Multiple educational opportunities are offered through the nursing department: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), and Practical Nursing (PN).
The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) is a comprehensive educational program. The sequence of theory and clinical courses allows for progression of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for the graduates' entry into practice. Upon completion of the ADN program, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. After successfully passing the licensure examination the individual can enter into practice as a registered nurse. The program is offered at the Grand Island Campus. In addition, the first year of the program and the nursing block clinical rotations can be completed at the Columbus Campus or Kearney Center. The program is approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing, and accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000.
Advanced Placement ADN students are licensed as practical nurses (LPN) and enter the ADN program in the 2nd year of coursework beginning with the Advanced Health Assessment course.
The Practical Nursing Program (PN) provides the common body of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for the practical nurse's entry into practice. Upon completion of the diploma program, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN. After successfully passing the licensure examination, the individual can enter into practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program is offered at the Kearney Center, the Grand Island Campus and Columbus Campus as a 3 semester curriculum plan. The program is approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing.
ADN Student Learning Outcomes
- Prioritize patient-centered care based on the unique needs of the human throughout the lifespan.
- Assess the nursing process to promote ideal clinical outcomes through the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning supported by evidence-based practice.
- Support the human to develop adaptive responses to stressors in order to reach an optimal state of wellness.
- Integrate effective communication strategies with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
- Exemplify professional role behaviors and caring attitudes within the scope of practice of the registered nurse reflecting a commitment to ensure high standards of nursing care.
PN Student Learning Outcomes
- Provide patient-centered care based on the unique needs of the human throughout the lifespan.
- Manage the nursing process to promote ideal clinical outcomes through the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning supported by evidence-based practice.
- Guide the human to develop adaptive responses to stressors in order to reach an optimal state of wellness.
- Optimize effective communication strategies with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
- Establish positive role behaviors and caring attitudes within the scope of practice of the licensed practical nurse reflecting a commitment to ensure high standards of nursing care.
There are many employment opportunities for registered nurses in hospitals, home health care agencies, industry, schools, armed forces, and physicians' offices.
Opportunities for practical nursing graduates licensed as LPNs are numerous in the health care field. LPNs are typically employed in long-term care facilities, physician offices, home health care, armed forces, schools, critical access hospitals, and many other health agencies.
Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs is selective. Applicants must apply to the college and the nursing program through the admissions office, submit official transcripts of transferable course work, complete an assessment (ACT, COMPASS, ASSET, ACCUPLACER) and achieve required exam entry scores. Students must meet academic eligibility in their general education course work. A grade of "C" or higher is required for all general education and nursing courses in order to progress through the program; with the exception of Anatomy & Physiology which requires at least a B- (for ADN students only). Students must have successfully completed a Nurse Aide course and be listed in the Nebraska Nurse Aide registry with the exception of Advanced Placement ADN students. For more detailed information on the nursing admissions procedure, see the college website or contact the Admissions Office at the Grand Island or Columbus campuses.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, the proposed program of study is provided by their nursing advisor. A student's final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, transfer courses and program admission requirements. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her nursing advisor prior to any academic planning and registering.
- Immunizations are required. See Associate Dean for specific immunizations needed.
- Admission to the program is contingent on a satisfactory background check (at student's expense) and drug testing.
- Fees cover nursing patches for uniforms, nursing graduation pin, student in-practicum insurance, and Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) materials.
- Additional program costs include uniforms, professional supplies, background check and drug testing.
Associate Degree in Nursing