Nurses are health care heroes who work tirelessly to maintain patients’ physical and emotional well-being. The profession offers numerous career options starting with the licensed practical nurse to specialized practice such as that provided by nurse practitioners and midwives. If you’re considering a career as a registered nurse, you can enroll in an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and qualify to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam to work in a hospital, nursing home, school, or outpatient center. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, like the ADN, paves the way to becoming a registered nurse. However, the associate degree requires less time, and therefore, reduces the financial obligation. Full-time programs require a time commitment of 18 to 24 months, which is perfect if you want to get a quick start in nursing.
While there is a push for nurses to have a BSN -even at the entry-level- there are still many opportunities for ADN-prepared nurses. Hospital employers increasingly favor BSN nurses, nurse but ambulatory care, home health care, and long-term care facilities are always ready to hire professional ADN graduates.
Metropolitan Community College
The Associate Degree Nursing program includes a practical nursing exit option. The practical nursing component can be completed in the first year. The associate degree can be completed in three quarters for currently licensed practical nurses. Experienced instructors will use lectures, demonstrations, interactive discussions, and seminars in the classroom and lab to cover the required science and nursing courses. Students will participate in clinical rotations at local health care facilities to prepare for the role of a registered nurse and apply the concepts learned in the classroom and lab. Graduates of this program are eligible to write the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse.
Semester credits: 108
Duration: 7 quarters
Method of instruction: Traditional
General Education Courses – English Composition I, English Composition II, Human Growth and Development, Intermediate Algebra, Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Chemistry, Human Relations Skills, Information Systems and Literacy
Core Courses – Adult Nursing I, Professional Role of the Nurse I, Mental Health Nursing I, Concepts of Health Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions I, Adult Nursing II, Pharmacology, Adult Nursing III, Family Nursing I, Adult Nursing IV, Adult V, Professional Role of the Nursing II, Mental Health Nursing II, Family Nursing II, Concepts of Health Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions II
- Submit a completed application form through an MCC academic advisor
- Take and pass the general education courses with a grade C or higher and a GPA of 2.9 or higher
- Provide a copy of high school diploma/transcript or GED
- Submit an unofficial MCC transcript with the application
- Must be in good standing in the MCC’s PN program and be scheduled to graduate on time
- Must have a minimum MCC cumulative GPA of 2.0
- Provide copies of immunizations – Varicella, Tetanus, MMR, Hepatitis B, TB, and current flu shot
- Must possess a current license for Nebraska or compact state as a practice nurse – submit official verification from the state
- Must have current Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR certification
- Complete the medical exam form – completed by a healthcare provider
- Take and pass the TEAS with a score of 50 percent or higher
Tuition costs $6,192 for the program. Fees, textbooks, background check, CPR, supplies, uniforms, immunization, and insurance are not included in the cost.
Address: P.O. Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 78.13%
Southeast Community College
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Southeast Community College prepares students for entry-level practice as a registered nurse. The comprehensive curriculum includes science and core nursing courses that must be completed in sequence. Theory and practical instruction help students develop competence, confidence, and compassion to succeed in the industry. Students who successfully complete the requirements will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. Licensed practical nurses can enroll in the LPN to RN program option to gain the additional skills to take the NCLEX-RN and improve their responsibilities and career outlook. Full-time and part-time program options are available.
Semester credits: 65
Duration: 4 semesters
Method of instruction: Traditional
General Education Courses – Speech Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Analytical, Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning, Chemistry and the Citizen or General Chemistry I, Introduction to Sociology or Diversity in Society, Pathophysiology through the Lifespan
Core Courses – Introduction to Professional Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical, Assessment, Pharmacology for Nurses, Medical Surgical Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical, Pediatric Nursing, Pediatric Nursing Clinical, Obstetrics and Gynecological Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecological Nursing Clinical, Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing, Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing Clinical, Gerontological Nursing, Gerontological Nursing Clinical, Leadership in Nursing, Leadership in Nursing Clinical
- Attend a virtual information session
- Meet with a Health Sciences Advisor
- Submit test results indicating eligibility to take College Algebra
- Complete a digital resume – providing the requested experiences in healthcare
- Submit a completed program application
- Submit a copy of your current CPR card
- Submit a completed Health Statement to the Health Sciences Division
- Must have active CNA status on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry or provide proof of completing a NA class and other health care certification
- Submit documentation of flu vaccination
- Take and pass the HESI admission assessment
- Complete a satisfactory criminal background check – students are responsible for the $45 background check fee
- Submit to an initial drug and alcohol screen
- Take and pass the general education courses with a grade C or higher and a GPA of 2.5 or more
- Take and pass the science courses with a grade C or better and a GPA of 2.75 or greater
- Students must have a laptop computer for the program
The estimated cost of the program is $11,165 including fees. Additional costs for textbooks, background check, CPR, supplies, uniforms, immunization, and insurance are not included in the cost.
Address: 4771 W. Scott Rd., Beatrice, NE 68310
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 100%
Crystal is a certified Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for writing about nursing education. Through her articles, Crystal shares insights and tips to help fellow nurses enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest developments in the field. With a focus on practical advice and relevant topics, Crystal's writing is a valuable resource for nursing professionals seeking to advance their careers.