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Johnnie Bratton


Dorothy Yates
Limited Enrollment Specialist
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* This program is financial aid eligible.

Associate Degree Nursing

Long Term

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

Course work 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.

Graduates of this program 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.

The Associate Nursing program at Durham Technical Community College, located in Durham, North Carolina that is in accordance with ACEN records is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.

Clinical and classroom experiences represent an integrated approach, with the student moving from simple to complex nursing concepts and skills. Each course builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses. The classroom portion of the program is taught during the day. Clinical experiences are designed to match the didactic portion of the course(s) and allow for the student to apply skills obtained. These experiences vary depending on clinical site availability, which includes, days, nights, or weekend shifts and anywhere from 6 to 12-hour clinical shifts. Clinical site rotations are assigned to assist the student in gaining a wide variety of educational opportunities.

A new student may enroll in the fall semester. Students are required to have CPR certification and be a certified Nursing Assistant I before entering the first nursing course. Students who are licensed as a Practical Nurse may be enrolled as an advanced-standing student. Program graduates are awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Learn more about the program and student achievement outcomes.

How to Apply

Program applications are accepted November 1– February 1.

Before you Apply

Students are required to attend an information session before applying (see Upcoming Events below).

View the Admissions Checklist and Essential Skills form.

Apply to the College

New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should apply to the College choosing the Health and Wellness Enrollment Steps.

Apply to the Nursing Program

Students who are currently enrolled and have completed all of the nursing program admission requirements (view the Admissions Checklist), should apply to the ADN Nursing program during the application period using the online Health and Wellness Admissions Application.

Note: Score results for the ATI TEAS must be from an in-person site. Online test scores will not be accepted.

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Credit Hours



Main Campus

First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG-011 Writing and Inquiry Support 2
NUR-111 Introduction to Health Concepts 8
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Suggested Paths

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“I love the variety of clinical locations and I have experienced in the ADN program. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many hospitals in the area. This degree will provide me a solid foundation to a lifelong career that I am passionate about. I will forever be grateful to Durham Tech and the faculty that encouraged and supported me along the way.”

—Chelsea Searle