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Nursing Education

Associate Degree

Program Length: 28 months (may be completed in as little as 22 months)

Degree Overview

associate degree in nursing

Why Nursing?

Technological advances in patient care and an increasing emphasis on preventive care, as well as elderly care, is driving the need for registered nurses (RN). Graduates of accredited nursing education programs are needed to fill these positions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for RNs are expected to grow by 22% between 2008 and 2018—a much faster than average employment growth. You could be a part of this growth.

Associate Degree in Nursing Education (RN)

Registered Nurses (RNs) are expected to be knowledgeable, competent and compassionate workers. They need to do well in the classroom, work confidently in the real world and be able to compassionately care for their patients.

The Associate's Degree in Nursing Education (ADN) program is designed to give you these skills. It will teach you the knowledge to become a competent and accountable nurse in a variety of settings. This ADN program combines classroom theory, patient care simulation and skills labs, clinical experiences in hospitals, and more. Completion of both general education courses and nursing core courses are required for completion of this ADN program. Nurses that leave this program find jobs because they learn the intellectual know-how, real-life skills and compassion for others.

Students who wish to enter Stevens-Henager College's accredited ADN program need to meet certain requirements. Please visit our Admissions section below for more information about admissions requirements.

Accredited Nursing Program

The Associate Degree in Nursing Education (RN) program at the Ogden-West Haven campus is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326 P. 404-975-5000 F. 404-975-5020 Continued Accreditation status with warning.State Complaint Procedure Information

Nursing Careers

Over 2.5 million strong, nurses make up the largest workforce within the clinical healthcare industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Nursing careers offer a wide variety of roles and a broad scope of responsibility. There are many different types of nurses, and several differetnt wayts to obtain nursing careers.

Associate Degree in Nursing Education Salary

According to, graduates of accredited nursing programs, specifically Associate Degree in Nursing ADN programs, in Utah working as a Registered Nurse (RN) received starting salaries averaging $44,031 a year. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2008, registered nurses received a median salary of $62,450 a year. Many employers also offer flexible work schedules, child care, educational benefits, and bonuses.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at
** Registered Nurse (RN), Utah. Salary and Benefits Report. Retrieved on June 13, 2011 from

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
BIO 210 Introduction to Microbiology 4.0
CHE 110 Introduction to Chemistry 4.0
ENG 103 Writing 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
HEA 110 Pathophysiology 4.0
MED 203 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
MED 204 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
NUR 1119 Fundamentals in Nursing 12.0
NUR 1140 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 5.0
NUR 1150 Pediatric Nursing 6.0
NUR 2120 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 9.0
NUR 2121 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 9.0
NUR 2140 Mental Health Nursing 6.0
NUR 2220 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing 9.0
NUR 2221 Leadership & Management in Nursing 3.0
NUR 2250 Nursing Practicum 4.0
NUT 210 Basic Nutrition 4.0
PHR 108 Pharmacology 3.0
PSY 220 Psychology 4.0
SOC 220 Sociology 4.0

Course Description

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Computer Fundamentals

This course introduces the elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation design, Emphasis will be placed on the basic fundamentals of document creation, saving, and printing along with the more advanced concepts of presentation design.

Credits: 3.5

Introduction to Microbiology

An introduction to microorganisms, their biology,and their relationships to health, technology, and the environment, with practical applications.

Credits: 4.0

Introduction to Chemistry

Introduces the fundamentals of chemistry to students in the health sciences. Covers chemical measurements and calculations, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, states of matter, solutions, chemical equilibrium, acid-base systems, and introduces organic chemistry.

Credits: 4.0


Presents the fundamental principles of written communications, specifically, common business correspondence, reports, presentations, and minutes. Specific to this course is review of the steps necessary to produce effective written communication.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0


Studies pathophysiological etiology and mechanisms that cause disease and alter physiological control and function of organs and organ systems. Emphasizes the gross histopathological and physiological alterations that occur in various disease states.

Credits: 4.0

Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the first in a two course series addressing human anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body including but not limited to the muscle and skeletal systems, the nervous system, the reproductive system, the digestive system, and the endocrine system. Course includes basic organization and general plan of the body including cells, membranes, and tissues.

Credits: 4.0

Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is the second in a two-course series addressing human anatomy and physiology. The content of this course addresses the respiratory, nervous, cardiac, circulatory, integumentary, and urinary systems as well as fluid and electrolyte regulation.

