Registered Nurse (RN)

Associate in Science Degree: Nursing Education
Registered Nurse Program (Generic)

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) curriculum prepares entry-level Registered Nurses (RN) as providers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession. The curriculum respects the individuality of the student and aims to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills so that the graduate nurse is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduate nurses collaborate with members of the health care team, are effective communicators, are politically aware, and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Program Prerequisites

Prerequisites in this program will be enforced. All program prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. In addition, the combined grade-point average for prerequisites must be 2.5 or higher.

Course #Course NameUnits
 Biology 205 Microbiology5.0
Biology 230
Human Anatomy4.0
Biology 235
Human Physiology4.0

Sample Curriculum Plan

Course#Course Name Units
Semester I
NE 140 Foundations of Nursing
NE 141 Pharmacology for Nursing
NE 142 Medical/Surgical Nursing I
NE 143Pharmacology for Nursing II (elective)
Semester II
NE 144 Medical/Surgical Nursing II
NE 145 Pharmacology for Nursing III (elective)
NE 146 Maternal Child Health Nursing
NE 147 Pharmacology for Nursing IV (elective)
Semester III
NE 240 Medical/Surgical Nursing III
NE 241 Pharmacology for Nursing V
NE 242 Mental Health and Gerontological Nursing
NE 243Pharmacology for Nursing VI (elective)
Semester IV:
NE 244 Medical/Surgical Nursing IV
NE 245 Pharmacology for Nursing VII (elective)
NE 246 Leadership in Nursing

It is strongly recommended that all of the general education requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) be completed prior to admission to the nursing education program. Please refer to the SDCC Catalog for specific course options and consult with a counselor (619-388-3540).

Program Prerequisites

Course# Course Name Units
BIOL 205 General Microbiology
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy
BIOL 235 Human Physiology

Courses Required for the Major

Course#Course Name Units
ENGL 101 Reading and Composition
PSYC 101 General Psychology
COMS 103Oral Communication or
COMS 135 Interpersonal Communication
 ANTH 103Introduction to Cultural
Anthropology or
 SOCO 101Principles of Sociology or 
 SOCO 110Contemporary Social Problems 3
 NRSE 140Foundations of Nursing 4.5
 NRSE 141Pharmacology for Nursing 1
 NRSE 142Medical Surgical Nursing I 4.5
 NRSE 144Medical Surgical Nursing II 4.5
 NRSE 146Maternal-Child Health Nursing 4.5
 NRSE 240Medical/Surgical Nursing III 4.5
 NRSE 242Mental Health & Gerontological
 NRSE 244Medical Surgical Nursing IV 4.5
 NRSE 246Leadership in Nursing 4.5
  Total Units

Recommended electives: Nursing 108, 143, 145, 147, 206, 241, 243, 245, 270.

Award Notes: The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires 6 units of Communication, verbal, written and group; satisfied by ENGL 101 and SPEE 103; and 16 units of Natural, Behavioral and Social sciences; satisfied by the BIOL 205, 230 and 235 prerequisites, PSYC 101 & ANTH 103 or SOCO 101 or 110.

*It is strongly recommended that part or all of the general education requirements (including Humanities, 2 Physical Education activity and American Institutions courses) be completed prior to admission to the nursing education program.

last updated: 5/14/2014