Associate Degree in Nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing
This program is for the student that has already met the prerequisite requirements for the ADN completion program and consists of six quarters (18 months) of nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components built on a foundation of general education courses transferred in from other accredited institutions.
For students transferring in general education courses from other accredited institutions, this option consists of six quarters of nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components built on these foundational courses. Graduates are prepared to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing. The full-time completion program takes one year and six months.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of Denver College of Nursing’s Associate Degree program, a student should be able to:
- Apply clinical competence in the provision of patient centered care,
- Demonstrate an ability to use effective communication and collaboration skills with patients, families, and colleagues,
- Use effective decision-making skills to manage and coordinate nursing care, ensuring continued quality and safety.
- Demonstrate accountability for the ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities related to the use of technology/informatics in nursing.
- Integrate current nursing knowledge, theory, and research into the care of all patients, including diverse and vulnerable populations.
General Education Outcomes
Students achieve general education outcomes as they:
- Develop creative and critical analytical skills across a wide range of clinical and human knowledge situations
- Develop skills in written, technical, and oral communications
- Function ethically and meet professional standards with integrity
- Demonstrate evidence of and caring for a diverse and multicultural society
- Develop skills for independent decision making and leadership.
Dates & Deadlines
All required application materials must be submitted at the same time, with the exception of official transcripts. Applications must be submitted by the appropriate deadline as indicated:
- Submit from March 1 through June 1 for the following October start.
- Submit from September 1 through December 1 for the following April start.
Note: Do not apply to both the ADN and BSN programs! If you are unsure which program is right for you, please contact Admissions at 303-292-0015.
Associate Degree in Nursing Classes
|Course No.||Course Name||Quarter Credits|
|BIO 115||Basic Nutrition||3|
|NRS 103/103L||Basic Health Assessment (with Lab)||3|
|NRS 111||Differentiated Practice||3|
|NRS 105/105L/105C||Foundations of Nursing Arts and Skills (with Lab and Clinical)||12|
|NRS 112/112L||Basic Pharmacology Concepts & Calculations (with Lab)||6|
|NRS 116||Concepts of Gerontological Nursing||3|
|NRS 104/104C||Basic Medical Surgical Concepts (with Clinical)||10|
|NRS 136||Basic IV Therapy (with Lab)||2|
|NRS 216/216L/216C||Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts (with Lab & Clinical)||12|
|NRS 210||Nursing Concepts for the Multigenerational Childbearing Family||4|
|NRS 210C/212C||Childbearing Family & Children Clinical||3|
|NRS 212||Nursing Concepts of Children||4|
|NRS 211/211C||Nursing Concepts in Mental Health (with Clinical)||7|
|NRS 217/217C||RN Leadership and Capstone Clinical||9|
|BIO Quarter Credits||8|
|Nursing Quarter Credits||78|
|General Education Transfer Quarter Credits||24|
|Total Quarter Credits for the ADN Program||110|
A minimum of 75% of the DCN program courses must be earned at Denver College of Nursing.
Associate Degree in Nursing Requirements and Prerequisites
ADN Program Requirements
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (a grade of C or better, C- or below is not acceptable)or better in all prerequisite courses required.
- Have completed all prerequisites prior to the start date of their program.
- Prerequisite course work does not have to be completed at the time of application, however please be realistic about being able to complete all outstanding prerequisites before the start date of the program.
- Applicants will submit a one-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced, 12 point font) that addresses your professional goals, healthcare related work background and volunteer experience with their application. The content is the most important part of the statement; however it will be reviewed for writing style, syntax and grammar.
- Eligibility for all ADN programs is pending the successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check due five weeks before the start of the program. These are not required with the initial application.
- Eligibility for all ADN programs is pending the successful submission of all required immunizations records and completed “Fit For Practice” form. Applicants will receive more information on submitting these forms during the admissions interview if granted. These are not required with the initial application.
- Applicants must have the ability to meet all the requirements for licensure and the physical, psychological and emotional standards established by the Colorado Nurse Practice Act and the State Board of Nursing.
- Applicants must have the ability to become certified in CPR. This is not required with the initial application.
- DCN is not eligible to accept international students at this time.
- ADN applicants who appear best qualified for the program will be contacted for an application interview and testing. In state students will have the interview and be set up to return within 3 weeks to take the entrance exam. In state students will be loaned a study guide for the exam. Out of state applicants typically will buy a study guide, come to Denver for the interview and take the entrance exam the next morning.
- Applicants that have already graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college do not have to take the HESI A2 entrance exam.
Important note: This program has an admissions process where students are selected based on a number of factors including personal statement, previous health care and or volunteer experience and cumulative / science GPA (acceptance is not based solely on GPA).
ADN Program Prerequisites
Applicants must successfully complete 24 credits of post-secondary coursework, with a GPA of 2.0 (a grade of C or better, C- or below is not acceptable) or better for the courses noted below:
|Course Name||Semester Credits|
|Anatomy & Physiology with labs||8|
|Intro into Algebra||3|
|Human Growth & Development||3|
|Total prerequisite credit hours||17|
Requirements Relevant to All Programs
Applicants who have completed courses that are different from, but are the equivalent of, those required for admission should submit transcripts and course descriptions for review by the Director of Nursing Education Programs.
NOTE: Anatomy & Physiology must have been taken within seven (7) years of start date at Denver College of Nursing.
Applicants who have completed courses that are different from, but are the equivalent to, those required for admission should submit official transcripts and course descriptions for review by the Dean of Nursing Education Programs or designee. In addition:
- Applicants that have not already graduated from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree have two opportunities to obtain a minimum of 75% on the HESI A2 English Composite Subscale (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar) and on the Math Subscale; and take the HESI A2 components utilized in the advising program
- Applicants that have already graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college do not have to take the HESI A2 entrance exam
- Successfully complete Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology within seven (7) years of start date