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Nursing (ADN) - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.20564

The ADN program prepares you to function effectively as a member of the health care team. This program requires a strong commitment to critical thinking, team collaboration, leadership, and development of sound clinical knowledge and skills. As a graduate nurse, you will be qualified for employment in structured settings: for example, acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, and clinics. Upon successfully completing this program, you are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure exam. This Delta College program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; ph: 404-975-5000 , and approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

You must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following core courses for the program in order to qualify for validation.

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 152W4Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W4Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
OR ______________
BIO 240(4)Human Anatomy AND ______________
BIO 241(4)Physiology ______________
BIO 203W4General Microbiology ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
LW 2223The Science of Nutrition and Exercise ______________
MTH 1170/2Math for Allied Health ______________
PHL 215W3Health Care Ethics OR ______________
PHL 230W(2)Bioethics for Nursing ______________
PHM 2853Pharmacology for Health Care Professionals ______________

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
PSY 211W4General Psychology ______________
SOC 211W3Principles of Sociology ______________

Basic Program Requirements - Full-time ADN Track: Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the "Validation Application" and be officially validated. See Validation Procedure in this catalog for the required process.

RN Full-time Semester 1:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NUR 101AW3.5Nursing Fundamentals ______________
NUR 101ALW1.5Nursing Fundamentals Lab ______________
NUR 101BW2Care of the Aging Adult ______________
NUR 101BLW2Care of the Aging Adult Lab ______________

RN Full-time Semester 2:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NUR 115W2Maternity Nursing ______________
NUR 115LW1Maternity Nursing Lab ______________
NUR 116W2Pediatric Nursing ______________
NUR 116LW1Pediatric Nursing Lab ______________
NUR 119W2Mental Health Nursing ______________
NUR 119LW1Mental Health Nursing Lab ______________

RN Full-time Semester 3:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NUR 240W4.7Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client ______________
NUR 240LW4.3Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client Lab ______________

RN Full-time Semester 4:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NUR 250W4Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum ______________
NUR 250LW5Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum Lab ______________

Basic Program Requirements Part-time ADN Track: Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the "Validation Application" and be officially validated. See Validation Procedure in this catalog for the required process.

RN Part-time Semester 1:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NPT 102AW3.7Nursing Fundamentals ______________
NPT 102ALW2.3Nursing Fundamentals Lab ______________

RN Part-time Semester 2:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NPT 102BW3.7Care of the Aging Adult and Mental Health Patient ______________
NPT 102BLW2.3Care of the Aging Adult & Mental Health Patient Lab ______________

RN Part-time Semester 3:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NPT 115W2Maternity Nursing ______________
NPT 115LW1Maternity Nursing Lab ______________
NPT 116W2Pediatric Nursing ______________
NPT 116LW1Pediatric Nursing lab ______________

RN Part-time Semester 4:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NPT 260AW4Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client A ______________
NPT 260ALW2Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client Lab A ______________

RN Part-time Semester 5:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NPT 260BW4Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client B ______________
NPT 260BLW2Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client B ______________

RN Part-time Semester 6:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NPT 270W1Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum Lab ______________
NPT 270LW5Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum Lab ______________

72/76Total Credits Required For Associate Degree (full- Or Part-time)


