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Courses & Requirements

Effective Fall 2014

DAY Program ONLY

The associate in science degree in Nursing (ADN) builds upon a liberal arts and science foundation in preparing students to develop the knowledge and skills essential for safe, effective entry level nursing practice. This option is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing; graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Nursing courses provide clinical experiences in health care agencies, in addition to classroom study and laboratory practice. A student must maintain a C or better in all required courses in order to move to the next level and the graduate from the program. (Exception: All science course must have a grade of B or better to meet the criteria for entering the program. Advanced Placement applicants should consult the current criteria for admission to the ADN option.)

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Admission to the ADN option is criterion based. A student may apply for readmission to this option one time, according to program policy. Many students complete most general education courses prior to the start of Nursing I. The ADN Option provides Advanced Placement for the LPN. 70 credit hours are required for graduation.


The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, Georgia 30326; (404) 975-5000

Admission Criteria:

Admission Criteria can be found on Health Required Forms.

Information Session Dates:

The dates of Nursing Information Sessions can be found on the Health Information Sessions.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.


Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.

Drug Screening:

Students enrolled in this academic program are  required to pass a drug screening analysis.


Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series, prior to final acceptance to the Program.

Student Professional Liability Insurance:

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.

Courses Credits Comments
BIO121 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Prerequisite
BIO122 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Prerequisite
BIO220 Microbiology 4 Prerequisite
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
NUR110 Nursing I 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR111 Nursing Clinical I 3 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR112 Nursing Lab I 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR113 Pharmacology I 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR120 Nursing II 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR121 Nursing Clinical II 3 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR122 Nursing Lab II 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR123 Pharmacology II 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR205 Issues in Professional Nursing 2 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR210 Nursing III 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR211 Nursing Clinical III 5 Prerequisite,  Corequisite
NUR213 Pharmacology III 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR220 Nursing IV 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR221 Nursing Clinical IV 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  
PSY110 Lifespan Psychology 3 Prerequisite
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Courses Credits Comments
Humanities Elective 3 Foreign Language Recommended except ESL100 – ESL299 and ASL100 – ASL299, OR ART104, ART105, DAN147, LIT224, LIT263, LIT271, LIT272, MUS112
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