The health care industry needs competent, professional registered nurses. Nurses record patients’ medical histories, perform diagnostic tests, assess patients’ health, counsel patients and their families on disease prevention, administer treatments and medications, start IV lines, and provide emotional support to patients and their families. Registered nurses might also supervise and delegate tasks to Certified Nursing Assistants and Licensed Practical Nurses and work closely with physicians to improve patient outcomes.
The Associate Degree in Nursing program includes theory and hands-on instruction to prepare students to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. This option is designed to be completed in two years which is a faster path to licensure than the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While the ADN permits entry to nursing, the complexities in health care delivery call an educational preparation that is more extensive than the ADN curriculum. The dependence on technology in making critical decisions and a growing emphasis on preventative care are just two of many factors that change the face of health care delivery. The ADN-to-BSN program allows for a seamless transition to the BSN degree for nurses who want to be prepared to assume a greater role in nursing.
Metropolitan Community College
The registered nursing (ADN-RN) program offered by Metropolitan Community College provides hands-on experience and theory that prepares students for success on the NCLEX-RN and practice in acute and long-term care settings. The nursing program requires the completion of prerequisite courses, general education studies, and specialized nursing courses for the degree. Students must achieve a minimum MCC 2.0 GPA in the four-point grading scale and complete at least 15 credit hours at MCC and be enrolled during the academic year they qualify for the degree to be awarded. Day and evening schedules are available. Licensed practical nurses can apply for admission through the LPN to ADN bridge option.
Semester credits: 73-77
Duration: 2 years
Method of instruction: Traditional
General education courses – Introductory Chemistry for Health Science, Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, General Psychology, Microbiology, Composition and Reading I, United States History or Introduction to US National Politics, Human Lifespan Development, Fundamentals of Speech or Fundamentals of Human Communication
Core Courses – Fundamentals of Professional Nursing, Essential Nursing Concepts, Mental Health Nursing, Nursing of Women and Neonates, Adult Nursing I, Leadership/Management/Trends, Child Centered Nursing, Adult Nursing II, Adult Nursing III
- Apply to MCC
- Submit all non-MCCKC official transcripts – sent from all previously attended institutions to the registrar’s office
- Submit proof of completing an accredited high school or equivalent
- Submit acceptable Accuplacer test scores – must not be more than 3 years old.
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA – Chemistry for Health Professionals, Anatomy and Physiology, General Psychology
- Take and pass the ATI TEAS exam and submit results with the nursing application. The score must show all attempts
- Submit an application to the Professional Nursing Program
- Provide three professional references
- Submit current CNA Certification to the online application. Expired certification will not receive extra points
- Complete a satisfactory background check and Family Care Safety Registry
- Submit immunization records include TB clearance
Tuition costs $7,490 for in-district students based on 70 credit hours. Other program costs include books, clinical lab fee, evaluation assessment, practice bag fee, National Student Nurse Association membership, Castle Branch background check, Family Care Safety Registry, NCLEX fee, State Board licensure fee, and other program fees.
Address: 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 87.02%
The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Columbia College is open to individuals with no prior education in nursing and to licensed practical nursing seeking to prepare for licensure as a registered nurse. The degree requires completion of general education, mathematics, science, and nursing courses. The prerequisite courses can be completed through the day, evening or online offerings. Nursing courses are conducted four times a week – two days for lecture and two days for clinical lab. Some weeks will require attendance of mandatory seminars on Fridays. Clinical hours vary and will follow the typical shift starting and end times for hospitals/facilities. Graduates are eligible to take the state exam for licensure as a registered nurse.
Semester credits: 77
Duration: 2 years
Method of instruction: Traditional
General education courses – Principles of Biology I, Principles of Biology I Lab, Clinical Microbiology or Microbiology, Clinical Microbiology Lab or Microbiology Lab, Anatomy, Anatomy Lab, Physiology, Physiology Lab, Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences. First Year Writing Seminar, General Psychology, Intermediate Algebra or higher level math
Core Courses – Introduction to Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology, Foundations of Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing I, Medical/Surgical Nursing II, Mental Health Nursing, Women’s and Infant’s Health, NCLEX-RN Review
- Apply to Columbia College
- Must have completed high school
- Complete the general education, mathematics, and science courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75
- Must meet the necessary functional abilities to provide competent patient care
- Take and pass the TEAS. Students are allowed to take the TEAS a maximum of three times
- Submit a completed application packet
- Complete a satisfactory urine drug test
- Complete the physical exam forms including documentation of immunizations
- Must have and maintain CPR certification from the American Heart Associate
- Must pass a criminal background check
Tuition costs $405 per credit hour. Additional costs include textbooks, exam fee, application fee, materials, uniforms, immunization, insurance, background check, and licensure fee.
Address: 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216
Phone: (573) 875-8700
Toll-Free: (800) 231-2391
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 92%