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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate Degree Nursing, AAS


Program code: AASRN





The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program prepares students to enter the profession of nursing. The program is two years in length and includes liberal arts and nursing courses. However, a student may choose to complete any of the liberal arts courses prior to admission to the ADN program. Due to the dynamic nature of the health professions, changes in either the curricula or course content or both may be made at any time. For updated information, visit www.sc4.edu/nursing.


Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write a national licensure examination to become a registered nurse.


Students are required to achieve and maintain a 80% pass rate in their course of study and a grade of satisfactory in each clinical course. Courses related to the nursing program (including pre-nursing courses HE 101, HE 210 and HE 224) only can be taken a total of two times. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the student’s potential lack of acceptance to or exclusion from the program.


Any failure or withdrawal from the Nursing program after drop and add will result in tuition loss and may impact financial aid.


St. Clair County Community College’s associate degree nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.




BSN transfer option


Students planning to continue their education in nursing after attaining an Associate Degree in Nursing at SC4 must inform their academic advisor of this plan. Students may want to incorporate courses that are required by all BSN programs, such as microbiology. Academic advisors have current information on those universities with direct relationships with SC4.



Upon completion of the program, the graduate will:

1. Direct care outcome:  provide holistic evidence-based (HEB) direct care to diverse clients using the nursing process.

2. Communication outcome:  use effective communication to deliver holistic evidence-based (HEB) health care.

3. Teaching outcome:  provide teaching for the diverse client.

4. Management outcome:  manage the delivery of care for diverse clients within their environment.

5. Professional outcome:  demonstrate accountability through the integration of ethical, legal professional standards, and holistic evidence-based (HEB) nursing practice.



The pre-admission requirements are:

1. Minimum selective GPA of 2.7 based on courses that apply to the ADN program (current high school students’ minimum is overall 3.0 GPA based on 10th and 11th grade college prep courses).

2. Complete BIO 271 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent, with a grade of 2.0 (“C” or better) by May of the application year.

  • Students applying directly from high school must have completed biology and chemistry in high school with a grade of “C” or better by May of the application year. They also must complete BIO 271 before starting the program. Official high school transcripts must be sent to the Nursing office.
  • All biology A & P courses, HE 101 and HE 224 must be completed within five academic years of admission to the Nursing program.

3. Complete HE 101 - Math Related to Drug Administration, or equivalent, with minimum of 80% (or be enrolled in) prior to application deadline.

4. All pre-nursing and general education requirements must have a most recent grade of “C” or better if student wishes to be considered in the applicant pool.

5. Assessment tests are required if the student has not previously attended college. Arrangements for assessments can be made by calling the Testing Center at (810) 989-5555.

6. HESI Pre-admission Test must be taken at SC4.


Fulfillment of these criteria does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.



Persons seeking admission to the RN - Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program must:

1. Submit a completed Application for Admission to SC4 to the Enrollment Services office by April 1, of the year prior to program start. Indicate on the application the program of study:  AGEGE - General Education.

2. Meet with an advisor regarding program prerequisites and admission to the nursing program. Schedule an appointment by calling (810) 989-5520.

3. Attend a mandatory Traditional Nursing Group Advising session.

4. Submit a completed Allied Health Application along with payment of the application fee designating Traditional Program to Enrollment Services by April 1 of the year prior to program start. Students applying for admission will receive a letter of receipt via email.

5. Register to take the HESI Pre-admission Test prior to the March deadline. Visit website https://sc4.edu/support-services/testing-center/hesi-testing/ for more information. To register and pay for the HESI please go to THE PIER at https://stclair.nbsstore.net/.

6. Complete, or be currently enrolled in, the following SC4 prerequisite courses prior to the April 1 application deadline in order to be considered for admission:

  • BIO 271 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • ENG 101 English Composition I
  • HE 101 Math Related to Drug Administration

7. Official college transcripts by May 15, if you have previously attended a college other than SC4.


Applicants planning to pursue a career in registered nursing who have a criminal record of felony or misdemeanor conviction should contact the Health and Human Services division to determine employment restrictions based upon these convictions.



1. Qualified applications will be reviewed by the Nursing Office in the winter semester for the ADN program (program starts the following fall semester in August). Notification of applicant acceptances and rejections will be mailed. Acceptance into the program is based on space, availability and entrance criteria that includes GPA, credits taken towards a nursing degree and HESI Pre-admission Test results. See www.sc4.edu/nursing for a breakdown of the criteria.

2. Accepted ADN applicants will be required to attend an ADN program orientation after admission. At the ADN program orientation session, course schedules for fall semester will be distributed.

3. Upon admission and before classes begin in the fall semester, students will need to submit a completed Physical Examination Form. Forms needed for physical will be provided during orientation. Evidence of current  CPR for the Health Care Provider certification from the American Heart Association or Red Cross. Online only courses will not be accepted. A course will be made available to you if you do/are not a current Healthcare Provider BLS card holder. Additional screenings are required.

Suggested Course Sequence

Prerequisites to program admission - 8 Credit/9 Contact Hours

69.05 Total Credit/107.55 Total Contact Hours

Upon successful completion of the required courses, all graduation competencies will be satisfied.