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Associate Degree

Program Length: 20 months

Degree Overview

associate degree in nursing

Nursing Job Outlook

Technological advances in patient care and an increasing emphasis on preventive care, as well as the number of older people needing nursing care, is driving the need for registered nurses (RN). Job opportunities for RNs are expected to be excellent. And, graduates of nursing programs are needed to fill these positions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for RNs are expected to grow by 22% between 2008 and 2018—a much faster than average employment growth. You could be a part of this growth.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

This Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to become a competent and accountable generalist nurse in a variety of settings. This ADN nursing program combines classroom theory, patient care simulation and skills labs, clinical experiences in hospitals, and more. Completion of both general education courses and nursing core courses are required for completion of this ADN program.

Graduates of the Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) program must pass a national licensing examination, known as the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license.

Students who wish to enter CollegeAmerica’s nursing programs need to meet certain requirements. Please visit our Admissions section below for more information about admissions requirements.

Nursing Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses held about 2.6 million jobs in 2008—making it the largest healthcare occupation in the United States. Hospitals employed about 60% of RNs, while 8% worked in offices of physicians, 5% in home healthcare services, 5% in nursing care facilities, and 3% in employment services. The remainder worked mostly in government agencies, social assistance agencies, and educational services.

Associate Degree in Nursing Salary

According to, graduates of an associates degree in nursing ADN program in Colorado working as a Registered Nurse (RN) received starting salaries averaging $45,390 a year. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2008, registered nurses received a median salary of $62,450 a year. Many employers also offer flexible work schedules, child care, educational benefits, and bonuses.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at
** Registered Nurse (RN), Colorado. Salary and Benefits Report. Retrieved on May 23, 2011 from

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
HEA 110 Pathophysiology 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MED 203 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
MED 204 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
NUR 110 Fundamentals in Nursing I-II 10.0
NUR 111 Nursing Process 4.0
NUR 112 Physical Assessment 2.0
NUR 113 Medical-Surgical Nursing I-II 16.0
NUR 210 Maternal-Newborn Nursing I-II 9.0
NUR 211 Pediatric Nursing I-II 9.0
NUR 212 Mental Health Nursing I-II 9.0
NUR 213 Contemporary Issues in Nursing 4.0
NUR 214 Advanced Med-Surg Nursing 8.0
NUR 215 Integration Practicum 8.0
NUT 210 Basic Nutrition 4.0
PHR 109 Pharmacology Principles 4.0
PSY 220 Psychology 4.0
SOC 220 Sociology 4.0

Course Description

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Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0


Studies pathophysiological etiology and mechanisms that cause disease and alter physiological control and function of organs and organ systems. Emphasizes the gross histopathological and physiological alterations that occur in various disease states.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the first in a two course series addressing human anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body including but not limited to the muscle and skeletal systems, the nervous system, the reproductive system, the digestive system, and the endocrine system. Course includes basic organization and general plan of the body including cells, membranes, and tissues.

Credits: 4.0

Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is the second in a two-course series addressing human anatomy and physiology. The content of this course addresses the respiratory, nervous, cardiac, circulatory, integumentary, and urinary systems as well as fluid and electrolyte regulation.

Credits: 4.0

Fundamentals in Nursing I-II

This two-module course focuses on the role of the two-year professional nursing student who will be involved in the care and treatment of persons and the study of nursing theory as it relates to the safety and well-being of clients. Students learn theory, skills, and the basic nursing concepts of caring, documentation, teaching/learning, critical thinking, communication, and the nursing process in order to provide safe and competent nursing care to adult medical-surgical clients in the clinical setting. Students must complete 20 hours of theory, 60 hours of laboratory, and 150 hours in clinical experiences.

Credits: 10.0

Nursing Process

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and integrate the theory, skills, and knowledge they have gained through the nursing program to this point in skilled extended care units. Mastery of beginning skills in the use of the Nursing Process is emphasized. The primary focus of the course is the development of nursing profession. The context, dimensions and themes in professional nursing practice will be discussed. This course has 40 clock hours of theory.

