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Associate Degree in Nursing - ICC


Curriculum Description

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.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings
  • Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence that integrates nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context
  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context
  • Examine the evidence that underlines clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities

After Graduation

What fields or jobs are available for graduates?

  • Case manager
  • Direct care provider
  • Patient educator
  • Team leader

Who employs ADN majors?

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Public and private community health agencies
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care facilities
  • Where are classes, labs, and clinical's scheduled?

    Classes and labs are located at the Rutherfordton Learning Center (RLC).

    Clinical's happen at regional facilities in Rutherford, Polk, and surrounding counties.
    Clinical's times and locations vary per course and semester based in facility/instructor availability.

  • Are there any online nursing courses?

    No, but Internet access is required and we do use web components including Moodle learning management system

  • What all do I have to purchase?

    Books and supplies are available to purchase from the College bookstore.

    Uniforms are required for clinical sessions, although students may wear scrubs of choice to labs.

    More detailed program costs

  • What about health or malpractice insurance?

    Health insurance is not required but it is highly encouraged. Personal health insurance is the responsibility of the student. Neither the college nor clinical agencies provide health coverage for students. Any illness or injury incurred during class, lab, or clinical during the program will be the financial responsibility of the student.

    Malpractice insurance is provided by the college and not the responsibility of the student.

  • Do I have to submit to a criminal background check or drug screen? What does it cover?

    The College has an open door policy and does not require these. However, clinical rotations are required to meet course objectives and our clinical agencies require the criminal background check or drug screen.

    These checks go back 7-10 years and look for infractions such as: Violent crimes, abuse/neglect, assault/battery, harassment/communicating threats, theft, and drug charges, which will result in denial of clinical rotations.

  • Do I need a computer or computer skills to be successful?

    Although not required, it is highly recommended to have access to a computer. The RLC has a computer lab on campus and may be available for use. There are also computer labs and a library on the Rutherford Campus. The bookstore may also have computers for sale.

    You must be able to use email, create Word documents with Microsoft Office 2016 or 2013 (provided free by the College), complete clinical forms, take tests online, etc., and use the Moodle learning management system.

  • Is the Covid vaccine required?
    Although the college does not require the Covid vaccine, the clinical agencies that we use for clinical rotations do require the full COVID vaccine and booster-no exceptions or exemptions. Read more about COVID-19 vaccines.

Contact for information

Dr. Kim Amos
ICC Nursing Director and FNC Director

Kelly Collum
College Navigator, Health and Public Services