program overview

associate degree nursing

A male student wearing medical scrubs practices using a stethoscope on a female student while she lays on a gurney.

* this program is financial aid eligible.
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.

accreditation commission for education in nursing (acen)
3390 peachtree road ne, suite 1400 
atlanta, georgia 30326 

clinical and classroom experiences represent an integrated approach, with the student moving from simple to complex nursing concepts and skills. each course builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses. the classroom portion of the program is taught during the day. clinical experiences are designed to match the didactic portion of the course(s) and allow for the student to apply skills obtained. these experiences vary depending on clinical site availability, which includes, days, nights, or weekend shifts and anywhere from 6 to 12-hour clinical shifts. clinical site rotations are assigned to assist the student in gaining a wide variety of educational opportunities.

a new student may enroll in the fall semester. students are required to have cpr certification and be a certified nursing assistant i before entering the first nursing course. students who are licensed as a practical nurse may be enrolled as an advanced-standing student. program graduates are awarded the associate in applied science degree.

learn more about the program and student achievement outcomes.

how to apply:

program applications are accepted november 2– february 1.

  1. before you apply: students are required to attend an information session before applying (see upcoming events below).
  2. view the admissions checklist and essential skills form.
  3. apply to the college: new students who are not currently enrolled at durham tech should use the green button below to apply to the college and choose health tech students then steps to apply.
  4. apply to the nursing program: students who are currently enrolled and have completed all of the nursing program admission requirements, should apply to the associate degree nursing (adn) program using the adn program admissions application.

please note the following change to the application process for the associate degree nursing and lpn to adn transition programs:

  1. for admissions into the summer 2020 cohort (lpn to adn transition students) or fall 2020 (adn students): the minimum teas composite score is 65%. however, for this application period, a minimum teas composite score of 60% to 64.9% will be accepted if it was taken within the past 3 years of the application date (i.e. taken after february 1, 2017).
  2. for admissions into the summer 2021 cohort (lpn to adn transition students) or fall 2021 (adn students): the minimum teas composite score is 65%.

all other application requirements and procedures remain the same.

if you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the information, you may contact donna alston. for specific questions about the program, please contact johnnie bratton,  program director.

fall application deadline is feb 01

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)

credit hours



main campus, occ, online

program stats

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average salary

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average class size


estimated completion time

18-19 months
archery target

licensure pass rate


upcoming program events

current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
bio-168 anatomy and physiology i 4
bio-169 anatomy and physiology ii 4
bio-271 pathophysiology 3
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
nur-112 health-illness concepts 5
nur-114 holistic health concepts 5
nur-212 health system concepts 5
nur-213 complex health concepts 10
psy-150 general psychology 3
psy-241 developmental psychology 3
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“i love the variety of clinical locations and i have experienced in the adn program. we are lucky to be surrounded by so many hospitals in the area. this degree will provide me a solid foundation to a lifelong career that i am passionate about. i will forever be grateful to durham tech and the faculty that encouraged and supported me along the way.”

—chelsea searle