Program Description

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and abilities 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.

Coursework 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.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Craven Community College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-909-2487.

This program is approved by the NC Board of Nursing (NCBON) and graduates 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.

Admission Criteria –2023 Fall Admission

Nursing is a selective admission program. Selective admission into A45110 (Associate in Applied Science, Nursing) or D45660 (Practical Nursing), requires adherence to the program of study by successfully completing all courses as outlined for progression throughout the curriculum. Please refer to the Nursing Handbook for admission, progression, and graduation requirements. See the “Admissions” and “Tuition” sections of this Catalog regarding general college admission procedures and fees. Also, in the Admissions section, see the heading titled “Limited Admission Programs: Health Programs” for information about deadlines and processes for admission. The following are a few special requirements for entry to the nursing program:

  • Math high school GPA must be 2.8 or higher within 10 years of enrollment at Craven CC or complete all developmental requisites to be eligible for MAT 110 & BIO 168.
  • English high school GPA must be 2.8 or higher within 10 years of enrollment at Craven CC or complete all developmental requisites to be eligible for ENG 111.
  • Students are encouraged to complete general college courses prior to entering the nursing program. For all required support courses (general education) within the Nursing curriculum, a minimum of a “C” must be obtained in order to progress through the Nursing program. NUR courses have a minimum requirement of “B.”
  • Student must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5. GPA is not rounded.
  • Student must be a graduate of an accredited/registered high school or a recognized equivalency such as a GED diploma.
  • All applicants must currently be listed on the NC registry as a CNAI.
  • Advanced standing (transition) students who have an LPN license in North Carolina, successfully complete NUR 214, and meet all admission criteria will have NUR 111, NUR 112 and NUR 114 waived. Upon successful completion of NUR 214, transition students are enrolled in the 3rd semester of the ADN program.
  • Physical examinations, immunizations and background checks are digitally managed with an online service. After a student is accepted into the nursing program, they will be provided with directions on how to access this service and will be responsible for any costs associated.
  • The physical examination must be completed within 12 months prior to enrollment utilizing the form provided by the online service.
  • Immunizations are required of all nursing students in order to be in compliance with clinical sites utilized during the program. Students with current medical conditions that certain immunizations may be contraindicated, should consult with their healthcare provider and provide appropriate documentation for consideration by the clinical site(s).
  • Prior to the student’s participation in the clinical component of the nursing programs, the clinical sites require drug testing. Students are also required to have a statewide criminal background check for the past seven years and a national sex offender database search. The clinical sites have the right to deny student access based on criminal background check results. This denial would result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the program. Inability to complete the clinical portion of a course will prevent the student from progressing within the program.

Students who:

  • Present physical or emotional problems which conflict with the safety essential to nursing practice and do not respond to treatment or counseling within a time frame that enables meeting program objectives; or
  • Demonstrate behavior which conflicts with the safety essential to nursing practice; or
  • Fail to demonstrate professional behavior, including honesty, integrity, and appropriate use of social media, while in the nursing program of study;

will be removed from direct patient care and will be scheduled for a conference with a faculty member and the Director of Nursing Programs. The consequence will be determined by the severity of the lack of adherence to nursing standards as determined by the faculty and the Director of Nursing Programs. Any of the above infractions may be grounds for dismissal from the nursing program. If dismissed, the student will receive a grade of “D” for the course in which they are enrolled, and will be ineligible for re-entry into the nursing programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Practice professional nursing behavior incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Integrate knowledge of holistic needs of individuals to provide individualized assessments.
  • Incorporate informatics to mitigate error and formulate evidence-based clinical judgments and management decisions.
  • Implement safe, caring interventions incorporating documented best practices for individuals in diverse settings.
  • Develop a teaching plan for individuals and/or the nursing team, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary health care team to advocate for positive individualized and organizational outcomes using knowledge, skills, and attitudes for continuous improvement and quality.
  • Manage health care for the individual using cost effective nursing strategies, critical thinking skills, nursing and quality improvement processes, and current technologies.
  • Evaluate nursing interventions and strategies, quality improvement processes, and technologies to ensure positive individual and organizational outcomes.
  • Take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include:

  • hospitals
  • long-term care facilities
  • clinics
  • physicians’ offices
  • industry
  • community agencies.

Transfer Opportunities

The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing is a degree leading to immediate job placement upon graduation. Students who complete their AAS degree at Craven Community College may transfer and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at a university.

Contact Information

Director of Nursing Programs

Health Programs Admission & Advising Coordinator
(252) 639-2025

Admissions Office

Degrees and Certificates