What were/are your ADN classes?

  1. After reading so much on here about ADN vs BSN programs it sparked my curiosity...

    What did or does your ADN program offer for courses?

    I graduated last May from a 2(+) ADN program and my courses included:
    ~ A&P I&II (pre-rec)
    ~ Micro (pre-rec)
    ~ Biology (recommended pre-rec but needed prior to Micro )
    ~ Nutrition (recommended pre-rec)
    ~ Pharmacology (recommended pre-rec)
    ~ Medical Terminology (recommended pre-rec but added to Med Surg if you didn't have it...)
    ~ Med Surg
    ~ Fundamentals of Nursing
    ~ Medication Administration
    ~ Mental Health Nursing
    ~ Nursing Care of the Adult
    ~ Maternal Child (OB/PEDS)
    ~ Leadership & Management
    ~ Community Nursing
    ~ Communication
    ~ Culture of Professional Nursing

    No wonder my head was spinning! :spin: I didn't add the typical Associate Degree required courses such as: College Algebra, Sociology, Govn't, English etc... I am just curious about the actual Nursing program courses. I also didn't add the 'types' of clinical experiences covered either. But... we can do that too if ya'll want.

    rags
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    Specialty: PEDS ~ PP ~ NNB & LII Nursery

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  3. by   rags
    Is there perhaps a bette place to post this question?

    rags
  4. by   Tweety
    Maybe the student nurses section? Some of us are so old we don't remember, but current students might. LOL
  5. by   lizzyberry
    I will be in the program this september and I will be going to South Suburban College the website is www.southsuburbancollege.edu and go to the current students and then nursing adn program and then click on program on the nursing page and youll see the program courses. Are you working as an rn now what the schedule like? just wondering
  6. by   rags
    "Are you working as an rn now what the schedule like? just wondering"

    No. I am currently an RN. I was just curious about the differences in curriculum because of all the heated debates under this topic. I assumed my program was very similar to the all the others but after reading many MANY posts I am beginning to think perhaps I was wrong.

    To be completely honest what I found to be the spark to my interest was the mention of BSN programs offering classes that ADN programs don't. I was reading what these classes were and realized I had actually taken most of them. Or at least it seems I have... They have the same or similar course titles. Made me wonder if other ADN programs were geared in the same way or if mine was just a little more styled after a BSN program than most others. The University in our state does have a vested interest in the 2 year school I went to, so maybe that is why.

    Apparently I am just about the only one that really wonders about it. Thank you for the link, but I really am not interested in researching for a school to attend as I have already completed mine.

    rags
  7. by   jjjoy
    The nursing content of an ADN program and BSN program should be similar, shouldn't they? The question is what more is required to earn a bachelor's?

    We had to take an approved statistics course. I took biostatistics through the public health school. I don't know if ADN/ASN programs require stats or not. Oh yeah, and a research methods class focusing on nursing research.

    We also had to take at least 4 upper division approved non-nursing courses. I took developmental psychology, behavioral psychology, health institutions (sociology), and death and dying (an interdisciplinary offering). I don't remember what courses were most popular with my nursing student classmates. All very interesting and a nice change from hard core nursing classes. I suppose this type of course is part of the purported 'well-rounded'-ness of a bachelor's degree - though I'm not saying it makes for a better nurse - I'm not going there.

    I also received course credit as a student research assistant to a nurse researcher.

    Another class was an epidemiology course taught through the public health school but that might have been a requirement for state certification as a public health nurse.
    Last edit by jjjoy on Mar 13, '07
  8. by   rags
    "developmental psychology, behavioral psychology, health institutions (sociology), and death and dying (an interdisciplinary offering)"

    Those classes are different and sound very interesting. Even if I don't plan to go on to get my BSN (which I actually do, because some day I want to teach nursing when I am old and can't handle the long tough hours anymore)... I might take them anyway! Sound like they would be benificial to my career either way.

