Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Nursing, Full-Time (Advanced Placement Option), AD-N

Location(s): Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney

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ADN.5116 (72 credits)

The Associate Degree of Nursing (AD-N) program requires successful completion of a minimum of 72 credit hours of prerequisites and nursing coursework and prepares students to become a registered nurse. The AD-N program has two options, traditional and advanced placement (for the student with an unencumbered LPN license).

Students will learn professionalism, inquiry-based practice, communication and collaboration, and safe patient-centered care through a combination of theory and clinical courses that proceed from simple to complex. Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care in diverse healthcare settings across the lifespan.

After successful completion of the AD-N program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The AD-N program is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 95007, Lincoln, NE 68509, 402.471.4971.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze care practices and processes to minimize risk of harm to patients, self, and the health care team.
  • Coordinate holistic patient-centered care for groups of patients.
  • Compare professional communication skills that facilitate shared decision-making in provision of patient-centered care and in promoting effective team functioning.
  • Analyze findings from current evidence-based practice for use in provision of patient-centered care and in the improvement of clinical processes and systems.
  • Analyze values and beliefs consistent with professional standards, ethics, and legal regulations in the practice of nursing while adhering to established College and clinical agency policies and procedures.


  • The AD-N program is a merit-based, selective admission program. Class selection will occur following the spring semester.
  • Applicants may start applying in the fall semester prior to admission year. All applications are due May 15.
  • Students must attain a minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 and earn a minimum grade of “C” on all required prerequisites.
  • Prior to applicant review in May, students must complete required AD-N program entrance exams.
  • Required entrance exams for the traditional option:
    • ATI Critical Thinking Exam with a score of 60 or higher.
    • ATI TEAS Exam with a score of proficiency level or higher.
  • Required entrance exams for the advanced placement option:
    • ATI Critical Thinking Exam with a score of 60 or higher.
    • HESI-LPN to AD-N Entrance Exam with a score of 850 or higher.
  • All students who receive a provisional acceptance letter into the program are required to undergo a criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization/titers screening as part of the admission process.
  • Full acceptance into the program is contingent upon program approved background check, drug screening, and completion of any summer prerequisites with required program GPA.
  • Current LPNs with full acceptance advance place into the second year of the AD-N program.
  • For additional information about the admission requirements to the program, contact the Nursing Department at 308.635.6060 or visit the Health Sciences Division office in the Harms Center on the Scottsbluff campus.

Advanced Placement Option (Full-Time) Program Requirements

Students pursuing the advanced placement (AP) option for an AD-N will complete a minimum of 72 credit hours, achieved through:

  1. Transfer credits from an accredited LPN program: 14 Credits
  2. Required prerequisites: 34 Credits
  3. ADNR courses: 24 Credits

Evaluation of prior credit is made at the time of transfer. 


Recommended Plan of Study

Transfer Credits from an accredited LPN program: 14 Credits

Required Prerequisites: 34 Credits

*Must be taken within 10 years before admission into the nursing program.

**Evaluation of credit is made at time of transfer.

ADNR Courses with Full Acceptance: 24 Credits

(required to start 2nd year)

Total AP AD-N Credits: 72

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