Associates Degree in Nursing Program

ADN Program

Program Description

Meridian West Central College School of Nursing prepares learners to become nurses who as contributing members of the health team, providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about health conditions and issues, and providing emotional support and advice to patients and their families.

Learners are prepared for entry-level practice as a nurse to work in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, care clinics, and long term care. As we prepare you to practice with competence, confidence, and compassion, the college core focus is your success.

Program Objectives

The graduate of the ADN Nursing Program will be able to:

  1. Perform nursing duties within legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice according to prevailing regulations.
  2. Apply evidence-based knowledge from nursing and the basic biological, physical, social, behavioral, and technological sciences to support clinical decision-making and to provide accurate, safe nursing care in diverse settings.
  3. Apply principles of microbiology, nutrition, and pharmacology to support clinical decision- making and to provide accurate and safe nursing care in diverse settings.
  4. Utilize the nursing process and collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to promote achievement of identified client outcomes.
  5. Provide accurate, safe nursing care when implementing the prescribed treatment regimen to assist clients/families in coping/adapting to changes in health status and health deviation to promote self-care and continuity of care within and across healthcare settings.
  6. Assist the client when making healthcare decisions to achieve optimal level of functioning or end-of-life decisions to attain a peaceful, dignified death according to the client’s emotional, cultural, religious, and spiritual needs.
  7. Demonstrate caring behaviors in interactions with clients, significant support persons, and other members of the healthcare team.
  8. Utilize effective communication in interactions with the client, significant support persons, and members of the healthcare team.
  9. Collaborate with the client, significant support persons, and other healthcare team members to achieve desired client outcomes using available resources and services to provide safe, cost-effective care.
  10. Participate in lifelong learning and professional and healthcare advancement.

Criteria for application and entrance requirements with a minimum 2.0 college GPA and minimum 2.50 GPA for nursing curriculum courses. Clinical experience will be in extended care, acute care, and community agencies where students learn the holistic practice of nursing. In order to progress into program, graduate, and be eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse, including taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), you must attain a grade of "C+" or better in all courses, nursing and non-nursing that are a part of the program. To learn more about the role of the registered nurse, please visit or vision series.


To receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing, students must complete the required credits in their major. This degree program can be completed in two or three years.

Entrance Requirements

Candidates that successfully complete the requirements listed above must submit the following to be considered for enrollment (all at applicant’s expense).

Graduation Requirements

An Associate Degree in Nursing will be issued to each student who successfully completes the program and satisfies all the graduation requirements for Nursing.

ADN Nursing Program Milestones

  1. Purpose
    • To guide students through the process to fulfill program and graduation requirements in a timely manner.
  2. Policy
    • During progression through the program, students complete basic requirements, including regular contact with assigned program advisor, program study and implementation of clinical requirements, admission to the college, transfer of outside credit, and application for graduation upon program completion.
  3. Procedure
    1. Students must be admitted to the ADN Nursing degree program (transitional/bridge option) at Meridian West Central College.
    2. Students must begin Developmental coursework in the first semester in advance or prior attending Meridian West Central College.
    3. Students must complete at least six degree-applicable credits with a C+ or better each fall and spring semester.
    4. Students must complete their MWCC Nursing Prerequisites with a grade of C+ or better by completion of the ADN Nursing program. The Meridian West Central College Nursing Prerequisites are as follows:
      1. Anatomy and Physiology I
      2. Anatomy and Physiology II
      3. Microbiology
      4. Chemistry
      5. English Composition
      6. Intro to Philosophy
      7. Nursing Math/College Algebra
    5. Students must maintain a 2.85 GPA and:
      1. Remain in good standing in the ADN Nursing program at Meridian West Central College.
      2. Complete all courses (Nursing Prerequisites, Meridian West Central College Core, Nursing Program courses, and electives) with a C+ or better.
    6. Students must take and pass the NCLEX examination upon completion of their ADN Nursing program at Meridian West Central College.
    7. After completion of their ADN degree, students must complete any remaining Meridian West Central College Core requirements at Meridian West Central College.
    8. At least 30+ credits must be taken in degree status at Meridian West Central College.

This program has additional requirements for admission. Students must meet with a Meridian West Central College SON Advisor before signing the admission enrollment agreement.

All nursing prerequisite courses must be completed prior to graduation from the ADN Nursing program at Meridian West Central College. To minimize the time needed to earn the ADN, the Core elective requirements should be completed prior to starting the Co-enrollment program but is not required. Upon graduating from an unencumbered LPN-Nursing program, students must complete all required prerequisites, core, or elective courses at Meridian West Central College.


Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Semester I
BSC 201 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 201L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
ENC 101 English Composition 3
MAC 101 College Algebra 3
PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
CSC 0001 College Success Course 0
HUN 200 Nutrition for Health Care Professionals 2
Semester II
BSC 202 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 202L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
MCB 201 Microbiology 3
MCB 201L Microbiology Lab 1
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
CHM 101 General Chemistry 3
CHM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1
Semester III
NUR 103 Nursing Math & Pharmacology 3
NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing 3
NUR 101L Fundamentals of Nursing Lab 2
NUR 202 Concepts in Adult Health Care I 4
NUR 202CL Concepts in Adult Health Care I Clinical Simulation 3
Semester IV
NUR 203 Concepts in Adult Health Care II 3
NUR 203CL Concepts in Adult Health Care II Clinical Simulation 3
NUR 204 Obstetrical and Pediatric Nursing Care I 3
NUR 204C Obstetrical and Pediatric Nursing Care I Clinical 3
NUR 204L Obstetrical and Pediatric Nursing Care I Clinical Simulation 1
NUR 207 Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing 3
Semester V
NUR 102 Behavioral Theories in Nursing 3
NUR 102C Behavioral Theories in Nursing Clinical 2
NUR 206 Nursing Leadership 4
NUR 206C Nursing Leadership Clinical 1
NUR 205 Community Health Nursing 2
NUR 205C Community Health Nursing Clinical 2
NUR 407 Exit & Licensure Preparatory Course (NCLEX Review) 2
Total ADN Program Courses 77