Course Outline

Typical Course Outline of an RN Program

Course Outline of an RN Program

Is it your dream to become a Registered Nurse (RN)? Have you been wondering about the types of courses that you will need to complete to earn your nursing degree? To become an RN in the U.S., you must earn a minimum of an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). While the ADN course outline varies from one educational facility to another, we are describing a typical outline below.

The General Education Curriculum

A typical ADN course outline for full-time RN students consists of about five semesters, during which time you will be required to take a combination of general education (GE) and healthcare-related classes. The GE classes you will need to complete depend in large part on the scores you receive on your college or university placement exam.

Another factor that can affect the general education classes you will need to take is whether or not you possess any credits from another higher education facility. In any case, there are some GE courses that are common to most ADN course outlines, and they include:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Biology and Lab
  • Chemistry and Lab
  • College-Level Algebra
  • English Writing and Inquiry
  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Professional Research and Reporting
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective

The Healthcare-Related Curriculum

As an RN student, a large portion of your ADN course outline will comprise various healthcare-related courses. These courses vary depending on such factors as the school of your choice and whether or not you have earned a certificate in practical nursing. Additionally, the names of these courses vary from one school to another.

Nevertheless, the course content of healthcare-related classes for ADN programs are quite similar. As of 2015, to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing, you can expect to complete courses such as those listed below. Again, keep in mind that the names of these courses may differ from the courses that your school offers.

  • Introduction to Health Concepts
  • Health-Illness Concepts
  • Holistic Health Concepts
  • Family Health Concepts
  • Nursing Transition Concepts
  • Health Care Concepts
  • Health System Concepts
  • LPN to ADN Concepts I and II(for existing LPNs)
  • Complex Health Concepts

Miscellaneous Coursework

As part of your RN professional program, you will be required to complete various miscellaneous courses as well. While some of these courses are optional in some facilities, others are required. Furthermore, while some schools offer these courses as part of the RN program, other schools offer them through their continuing education's workforce learning programs.

  • CPR Certification Training
  • Basic and Advanced First Aid
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Intern or Externships

If you wish to become an RN, you will need to complete at least an Associate Degree in Nursing, whose course outline consists of a variety of general education and healthcare-related coursework.