Associate of Science: Registered Nursing

2-Year Program, including prerequisite courses

This is an academic Associate of Science degree program that provides classroom, laboratory, and clinical practicum instruction which prepares graduates to write the NCLEX-RN examination. Successfully passing this examination is a prerequisite for registered nurse licensure. Graduates from this program may articulate into programs offering B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in Nursing.

The courses listed below are specific to Idaho State University. Equivalent courses from other institutions will be individually evaluated and transferred in as appropriate.

General Education and Prerequisite Courses

Students must complete 8 of the 9 University's General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog.)  Listed below are program requirements, some of which will also satisfy General Education Objectives.

Take one of the following courses with lab:4
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Take one of the following courses with lab:4
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
BIOL 3302
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab 1
CHEM 1101Introduction to Chemistry (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)3
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication 23
ENGL 1101Writing and Rhetoric I 23
or ENGL 1101P Writing and Rhetoric I Plus
ENGL 1102Writing and Rhetoric II 23
NTD 2239Nutrition 23
or NTD 3340 Nutrition for Health Professionals
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology 23
Objective 3 (MATH 1153 preferred)3
Objective 4 (minimum of 6 cr)6
One additional Objective 6 course with different prefix from that chosen earlier3
Objective 7 or 83
Objective 9 (minimum of 3 cr)3
Program-Specific Courses
ADRN 2210Nursing Transition2
ADRN 2211Mental Health Nursing3
ADRN 2212Clinical Foundations of Nursing III2
ADRN 2220
Health Assessment
and Health Assessment Lab
ADRN 2230Medical and Surgical Nursing III3
ADRN 2231Clinical Foundations of Nursing IV4
ADRN 2232Family Nursing3
ADRN 2233Medical and Surgical Nursing IV3
ADRN 2245Clinical Foundations of Nursing V4
Total Credits75


The student is required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all ADRN courses and is required to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better in order to remain in the program. All non-nursing courses must be completed prior to the start of the final (summer) semester.