 220: Human Anatomy with Lab 

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction, virtual lab)

Semester Credits: 4 (3 Didactic, 1 Lab)

Contact Hours: 75 (45 Didactic, 30 Lab)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: SCI 221 (or equivalent): Human Physiology with Lab

Description: In conjunction with SCI 220: Human Physiology, this course provides a comprehensive look at the human body’s anatomy and functions. Topics include organization of the body, characteristics of life, and anatomical terminology. The skin, skeletal system, muscles, digestive, urinary, lymphatic, circulatory, reproductive, and nervous systems are examined. Sensory organs and the endocrine system are also presented. This course contains a lab component (1 credit hour), where learners will be able to practice and apply principles they are learning in the didactic portion (3 semester credits) of the class.

 

SCI 225: Pathophysiology

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Prerequisites: Minimum six (6) semester credits of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

Corequisites: None

Description: This course describes the general principles of disease then presents information dealing with specific disorders of body systems or individual organs. The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with basic understanding of pathophysiology as a change from normal physiological functioning of the various systems of the human body. The course is based on illness and disease within a systems framework across the lifespan. Emphasis is put on select illnesses most often encountered by health professionals. The course focuses on critical thinking used to analyze the signs and symptoms based on the pathophysiology of these conditions.

 

HUM 110: Western Civilization I

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Summer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course introduces civilization from pre-history to the early modern era. Western Civilization refers to the civilization that began in the ancient Near East and then developed primarily in Europe, northern Africa and the westernmost edges of Asia. Learners will concentrate on several major themes: the rise and fall of the ancient and classical civilizations that were forerunners to the rise of the West, the cultural legacy of these civilizations, the changing role of religion in society and changes in religion itself, and the development of political institutions. Topics include ancient Greece, Rome, and Christian institutions of the Middle Ages and the emergence of national monarchies in western Europe.

PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course is designed to give the learner a basic understanding of the psychology of human behavior. The learner will be given exposure to the concepts, terminology, principles, and theories that comprise an introductory course in psychology. Topics covered are to synthesize the broad range of knowledge about psychology, to emphasize research methodology, to encourage critical thinking, and to convey a multicultural approach that respects human diversity and individual differences.

SCI 221: Human Physiology with Lab

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction, virtual lab)

Semester Credits: 4 (3 Didactic, 1 Lab)

Contact Hours: 75 (45 Didactic, 30 Lab)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: SCI 220 (or equivalent): Human Anatomy with Lab

Description: In conjunction with SCI 220: Human Anatomy, this course examines major parts of the body and how they work independently as well as together. Also explained are principles related to nutrition, metabolism, body fluid balances, and aging. Also presented are how the body maintains homeostasis, the relationship of chemistry to human anatomy and physiology, and cell function and division. Several diseases and disorders are discussed as well as the cause, detection, and treatment of them. This course contains a lab component (1 credit hour), where learners will be able to practice and apply principles they are learning in the didactic portion (3 semester credits) of the class.

SOC 220: Introduction to Sociology

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon completion, learners should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.

 

 

Upper-Division General Education Course Descriptions

ANT 300: Cultural Anthropology

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Spring

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course provides a solid introduction for learners who are new to the branch of cultural anthropology. Learners are presented with all the basic information pertinent to the field. The topics discussed include relevant anthropological theories, ethnocentrism and culture, language and communication, economic and political systems, kinship and descent, marriage and family, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion and belief systems, the effects of colonialism and industrialization, and globalization.

 

ENG 302: Technical Writing II

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 1 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 15

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall 2015

Prerequisites: ENG 301 or equivalent

Corequisites: NUR 420

Description: This course is the second out of the 3-course technical writing series (ENG 301, ENG 302, and ENG 303). Throughout the 3-course series, learners will receive an overview of commonly encountered professional genres such as memos, reports, journal articles, and grant proposals. Learners gain practice writing in these genres, with an emphasis on clarity and concision. They develop more sophisticated research skills and gain experience in communicating specialized information to non-specialist readers. Finally, they are exposed to the range of professional writing careers as they explore writing on both theoretical and practical planes through consideration of audience as well as wider professional, social, and cultural contexts. In ENG 302: Technical Writing II, learners will build upon what they learned in ENG 301 and will be given writing assignments that coincide with the second academic semester RN-to-BSN nursing courses.

