Associate Degree Nursing - Fall Admission

Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) 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.

Coursework 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.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global healthcare system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community healthcare facilities.


Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and licensure, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate skills necessary to provide safe, quality care
  2. Demonstrate knowledge necessary for professional Nursing practice
  3. Identify as a nurse committed to being a client advocate, who is caring and culturally competent
  4. Utilize informatics and evidence-based data to provide Nursing care to clients
  5. Demonstrate behaviors that reflect integrity, responsibility, and ethical practices
  6. Apply the principles of interdisciplinary team management

This program is approved by the:
North Carolina Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2129

Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 782-3211


Specific Program Requirements:

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. High School units (as evidenced by proof of high school graduation, high-school equivalent, or earned credits from a post-secondary institution):
    • Chemistry and Biology are strongly suggested
    • Algebra is highly recommended
  3. This program has a selective selection process. See Selective Allied Health Program Criteria on the Selective and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.     
  4. Final admission to the ADN program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe nursing care to the public; this is accomplished by submission of a nursing department-issued physical form that has been completed by a licensed health care provider (physician, PA, or NP).
  5. To be eligible for admission, all nursing program applicants must submit the following documentation with a completed application:
    • Hold a documented, current, unrestricted credential as a Nurse Aide I (NAI) on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry (NCNAR) from the NC Division of Health Service Regulation (NC DHSR). A copy of the current listing on the NC DHSR website will be acceptable documentation.(
    • Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.
  6. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to full admission and must be maintained throughout the program.  This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills.  Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.
  7. Students applying to the ADN program must have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 168 & 169) with a "C" or better prior to full acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Students are encouraged to have successfully completed: BIO 175, ENG 111, ENG 112 or ENG 114, PSY 150, PSY 241, and HUM 115, due to the rigorous nature of the ADN curriculum.  See your advisor for acceptable general education substitutes.
  8. Affiliated clinical sites for nursing will require an onboarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug testing prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences, for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program. Applicants for initial licensure in NC must also have a criminal background check.
  9. Admission with advanced standing is subject to space available in the clinical component of the nursing program. Students who begin their nursing education at A-B Tech have preference in admission over students requesting a transfer into the program. Space will be allotted to transfer students only when no students who have previously enrolled in the A-B Tech ADN Program are requesting and have qualified for re-entry.


Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: ACA, BIO and NUR


Preadmission Requirements

BIO 168
4 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 169
4 Credit Hour(s)

First Semester

ACA 111
1 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 175
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 111
8 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 117
2 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 112
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 114
5 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

NUR 212
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

ENG 114
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 113
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 211
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 241
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

NUR 213
10 Credit Hour(s)
HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)

*Program total includes 8 credit hours for successful completion of BIO-168 and BIO-169 with a "C" or better in each course, as a prerequisite to admission into the ADN program.  

Curriculum is based on the 2020-21 catalog.


  • 72 Total Credit Hours Required
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