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Associate Degree Nursing

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.

Career Outlook

Seven of the ten fastest growing careers are in healthcare, with Registered Nurses in especially high demand.  The program also offers two advanced placement options; PN to RN and Paramedic to RN.

Job Options

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Home Health Nursing
  • Legal Nurse Consulting
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Parish Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Travel Nurse

Average Salary

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (BLS)
    • $45,710/YR
    • $21.98/HR 
  • Registered Nurse (BLS)
    • $73,550/YR
    • $35.36/HR
Minimum GPA

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater in the Associate Degree Nursing general education courses by the published deadline date for submitting complete program checklists to the Admissions Office. Applicants not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements will not be reviewed by the program area for admission

Essential Skills

Below are examples of physical and emotional activities, which a student in our Allied Health programs must be able to perform for the successful completion of the program. If an applicant believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, the applicant should consult Counseling and Career Services.

  • Critical Thinking: Allied Health students shall possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
    • Ex.  Students must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop or participate in the development of nursing care plans.
  • Ethical Behavior: Allied Health students will provide services with respect for human dignity and uniqueness of the client unrestricted by consideration of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
    • Ex. Students will care for clients assigned regardless of race, religion, or diagnosis.  
  • Legal Behavior: Allied Health students will provide care within the scope of practice as stated in the NC Nursing Practice Act or guidelines for Respiratory Therapy, Radiography and Surgical Technology.
    • Ex. Students in the nursing program will learn to assess the patient’s physical and mental health.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Allied Health students shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of psychosocial cultural backgrounds.
    • Ex. Students shall establish rapport with clients and health care team members.
  • Communication Skills: Allied Health students shall possess communication abilities sufficient for verbal and nonverbal interaction with others.
    • Ex.  Students shall be able to explain treatment procedures to clients/family, document client responses, and report to others responses to nursing care
  • Mobility: Allied Health students shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, standing and walking for extensive periods of time.
    • Ex. Students will be able to move around in client’s room, move from room to room, move in small work areas, and administer CPR.
  • Motor Skills: Allied Health students shall possess gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
    • Ex. Students shall be able to calibrate equipment, position clients, administer injections, and insert catheters.
  • Hearing Skills: Allied Health students shall possess auditory ability sufficient to monitor health needs and collect data.
    • Ex. Students shall be able to hear alarms, listening to heart and breath sounds, and hear a cry for help.
  • Visual Skills: Allied Health students shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and data collection.
    • Ex. Students shall be able to observe color of skin and read scale on a syringe.
  • Tactile Skills: Allied Health students shall possess tactile ability sufficient for data collection.
    • Ex. Students shall be able to detect pulsation and feel skin temperature.
  • Weight-bearing: Allied Health students shall possess the ability to lift and manipulate/move 40- 50 pounds. Example: Students shall be able to move equipment, position patients.
Admission
  1. Admission to all RCC Health Science programs is a competitive process. Applicants are evaluated based upon the following factors: academic performance, references and academic degrees.
  2. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater in the Associate Degree Nursing general education courses by the published deadline date for submitting complete program checklists to the Admissions Office. Applicants not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements will not be reviewed by the program area for admission. For the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the GPA calculation will be based upon grades earned in the following courses: BIO 168, BIO 169, CHM 151 or CHM 131/CHM 131A, ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 150, PSY 241, Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (ART 111, MUS 110 or MUS 112, ENG 231, PHI 215, or PHI 240 (PHI 240- Introduction to Ethics preferred).
  3. A point system is followed to evaluate health science program applications. Applicants earn points based upon academic performance, references and academic degrees. Point distribution is outlined on the program checklist.
  4. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Points will be distributed as outlined in the TEAS Point Sheet.  Additional study materials and practice tests can be accessed at http://www.mometrix.com/academy/teas-test/.
  5. Complete the Health Science Admission Checklist packet by the specific deadline. Official Associate Degree Nursing Admission Checklists may be obtained in Admissions.
  6. Students must be able to fulfill all essential functions as outlined in the health sciences admission policy.
  7. Provisionally accepted students must submit a criminal background check, drug screening and medical review/screen to include physical examination and immunizations. All fees associated with the criminal background check, drug screen and medical review will be the responsibility of the student.
  8. Provisionally accepted students previously enrolled in any other  Nursing programs must submit a letter from the program director.
  9. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials and to stay current with the program requirements, policies and procedures.

Interested applicants should contact The Office of Admissions. 

Accreditation

The Robeson Community College Associate Degree Nursing holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) programs are designed to provide entry-level employment training and range from 64 to 76 semester hour credits. A full-time student can typically complete one of these programs within two years. All two-year degree programs at RCC comply with the program standards established by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). In addition to major course work, associate in applied science degree programs require a minimum of 15 semester hour credits of general education.

Associate Degree Nursing (AAS)

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.

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  • LPN To RN Advanced Placement: Advanced placement in Associate Degree Nursing program is a competitive process and based on the space available in the Nursing program

  • Paramedic to RN: This program is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care.

Associate Degree Nursing Application | Fall 2019 Enrollment

Associate in General Education Nursing

The Associate in General Education (AGE)-Nursing is designed for students who wish to begin their study toward the Associate in Nursing degree and a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing as based on Blocks 1 through 3 of the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina’s Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs and the North Carolina Community College Associate Degree Nursing Programs which was approved by the State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors in February 2015. The AGE-Nursing shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses.

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DR. MEEKINS, EVA

Director | Building 17, 1703B 
Email: emeekins@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3398

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BRITT, MELISSA

Instructor | Building 17, 1709B 
Email: mbritt@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3410

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GERALD, CHERIE

Instructor | Building 17, 1718B 
Email: cgerald@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3401

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LOCKLEAR, VICTORIA

Instructor | Building 17, 1712B 
Email: vlocklear@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3385

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OXENDINE, TERRI

Instructor | Building 17, 1716B 
Email: teoxendine@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3317

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OXENDINE, FELECIA

Secretary | Building – 17 
Email: foxendine@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3395

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OXENDINE, CARLA

Nursing Instructor | Building – 17 
Email: caoxendine@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3396

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TAYLOR, KASEY

Nursing Instructor | Building – 17 
Email: ktaylor@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3402

Fall ’19 Information Session

  • Thursday, September 19
    • Building 17, Health Sciences Room, 1726A,  3 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14
    • Building 17, Health Sciences Room, 1726A,  3 p.m.

Spring ’20 Information Session

  • Thursday, February 20
    • Building 17, Health Sciences Room, 1726A,  3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2
    • Building 17, Health Sciences Room, 1726A,  3 p.m.

Summer ’20 Information Session

  • Thursday, June 4
    Building 17, Health Sciences Room, 1726A,  3 p.m.

All program options will be covered during the one Information Session, so there’s no need to attend multiple days. Tell us you are coming on Facebook