Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
Theory Program Management Standards


It is the philosophy of the ADN Nursing program that learning is a shared responsibility.   As a result, the faculty has developed a planned course of study which requires the student to attend all course sessions prepared for class. This preparation will require the learner to commit adequate time to assigned learning activities, i.e., textbook and journal readings, video and film viewings, computer-assisted instructional programs and clinical skills practice. In theory, the student’s active participation though discussion, clarification, validation, critical thinking, role playing, etc., in an interactive atmosphere will facilitate success.


Time Commitment/Scheduling

The student should plan to spend three hours of study outside of class for each unit per week for theory classes and two hours of study for each hour of clinical experience. Therefore, in a seven unit theory course with a 5 unit lab,  the student should expect to spend 31 hours of study per week outside of classroom time. It is very difficult to maintain full-time work while in the nursing program. It is recommended that the student not jeopardize their health or their standing in the program by maintaining full-time employment.

Student Evaluation

Evaluation of the student nurse is based upon theoretical knowledge and the application of the knowledge and skills in the clinical setting. Since the student works in critical life situations, their clinical performance must reflect safe and competent nursing care of increasing complexity.  Therefore, it is mandatory that once enrolled in the program, the student must maintain continuous satisfactory progress by demonstrating competence in both theory and clinical components of all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.  Failure to show competence and/or commission of unsafe clinical practice in the clinical area constitutes a course failure regardless of theory grade and results in removal from the program.
Written Paper Standards
Various written papers are required to meet objectives in the Associate Degree Nursing program. It is the student’s responsibility to abide by the following requirements:
All patients will be Patient (i.e., Patient). Significant Other or SO will be referred to by their relationship (i.e. Wife, Sister, Brother). 
  • Refer to staff or physician by title only (i.e. CNA, LVN, RN, or MD).  No names of cities or hospitals should be used.
  • Consider all information obtained as strictly confidential. Confidentiality of patient information is a requirement and a major concern of the Associate Degree Nursing program.
  • All potentially identifying information should be destroyed (notes, rough drafts, etc). Please be sure that material given to typists is screened ahead of time.
  • Students will abide by the hospital policy and clinical instructor directions regarding use of the hospital copy machine and patient information.
  • No portion of a patient’s chart or record may be copied. 
  • Patient assignment forms (whether instructor or hospital provided) are to be destroyed prior to leaving the clinical area. 
  • All identifying information (patient names, physicians, hospitals, etc.) must be excluded from any information collected for written assignments (patient education papers, nursing process papers, etc.).
  • No document with a patient name on it should leave the clinical setting.

Follow the required format for each paper. Check the course information handout or the associated unit of study for instructions. Formal papers must be prepared in a word-processing program. Reference and bibliography pages will be done according to the American Psychological Association (APA) format.

Reference Format:
There are two methods for citing information taken from a reference source within the text. The first method is to acknowledge the author in the text and place the year of the publication in parentheses. The second method is to place both the author’s last name and the year of publication in parentheses at the end of the source material.

References Page: 
The reference list is the last page of all formal papers, and is to be the only item on that page. References are arranged by alphabetical order, with two works by the same author then being arranged by secondary authors and then if needed by date, with the most current work being listed first.

Reference Examples:

Lehne, R. A., Moore, L.A., Crosby, L.J., & Hamiliton, D.B. (2007).  Pharmacology for nursing care (6th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.

Lewis, S.M., Heitkemper, M.M., & Dirksen, S.R.  (2007).  Medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (7th ed.). St.Louis: Mosby.

Woodruff, D. W.  (2005).  Slow the flow with proton pump inhibitors.  Nursing Made
Incredibly Easy!  3(2), 6-15.

Example within paper:

According to Lewis (2007), the most common etiology for COPD is smoking.

Smoking is the most common etiology for COPD (Lewis, 2007).

In 2007 Lewis wrote that smoking is the most common etiology for COPD.