Associate Degree Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing 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.

Course work 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 health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

The Wilkes Community College Associate Degree Nursing program operates under the full approval of the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON).

Learning Outcomes

  • Prioritize nursing care for individuals across the life span considering the concepts of needs assessment, and physiologic integrity.
  • Provide patient-centered, holistic nursing care to individuals and groups with common complex alterations in health, based on evidence based practice and the nursing process.
  • Communicate effectively with other members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, as well as with individuals/families through the use of written expression, verbal and non-verbal expression.
  • Actively participate in quality improvement initiatives in directing nursing care for individuals and groups with common complex alterations in health.
  • Collaboratively participate as a member of the healthcare team, upholding legal, ethical, and professional standards of nursing practice.
  • Utilize principles of critical thinking including pursuing best information, examining underlying assumptions, engaging in inquiry and analyzing different points of view when exercising nursing judgment.

Job Outlook

Annual demand for Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse in our service area is currently 185 job openings. This is expected to increase by 0% in the next year.

Contact Information

Image of Emily Orr
Emily Orr, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6573
edorr738@wilkescc.edu

Pathways

Course Requirements

    First Year - Fall Semester
    • ACA 122 College Transfer Success

      This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college policies and culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition. Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions.

    • BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I

      This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, cytology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

    • NUR 111 Intro to Health Concepts

      This course introduces the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts within each domain including medication administration, assessment, nutrition, ethics, interdisciplinary teams, informatics, evidence-based practice, individual-centered care, and quality improvement. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

    • PSY 150 General Psychology

      This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

    First Year - Spring Semester
    • BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II

      This course provides a continuation of the comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as metabolism, nutrition, acid-base balance, and fluid and electrolyte balance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

    • ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry

      This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

    • NUR 112 Health-Illness Concepts

      This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of acid-base, metabolism, cellular regulation, oxygenation, infection, stress/coping, health-wellness-illness, communication, caring interventions, managing care, safety, quality improvement, and informatics. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

    • NUR 212 Health System Concepts

      This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of grief/loss, violence, health-wellness-illness, collaboration, managing care, safety, advocacy, legal issues, policy, healthcare systems, ethics, accountability, and evidence-based practice. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course

    First Year - Summer Term
    • NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts

      This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of cellular regulation, perfusion, inflammation, sensory perception, stress/coping, mood/affect, cognition, self, violence, health-wellness-illness, professional behaviors, caring interventions, and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

    • PSY 241 Developmental Psych

      This course is a study of human growth and development. Emphasis is placed on major theories and perspectives as they relate to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development from conception to death. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of development across the life span.

    Second Year - Fall Semester
    • ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc

      This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

    • NUR 113 Family Health Concepts

      This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of oxygenation, sexuality, reproduction, grief/loss, mood/affect, behaviors, development, family, health-wellness-illness, communication, caring interventions, managing care, safety, and advocacy. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

    • NUR 211 Health Care Concepts

      This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of cellular regulation, perfusion, infection, immunity, mobility, comfort, behaviors, health-wellness-illness, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, managing care, and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.

    Second Year - Spring Semester
    • HUM 115 Critical Thinking

      This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict. Emphasis is placed on evaluating information, problem solving, approaching cross-cultural perspectives, and resolving controversies and dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of appropriate texts.

    • NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts

      This course is designed to assimilate the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of fluid/electrolytes, metabolism, perfusion, mobility, stress/coping, violence, health-wellness-illness, professional behaviors, caring interventions, managing care, healthcare systems, and quality improvement. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide quality, individualized, entry level nursing care.

    Technical Standards

    The Associate Degree Nursing program technical standards have been developed to inform students of the nonacademic essential functions of the program and profession. Examples are not all inclusive.

    Standard Essential Function Examples
    Communication
    Oral / Written
    • Skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas so others will understand
    • Skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
    • Document relevant patient information (manual or via computer) using correct terminology and spelling
    • Interpret doctor’s orders
    • Record patient responses to treatments
    • Establish rapport with patients, families, and other health care providers
    Mobility / Motor Skills
    • Motor skills sufficient to move the hands and use hands to grasp or manipulate objects
    • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body
    • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require dexterity and flexibility to move body in a variety of positions
    • Utilize instruments with patients
    • Move around in patients’ rooms and treatment areas
    • Maneuver in confined spaces
    • Physical activities may include:
      • Running
      • Bending
      • Stooping
      • Lifting
      • Reaching
    Physical Strength and Stamina
    • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability sufficient to lift and carry a minimum of 40 pounds
    • Stand and walk up to 12-hour shifts
    • Walk up to 5 miles per day
    • Lift and/or maneuver patients
    • Lift and move equipment

    Sensory

    • Sight
    • Sound
    • Taste
    • Touch
    • Smell
    • Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range and manipulate equipment
    • Listening skills sufficient to communicate with others
    • Identify various sounds
    • Ability to touch and locate anatomy on patients to perform physical assessments
    • Ability to tolerate various odors
    • Observe patient responses to treatment
    • Hear equipment/emergency alarms, call bell, or call for help
    • Listen to heart, lung, and blood pressure sounds
    • Feel for pulse
    • Work with patients with poor hygiene
    Environmental / Occupational Exposure
    • Frequent exposure to communicable and infectious diseases, secretions, blood, and bodily fluids
    • Exposure to environmental hazards
    • Possible exposure to X-ray radiation
    • Ability to work under high stress situations and respond promptly
    • Work in confined spaces
    • Possible exposure to HIV, hepatitis, etc.
    • Exposure to X-ray radiation, medicinal preparations, latex, and toxic substances
    • Respond appropriately in emergency to maintain patient safety and care
    • Wear a face mask
    Field or Industry Professional Standards
    • Criminal background check
    • CPR certification
    • CNA (nurse-aide) certification
    • Completion of required tests and screening
    • Move without mobility assisted devices (clinical site requirement)
    • Successfully complete and pass:
      • TEAS test
      • TB test
      • Drug screening
      • Immunizations

    Disability Services Statement

    Wilkes Community College is an ADA compliant institution. WCC does not discriminate based on a disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services, and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements. WCC will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services, and/or activities. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of a program’s essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose this to Disability Services as soon as possible.

    2+2 Information

    A 2+2* agreement is an opportunity for students to complete their Associate's degree at Wilkes Community College and then transfer into a specified program at a partnering four-year institution for their Bachelor's degree. Wilkes Community College has the following 2+2 agreements for our Associate Degree Nursing graduates:

    * The 2+2 model is the proposed timeframe, but may be subject to change.

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