The mission of the ADN program at Cabarrus College is to prepare graduates for entry-level employment as registered nurses to meet the rapidly changing demands for health care in our communities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Associate of Science degree in Nursing will be able to:

  • Display behaviors of compassion and advocacy during the provision of nursing care, where the client's choices, values, beliefs, and lifestyles are respected.
  • Employ teaching strategies that demonstrate respect for the client's condition and incorporate ongoing primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies to achieve optimal health.
  • Utilize clinical reasoning to make decisions and prioritize care for clients in the health care setting.
  • Integrate use of established evidence-based nursing protocols with clinical expertise and client-family preferences when providing nursing care for clients.
  • Utilize information and technology in clinical practice effectively to promote and evaluate safety and quality, prevent errors, and facilitate decision making.
  • Collaborate with the multi-disciplinary team, clients, and families to ensure integration of continuous, high-quality, cost-effective client care.
  • Integrate professional responsibility and accountability through demonstration of social responsibility, personal ethics, and service to the community.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences also offers a Pre-Nursing track.


Upon graduation from the ADN program and verification by Cabarrus College that education requirements are met, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Graduates passing the exam and meeting board requirements will receive the legal title of Registered Nurse (RN) from the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). Should graduates be unsuccessful on the exam, they may repeat the exam at subsequent intervals.