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Associate Degree in Nursing - ICC


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
  • Where are classes, labs, and clinical's scheduled?

    Classes and labs are located at the Rutherfordton Learning Center (RLC).

    Times and locations for clinicals vary due to clinical agency availability as well as clinical instructor availability.

    Clinicals happen at regional agencies in Rutherford, Polk and surrounding counties (Burke,Cleveland, Henderson, McDowell) in North Carolina. Clinicals may also be scheduled in Cherokee and Spartanburg County in South Carolina. Travel is required.

  • Are there any online nursing courses?

    The ICC ADN program is a DAY program and is web-assisted.

  • Do I need a computer or computer skills to be successful?

    The program is web-based so you do need a computer and internet. TheRLC has a computer lab on campus and may be available for use. There are also computer labs and a library on the Rutherford (main) campus.

    You must be able to use email, create word documents with Microsoft Word (provided free by the College), use electronic textbook resources, complete clinical forms, take tests online, and use the Moodle learning management system.

  • Do I have to purchase books or uniforms?

    Yes, please purchase new books from the College bookstore. New books include a one-time use code that students use to create an account with the textbook publisher to access electronic resources. If you purchase used books, the code may be used or expired, and purchasing a separate code is often as much as buying new books.

    Monogramed student uniforms are required for clinical and pinning. The order for these will be placed in early fall semester of year one.

    More detailed program costs

  • What about health or malpractice insurance?

    Health insurance is highly encouraged. Personal health insurance is the responsibility of the student. Any illness or injury incurred during class, lab,or clinical will be the financial responsibility of the student.

    Malpractice insurance is provided by the college and not the responsibility of the student.

  • Do I have to submit to a criminal background check or drug screen? What does it cover?

    The College has an open door policy and does not require these. However, clinical rotations are required to meet course objectives and our clinical agencies do require criminal background checks or drug screens. The background check information goes back 7-10 years.

    Checks will cover violent crimes, felonies, abuse/neglect, assault/battery, harassment/communicating threats, theft, and drug charges which will result in denial of clinical rotations.

  • Is the Covid-19 vaccine required for admission into nursing?

    Currently the college nor nursing clinical agencies require students or faculty be vaccinated for Covid-19. Please note, to attend clinical experiences, we must meet clinical agency requirements. This could change at any time. Required vaccines include influenza (Flu), varicella, Hepatitis B series, MMR, & Tdap.

Contact for information

Tracey Evans
Director of Nursing and Health Sciences

Katie Edwards
Health Sciences Student Success Coordinator