Associate Degree in Nursing

Associate Degree in Nursing

Course Objective

To prepare Nurse Student with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide health services in line with the identified strategies of the Health Care System of the ministry of Health.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates from this program will:

  • Work competently, especially at the front line of health services
  • Show a positive attitude and respect for the people regardless of economic status, customs and beliefs
  • Apply the nursing process with quality of care to patients, families and the community by using evidence based approach
  • Consult with other health professionals when nursing and midwifery practice/ care requires additional expertise
  • Use the primary health care approach to meet basic health needs in the community and promote safe motherhood and responsible parenthood
  • Apply team work approach.

Course Requirements

  • The students can leave with school permission for 15% of semester hours or 10% on leave without school permission, but they are not allowed to leave the whole single credit hours (theory and practice hours)
  • The students can leave only 15% of semester hours with or without school permission
  • They have to attend at least 85% or 90% and fulfill at least 70% of semester clinical requirements before allowing sitting the exam of related semester. The remain 30% of clinical requirements will be completed during their internship or upon arrangement of the school
  • If attendance is within 50-84% of semester hours or 50-89% or fulfilling of clinical requirement is within 50-69%, they are allowed only to sit the 2nd session exam at the end of the scholar year
  • If attendance is less than 50% of semester hours or fulfilling of clinical requirement is less than 50%, they have to repeat class.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission Requirements

In principle, applicant shall fulfill the following criteria:

  • Males/ females aged 18-23 years (Apply for Public training institution that provide scholarship to students and if graduates from private training institution are willing to apply for MoH Emplyment)
  • Have High School Diploma
  • Be passed successfully the National Entry Exam
  • Be in a good health


      Number of intakes to the ADN Program is limited based on MoH health workforce projection and capacity of production of each training institution

Validity and transfer of Credits

  1. Validity and transfer of Credits
  2. Student could fulfill their ADN credits in 5-year period
  3. Student must fulfill credits of First year requirement before transferring to another school based on agreement set by both sides.

Curriculum structure (See annex 1)

ADN Program Total Credits Hours

YearTheory (T)Class PracticePractice (P)Field study Internship (*)Total by Year
36539914180  40810

-ADN Program Total Credits=110 Credits (Included *Credits)
-ADN Program Total Hours= 2805 hours (Included *Credits)
-Theory = 1388 Hr = 49.48%
-Practice = 1417 Hr = 50.52%

NoAdult nursing methodology Ⅰ,Ⅱ,&Ⅲ      
1Care of the client in skeletal traction and pin site care   X5 
2Performing oro pharyngeal suctioning  X  5
3Applying nasal cannula or oxygen mask  X  10
4Caring for clients with chest tube connected to disposal drainage system   X 5
5Intubating the client with a naso gastric feeding tube  X  5
6Inserting a indwelling catheter  X  10
7Performing wound suture   X 5
8Performing suture removal  X  10
9Performing Abscess incision   X5 

Course assessment

The Three-year ADN Course shall be assessed on a basis of continuous assessment. Students will be informed on assessment schedule, assessment process and conditions for successful completion credits of each semester at the commencement of the course. Students will not be graduated unless they pass receive Certificate of Graduation issued by Training Institution. School graduates are required to pass the National Exit Exam in order to receive their Diploma of Associate Degree in Nursing

  1. Purpose of the course assessment
  2. To provide feedback to the student and the teacher as to how learning is progressing that assi…

the students to determine their strengths and weaknesses (Formative assessment)

  • To measure competence in both knowledge and skills of students at the end of th……..

(Summative assessment)

  • Assessment process
  • Formative assessment

a – Theory Assessment

The Theory Assessment is the continuous assessment to be conducted during the course and occurred at the end of each semester:

  • Theory exam is credit-based assessment
  • The ADN Course has 6 semesters which consist of 6 months per semester
  • Theory assessment will be done at the end of every semester
  • The students who failed any credit of the two semesters of each year are allowed to …… sit the 2nd session exam after one month of the 2nd semester exam result
  • If still failed of the 2nd session exam of each year, they have to repeat the same class.

b – Clinical Performance Assessment

The clinical performance assessment will be conducted from the 2nd semester of the first year based on clinical requirements of each semester stipulated in the curriculum:

  • Students shall have their Clinical Logbook for preceptor to monitoring, evaluating, and recording their skill performance progress
  • Clinical instructors and Preceptors will use clinical checklists to evaluate the competency of students
  • Assessment during the internship is aimed to allow the students to complete remaining clinical requirement in which they could not fulfill in the previous semester.
  • Summative assessment or graduation exam
  • It is the exam of theory and clinical performance at the end of the course
  • Students have to complete clinical requirements and pass all theory credits before allowing sitting the first graduation exam. If requirements could not be completed, they have to sit the second graduation exam
  • Students who do not pass the first graduation exam will be allowed to re-sit the second exam two months after the first exam (theory and/or clinical performance they failed)
  • The graduation exam will be conducted by the training institution under the supervision of relevant authorities.


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-Betty. R. SWEET & Denise TIRAN 2000, Mayes’ a text book for midwifery, 12th edition, Bailliere Tindall, London

-Carol TAYLOR & al. 2001, Fundamentals of Nursing (The Art & Sciences of Nursing Care), 4th Edition Lippincott, Legal Implication of Nursing,

-CHRISTENSEN & KOCKROW. 1999. Adult Health Nursing, 3rd Edition. Mosby. St. Louis, Missouri

-Jackie CHANDLER. 1991. Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone, Melbourne

-Jean Weiler ASHWILL & Susan Colvert DROSKE, 1997, Nursing Care of Children Principle and Practice, W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia USA

-Julie C. NOVAK & Betty L. BROOM, 1999, Maternal & Child Health Nursing (Concepts & Practice), 5th edition, Lippincott

-PERRY & POTTER. 2005. Clinical Nursing Skill and Techniques. Skills Performance Checklists, 6th Edition. Elsevier, Mosby, St. Louis, Missouri.

-PERRY & POTTER. 2006. Clinical Nursing Skill and Techniques, 6th Edition. Elsevier Mosby, St. Louis. Missouri

-Suzanne C. SMELTZER, Brenda G. BARE. 2000. Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbookof Medical-Surgical Nursing. 9th Edition. Lippincott. Philadelphia

-WHO and UNICEF 2000, Handbook Integrated Management of Childhood Illness, WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development

 -Other MoH National Protocols and Guidelines

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