1 - Students must have completed BIO 152 and BIO 153 or BIO 240 and BIO 241 within the past ten years. If this time period is exceeded, an approved biology course must be taken to refresh this content. Please see the nursing program coordinator to determine which course(s) must be taken. It is recommended that BIO 203 also be current within ten years.
2 - It is important that you check a semester ahead of time when you plan on validating for the nursing program to make sure course requirements have not changed. Updated information can be found through the nursing web page:, calling the Counseling Office (989-686-9330) or the Nursing Discipline Office (989-686-9500 or 989-686-9274).
3 - Prerequisite qualifications for validation are: (a) be admitted to Delta College, (b) provide official transcripts reflecting high school diploma or GED, and all other colleges or training institutions attended; completion of BIO 152, BIO 153, or BIO 240, BIO 241, ENG 111, and PHM 285 with a minimum grade of "B" (3.0); and completion of the remaining core courses with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade and a GPA in core courses of 2.5 or greater. All General Education courses must be taken prior to graduation from the program, but are not required for validation. If pursuing a BSN degree, PHL 215 is recommended.
4 - Due to limited capacity of clinical facilities and the specific requirements of the accreditation agencies, this Program is considered a “limited enrollment” program. You will be eligible to attempt to register for clinical courses only after successfully completing the prerequisite qualifications and receiving a “Semester and Year of Validation” from the Registrar's Office. You must attempt registration each semester the program is offered following validation until admission into the clinical portion of the program.
5 - Prior to entrance into the first clinical course, you must provide documentation of current or prior certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the State of Michigan or documentation of competency in basic nursing skills. This documentation must be submitted to the Nursing Discipline Office. Please refer to CNA Guidelines for Admission Into Nursing Programs on
6 - The Nursing Student Handbook contains additional information, requirements and specific program policies that you are required to comply with while enrolled in the nursing program. See Nursing Student Handbook. You must comply with all Nursing Program Policies.
7 - In addition to tuition and textbook costs, you must provide your own uniforms, clinic shoes, name tags and transportation to clinical agency settings, including possible parking charges. See for program costs.
8 - Program-Entry Health Requirements: You must submit an up-to-date complete physical examination report to the Nursing Office prior to entrance into the first clinical course. As a clinical student, you are required to have a TB skin test completed annually (A positive TB test will require a recent chest x-ray). The physical examination must confirm that you are free from communicable disease and capable of performing all the duties necessary for the safe care of patients. Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine immunization must be submitted with the physical exam form or you must submit a signed waiver form. For persons born after 1957, documentation of immunization for MMR must be provided. Evidence of current (within ten years) Tetanus immunization status is required. You must submit all up-to-date health requirements to the Nursing Discipline Office prior to entrance into the first clinical course. CPR Training: You must have a CPR card, which must remain current throughout the clinical program. A photocopy of your certificate must be turned in to the Nursing Discipline Office prior to the start of classes. The CPR certification must include one and two person rescuer, child and infant rescuer, airway obstruction relief, and use of AED. Students with expired CPR certification, TB test, and/or physical exam will not be allowed to attend clinical.
9 - Any student with a previous or current felony/misdemeanor conviction must inform the Nursing Program Coordinator of said conviction. Students should be aware that a felony/misdemeanor conviction may constitute grounds for ineligibility to sit for the Nursing Licensure examination. Students should be aware that the current licensure application form now requires that a criminal background check requiring fingerprinting be completed. Questions regarding licensure can be found at or be directed to the Michigan Board of Nursing at 517-335-0918.
10 - All entering nursing students must be fingerprinted as part of health care agency requirements. Students will complete and sign a release form allowing Delta College Public Safety to complete a background check. Information about this process will be provided to the student at orientation. Results of the background check will be secured and kept confidential, but may be shared with clinical agencies when requested or as otherwise required by law. If results indicate a felony/misdemeanor conviction, the Nursing Program Coordinator will discuss the findings and the process with the student. A felony/misdemeanor conviction may delay or end the student's nursing education, delay graduation, or change the curriculum from which the student may graduate.
11 - A student can achieve PNE program completion if NUR 240W, and NUR 240LW; or NPT 260AW, NPT 260ALW, NPT 260BW and NPT 260BLW are successfully completed.
12 - Full-time ADN track courses start each Fall and each Winter Semester with NUR 101AW. Part-time ADN Track courses start Fall semester only (NPT 102AW) with the program running year round. See website: for more information. A student who designates their ADN track of choice will remain in that track for validation. There will be some flexibility between tracks (Full-time or Part-time) once the student is in the clinical sequence, but the student will need to go through the Nursing Review Board for approval based on the seating availability (see Nursing Student Handbook:
13 - If a student in good standing or granted reentry into the program has a period of inactivity within a program track that exceeds 18 months, the student will need to revalidate for a program track and complete the entire clinical program.
14 - Also see "Dual Degrees."

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