Southern Union State Community College

Program Information

Program Information

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program admits students two times per year.  Prospective students must meet minimal admission requirements and apply for admission to the nursing program by the program's application deadline. See admission requirements for additional information.

Application Deadlines:  March 1st for fall admission
                                      September 15th for spring admission

Program Location: Opelika Campus 

Program Accreditation:  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

Program Approval: Alabama Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 303900
Montgomery, AL. 36130-3900
www.abn.state.al.us
800-656-5318

Degree Earned: Associate in Applied Science

Length of Program:  2 Years (66 Semester Hours)
5 semesters of coursework after admission to program  

Credentials Earned: Registered Nurse following successfully passage of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)


Additional Information

Admission Requirements
ADN Program Brochure
Health Sciences Information Session
Estimated Cost of Program -Fall 2016 
Estimated Cost of Program - Fall 2015 
Essential Functions for Nursing
Nursing Student Handbook 2016-17 
Addendum to Nursing Student Handbook 2016-17
Preceptor Manual for NUR 115
Preceptor Manual for NUR221
ADN Student Achievement Report


 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (ADN) CURRICULUM -  effective Fall 2016 admission

First Semester

Course  THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra or higher    3 0 0 3 3
BIO 201* Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 1 0 5 4
NUR 112 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing 4 2 1 13 7

Second Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
ENG 101 English Composition I   3 0 0 3 3
BIO 202* Human Anatomy & Physiology II               3 1 0 5 4
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 113 Nursing Concepts I 4 1 3 16 8

Third Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 0 0 3 3
- OR -          
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 114 Nursing Concepts I   5 0  3  14  8
NUR 115 Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning  1  0 1   4  2

Fourth Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
BIO 220 General Microbiology 2 2 0 6 4
NUR 211 Advanced Nursing Concepts           4 0 3 13 7

Fifth Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
Humanities Elective** 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 221 Advanced Evidence-Based Clinical Reasoning 3 0 4 12 7

Academic and Nursing Theory Contact Hours   660
Academic and Nursing Lab Contact Hours        255
Nursing Clinical Contact Hours                         675
Total Program Contact Hours                           1590

*Notes

  • Classes in bold italics may be taken prior to entering nursing or taken in consecutive nursing semesters.
  • BIO 201 is a prerequisite for BIO 202.
  • Students admitted to the ADN program in fall 2015 and spring 2016 are required to take PSY 200 General Psychology with the first semester of the program.

**Most courses from Area II of the Alabama General Studies Curriculum (AGSC) can be used to satisfy the humanities elective requirement. The courses taught at SUSCC that can be used for the elective are: ART 100, Art Appreciation; MUS 101, Music Appreciation; THR 120, Theater Appreciation; IDS 102, Ethics; HUM 101, Introduction to Humanities; SPA 101 or 102, Introductory Spanish; HPS 113, Spanish for the Healthcare Professional; ENG 271 or 272, World Literature; REL 151, Survey of Old Testament; or REL 152, Survey of New Testament. If you are transferring from other colleges or universities, you should check with an Academic Advisor regarding transfer of your course(s).


ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (ADN) CURRICULUM -  effective Spring 2016 admission

First Semester

Course  THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra or higher    3 0 0 3 3
BIO 201* Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 1 0 5 4
PSY 200 General Psychology 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 112 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing 4 2 1 13 7

Second Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
ENG 101 English Composition I   3 0 0 3 3
BIO 202* Human Anatomy & Physiology II               3 1 0 5 4
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 113 Nursing Concepts I 4 1 3 16 8

Third Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 0 0 3 3
- OR -          
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 114 Nursing Concepts II   5 0  3  14  8
NUR 115 Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning  1  0 1   4  2

Fourth Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
BIO 220 General Microbiology 2 2 0 6 4
NUR 211 Advanced Nursing Concepts           4 0 3 13 7

Fifth Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
Humanities Elective** 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 221 Advanced Evidence-Based Clinical Reasoning 3 0 4 12 7

*Notes

  • Classes in bold italics may be taken prior to entering nursing or taken in consecutive nursing semesters.
  • BIO 201 is a prerequisite for BIO 202.
  • Students admitted to the ADN program in fall 2015 and spring 2016 are required to take PSY 200 General Psychology with the first semester of the program.

**Most courses from Area II of the Alabama General Studies Curriculum (AGSC) can be used to satisfy the humanities elective requirement. The courses taught at SUSCC that can be used for the elective are: ART 100, Art Appreciation; MUS 101, Music Appreciation; THR 120, Theater Appreciation; IDS 102, Ethics; HUM 101, Introduction to Humanities; SPA 101 or 102, Introductory Spanish; HPS 113, Spanish for the Healthcare Professional; ENG 271 or 272, World Literature; REL 151, Survey of Old Testament; or REL 152, Survey of New Testament. If you are transferring from other colleges or universities, you should check with an Academic Advisor regarding transfer of your course(s).


ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (ADN) CURRICULUM - Old curriculum

First Semester

Course  THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra or higher    3 0 0 3 3
BIO 201* Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 1 0 5 4
NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing 3 2 1 12 6
NUR 103 Health Assessment 0 1 0 3 1
NUR 104 Introduction to Pharmacology 0 1 0 3 1

Second Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
ENG 101 English Composition I   3 0 0 3 3
BIO 202* Human Anatomy & Physiology II               3 1 0 5 4
NUR 105 Adult Nursing  5 1 2 14 8
NUR 106 Maternal and Child Nursing 4 0 1 7 5

Third Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
PSY 200 General Psychology 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 220 General Microbiology 2 2 0 6 4
NUR 201 Nursing Through the Lifespan I 3 0 2 9 5

Fourth Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication  3 0 0 3 3
- OR -
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 0 0 3 3
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 202 Nursing Through the Lifespan II         3 0 3 12 6

Fifth Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
Humanities Elective** 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 203 Nursing Through the Lifespan III 4 0 2 10 6
NUR 204 Transition Into Nursing Practice (Preceptor 3:1) 2 0 2 8 4

Comprehensive Exams

Students in the nursing program will be required to take comprehensive examinations at the end of each nursing course within the curriculum. The test results will be part of the course grade and may serve as the course final in selected courses. Students will be charged for these tests.

Comprehensive Program Exam
To assist the student to be successful on the licensure exam, students in the nursing program will be required to take a comprehensive program exam in order to successfully complete NUR 204, NUR 221, or NUR 115. Students receiving the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing or a Certificate in Practical Nursing will be provided an opportunity to take this exam during the course. It will count as part of the course grade and may be the final for NUR 204, NUR 221, and NUR 115. It is recommended that students scoring below the determined passing level remediate to help the student reach their goal of becoming a nurse.