 

ENG 310: Technical Writing

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: None

Prerequisites: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Corequisites: NUR 470 and NUR 410

Description: In this course, learners receive an overview of commonly encountered professional genres such as memos, reports, journal articles, and grant proposals. Learners gain practice writing in these genres, with an emphasis on clarity and concision. They develop more sophisticated research skills and gain experience in communicating specialized information to non-specialist readers. Finally, learners are exposed to the range of professional writing careers as they explore writing on both theoretical and practical planes through consideration of audience as well as wider professional, social, and cultural contexts.

MAT 320: Introduction to Statistics

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Prerequisites: MAT 100 or equivalent

Corequisites: None

Description: In this course, learners will look at the properties behind the basic concepts of probability and statistics and focus on applications of statistical knowledge. Learners will learn about how statistics and probability work together. The subject of statistics involves the study of methods for collecting, summarizing, and interpreting data. Learners will learn how to understand the basics of drawing statistical conclusions. This course will begin with descriptive statistics and the foundation of statistics, move on to probability and random distributions, the latter of which enables statisticians to work with several aspects of random events and their applications. Finally, learners will examine a number of ways to investigate the relationships between various characteristics of data.

COM 301: Oral Communication

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This basic course in speech is designed to develop each learner’s ability to communicate effectively in his or her academic, business, and social life. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of formal speeches, but many areas of the communication process are explored. This course provides learners with the opportunity to practice and improve their listening and communication skills in English

 

 

ENG 303: Technical Writing III

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 1 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 15

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Prerequisites: ENG 301 and ENG 302, or equivalent

Corequisites: NUR 490

Description: This is the third of the 3-course technical writing series (ENG 301, ENG 302, and ENG 303). Throughout the 3-course series, learners will receive an overview of commonly encountered professional genres such as memos, reports, journal articles, and grant proposals. Learners gain practice writing in these genres, with an emphasis on clarity and concision. They develop more sophisticated research skills and gain experience in communicating specialized information to nonspecialist readers. Finally, they are exposed to the range of professional writing careers as they explore writing on both theoretical and practical planes through consideration of audience as well as wider professional, social, and cultural contexts. In ENG 303: Technical Writing III, learners will build upon what they learned in ENG 301 and ENG 302, and will be given writing assignments that coincide with the third academic semester RN-to-BSN nursing courses.

 

HUM 300: Introduction to Philosophy

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Spring

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course is a critical introduction to the field of philosophical inquiry. After defining philosophy and identifying the major fields of philosophical study, the course examines the history of Western thought, from the famous Greek philosophers up to the cutting-edge intellectuals of today. The course then dives into various thematic topics, including metaphysics, epistemology, free will and determinism, evil and the existence of God, personal identity, ethical values, and political philosophy. The course concludes with an analysis of different perspectives, including Eastern philosophies, and postcolonial thought.

 

General Electives Course Descriptions

SCI 131: Introduction to Nutrition

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic)

Contact Hours: 45

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Summer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course will provide an understanding of basic nutrition science. Learners will become familiar with the principles of diet planning, government standards, and food labeling. They will also be instructed about the biological functions and food sources of each nutrient, energy balance, weight management, physical activity, the role of nutrition in chronic disease development, nutrition through the life cycle, and food safety issues.

SCI 251: Microbiology with Lab

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction, virtual lab)

Semester Credits: 4 (3 Didactic, 1 Lab)

Contact Hours: 75 (45 Didactic, 30 Lab)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Description: This course is designed to teach microbiology as it applies to the health care field. The course will explore pathogenic microorganisms and their role in human disease, human immunology, symptoms and treatment of microbial infection, and preventative measures against microbial infection. This course contains a lab component (1 credit hour), where learners will be able to practice and apply principles they are learning in the didactic portion (3 semester credits) of the class.

