Nursing

Associate Degree
10-543-1

The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares nurses to function with the knowledge, skill and judgment of beginning staff nurses in a variety of health care settings. The Associate Degree Program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). For more information about this accreditation contact:

ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone (404) 975-5000
Fax (404) 975-5020
http://www.acenursing.org

Graduates are eligible to apply to the Wisconsin Board of Nursing to take the examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. State Administrative Code rules state that a graduate may have difficulty obtaining a license with an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to nursing practice. The Coordinator of the program is available to discuss concerns in this area.

Students may apply for testing for licensure as L.P.N. (Licensed Practical Nurse) after successfully completing all courses through the second semester. L.P.N.’s entering into the ADN program may receive credit for past clinical education based on their current knowledge, skills and judgment. In order to help L.P.N.’s be program ready, they will need to take the Nursing Bridge course before entering third semester. Re-entry, transfer, and LPN students must contact the counseling office for information about entry to the nursing program. Acceptance to the program will be based upon space availability and approval of the nursing faculty.

Program Outcomes

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and quality care.
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
  • Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making.
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings.
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the health care team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness.
  • Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

Graduates may work as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse in a variety of settings including acute care, long term care, or some community settings.

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
543-101 Nursing Fundamentals 2
543-102 Nursing Skills 3
543-103 Nursing Pharmacology 2
543-104 Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice 2
801-195 Written Communication 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
809-188 Developmental Psychology 3
 Credits19
Semester 2
543-105 Nursing Health Alterations 3
543-106 Nursing Health Promotion 3
543-107 Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan 2
543-108 Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt 2
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3
806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 4
 Credits17
Semester 3
543-109 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 1 3
543-110 Nsg: Mental Health Comm Con 2
543-111 Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice 3
543-112 Nursing Advanced Skills 1
806-197 Microbiology 4
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
999-997 Elective 2
 Credits18
Semester 4
543-113 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 2 3
543-114 Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts 2
543-115 Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice 3
543-116 Nursing Clinical Transition 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
999-999 Elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits70

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-196Oral/Interpersonal Communication3
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
806-179Advanced Anatomy and Physiology4
806-197Microbiology4
809-188Developmental Psychology3
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Nursing Career Path (PDF).