CIP Code: 51.3801
CIP Name: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Definition: A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.


Approval Status

The Associate Degree Nurse Alignment was approved by the Kansas Board of Nursing on September 15, 2010 and the Kansas Board of Regents on February 16, 2011.  Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment.

State Business and Industry Committee recommendation

In lieu of a Letter of Guidance, KBOR has requested the use of an alignment map. The alignment map dated 12/14/10 has received support from the Kansas State Board of Nursing and has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.  As a result of external accreditation, three of the four purposes of program alignment are met when applied to the Associate Degree Registered Nursing program. Participants must sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam.  All students should obtain the Registered Nurses (RN) credential which is required for employment.

Alignment Map:     Click here (pdf)

Common Courses

No common courses – institutions may utilize their existing courses provided they adhere to the Kansas State Board of Nursing approved courses.

Support Courses  (up to) 10 hours

Institutions may utilize existing like courses which adhere to the agreed upon course lengths and competencies.

Anatomy & Physiology 5-8 credit hours
English Composition I 3 credit hours
General Psychology 3 credit hours
Developmental Psychology 3 credit hours
Microbiology                                            4-5 credit hours
Communications 3 credit hours
Program Electives Up to 10 credit hours 

ADN Educational Support Coursework  Click Here (pdf)

ADN Alignment Program Outcomes

1. Adapt through the use of the nursing process the ability to think critically and make safe and effective clinical judgments incorporating evidenced-based practice.

2. Integrate caring behaviors in practicing the art and science of nursing within a diverse population.

3. Demonstrate effective communication methods to manage client needs and to interact with other health care teams members.

4. Collaborate with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team to optimize client outcomes.

5. Implement professional standards and score of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory framework.

6. Manage care and provide leadership to meet client needs using available resources and current technology.

7. Generate teaching and learning processes to promote and maintain health and to reduce risks for a variety of clients.

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.