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Associate Degree Nursing

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The two-year Associate Degree in Nursing program, housed at the Main Campus in Moberly, provides a combination of subject matter and clinical experiences designed to prepare a person to provide high-quality, safe, effective, patient-centered care to individuals or groups of individuals with well-defined health problems.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply to take the National Council of Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses. Missouri Nursing Practice Act, Section 335.006, provides additional criteria for eligibility to apply for licensure to practice nursing. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensing exam. Satisfactory performance on the examination will qualify the student for licensure as a registered nurse.

The program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Career Education.


Course Semester Hours
  First Semester (Fall)
 BIO205*** Human Anatomy 4
 LAL101*** ^Composition I 3
 NUR100 Medication Administration 1
 NUR101 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 6
 PSY101*** General Psychology 3
  Second Semester (Spring)
 BIO209*** ^Physiology* 4
 NUR111 Mental Health Nursing 4
 NUR112 Adult Health Nursing I 6
 SPK101*** Public Speaking 3
  Summer Semester
 LAL102*** ^Composition II 3
 MTH140*** or 
^Precalculus Algebra or
^Quantitative Reasoning
 NUR204 Managing Intravenous Therapies 1
  Third Semester (Fall)
 BIO206*** ^Microbiology* 4
 NUR206 Nursing Issues 3
 NUR210 Nursing of Women and Newborns 4
 NUR212 Child Health Nursing 4
 PSY205*** ^Human Lifespan Development 3
  Fourth Semester (Spring)
 HST105*** or
 HST106*** or
American History to 1865 or
American History from 1865 or
Functions & Policies of American Government
 NUR220 Adult Health Nursing II 10
 SOC101*** Sociology 3
  Total Hours for Degree 75

*Physiology and Microbiology must be repeated if completed five years or more before the date of entry into the program

***These courses can be taken as general education courses while waiting on admission to the ADN program. It is recommended to complete as many of these courses as possible to decrease the course load during the program.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).

The nursing component of the degree is composed of five nursing courses taken in four semesters. Each course includes classroom and clinical experiences. Clinical experiences will be provided at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other selected facilities. The student should anticipate additional time for preparation in nursing courses as well as in the non-nursing courses.

Students must maintain a letter grade of "C" or above in all required courses to continue in the ADN program.

Prior to clinical experience, a physical examination, urine drug screen, documentation of immunizations and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course are required.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. Clinical sites are located throughout Central and Northeast Missouri.

For additional admission information, please see the ADN Application or Michelle Frey, Dean of Health Sciences, ext. 11369.