Pre-Licensure Nursing Core Course Descriptions

NUR 200: Foundations of Nursing Fundamentals

Delivery Modality: Blended (online didactic instruction, on-ground lab and clinical instruction)

Semester Credits: 5 (2.5 Didactic, 1.5 Lab, 1 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 127.5 (37.5 Didactic, 45 Lab, 45 Clinical)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: Minimum six (6) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

Corequisites: None

Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts necessary for safe patient-centered nursing care to a diverse patient population while integrating clinical decision-making of the nurse. Critical thinking, clinical judgment, and the nursing process are key foundations to nursing practice. Application of knowledge and practice of skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings providing care to stable patients with common health issues.

 

 

NUR 220: Concepts of Nursing – Health Promotion

Delivery Modality: Blended (online didactic instruction, on-ground lab and clinical instruction)

Semester Credits: 5 (2 Didactic, 0.5 Lab, 2.5 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 157.5 (30 Didactic, 15 Lab, 112.5 Clinical)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: Minimum six (6) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

Corequisites: None

Description: This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting the optimal health for individual clients. Basic psychomotor nursing skills and an introduction to medical/surgical nursing for low risk clients is discussed. This course also provides the learner with techniques for carrying out a physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural assessment for well-being of clients. Learners are introduced to assessment devices and procedures to collect data. The course focuses on health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and communication strategies throughout the lifespan.

NUR 260: Concepts of Nursing in Acute Care I

Delivery Modality: Blended (online didactic instruction, on-ground lab and clinical instruction)

Semester Credits: 6 (3 Didactic, 1 Lab, 2 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 165 (45 Didactic, 30 Lab, 90 Clinical)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: NUR 200 and NUR 220, or equivalent

Corequisites: None

Description: This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients across the lifespan with acute medical conditions. The learners will build upon knowledge gained in the basic sciences and other prerequisite nursing courses. The course greatly emphasizes acute care related to women’s health and pediatrics. A family-centered approach is emphasized throughout the course. The learner will be introduced to the nursing care of acute clients. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings. Decision-making skills and independent functioning are emphasized.

 

NUR 330: Concepts of Professionalism, Management, and Leadership

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 2 (2 Didactic, 0 Lab, 0 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 30 (Didactic only)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: NUR 260 or equivalent, or LPN license in good standing

Corequisites: None

Description: This course will explore professionalism, management and leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the professional nurse in various health care settings. Development in the roles of problem solver, change agent and leader are emphasized. The course focuses on evidence-based leadership and management skills and competencies needed by professional nurses to work productively in inter-professional teams. Learners will analyze current best practices related to leadership roles, communication, teamwork and collaboration, quality improvement, and culturally-competent client-centered care. Legal and ethical issues related to leadership and professionalism will be emphasized.

 

 

NUR 360: Concepts of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life

Delivery Modality: Blended (online didactic instruction, on-ground lab and clinical instruction)

Semester Credits: 7 (4 Didactic, 0.5 Lab, 2.5 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 187.5 (60 Didactic, 15 Lab, 112.5 Clinical)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: NUR 260 or equivalent, or LPN license in good standing, and a minimum six (6) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

Corequisites: None

Description: This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients across the lifespan with acute, complex medical conditions. The learners will build upon knowledge gained in the Acute Care I course (NUR 260). The course greatly emphasizes acute care related to several different pathophysiological processes and end-of-life issues. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings. Decision- making skills and independent functioning are emphasized.

NUR 210: Pharmacology I

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 2 (2 Didactic, 0 Lab, 0 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 30 (Didactic only)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: Minimum six (6) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

Corequisites: None

Description: This course is an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology, including major drug classifications and prototypes of commonly used medications. Principles of medication administration include aspects of the best practices for safe, quality, patient-centered care. Central points include safety, quality improvement factors in the administration of medications, patient teaching, and variations encountered when administering medications to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.

