Nursing A.A.S. (ADN)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

The Nursing Associate Degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission For Education In Nursing Inc. (ACEN).  

The Associate Degree Nursing program maintains full approval status with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Please Note: This program is selective. Any student interested in becoming a candidate for this program must complete the requirements found in the following documents. You will need Adobe Reader to view and print the PDF document.

National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) 10/01/2017 - 09/30/2018 Pass Rates for the Nursing Programs at Lehigh Carbon Community College
Pass RateAverage Pass RateAverage
RN / ADN program: For the report period noted, LCCC's ADN program had a pass rate of 86.2% PA: 91.10% U.S.:86.94%
2017-2018 NCLEX- RN pass rate: 86.2%
2016-2017 NCLEX- RN pass rate: 85.42%
2015-2016 NCLEX- RN pass rate: 77.14%
2014-2015 NCLEX- RN pass rate: 87.32%
2013-2014 NCLEX- RN pass rate: 83.05%

Admission to the ADN Program is selective due to the limited number of spaces available in courses that require clinical practice. Selection is based on an objective point system. All students who meet the admission criteria are ranked according to: Pre admission test results and previous academic achievement. Applicants will be awarded five points for each A grade; three points for each B grade and one point for each C grade. No points awarded for D and F grades. The cumulative score earned from completed course work is added to the overall ATI-TEAS score. Applications are rank ordered and the most qualified candidates are offered a seat for admission into the nursing program. ATI-TEAS is required. 
Register for the ATI-TEAS test ( view ATI-TEAS LCCC test dates).  Please note - LCCC testing dates are for applicants to our Healthcare Sciences programs.  We are not an open ATI-TEAS site.

The associate degree nursing program prepares graduates to deliver quality care to promote and/or maintain and restore health and well-being. Emphasis of this program will be educating persons to perform holistic nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

In addition to classroom instruction, students will receive clinical instruction. Persons who earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing must successfully complete the Virtual ATI NCLEX-RN review course to be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN). Success on this examination qualifies a nurse to practice as a registered/licensed nurse.

The program is provisionally approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga. 30326; 404-975-5000.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesize information from nursing, biological, social and behavioral sciences into the delivery of nursing care.
  • Promote, maintain and restore health integrity of assigned clients by utilizing evidence based practice, technology and resources for the achievement of quality patient/client outcomes.
  • Use the nursing process to provide safe, cost effective, quality care to individuals, families and communities across the lifespan.
  • Communicate therapeutically to ensure safe, quality care to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Provide inter-professional, evidence based care that is socially responsible, environmentally sound, and culturally/spiritually sensitive to diverse populations within select health care delivery systems.
  • Demonstrate accountability, advocacy and professionalism within the framework of legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession.
  • Develop attitudes, values and personal qualities that reflect a commitment to lifelong learning as a professional nurse and member of the health care team.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ADN 150 Introduction to Basic Human Needs 9
BIO 163 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester Total
 *With approval of Dean of Students or Director of Enrollment
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ADN 160 Meeting Adult Health Needs 8
BIO 164 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 145 Human Growth and Development – The Life Span 3
MAT 150
or MAT 121
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Mathematics for Allied Health
Semester Total 18
Summer Session
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ADN 173* Advanced Transition into Associate Degree Nursing 5
Semester Total
Either Third or Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ADN 205 Meeting the Expanding Family’s Needs 5
ADN 215 Meeting the Developing Family’s Needs 5
BIO 220 Introduction to Microbiology 4
SOC 150
or SOC 151
Introduction to Sociology
Modern Social Problems 
Semester Total 17
Either Third or Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ADN 225 Meeting Human Psychosocial Needs 5
ADN 235 Meeting Complex Adult Health Needs 5
ADN 245 Meeting the Changing Role in the Evolving Health Care System 2
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 3
 or ENG 111
Social Science/Humanities
Semester Total 18
Credit Total 72

Students may elect to study general education courses on a part-time basis; however, doing so does not guarantee admission to the ADN program.
To continue in the program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.20 and earn a C+ or better in all nursing courses. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in required general education requirements to graduate. Students who have earned a “D” or “F” or have withdrawn are readmitted on a space-available basis only. A student may repeat only one nursing course (prefix ADN) in which a “D” or “F” grade has been earned. Requirements of the program will be the requirements at the time of readmission.
*With approval of Dean of Students or Director of Registration/Student Records. **Prerequisite: BIO 163, BIO 164, PSY 140, ENG 105; Corerequisite: PSY 145, MAT 150.