Nursing, Associate in Science

The Goodwin College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program consists of class work and clinical practice in a variety of healthcare facilities, which will provide nursing graduates with the skills to function effectively in today's healthcare industry. It includes the opportunity for personal growth through the inclusion of liberal arts and science courses. The general education courses are supportive to the nursing courses.

This program is an organized program of study that combines general education courses from the biological, social and behavioral sciences and the humanities, with courses in the theory and practice of nursing. The program develops the student in the process of nursing, promotes critical thinking, fosters the development of moral and ethical professional behaviors, and promotes continued self-development and personal and professional growth.

The program is designed as a progression of courses of increasing complexity that build upon one another. Therefore, the courses should be taken in the prescribed sequence. If a student fails a nursing course, (s)he may repeat it one time. However, only one course may be taken twice. If a student's clinical attendance and/or performance are deemed unsatisfactory by the faculty, (s)he is at risk for failing the course. A positive drug screen will preclude admission consideration unless justified through physician documentation as being "medically necessary".

Admission Requirements and Process

These admission requirements are in effect for students applying to the nursing program.

Only students admitted to the program may enroll in nursing courses. It is important to note that not all qualified candidates can be offered admission to the nursing program due to the limited number of places available. Prospective nursing applicants are strongly advised to attend a Health Science Information Session conducted by the college. Please call the Admissions Office for dates and times of upcoming sessions. Students may enter the college at any time to complete the prerequisites required for admission.

Consideration for admission is based upon completion of nursing prerequisites. All prerequisites must be completed before enrolling in Nursing 100. Final selection is based on a Selection Point System described at the end of this section. Students may apply to the nursing program for a total of six (6) attempts. Any submitted applications that do not meet the minimum required GPA and the required score on the examination being utilized as the pre-admission exam will not be considered.

Process to follow for Program Admission 

  1. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin College. Applicants to the nursing program must first meet the prerequisites for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College.
  2. Complete the Nursing Program Application.
    1. Official college transcripts are required with the application if the applicant has courses from another institution that will need to be transferred in to meet the prerequisite courses required for admission or to use as proof of level of education for the admission point system. If the transcripts have already been provided to the Registrar, the nursing department will retrieve copies.
  3. Take the examination being used for pre-admission. This examination is administered off campus three times a year, (January, May and September). The cost of the Exam is the responsibility of the applicant. Students may only register for the exam when they are submitting an application or reactivating an application that is already on file. It is the student's responsibility to follow the deadlines and instructions posted on the application. All questions regarding exam registration dates and deadlines must be directed to the Nursing Department or are accessible on the Goodwin College web site []. Beginning January 2017, students may only attempt The Pre-Entrance Examination one time per semester for a total of six (6) attempts. Students must attain the pre-determined minimal score for whichever exam is being utilized at the time the student applies to be considered for admission.
  4. Complete or must have already completed BIO 212 (A&P II) in the semester (s)he registers for the pre-entrance exam.
  5. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the most recent course work (college). College GPA is based on a minimum of 12 completed credits at Goodwin College. GPA's are not rounded.
  6. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”, prior to applying:
    1. MATH 125 (Goodwin College) or higher or score into a college level math on the college placement test. This course fulfills the Math Competency general education graduation requirement.
    2. Chemistry - CHEM 101 (Goodwin College) or equivalent.
    3. BIO 120 or BIO 121 (Goodwin College) or equivalent with a laboratory component is the prerequisite for BIO 211. (Note: Applicants meeting all other requirements can be admitted conditionally without completing BIO 212. However, this course must be successfully completed prior to starting the nursing program)
  7. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C+" or better:
    1. Biology - BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology I (Goodwin College), or equivalent completed within the last five years.
    2. Biology - BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II (Goodwin College), or equivalent completed within the last five years.

Any prerequisite courses transferred from another college must be equivalent to Goodwin College courses and must meet the grade requirement of C+ as previously stated.

Applicants are strongly advised to complete Microbiology (must be completed with a C+ or better) prior to entering the Nursing program. If a student takes NUR 100 and Microbiology together and then decides to withdraw from NUR 100 (s)he will need to reapply to the nursing program. Microbiology must be completed by the end of NUR 110 in order for students to advance to NUR 200.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance in advance of the registration period for the following semester.

Nursing applicants who have satisfied all of the admission criteria will be selected according to the point system as specified below:

Previous College Education Score
Associate Degree or >60 Credits 2
Bachelor's Degree 3
Master's Degree 4
Completion of courses taken at Goodwin College
1 course 1
2 courses 2
3 courses 3
4 courses 4
5 courses 5
6 courses 6
7 courses 7
Cumulative GPA (applicable for Goodwin College courses only, based on a minimum of 12 credits)
2.7 - 3.0 1
3.1 - 3.4 2
3.5 - 3.8 3
3.9 - 4.0 4
Composite Score on Pre-Admission Test
10 possible points. Specific assignment of points depends on the pre-admission exam being used and is available online or in the Nursing Department.
Total Possible Points 25

Accepted Students

Once accepted, students are required to submit a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit to hold their place in the class. Students must obtain their own Malpractice Insurance and also become members of the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA).

