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Associate in Nursing

Foothills Nursing Consortium Applicants: Please be advised that this is the last year that applications will be accepted for the Foothills Nursing Consortium. This next cohort will begin in August 2021 and will graduate in May 2023. In January 2022, students will apply to the Associate Degree Nursing program of the individual community colleges: Cleveland Community College, Isothermal Community College or McDowell Technical Community College. Any student who gets off track for completion while admitted to the Foothills Nursing Consortium will need to reapply to their respective community college and complete there.


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

Contact for information

Foothills Nursing Consortium
Rutherford Leaning Center

Office: 828-395-1643
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Dr. Kim Amos
Director, Foothills Nursing Consortium

Tina Porter
Pre-Health Sciences Advisor