Credits: 4.0

Physical Assessment

This course develops beginning knowledge and skills to focus on assessment and physical exam of the whole person. It provides the nursing student with the skills in physical, psychosocial, and spiritual assessment of adult clients. History taking and data collection are emphasized.

Credits: 2.0

Medical-Surgical Nursing I-II

This two-module course includes 80 Theory hours, 40 Laboratory hours, and 180 Clinical hours. This course addresses nursing practice, pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease, perioperative care, problems related to altered sensory input, oxygenation, ventilation, transport and perfusion; problems with ingestions, digestion, absorption, elimination; urinary function, movement and coordination.

Credits: 16.0

Maternal-Newborn Nursing I-II

This two-module course includes 60 Theory hours, 20 Lab hours, and 60 clinical hours. The course focuses on the role of the two-year professional nursing student who will be involved in the care and treatment of pregnant women and their newborns. Childbirth experience will be explored. Employing critical thinking and sound nursing judgment are highlighted. Biological, physical, social, spiritual, and behavioral sciences foundations for care of childbearing families are considered.

Credits: 9.0

Pediatric Nursing I-II

This two-module course includes 60 Theory hours, 20 Lab hours, and 60 clinical hours. The course focuses on the nursing role in caring for children and their families. Assessment of the child and family, with a focus on infant, young child, school-age, adolescent, children with special needs, the hospitalized child, children with fluid and electrolyte imbalances, problems relating to oxygen transfer and nutrients, production and circulation of blood, and problems with physical mobility will be covered.

Credits: 9.0

Mental Health Nursing I-II

This two-module course includes 60 Theory hours 20 Lab hours, and 60 Clinical hours. The course focuses on foundations for mental health and common mental/psychiatric disorders. The helper and teacher role are emphasized. Communication styles will be covered.

Credits: 9.0

Contemporary Issues in Nursing

This course has 40 Theory hours and focuses on development of nursing, current issues in healthcare, career management and transition from student to professional nurse.

Credits: 4.0

Advanced Med-Surg Nursing

This course has 40 Theory Hours and 120 Clinical hours. The course expands on knowledge and skills introduced in Med-Surg Nursing I-II. Content begins to move students from novice to advanced beginner as defined by Benner's Nursing Theory. At the end of the course an ATI assessment will be conducted and the results will help determine the focus of the NCLEX-RN review during NUR215 Integration Practicum.

Credits: 8.0

Integration Practicum

This course has 40 clock hours of theory and 150 clock hours of clinical experience. The course is intended to provide the students a guided clinical experience with a preceptor in a healthcare setting. The student will evaluate the use of learned concepts and principles of culture, cultural diversity, and cultural sensitivity; the methods of delegation; and prioritization of workload. The course will prepare the student for role transitions within a nursing career and for entry in the nursing profession.

Credits: 8.0

Basic Nutrition

This course focuses on increasing significance of nutrition in achieving and maintaining optimal health and well-being. Topics include nutrition basics, guidelines to dietary planning, nutrition care process, nutrition in the community, nutrition for weight management, and nutrition and disease.

Credits: 4.0

Pharmacology Principles

Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for safe and therapeutic drug therapy. Emphasis is placed on drug identification and classification, pharmacological actions, side effects, appropriate dosing and calculations, drug interactions, basic treatments used by the nurse, guidelines for use of drugs, as well as the legal and ethical considerations of pharmacology.

Credits: 4.0


Explores the aims and methods of psychology. Concepts covered in the course include human behavior, learning theories, memory, and human development.

Credits: 4.0


This course addresses the relationships among different social institutions. It examines the dynamics in social groups. Topics covered include the concepts of control, inequity, and change within social groups.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 19Total Credits: 115

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