Admitted students must submit a medical examination report by a physician which describes the student's physical and emotional health prior to starting the program. All required immunizations must be completed before the start of the first Nursing course excluding the Hepatitis B vaccine series which may be in progress. If a student elects to not have the Hepatitis B vaccine series, a signed declination form must be in his/her file. All students in the program must receive a flu shot annually.

Students are required to become certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Health Provider or Professional Rescuer) by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross before entering the Nursing program and must maintain certification throughout the nursing program. The cost related to obtaining and maintaining CPR certification is the responsibility of the student. Proof of certification must be submitted annually.

All students accepted to the Associate Degree in Nursing program must submit to a background check and drug screening. Fees cover the cost of both. However, if the drug screen result is "negative dilute", the student must assume the cost of a second drug screen. A positive drug screen, not substantiated by a physician, will prevent the student from entering the program. Students will be notified if the background check reveals any criminal record that might interfere with future licensure. In the event that a clinical facility finds the results of a student's background check objectionable and, as a result, prohibits the student from participating in a clinical experience at their facility, the department will make two additional attempts to place the student in an alternative facility. If neither of the two further attempts yield a placement for the student, (s)he will not be permitted to progress with the program. Students are advised to take this into consideration upon initial receipt of the results of their background check.

The Connecticut Articulation Model

The Connecticut Articulation Model, developed by the Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN), provides the mechanism for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) to continue their education.

LPNs who currently hold an unencumbered CT license and are accepted into the Goodwin College nursing program may take a 3-credit “Bridge” course developed by the CLN and administered through Charter Oak College via distance learning. This is followed by a 1-credit course at Goodwin College to validate clinical and other skills. The LPN who successfully completes both these courses is awarded 12 credits and will begin the nursing courses with Nursing 200. LPNs apply in September for the January semester and in January for the May semester. LPNs adhere to the same admission point system as other applicants. LPN's may not apply in May for acceptance in the September semester. No more than eight (8) candidates will be accepted for admission to the January and May semester.

The LPN student's license must remain unencumbered for the duration of the time (s)he is in the program. It is the student's responsibility to immediately report any change in the status of his/her LPN license to the program director. If a student's license becomes suspended or terminated, (s)he must take a leave of absence from the program until the license is reinstated or as determined by the program director.

*Microbiology must be completed before NUR 200. It is recommended that it be completed prior to admission into Nursing.

For more information on the Connecticut Articulation Program and how it is implemented at Goodwin College, please contact the Nursing Department.

Nursing Department Policies

Policies specific to the Nursing program may be found in the Nursing Department Student Handbook.

Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

  1. Complete all required nursing courses with a minimum grade of "C+."
  2. Complete Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology with a minimum grade of "C+".
  3. Attain a minimum score of 65.3 on the ATI Nursing Exit Exam.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks and scope of practice for registered nurses;
  2. Utilize critical thinking and information technology, to plan and implement culturally appropriate client care which is safe and holistic;
  3. Engage in therapeutic and professional communication skills with all members of the healthcare team including the client/patient/family to meet client/patient/family centered goals;
  4. Utilize a process of self-evaluation that fosters personal and professional growth and contributes to lifelong learning;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use evidence-based practices and quality-improvement methods to facilitate the delivery of safe and appropriate client/patient care; and
  6. Articulate their role and responsibility in the larger system of health care.

Additionally, graduates will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education components.


Associate in Nursing

General Education Requirements - 25 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


ENG 1XXWriting Competency (WR)


COM 1XXCommunications Competency (COM)


CAP 1XXComputer Literacy Competency (CL)


BIO 211Anatomy and Physiology I


PSY 112Introduction to Psychology


Cultural Competency (CU or E/P)


SOC 101Introduction to Sociology


Non-Nursing Core - 11 Credits

BIO 212Anatomy and Physiology II


BIO 235Microbiology


PSY 212Life-Span Development


Nursing Major Core - 35 Credits

NUR 100Nursing Skill Development


NUR 110Adults and the Wellness Continuum I


NUR 200Adults and the Wellness Continuum II


NUR 210Families and the Wellness Continuum


NUR 220Integration of Nursing Practice: Adults with Complex Health Problems


Total Credit Hours: 71

BIO 211, BIO 235: There may be a prerequisite course that must be successfully completed prior to taking the course. Please see course descriptions in this catalog. This table reflects core credits of the ADN Program per state regulation.