Associate Degree in Nursing

Carroll’s new associate degree in nursing (ADN) is designed to provide entry-level nursing career opportunities for bilingual (English/Spanish) students and to increase diversity in the nursing profession. It is part of a Carroll University nursing pipeline program created to attract students to healthcare professions. As the population ages, nurses are needed now, and bilingual clinicians are particularly in demand in urban communities where the nursing shortage is critical. The ADN helps students quickly transition to the workforce to start your healthcare career and help ease the shortage.

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About the Associate Degree in Nursing Program

If you want to work in healthcare, an associate degree in nursing (ADN) program gets you on your way and prepares you for a career as an entry-level registered nurse. RNs work in hospitals, physician offices, home healthcare services and nursing care facilities.

You’ll start taking nursing courses during your first semester. Classes are held in the Carroll nursing center at the United Community Center (UCC) in Milwaukee. Carroll’s nursing center includes a modern, fully-equipped nursing lab with high-tech patient simulators that help you safely learn procedures before performing them on real patients.

Clinical practicum experiences start in the third semester. You will begin in long-term care facilities and eventually transition to medical-surgical units in a hospital acute-care setting under the supervision of faculty and professional nurses. Throughout the program, your patient care responsibility will increase from simply observing to being responsible for planning, managing and administering care for two to three patients at a time.

Your final semester includes a “capstone” experience in which you will be required to complete 160 hours in a healthcare setting at one of the area’s health systems. This gives you the chance to advance your skills and network as you prepare to search for a job after graduation. Carroll’s strong partnerships with local healthcare organizations allow for a variety of clinical placements without waiting lists.

After completing the two-year program (six consecutive semesters), you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN), which is required to begin full-time employment as a registered nurse.

The Carroll ADN curriculum is designed so you can continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in the future. And, as a working RN, you may be able to pursue employer tuition assistance, offered by many health care systems, to help with the cost of your degree.

As a Carroll University student at the UCC, you will have access to all support services offered on the main campus in Waukesha. In addition, the ADN program has a dedicated case manager to support academic, professional and personal success.

Carroll has a history of providing excellent nursing education and exceptional student outcomes in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, including 100% pass rates on the national licensing exam for its 2017 and 2018 graduates.

For more information, contact Lori Cronin, Clinical Assistant Professor / Nursing Pipeline Administrator at lcronin@carrollu.edu or 262.524.7450; or Miguel Rodríguez at rodrigum@carrollu.edu or 262-524-7362.

Carroll University fully intends to apply for accreditation of its Associate Degree in Nursing program through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation once the program has been launched.

Admission Criteria

The ADN program will admit qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or handicap that does not interfere with the performance of professional nursing as provided by law. ADN program admission standards require:

  • Two semesters of high school biology and chemistry; high school math through algebra; one semester of high school social sciences (communications, economics, history, sociology)
  • ACT composite score greater than or equal to 20
  • High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Bilingual ability (English/Spanish)
  • Two letters of reference (one from a teacher; another from teacher or community leader)
  • Admission essay focusing on experience with cultural immersion and addressing motivation for
    • Nursing
    • Desire to work with culturally diverse populations
  • Interview with Admissions Committee
  • Submission of the technical and progression standards for the nursing program (upon acceptance into the program)

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