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Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN)

Enter a Healthcare Field in High Demandspears

The highly competitive Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program at St. Catharine College in Kentucky includes two semesters of pre-requisite classes including anatomy and physiology, psychology, and chemistry.  The Kentucky Board of Nursing allows clinical groups to include 10 students per instructor, but St. Catharine strives to keep groups to just 7 students per instructor to allow more individual attention and interaction among students. We admit approximately 20 new students into the program each semester. In addition to their classroom instruction, students receive clinical experience in small regional hospitals as well as in large facilities in and around Louisville. Program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN national licensing exam.

Nurses are at the heart of healthcare. Nursing is a great career choice for those with a strong desire to help others, great compassion, an ability to work under pressure, and specialized technical skills to serve both patients and other clinicians on the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Special Program Highlights and Features:

  • Students gain experience in many different areas including medical-surgical, obstetric and psychiatric nursing. Many get to experience critical care and others observe in surgery.
  • All students benefit from extensive experience working directly with patients.
  • Students gain experience in facilities of different sizes and in different specialty areas of nursing to help them choose a suitable career path.  
  • Nursing students may participate in the Catherine of Siena Project that annually chooses a service organization to support. This year the group chose Hospice as its service focus.carla


Interesting Courses You Might Take

Fundamentals of Nursing – Course introduces students to nursing and the nursing process, which are studied in relationship to the individual with basic human needs, the environment, health, and nursing.  Areas of study include foundation knowledge, concepts and fundamental skills.  Emphasis will also be placed on health promotion, health and physical assessment, medication math, communication techniques, and critical thinking.  Concepts of nursing care are presented according to the American Nurses‘ Association (ANA) standards of practice.

Medical Surgical Nursing – This is the first in a two-part series of courses designed to utilize the nursing process as a part of reflective practice in providing holistic care to clients across the lifespan.  Teaching/learning principles will be introduced and applied regarding caring for clients at various developmental levels during acute/chronic episodes of altered basic human needs as well as during states of wellness.  Emphasis on advanced nursing skills, critical thinking, and application and analysis of knowledge will begin to be incorporated into the nurse‘s role as provider and manager of care. 

Introduction to Management and Practice – Course emphasizes the discipline of nursing and its professional and legal standards of practice. The roles of manager of care, and member of the profession, will be stressed.  Delegation, evaluation, management and leadership principles as related to the practice are examined. Issues impacting the professional nurse in the health care setting are explored including ethical, legal, education, and licensure.

Meet the Instructors

Instructors in St. Catharine College’s associate nursing program all have experience working as nurses in acute care across a wide variety of settings. All full-time faculty are masters prepared. Each instructor is a talented teacher who loves the classroom and thoroughly enjoys preparing students to become capable members of the nursing profession.

Career Outlook for Major

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for nursing students who complete their RN licensure are expected to be excellent. Between 2008 and 2018, job growth is anticipated to be 22 percent, far higher than the average for other professions.


2015-2016 ADN Program Handbook

What Students Say

"After the first campus visit, I knew St. Catharine was where I wanted to pursue my nursing education because the small student-to-teacher ratio would allow me the individualized instruction to not only succeed, but to excel."
                           Deborah Elzey

"I chose St. Catharine College for it's well known nursing program.  I enjoy the small class sizes and get the one-on-one time that I need to help me succeed.  I'm not just a number, my instructors know me well and they really care about my future!"
                           Brittini Schmidt


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Program Mission Statement

Program Mission Statement

The Department of Nursing is committed to the mission of St Catharine College and the School of Health and Human Science. The mission of the department is to prepare individuals to practice nursing at the associate and bachelor’s degree nursing levels. Nursing education at both levels prepares the generalist nurse to provide holistic care, think critically, and use evidence based practice decision making strategies in the delivery of nursing care while serving the community, society and profession.

The mission of the ADN Program is to prepare graduates to practice as generalists in nursing upon graduation and completion of credentialing as a registered nurse.

The College holds membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, National Catholic Education Association, Dominican Higher Education Council, and Council of Independent Kentucky Colleges. 

The ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) with warning status and holds conditional approval from the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 2015.

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