Credits: 4.0

Fundamentals in Nursing

This two-module course deals with the care of the aging client, caring throughout the lifespan, and clients with special needs. The scientific and psychological basis of nursing practice is addressed. Nursing attributes such as health assessment, stress and coping, and basic nursing skills are emphasized. Students learn skills in oxygen therapy, post-surgical care, palliative care, orthopedic measures, and diagnostic procedures. Students develop skills to aid the patient in meeting basic human needs, including hygiene, comfort, and activity. Entry-level pharmacology, nutritional interventions, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and effective communication skills are incorporated into this four-module series and throughout the associate degree in nursing education program.

Credits: 12.0

Maternal-Newborn Nursing

This course encompasses the childbearing process from pre-conception through pregnancy, birth, post-partum, and the neonatal period. Course content progresses from normal pregnancy and birth to complications frequently encountered during pregnancy and the neonatal period. Skills in maternal/child nursing care in acute and community settings are emphasized.

Credits: 5.0

Pediatric Nursing

This two module course focuses on nursing care for the pediatric client from birth through adolescence. The content progresses from normal growth and development to complex nursing care situations encountered in the patient population. Skills in pediatric care in acute and community settings will be emphasized.

Credits: 6.0

Medical-Surgical Nursing I

This is part one of a two part course series covering critical concepts related to medical-surgical nursing. Topics include in-depth head-to-toe physical assessment, advanced pharmaceutical interventions, advanced medical-surgical care modalities, and other specialty care areas that address the care of the medical-surgical client. Upon completion students will be familiar with numerous common health problems and be able to describe the correlation of disease management through the collaborative approach of the nursing/medical team.

Credits: 9.0

Medical-Surgical Nursing II

This is part two of a two part course series covering critical concepts related to medical-surgical nursing. Topics include preventative health measure, health promotion, referral to community health resources, patient/family education, therapeutic/rehabilitative aspects, ethical issues, and critical thinking. Upon completion students will be familiar with the nursing process related to the care of adults experiencing medical-surgical conditions in the healthcare illness continuum.

Credits: 9.0

Mental Health Nursing

Building upon the foundations of psychosocial nursing, the nursing process is utilized as a systematic approach to therapeutic intervention with individuals adapting to stimuli that threaten psychological and social integrity. Therapeutic interventions aimed at promoting adaptation in the self-concept, role-function, and interdependence modes are introduced and refined. Concepts related to autonomy, diversity, values clarification and phenomenological reality of each individual are stressed.

Credits: 6.0

Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing

Clinical lab experiences for the application of the nursing process in the direct care of individuals are provided in a structured setting. Therapeutic interventions related to physiological integrity concepts are practiced. Skill development includes N/G tube insertion, care and removal of chest tubes, tracheotomy care and suctioning, central line care and removal. PICC line care, etc. Clinical experiences take place in acute care and emergency units.

Credits: 9.0

Leadership & Management in Nursing

This course focuses on leadership development for professional nursing practice. Topics include management theories, organizational structures, communication, team work, collaboration, conflict resolution, delegation, supervision, workforce motivation, and change processes. Upon completion students will be able to take part in building cultures of quality and safety in healthcare and managing fiscal resources for cost-effectiveness.

Credits: 3.0

Nursing Practicum

This clinical course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize the theory, skills, and general knowledge they have gained throughout their nursing program. It also acculturates the student nurse into the role of Registered Nurse. Students learn through full-time precepted practice in three different healthcare settings, one of which is home health.

Credits: 4.0

Basic Nutrition

This course focuses on increasing significance of nutrition in achieving and maintaining optimal health and well-being. Topics include nutrition basics, guidelines to dietary planning, nutrition care process, nutrition in the community, nutrition for weight management, and nutrition and disease.

Credits: 4.0


Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for safe and therapeutic drug therapy. Emphasis is placed on drug identification and classification, pharmacological actions, side effects, appropriate dosing and calculations, drug interactions, basic treatments used by the nurse, guidelines for use of drugs, as well as the legal and ethical considerations of pharmacology.

Credits: 3.0


Explores the aims and methods of psychology. Concepts covered in the course include human behavior, learning theories, memory, and human development.

Credits: 4.0


This course addresses the relationships among different social institutions. It examines the dynamics in social groups. Topics covered include the concepts of control, inequity, and change within social groups.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 21Total Credits: 109.5

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Utah Locations: Ogden / West Haven

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