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Nursing – Associate in Applied Science (NURS.AAS)

The Associate in Applied Science, Nursing (ADN) program consists of integrated lectures, labs and clinicals conducted in approved clinical education affiliates. The program prepares students to demonstrate competency in providing nursing care in a variety of health care settings and for employment in the field of registered nursing. Candidates successfully completing the ADN program are eligible to apply for the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) required for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN).

Students must apply for admission to the nursing program, and must do so within the application deadlines. Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive and is not guaranteed. There are special admission requirements to the nursing program, and it is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements and adhere to them. Students must meet all admission requirements. Admission into the program is based on a competitive point system, a pre-admission standardized exam and completion of prerequisite courses. The selection process is subject to change. You must work with an academic advisor to plan your prerequisite course sequence and to make application to the nursing program. The advisor will explain the point system on the “ADN Selection Process-Worksheet.”

Students are required to take the NCLEX Review Program as part of the curriculum in order to graduate. Multiple standardized exams are also required at various points. Most of JC’s clinical sites are subject to ACT 303 of the Public Acts of 2002, amended April 1, 2006, of the State of Michigan which restricts persons with certain criminal convictions from having access to vulnerable populations. Therefore, the agreements that JC has with these organizations require that as a condition of admission, all students will be subject to a fingerprint- based criminal background check, including an FBI check. Exclusions for convictions can range from one year to permanent exclusion. Questions should be directed to the security department.

In addition, all students must pass a drug screen to enter any nursing program at JC, as well as complete immunizations (as required for healthcare providers), meet technical standards, and complete a physical form. Following graduation, applicants for licensure as a nurse are also asked about criminal convictions and substance abuse, and this can impact the individual’s ability to become licensed.

Prerequisites are:

  • ENG 131 Writing Experience I
  • MAT 131 Intermediate Algebra or higher (MAT 133 preferred)
  • PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology
  • BIO 155 Human Anatomy & Physiology or
  • BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and
    • BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 220 Microbiology

Applications are accepted for fall or winter admission. See an academic advisor for application deadlines. It is highly recommended that CEM be taken prior to Human Anatomy & Physiology. All sciences and pharmacology must be taken within the last eight years. Nursing courses MUST be taken in sequence, with the exception of pharmacology. Students are required to take and pass the HESI RN Admission Assessment (A2) prior to admission.

Minimum credits73
Minimum cumulative GPA2.0
Minimum grade in all courses2.0
Minimum grade in BIO 155 or BIO 2533.0
Minimum JC credits41
MACRAO AgreementNo

ADO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Take one of the following:

ADO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Program courses, NUR 245 or NUR 270, meets this requirement.

ADO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning (4 credits)

Take the following:

ADO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning (5-8 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, the principles which govern them and their implications for the present and future (3 credits)

Take the following:

ADO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 7: Think critically

Program courses meet this requirement.

ADO 8: Make responsible decisions in personal and professional contexts (1-3 credits)

Program course NUR 101 meets this requirement

ADO 9: Work productively with others, recognizing individual contributions to group success

Program courses meet this requirement.

ADO 10: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Program courses, NUR 101 or NUR 272, meet this requirement.


Nursing Related Requirements – (10 credits)

Take the following:

Nursing Core Requirements – (41 credits)

Take the following:

*PSY 252 may be taken prior to Semester I but must be completed prior to Semester II. This course MUST be completed prior to NUR 176 (Family I – Maternal Nursing) in the nursing sequence, if not taken prior to Semester I.

*NUR 121 if not completed prior to admission into the program, MUST be taken during Semester I – concurrent with NUR 101.

**It is highly recommended that general education courses be taken before the nursing course sequence if at all possible.

NOTE: Nursing courses are assigned various labs and clinicals. Be sure to follow directions. The schedule is subject to change on short notice. Specific clinical sites and times cannot be guaranteed. The nursing department reserves the right to change the curriculum, policies and program requirements.

The nursing program requirements are highly demanding and time consuming. Following admission, full-time employment is not recommended.

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* You may meet this prerequisite based on your course placement, ACT score or successful college coursework. Visit our web site for current assessment options and requirements.

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