    Thank you for the wonderful post!

    rags
  9. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I am a nursing student in an ADN program, here are the classes we must take:

    Nursing I, IIa, IIb, and III

    Anatomy and Physiology I and II

    English Composition

    Introduction to Psychology

    Human Growth and Development: The Life Span

    Microbiology

    Math Elective

    English Elective

    PC Applications

    Contemporary Ethical Issues
    Last edit by AnnieOaklyRN on Mar 13, '07
  10. by   rags
    Your program swtooth, sounds similar to the one I attended with a few of the names of the courses different but most likely same style of content.

    What are the subjects covered in the nursing I, II, and III courses?

    Well rounded for a basics to function as a new nurse huh? I would imagine to get everything in as much detail as many of us would like it would actually take 10 years and who really wants to do that when we get so much more out of our education once we are actually practicing nurses!

    rags
  11. by   WolfpackRed
    this is the course curricula from durham tech cc in durham, nc.
    associate degree nursing day program (printable copy)
    effective fall semester 2006 - 20071
    (a45100) day program
    5 semesters
    hours
    class
    lab
    clinic
    credit
    1 - fall semester 2006
    bio 168
    anatomy and physiology i
    3
    3
    0
    4
    nur 110
    nursing i
    5
    3
    6
    8
    psy 150
    general psychology
    3
    0
    0
    3
    2 - spring semester 2007
    bio 169
    anatomy and physiology ii
    3
    3
    0
    4
    nur 120
    nursing ii
    5
    3
    6
    8
    nur 186
    clinical supplement
    0
    0
    3
    1
    psy 281
    abnormal psychology
    3
    0
    0
    3
    3 - summer term 2007
    nur 130
    nursing iii
    4
    3
    6
    7
    soc 210
    intro. to sociology
    3
    0
    0
    3
    4 - fall semester 2007
    bio 275
    microbiology
    3
    3
    0
    4
    eng 111
    expository writing*
    3
    0
    0
    3
    nur 210a
    nursing iv
    2.5
    1.5
    6
    5
    nur 210b
    nursing iv
    2.5
    1.5
    6
    5
    5 - spring semester 2008
    eng 112
    argument-based research
    3
    0
    0
    3
    nur 220
    nursing v
    4
    3
    15
    10
    humanities elective


    this is from wake tech cc in raleigh, nc:

    associate
    degree nursing
    [font=arial,arial]
    the associate degree nursing (non-integrated) curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
    courses will include content related to the nurse's role as provider of nursing care, as manager of care, as member of the discipline of nursing, and as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
    graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the national council licensure examination (nclex-rn), which is required for practice as a registered nurse. employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician's offices, industry, and community agencies.
    [font=arial,arial]associate degree nursing

    [font=arial,arial]general education courses

    [font=arial,arial]bio 165 anatomy and physiology i
    bio 166 anatomy and physiology ii
    eng 111 expository writing
    eng 112 argument-based research
    psy 110 life span development
    humanities/fine arts elective

    [font=arial,arial]major courses

    [font=arial,arial]bio 155 nutrition
    bio 175 general microbiology
    bio 271 pathophysiology
    nur 115 fundamentals of nursing
    nur 117 pharmacology
    nur 125 maternal-child nursing
    nur 133 nursing assessment
    nur 135 adult nursing i
    nur 185 mental health nursing
    nur 235 adult nursing ii
    [font=arial,arial]
    major electives
    [font=arial,arial]
    select 3 hours from the following courses
    [font=arial,arial]nur 116 nursing of older adults
    nur 188 nursing in the community

    [font=arial,arial]
    graduation requirements...................................... 74 credit hours

    this is from forsyth tech cc in winston salem, nc:

    [font=garamond-boldcondensed]
    associate degree nursing
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    [font=baskerville]

    [font=garamond-boldcondensed]
    associate in applied science
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]

    [font=garamond-boldcondensed]curriculum description

    [font=garamond-lightnarrow][font=garamond-boldcondensed]
    general education
    [font=garamond-boldcondenseditalic]
    required courses
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    eng 111 expository writing
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    eng 115 oral communication
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    psy 15
    [font=baskerville]0 [font=garamond-lightnarrow]general psychology[font=garamond-lightnarrow]

    [font=garamond-boldcondenseditalic]
    required subject area
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]biology
    bio 165 anatomy and
    physiology i
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    bio 166 anatomy and
    physiology ii
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]

    humanities/fine arts elective [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    (see your advisor for course list.)

