Associate Degree Nursing

Program Description

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Program Content

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

Additional Information & Awards

  1. JCC ranked #2 in the state for its  Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.
  2. 2019 NCLEX-RN first time pass rate is 100%!
    Click Here to See NC Board of Nursing NCLEX Report for all NC nursing schools.  
  3. JCC ranked #2 out of the 88 nursing schools in North Carolina, for its Registered Nursing Program  
    Text placed over a shield. * 2020 * Best Nursing Schools in North Carolina.
  4. JCC's NCLEX passing rate is 99% over the past 3 years (2019, 2018, 2017).
    The state average 2018 for 3 years was 91% and the 2019 is TBA.
    The 2019 national average is 88.18% and over 3 years 88%.

Program Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Johnston Community College, located in Smithfield, NC, is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

How do I get started?

  1. Apply to the College and submit all transcripts (including high school and all colleges attended),
  2. Indicate nursing as the desired program of interest on your application to the college.
  3. Check on your application status if you have not received communication from the Admission Office within one week after submission of application. All transcripts should be on file before proceeding to step #4 to schedule an appointment with a Counselor. Scheduling an appointment without transcripts or students that may need placement testing may lead to additional appointments.
  4. College placement and/or an scheduling an appointment with a Counselor in Student Services (919-209-2128) is required.
  5. Complete a Virtual Health Science Information Session.
    Health Information Session
  6. Review and print the admission requirements and checklist to use as a guide for completion of all requirements for the nursing program.
  7. The Intent to Apply Form is provided upon completion of the Virtual Information Session.
  8. It is important that you adhere to all admission criteria deadlines to be considered for admission to the nursing program.
  9. All questions concerning admissions (application, transcripts, etc.) should be referred to the Health Science Student Navigator or the Director of Nursing Education.


Christine T. Evans 
Health Science Student Navigator
Office: Health F174A
Phone: 919-464-2932
Dr. Jennifer B. Sugg
Department Chair of Nursing Education 
Phone: 919-209-2162