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Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

DACC Nursing
Image of students in the lab.
ADN students gaining hands on experience.


The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at DACC affords students the opportunity to become Registered Nurses and members of a respected and rewarding profession. Nursing is a dynamic and exciting discipline offering not only the rewarding experiences of helping others achieve their health care goals, but also enabling the nurse to become a part of the rapidly advancing health delivery system of the future.


Offers basic nursing education to the unlicensed individual, or the student who has not completed any nursing coursework. The degree plan consists of 27- 35 semester credit hours of pre-requisite course work prior to program entry. A traditional student will spend four semesters, or 42-45 semester credit hours, of nursing coursework. This includes classroom, simulation and clinical learning experiences. Upon successful completion of all coursework and achievement of a passing score on the RN Exit exam chosen by the program, the student will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and will be eligible to take the NCLEX exam for RN Licensure.


Upon completion of all prerequisite courses and acceptance into the nursing program, four semesters of study prepare the new graduate for a career as an entry-level generalist Registered Nurse. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and become licensed Registered Nurses anywhere in the United States. Students should note, however, that program completion does not in and of itself guarantee licensure, which is a function of the various state boards of nursing.


After successful program completion and licensure as a Registered Nurse, DACC graduates are strongly encouraged to continue their professional growth and development through the pursuit of a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program. DACC has designed its ADN program to articulate directly with many RN-to-BSN programs.  Many of these programs are offered online allowing the student to work while completing the program.  These programs are typically one year in length.

The DACC nursing program philosophy embraces the concepts of caring and health and wellness while assisting adult learners to achieve their maximum educational potential through exposure to a variety of teaching and evaluation methods. Special emphasis is placed upon caring, the nursing process, critical-thinking, evidence-based practice, therapeutic communication, and the evolving teaching-learning process.

In order to participate in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program, the student must be capable of performing the following: 

Categories of Essential Functions

  • Observation
    • Visually discriminate incremental readings on various medical equipment
    • Visually discriminate between different colored objects
    • Discriminate between various auditory stimuli
  • Communication
    • Communicate effectively in English using verbal, nonverbal and written formats
    • Read and interpret the English language without assistance
    • Demonstrate computer literac
  • Motor
    • Stand for long periods of time
    • Lift 50 pounds
    • Perform patient care procedures with manual dexterit
  • Intellectual
    • Collect, interpret, and integrate information

Special Admission Criteria

 As a professional educational program, the ADN is a limited-entry program. To be considered for admission, students are required to successfully complete:

1) all prerequisites

2) the designated entrance exam

3) the student selection process.

Information on requirements, transfers, and deadlines for applications are available from the Health and Public Services Office (DAHL room 190), or by calling (575) 527-7735. Prior to the first day of classes, each student must submit documentation of the following: current immunizations, TB test, American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Workers. Drug screening is required upon acceptance into the program. Additional information regarding specific requirements is available from the Nursing Program Department.

ADN Prerequisites

The following must be completed before applying to the Nursing program: 

  • Admission to DACC
  • Completion of a state-approved nursing assistant program
  • Completion of all Core and Related Requirements listed in the program Content section

NOTE: Students will be responsible for knowing all the information contained in the related-requirement science courses of Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology, regardless of when these courses were taken. In the event that they were taken more than seven years prior to admission to the Nursing program, these courses must be repeated for credit.

Security Background Check

Prospective students are required to complete and pass a security background check in order to take clinical courses. Past criminal violations may prevent a student from completing the degree and gaining a nursing license or employment in the field.

Course fees

In addition to tuition, a fee of $250 is charged for each of the following courses: NURS 136, NURS 147, NURS 226, and NURS 236.