Associate Degree Nursing - Fall Admission

Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 

This curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout their lifespan in a variety of settings.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and licensure:

1.  Students will demonstrate skills necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

2.  Students will demonstrate knowledge necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

3.  Students will demonstrate cultural competency within Nursing.

4.  Students will utilize informatics and evidence based data to provide Nursing care to clients.

5.  Students will demonstrate behaviors necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

6.  Students will apply the principles of interdisciplinary team management.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, and community agencies.

This program is approved by the:
North Carolina Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602
(919) 782-3211,

Specific 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):

a.  Chemistry and Biology are strongly suggested

b.  Algebra is highly recommended

3.  This program has a competitive selection process. See Selection Criteria and Procedures for Allied Health Programs on the college admissions office web page for full details. 

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:

a.  Provide documentation of successful completion of an NC-approved Certified Nurse Aide I Program which includes theory, lab, and clinical components (challenging the NA I examination will not meet this requirement; you must provide proof of completion of an NC-approved NA I course, with a hands-on clinical component and hold a documented, current unrestricted credential as a NA I from the NC Nurse Aide Registry, as listed on and the Division of Health Service Regulation). A copy of a college transcript or a notarized course completion certificate will be acceptable documentation. 


b.  Hold a documented, current, unrestricted credential as a Nurse Aide I (NAI) from the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry and the Division of Health Service Regulation. (A copy of current listing on the NC DHSR Nurse Aide Registry website will be acceptable documentation).

c. The state of NC North Carolina does not list nurse aides by reciprocity, endorsement, or transfer from other states. To be listed on the N.C. Nurse Aide I Registry, an out-of-state nurse aide (who intends to apply to AB Tech Nursing programs), must:

  • Pass an N.C. state-approved Nurse Aide I training and competency testing (theory AND hands-on clinical components) OR
  • Have worked a minimum of 500 hours within the last 3 calendar years as a certified NA I in the state of NC.  Proof of employment must be documented by the employer(s) on company letterhead.

6.  Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.

7. 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.

8.  Students applying to the ADN program must have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO-168 and BIO-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 or BIO-275; ENG-111, ENG-112, or ENG-114; PSY-150, PSY-241, and a Humanities/Fine Arts Elective prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the ADN curriculum.

9. 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 North Carolina must also have a criminal background check. 

10. 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 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: BIO and NUR

Preadmission Requirements*:  BIO-168 (Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIO-169 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

First Semester

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

*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.  

BIO-275 may be substituted for BIO-175

ENG-112 may be substituted for ENG-114

Curriculum is based on the 2015-16 catalog.


  • 71 Total Credit Hours Required