Much attention has been devoted recently to placing the spotlight on nurses and the critical frontline position they fulfill, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic — and rightfully so. We are grateful for their courage and the sacrifices they make, and who among us hasn’t been impacted in some way by nurses during our lifetimes?

Fayetteville Technical Community College offers an associate degree program in nursing that has full North Carolina Board approval and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The ADN program is designed to be completed in four semesters. All ADN courses are offered face-to-face, up to 10 hours per week. All didactic components of the nursing (NUR) courses are eight weeks in length. The only course offered online is pharmacology. Clinicals are accomplished through one 12-hour shift per week for all courses except NUR 111 (Introduction to Health Concepts). NUR 111 clinicals consist of two 6-hour shifts twice a week. Pharmacology does not have a clinical component. The Complex Health Concepts course consists of didactic content during the first eight weeks, then students transition to the clinical component where they will complete 240 hours of clinical shifts with their assigned preceptor. Clinical sites are located in the Fayetteville, Pinehurst and Lumberton areas as well as other surrounding counties.

There are two application cycles for students interested in applying for the associate degree nursing program at FTCC: the fall cycle from Nov. 1-Jan. 30 and the summer cycle from June 1-July 31. The TEAS test is one of the required prerequisite components, and the minimum exam score is 64%. The associate degree nursing program currently consists of eight NUR courses. The courses are NUR 111 (Introduction to Health Concepts), NUR 112 (Health-Illness Concepts), NUR 113 (Family Health Concepts), NUR 114 (Holistic Health Concepts), NUR 117 (Pharmacology), NUR 211 (Health Care Concepts), NUR 212 (Health System Concepts) and NUR 213 (Complex Health Concepts). Course work includes clinical rotations to health care facilities and labs in designated courses.

Nursing is a challenging professional occupation that leads to many personally gratifying experiences. Nurses evaluate various conditions and administer treatment options for their patients. Nurses who successfully complete the associate degree program at Fayetteville Tech receive training to practice in dynamic situations to meet the individual needs which impact health, quality of life and achievement of potential. 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. If you would like to learn more about the associate degree nursing program and competitive admissions application process, call me at 910-678-9872 or email me at

Fayetteville Tech offers over 280 academic programs of study leading to the award of associate degree, certificate, or diploma. Programs fall under the categories of arts and humanities, business, computer technology, engineering/applied technology, health, math and sciences, and public service. Some programs at FTCC are available 100% online. To learn more about the programs of study at FTCC, visit or contact an admissions representative at ;

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