Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program provides students with specialized training to acquire a basic knowledge of nursing theory and practice. Nurses are employed in a variety of settings, namely hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician offices and long term care facilities. Registered Nurses are often considered for charge nurse and team leader responsibilities and play an integral role within the health care team.

Mission Statement

The mission of the South Suburban College Associate Degree Nursing (“ADN”) Program is framed from the mission of South Suburban College. The Nursing Program’s mission is to offer nursing education to the diverse student body served by South Suburban College, prepare graduates for eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN® licensing examination, educate students to provide safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care in current healthcare settings, and provide a nursing knowledge base for lifelong learning, either through continuing nursing education or formal degree programs.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the ADN Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
  2. Engage in clinical reasoning/nursing judgment to make patient-centered care decisions and to function within the complex healthcare environment.
  3. Participate in quality improvement processes to improve patient care.
  4. Participate in collaboration and teamwork with members of the interprofessional team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons.
  5. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Assimilate management, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  7. Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate patient care

General Admission Information

The ADN Program admits students once a year, in the fall semester. Students applying for admission to the Nursing Program are required to submit admission materials and meet entrance requirements before an application will be issued or considered for review. A standardized preadmission nursing entrance examination is also required for admission into the ADN Program. The examination is at the expense of the student. Selection for admission is determined by an admission committee after evaluation of the applications. Admission to the College, completion of prerequisites or application to the programs does not guarantee acceptance to the Nursing Program. Admission to the program is competitive. Students are encouraged to meet with a nursing counselor regularly as they complete preadmission requirements. Counseling appointments are made at (708) 596-2000 ext. 5724. It is strongly recommended that nursing students complete all General Education (non-nursing) courses before entering any program to maximize success. All General Education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. All nursing courses must also be completed with a grade of a “C” or better to progress through the program. Biology courses must be successfully completed within the last five years at the time of application to satisfy program requirements. The Nursing Program is challenging. It is strongly suggested that students carefully consider limiting the number of hours they work per week while enrolled. Students are required to provide their own transportation to classes and clinical sites. Clinical days and times are subject to change.

Background Check and Urine Drug Screen

As a part of the application process, all students applying to the South Suburban College Nursing Program are required to complete a criminal background investigation and urine drug screen prior to receipt of a program application. Both the criminal background check and the urine drug screen must be negative. Positive criminal background check results must be expunged, or otherwise properly removed, to be eligible to receive an application to the South Suburban College Nursing Program. Students who have a positive urine drug screen will not be eligible to receive an application to the South Suburban College Nursing Program for at least one (1) academic year. Once accepted into the Nursing Program, students shall be required to update all background investigations and drug screens at least annually and notify South Suburban College in the event of a criminal conviction. If a current student is convicted of crime or has positive drug screen result, the student will be required to withdraw from the program immediately. Additionally, students may be required to submit to screening results (background and urine) again as deemed necessary by the clinical agencies. All expenses related to criminal background investigations and drug screening requirements are at the student’s expense. Students must order their background checks and drug screens through Certified Background. The results are posted to their website in a secure, tamper-proof environment where the student as well as the dean can view the results.

To order a background check and drug screen:

  1. Go to
  2. In the “place order” box, enter the package code “so44” and click GO.
  3. Follow instructions and fill out the information needed.
  4. You must print the order confirmation page and bring it to the Nursing Office (Room 4120) to pick up a drug screen form. At that time, the student will receive information about which laboratory to go to for urine drug screening.

Pre-Application Process

Prior to receiving an application to the ADN Program the student is required to:

    1. submit a South Suburban College application to Admissions, utilizing the NUR.AAS.RNPREQ academic code.
    2. forward official high school or GED and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
    3. complete the college placement test (see SSC catalog for details) prior to meeting with a counselor,
    4. complete required college preparatory classes as indicated by the college placement test.
    5. meet with a nursing counselor (x5724) for assistance in academic planning.
    6. complete criminal background check and drug screen (not until September 23)*.
      • Any student that has received a positive result on the criminal background and/or drug screen will not be eligible to receive an application for the nursing program.
      • Preadmission nursing examination is at the students’ expense.
    7. provide evidence of Nursing Assistant Certification, Practical Nursing License, Paramedic Certification, or Medical Assistant Certification
      • Documentation of an active nurse assistant certification without disqualifiers, an active Practical Nursing License, certified Paramedic, or certified medical assistant without disciplinary actions.
      • Name must be listed on current state registry
    8. demonstrate a minimum math competency equivalent to Essential Intermediate Algebra (MTH097) or higher to fulfill the AAS degree requirement (minimum grade of “B”)
    9. complete the following admission requirements with a “B” or better:

Application Process

The applicant is required to:

  • obtain an ADN application from the Nursing Department. Applications will be available October 1 for fall admission.
  • submit the completed ADN application with attachments to the Nursing Department.
  • obtain a permit to register for the standardized pre-admission nursing entrance examination from the Nursing Department when the application is submitted. Applicants must test on one of the established testing dates.
  • Pre-admission nursing examination is at the students’ expense.

  All information must be on file by March 1 for Fall admission.

Acceptance Process

All students will be notified in writing of their admission status by April 1 for fall admissions. Students accepted into the program are required to attend an orientation prior to the first day of scheduled class. The orientation dates will be announced in the acceptance letter. Failure to attend the orientation shall result in the student being dropped from the program.

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications to the ADN Program. Acceptance to the program is based on:

  • completion of placement test and required college preparatory classes
  • cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or better
  • a minimum grade of “B” for pre-admission courses
  • satisfactory performance on standardized pre-admission nursing examination-at the expense of the student.
    • Grammar – minimum score of 80
    • Biology – minimum score of 80
    • Math – minimum score of 80
    • Vocabulary – minimum score of 80
    • Reading Comprehension – minimum score of 80

Students scoring between 75%-79%, on the HESI A2 admission assessment exam, may be accepted into the nursing program on a provisional basis. Provisional acceptance will be contingent upon the number of open seats, clinical slots, and availability of nursing faculty.

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)(NUR.AAS.ADN)

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
ADN Admission Requirements Credits
CNA Certificate, or LPN License or Certified Paramedic or Certified Medical Assistant needed – non-credit/no escrow
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric (minimum grade of “B”) 3
BIO 185 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (minimum grade of “B”) 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (minimum grade of “B”) 3
HIT 103 Medical Terminology (minimum grade of “B”) (formally MDR) 3
MTH 097 or equivalent Essential Intermediate Algebra (minimum grade of “B”)* 4*
Test out of NON-Level course 13
Repetition of courses – prerequisites and/or general education coursework may be repeated twice for a total of (3) three enrollments in a course without exception.

Program Requirement

Courses in bold type must be taken during semester indicated. ALL nursing program required courses must be completed with a “C” or better.  Biology courses (BIO 186 & BIO 224) must be successfully completed within the last five years at the time of application to satisfy program requirements.

Semester One – Fall Credits
ADN 150 The Concepts of Professional Nursing 9
PSY 211 Growth and Development 3
BIO 186 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Semester One Total: 16
Semester Two – Spring Credits
ADN 152 Adult Health Nursing I 9
BIO 224 Microbiology 4
Semester Two Total: 13
Semester Three – Fall Credits
ADN 252 Adult Health Nursing II 5
ADN 254 Childbearing Family and Children 5
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester Three Total: 13
Semester Four – Spring Credits
ADN 256 Adult Health Nursing III 3
ADN 257 Behavioral Health Nursing 3
ADN 258 Transition into Nursing Practice 2
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
GROUP II Humanities 3
Semester Four Total: 14
Total Program: 69