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Associate Degree in Nursing

Carrington’s Associate Degree in Nursing program prepares graduates to help the well-being of people in a fast-paced high-impact environment.
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Associate Degree Nursing Program Details

Program Details

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see page 236 of the Academic Catalog.

Carrington College offers the Associate Degree in Nursing program at 6 campuses in three states. To learn more about each location, explore their pages.

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 428 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415 506 0234 an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org/.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Carrington College at the campus located in Albuquerque, New Mexico 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 in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at www.acenursing.org/search-programs/.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Carrington College at the campus located in Phoenix, Arizona is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at www.acenursing.org/search-programs/.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Carrington College at the campus located in Mesa, Arizona has been granted initial accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at www.acenursing.org/search-programs/.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Carrington College at the campus located in Reno, NV is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at www.acenursing.org/search-programs/.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Carrington College at the campus located in Las Vegas, NV iseligible for candidacy status with the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404 975 5000.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at https://www.acenursing.org/search-programs/.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Carrington College at the campus located in Tucson, Arizona has been granted initial accreditation by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 33 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at www.acenursing.org/search-programs/.

The Arizona Board of Nursing certifies that Mesa, and Tucson campuses have satisfactorily fulfilled requirements and are granted full approval. Board offices: 1740 West Adams Street, Suite 2000, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-771-7800.

The Arizona Board of Nursing certifies that the Phoenix campus has entered into a voluntary consent for probation. Board offices: 1740 West Adams Street, Suite 2000, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-771-7800.

Carrington College holds full approval for its Practical Nursing program and its associate degree professional nursing education program. The Idaho Board of Nursing issued a certificate of approval. Board offices: 280 North 8th Street, Suite 210, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720 – 0061, 208-334-3110, dopl.idaho.gov/bon/.

The New Mexico Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College is granted full approval in the State of New Mexico, bon.state.nm.us.

The New Mexico Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College is granted initial approval to offer Practical Nursing in the State of New Mexico, 6301 Indian School NE, Suite 710, Albuquerque, NM, 87110, 505-841-8340, bon.state.nm.us.

Carrington College holds approval for the Reno campus from the Nevada State Board of Nursing, nevadanursingboard.org. Upon graduation from the Associate Degree in Nursing program, students are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam, which is required to achieve the Registered Nurse licensure.

The California Board of Registered Nursing, PO Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244–2100, 916-322-3350,
www.rn.ca.gov/index.shtml, approves the LVN to ADN program at the Sacramento campus.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Carrington College comprises three educational areas:

  • Clinical
  • Administrative
  • Externship

For complete program information, please take a look at the Course Catalog.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) requires that the following student achievement outcome data be made publicly available.

  • Graduates’ success on the licensure and/or certification examination
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program
  • Graduates obtaining a job

To view this information for Carrington College’s ACEN – accredited nursing programs, click here

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Career Opportunities

Registered nurses have more authority and need less supervision while they work. According to the BLS, most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.1 Specific job duties will vary by employer and employment setting, for example, an RN working in a residential care facility would have different duties than a nurse working in an emergency department.

Some typical job duties of an RN are:1

  • Assess patients’ conditions
  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute information to existing plans
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

What Will I Learn?

Pharmacology

Maternal Child Nursing

Medical Surgical Nursing

Community and Mental Health Nursing

Check out our guide on Nursing.

Are you interested in helping people? What about moving at a fast pace in a health care setting? Learn more about different levels of nursing, nursing school, and how to become a nurse.

Associate Degree in Nursing FAQ

  • What is an ADN?

    An ADN (or Associate Degree in Nursing) is a degree program for aspiring nurses. An ADN program offers a comprehensive exploration of practical nursing to prepare students for a career in registered nursing. Graduates with an ADN pursue a registered nurse (RN) designation by taking and passing the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). At Carrington College, our ADN program covers a host of patient-care essentials, including pharmacology, surgical nursing, community and mental health nursing, and more.

  • What does ADN stand for?

    ADN stands for Associate Degree in Nursing. Programs for this degree explore practical nursing competencies to prepare students for a career in registered nursing. Upon earning their ADN, graduates will pursue the opportunities in the industry by taking and passing the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) to earn the registered nurse (RN) designation.

  • What can you do with an Associate Degree in Nursing?

    An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) can lead to a number of opportunities in the nursing field. Holders of this degree can pursue a registered nurse (RN) designation by taking the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon earning that designation, they are qualified to perform a number of job duties in patient care, including patient condition assessments, recording vitals, administering treatment plans, and more.

  • How long is an associate in nursing?

    A quality Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program should take about two years to complete, depending on what kind of transfer credit you are eligible to receive. At Carrington College, our ADN program offers a comprehensive review of nursing essentials—the kind of knowledge, confidence, and credential needed to take and pass the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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