    [font=garamond-boldcondensed]
    major courses
    [font=garamond-boldcondensed]
    core
    [font=garamond-boldcondenseditalic]
    required courses
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    nur 110
    [font=baskerville][font=garamond-lightnarrow]nursing i
    nur 120
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]nursing ii
    nur 130
    [font=baskerville][font=garamond-lightnarrow]nursing iii
    nur 210
    [font=baskerville][font=garamond-lightnarrow]nursing iv
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]nur 220[font=baskerville][font=garamond-lightnarrow]nursing v [font=baskerville]

    [font=garamond-boldcondensed]
    other major courses
    [font=garamond-boldcondenseditalic]
    required courses
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    nur 117 pharmacology
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    nur 244 issues and trends
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    psy 241 developmental psych
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]

    [font=garamond-boldcondenseditalic]
    required subject area
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]sacs computer option
    (select a course from the following.)
    cis 111 basic pc literacy
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]
    cis 113 computer basics
    [font=garamond-lightnarrow]

    [font=garamond-boldcondensed]
    total credit hours: 71-72
  12. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Nursing I = Orems theory, writing care plans , basic diseases and disorders. One clinical day and one lab day a week. I was lucky and go a tele floor for 15 weeks.

    Nursing IIa= Adult med surg, it is more in depth about diseases and disorders, also psychiatric disorders. 2 days a week in clinical with 10 weeks in med surg and 5 weeks in psych (hated the psych rotation).

    Nursing IIb= Pediatrics, maternity, and geriatrics. In depth lectures about diseases and disorders effecting pedi patients including the new born, geriatrics, and mommies . clinical 2 days a week. 5 weeks of pedi with one day in the NICU and another shadowing a school nurse, 5 weeks of maternity with one day attending a delivery and another with a home health nurse doing a well baby visit, and 5 weeks of geriatrics. I was lucky again and got a tele floor for my geriatric rotation.

    Nursing III = Lectures about diseases and disorders requiring total nursing care (wholey compensatory). 2 days of clinical with med surg. We got to choose our place for this last semester. It is seperated into 2, 7 weeks rotations. I am lucky enough that both are mine are in tele units, the first was on cardiac tele and my next rotation which starts in a week will be in a respiratory tele unit with some vented patients.

    THEN... GRADUATION :hatparty:


    Swtooth
    Last edit by AnnieOaklyRN on Mar 14, '07
  13. by   RN and Mommy
    Hmmm, let me think.

    Pre-reqs
    A&P 1 and 2
    MicroBiology
    Chemistry 1
    Organic Chemistry
    Algebra
    2 English Classes
    Ethics
    Religion
    Pharmacology
    I am sure there are more pre-reqs that I am forgetting

    Fundamentals of Nursing
    Geriatrics/Psych (Nursing Thru the Lifespan)
    OB/Peds (Nursing Thru the Lifespan)
    Complex Nursing
    *plus clinicals for each semester*
    Nursing Concepts 1-4
    Last edit by RN and Mommy on Mar 19, '07 : Reason: I remembered more
  14. by   rags
    It is looking to me like no matter the program they all are very similar and appear to be well rounded and apt for preparing the student to successfully pass the NCLEX as well as safely begin a nursing career.

    Thank you so much guys for the input. I really do appreciate it and realize that as with me, it's not exactly easy to remember all those courses we were required to take. Amazing how we can remember the content but the courses the information comes from begins to all blend together over time.

    rags

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