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Associate Degree Nursing (CIP 51.3801)

Program 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, individualize 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.


To enter the nursing program, a student must first be admitted to RichmondCC.  Admission to RichmondCC, however, does not guarantee admission into the nursing program.  A letter from the Admissions Office will be sent to the student upon acceptance into the nursing program.  A letter from the Registrar will be sent to the student regarding transfer equivalency.   

The following policies and procedures are utilized in admitting qualified students: 

1.       Be a high school graduate or equivalent.   

2.       A Nursing Applicant must have already completed or exempted out of the following prerequisites:  MAT 043 and ENG 011   

3.       Students interested in the Associate Nursing Degree Program will need to fill out a separate Admissions application located on the ADN academic page on the RichmondCC’s website. If needed, potential nursing students are welcome to request assistance from Student Services to complete this application. ADN admissions applications must be submitted before the Summer Semester begins of the year they wish to enter into the ADN program. New applications are available in June annually. Students are encouraged to apply early, even if they do not meet all requirements. Applications will open on June 1st, 2022 and close on May 31st, 2023. Students should complete a nursing application even if they have not yet met the requirements for the Nursing Admissions. The ADN Fall 2023 application can be found here: 


4.       It is required that applicants successfully complete the courses listed in the RichmondCC Therapeutic and Diagnostic Diploma Program starting Fall 2022 Semester with a grade of C or higher. The Anatomy and Physiology courses must be a grade of B or higher for ADN admissions’ requirements. Here is a list of all required courses prior to entrance with RichmondCC ADN Program:        

BIO 165, BIO 166, ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 150, SOC 210, HUM 115, CIS 110, NAS 101/CNAI,  NAS 102/CNAII, HSC 140 and CPR certified. 

*BIO 165 and BIO 166 have a 5 years’ expiration at the time of entrance into the nursing program. BIO 165 and BIO 166 must be completed at the same college. 

*Though BIO 275 and PSY 241 is not required for admission, they are required while in the ADN program, BIO 275 and PSY 241 have 5 years’ expiration at the time of entrance into the program. 

*CIS 110 has a 7 years’ expiration at the time of entrance into the nursing program. 

*CNA I and CNA II must be completed at State Approved Programs and applicants must have current state certifications. 

*If an applicant is a licensed practical nursing (LPN), the CNAI and CNAII requirement can be waived. All other courses listed above are still required. 

*If an applicant has successfully completed NUR 111 in the last 5 years, the CNAI and CNAII requirement can be waived. All other courses listed above are still required. 

 5.      Associate Degree Nursing applicants must maintain a program GPA of a 2.5 or higher. This is not a cumulative GPA. The GPA will be calculated based on the following courses:  

BIO 165, BIO 166, ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 150, SOC 210, HUM 115, CIS 110, MED 180, and HSC 140.  


6.       RichmondCC Associate Degree Nursing program has a competitive admissions process. Applicants will be ranked on their calculated program GPA (as stated above in number 5) from highest GPA to lowest GPA. The top students will be selected. In the event that applicants have identical GPAs, the person with the highest grade in BIO 165 will be ranked higher.  Should applicants still be tied, the applicant with the highest grade in BIO 166 will be ranked higher. If the points are still identical, the person with the earliest ADN admissions application completion date will be ranked higher. 


7.       All nursing applicants are required to complete the TABE Level D Reading Comprehension Test prior to entering in the ADN program. This test will help determine a potential students’ need for additional remediation prior to entering the ADN program. The goal is to encourage students to improve reading comprehension since this is vital in completing the program. 


 8.      Students who have been in a nursing program before must complete a RichmondCC Form of Good Standing completed by the previous nursing director. This is to verify that the student left their previous nursing program in good standing. These forms can be obtained from the RichmondCC Nursing Department or Student Services. The form must be sent directly from the previous nursing director to RichmondCC Nursing Department Program Coordinator. 

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