Associate Degree Nursing

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 Program and licensure, the graduate will:

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 Associate Degree Nursing 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 in fall, all nursing program applicants must submit the following documentation with a completed application:

a.  Provide documentation of successful completion of a 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 a 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:

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 Associate Degree Nursing program are encouraged to have successfully completed: BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 175 or BIO 275, ENG 111, 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 on boarding 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

First Semester

BIO 168
4 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 111
8 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 117
2 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

BIO 169
4 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 112
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 114
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 212
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 241
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

BIO 175
3 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 114
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 113
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 211
5 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

  • 71 Total Credit Hours Required