Associate Degree Nursing

The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is to provide high quality education to individuals in the community seeking a career as a registered nurse and to promote the transition of the licensed practical nurse into the role of the registered nurse. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

Program Chair
Emily Fink

Emily Fink



Nurses make up the single largest sector in healthcare. With more than 2.6 million nurses currently employed in the United States, there are more nurses than there are doctors, pharmacists, or dentists.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for nurses is $66,640 with the potential to earn more than six figures, depending on the geographic location and type of health care provided.

According to the United States Government Accountability Office, 45.4 percent of newly licensed nurses enter the field with an associate's degree in nursing.

The resources at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College helped me get organized and gave me life skills. I’m excited for my job at Rowan Regional.
Michelle Terpstra


I pretty much have my dream job – I love working with kids. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, it is so rewarding to help kids go from sick to well.
Ashley Honeycutt