Nursing: Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Associate Degree Nursing Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 84
Program Start: Fall, Spring

Required Background Screenings to Participate in Clinicals

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete:

  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Course Notes

  • You must achieve a minimum "B" grade or better in prerequisite courses BIO168, ENG105, and HSC108 and pass PNN100.

  • You must achieve a minimum "B" grade in BIO173 and a minimum "C" grade in all other courses required to complete the program.

  • Students may complete general education courses, marked with the gen ed icon◆, prior to full admission into the program.

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

The Associate Degree Nursing program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

General Education courses
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite. See the course description for more details.

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $711.00
ENG105 Composition I 3 $533.25
HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions 2 $483.50
PNN100 Nursing Assistant 3 $752.86

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Total Credits 12
Semester 1
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $711.00
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts -OR- 3 $533.25
MAT156 Statistics -OR- 3 $533.25
MAT102 Intermediate Algebra -OR- 4 $711.00
Math Electives
PNN115 Introduction to Nursing 4 $711.00
PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab 2 $1798.50
PNN117 Nursing Clinical I 1 $316.75
PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 $533.25

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Total Credits 17
Semester 2
BIO151 Nutrition 3 $533.25
PNN311 PN Issues and Trends ** 1 $177.75
PNN330 Medical-Surgical Nursing I * 5 $888.75
PNN332 Lifespan and Health Promotion and Mental Well-Being 2 $355.50
PNN333 Medical-Surgical Nursing II ** 5 $888.75

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Total Credits 16
* First 8 -Weeks
** Second 8-Weeks
Semester 3
ADN121 Transition to Professional Nursing 2 $355.50
ADN122 Advanced Nursing Skills 2 $355.50
ADN123 Physical Assessment 2 $1761.50
ADN452 Complex Health Concepts Mod A 5 $888.75
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $533.25
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $533.25

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Total Credits 17
Semester 4
ADN453 Complex Health Concepts Mod B 5 $888.75
ADN458 Nursing Care of Special Populations 7 $1244.25
BIO186 Microbiology 4 $711.00

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Total Credits 16
Semester 5
ADN315 Professional Roles of Nursing Practice * 2 $355.50
ADN455 Complex Health Concepts Mod C * 3 $533.25
ADN499 Passage to Professional Practice ** 1 $177.75

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Total Credits 6
*Required summer course.
**Required summer course for fall start students.
Math Electives
MAT122 College Algebra 5 $888.75
MAT128 Precalculus 4 $711.00
MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry 3 $533.25
MAT210 Calculus I 4 $711.00
MAT216 Calculus II 4 $711.00
MAT219 Calculus III 4 $711.00

Course Cost Calculation:
2017–2018 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Student Success Specialist: Health Science

Vic Palmer
Grundy Hall 140
319-296-2329 ext.1481
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Program Chair

Shawn Buhrow
Grundy Hall 173
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 173
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