 

 

NUR 240: Concepts of Nursing in Chronic Illness I

Delivery Modality: Blended (online didactic instruction, on-ground lab and clinical instruction)

Semester Credits: 6 (3 Didactic, 1 Lab, 2 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 165 (45 Didactic, 30 Lab, 90 Clinical)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: NUR 200 and NUR 220, or equivalent

Corequisites: None

Description: This course focuses on the chronic nature of certain states of being when nursing a client at various stages in life. A major focus is in the application of the nursing process in meeting needs of clients in various settings. Concepts related to emotional problems, and pathological reactions to life stresses and chronic pain will be explored. An emphasis on the therapeutic relationships and the development of individualized plans of care will be presented. Communication skills, mental health assessment, and various therapeutic balance, and sensory perception will be addressed. Clinical experiences are included to give learners the opportunity to gain experience with many of these chronic conditions.

 

NUR 310: Pharmacology II

Delivery Modality: Online (online didactic instruction)

Semester Credits: 3 (3 Didactic, 0 Lab, 0 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 45 (Didactic only)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: NUR 210 or equivalent, or LPN license in good standing

Corequisites: None

Description: This course builds upon the concepts introduced in NUR 210 encompassing the safe drug administration to clients across the health continuum. This course focuses on the role of the registered professional nurse as a care provider providing culturally-competent client-centered care as well as be a nurse who provides education, leadership skills, and acts as advocate in pharmacological treatment of clients with complex needs and selected diagnoses. Utilizing the nursing process as a guide, the learner is expected to integrate previous learning with current, expanded learning to analyze the therapeutic use of drugs and assist the patient in safely using them.

 

NUR 340: Concepts of Nursing in Chronic Illness Care II and End of Life

Delivery Modality: Blended (online didactic instruction, on-ground lab and clinical instruction)

Semester Credits: 7 (3.5 Didactic, 0.5 Lab, 3 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 202.5 (52.5 Didactic, 15 Lab, 135 Clinical)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: NUR 240 or equivalent, or LPN license in good standing, and a minimum six (6) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

Corequisites: None

Description: This course focuses on providing advanced chronic care for clients at all stages in life and with several types of physiological and psychological processes going on. The course also explores end-of-life issues related to chronic illness. Learners will synthesize knowledge from earlier courses related to health promotion and prevention, and move towards providing client-centered care for people suffering from complex chronic illnesses. Learners will explore the aging process and discuss end-of-life issues as well as explore co-morbidities while managing health outcomes for chronic care patients, along with psychological conditions. Clinical experiences are included in the course to give learners the opportunity to gain experience with many of these more complex chronic conditions.

NUR 390: Entry into Professional Nursing Practice

Delivery Modality: Blended (online didactic instruction, on-ground lab and clinical instruction)

Semester Credits: 5 (2.33 Didactic, 0 Lab, 2.67 Clinical)

Contact Hours: 155 (35 Didactic, 120 Clinical)

Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour

Prerequisites: NUR 330

Corequisites: None

Description: This course focuses on the role transition of professional nurse as provider of client-centered care, leader in the profession, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing. Learners will engage in study of the history and theory of nursing and how society views the nursing profession. The evolution of professional nursing practice will be examined as well as the role of the professional nurse within the global health care delivery system. Learners will participate in a clinical preceptorship in order to experience the full spectrum of responsibilities and roles of the professional nurse. Role expectations of the professional nurse will be discussed and evidence-based guidelines for professional nursing practice will be implemented.

ADN Program Prerequisites

The College does offer prerequisites through the General Education (GE) Clear Track. Required classes for admittance into the programs may be found in the College Catalog.

Nightingale College’s ADN Program

The ADN program is designed to prepare learners to apply for RN licensure and take the NCLEX-RN®exam.

The fully-accredited ADN Program’s curriculum plan meets the requirements of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) standards.

The curriculum consists of 48 semester credits of nursing coursework. Learners are required to take the nursing courses in the sequence prescribed. The ADN Program requires an additional 20 semester credits of general education coursework. A total of 68 semester credits is required for graduation.

The program is designed to be completed within 5 academic semesters. However, it may take longer to complete if learners elect to take GE courses at institutions of higher learning that require prerequisites to the program’s mandatory GE coursework.