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    Associate Degree Nursing
    96% Employment/Transfer rate
    That’s right! Ninety-six percent of SCC’s Associate of Nursing graduates found work or continued their education.
    Associate Degree Nursing
    96% Employment/Transfer rate
    That’s right! Ninety-six percent of SCC’s Associate of Nursing graduates found work or continued their education.

Associate Degree Nursing

  •  Estimated Cost: $15,413

    Program Length: 4 semester(s)

    Locations: Beatrice / Lincoln

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring

    Average Cohort Size: 23

    Awards Offered: AAS

    Program Description

    If you are a dedicated and caring person, then a career in nursing is perfect for you. Our Associate Degree Nursing program prepares you to work in a variety of health care settings or continue your education.

    We work with you to complete your degree as either a part time or full time student. Our intensive curriculum of math, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and other related sciences gives you a strong academic foundation to excel in nursing core courses.

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    Registered Nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family. You will be a successful nurse if you:

    • are detail oriented and able to work on a team
    • provide quality care with respect and dignity for the patient and their family
    • are able to communicate effectively (both verbal and written)
    • anticipate a patient’s needs, making quick decisions without supervision
    • calculate safe and accurate dosages of medication, IV rates and solutions
    • document and communicate changes in the patient’s condition with other health care providers
    • can work under stress
    • are a person of character with honesty and integrity

    ADN Traditional Option

    LPN-to-ADN Option

    Please note: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advanced Standing is available for those who have earned their LPN Diploma, hold an active license and are seeking an RN degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for specific program information.

    Advanced Placement - transfer student

    This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone 404-975-5000,; and approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing.

    Program Prerequisite Requirements

    All students must receive a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 in science courses and a grade point average of 2.5 in general education courses before enrolling in Associate Degree Nursing (NURS) core courses and to graduate.

    Prerequisite ClassCredit Hours
    Human Anatomy w/Lab4.0
    Microbiology w/Lab4.0
    Human Physiology w/Lab4.0
    Chemistry & the Citizen w/Lab
    General Chemistry
    Intro to Sociology3.0
    Oral Communication3.0
    Written Communication3.0
    Nutrition for Healthcare Provider2.0
     27.0 credit hours

    Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 72.0

    Special Program Requirements

    1. All students must receive a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 in the general education courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the science courses. Science courses include Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Basic Nutrition. General education courses include oral communication, written communication, math, social science, computer technology and related courses required by the programs.
    2. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Health Care Provider (HCP) by American Heart Association or American Red Cross is required before starting (NURS) Associate Degree Nursing courses.
    3. Submit completed Health Statement to the Health Sciences Division.
    4. A criminal background check will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the background check, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be accessed for this CBC.
      Please note: Misdemeanor or felony convictions may prevent a graduate from acquiring a state license. (Contact the State Board of Nursing with questions.)
    5. Students admitted to a Health Sciences program at Southeast Community College that requires a clinical rotation at a contracted healthcare facility will be required to submit to initial drug and alcohol testing prior to the first clinical rotation.
    6. A two-step skin test for tuberculosis and/or a chest X-ray are required.
    7.  Flu immunization is required.
    8. All NURS courses completed with a grade of 75% (C+) or higher to progress through the program.
    9. Must have passed the “Nursing Assistant” course and be on “Active Status” on the Nebraska registry or active, unencumbered LPN license on the Nebraska Registry.

    Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students may take the NCLEX-RN, become registered nurses, and accept positions in hospitals, clinics and other clinical settings. Many go on to earn a bachelor's or master's degree at a four-year college or university. To determine which SCC courses will meet a specific four-year school's requirements, students should consult in advance with representatives from that institution.

    Your career outlook is bright as employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 15 percent between 2016-2026. Nursing positions are readily available in diverse communities across Nebraska and the United States. Most graduates are hired into an acute care specialty at hospitals, clinics, offices and long-term care facilities. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting salary of $24.60 per hour. Career options include:

    • Registered nurse (RN)
    • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
    • Nurse practitioner (NP)
    • Travel nurse
    • Intensive care unit (ICU) registered nurse
    • Medical-surgical nurse
    • Emergency room nurse
    • Operating room nurse

    ACEN-Seal-Color-Web_144SCC’s ADN program is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing and accredited by:

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    Graduates have met the education eligibility requirement to take the National Council of State Board of Nursing Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses, which meets one requirement leading to state licensure as a Registered Nurse. The program provides nursing education with classroom, laboratory and 518 hours of clinical practice in various settings. An LPN-ADN option is available for the LPN. This option advance places the LPN into the ADN curriculum, giving credit to the LPN for previously completed course work. This program provides the LPN with additional classroom laboratory and 383 hours of clinical practice in various settings.

    Associate Degree Nursing Program Outcomes

    Tonya R. Maloy, Program Director, MSN, RN

    Courtney Ehmke, MSN, RN

    Joshua Harvey, BSN, RN

    Katie Kinnet, BSN, RN

    Kellie Long EdD, RN

    Melinda Martinson MSN, RN

    Kim Nash, MSN, RN

    Jodi Nelson, MSN, RN

    Dalene Walker, MSN, RN

    Shereen Young, MSN, RN


    Grads staying in Nebraska

    Average Starting Salary

    2018 Graduates