Nursing Care Certificate - ADN Track

Students completing this certificate will gain a skillset allowing them to work in a number of nursing-related occupations. This track is designed to prepare students for application into PTC’s Associate Degree Nursing program.

Specific details about courses required for application, minimum GPA and other requirements can be found in the information prior to the ADN program outline.


Required Courses

AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1.0
AHS 163 Long Term Care 5.0
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   26.0
Total Credit Hours   26.0

Updated 3/31/2017

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Program notes

  • Students chose this certificate when they want to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and/or they want to take classes to prepare to enter the ADN clinical program.
  • Students must do a secondary application in May or September and be accepted into the ADN program before they start clinical coursework.
  • To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must score at least a 65% in both the math and reading sections of the TEAS V and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following courses . . .
    • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210)
    • English Composition I (ENG 101)
    • Probability and Statistics (MAT 120)
    • General Psychology (PSY 201)
  • Students must also complete the following courses with a grade of C or better, preferably before program entry . . .
    • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211)
    • A fine arts/humanities elective
  • Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here:
  • Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time basis.  After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the five-semester program with the same set of classmates.
  • Students may also take Long Term Care (AHS 163) in this certificate.  This is the class which prepares students to sit for the test to become a CNA.  Students must take the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation class (AHS 106) and become CPR certified before they can do the clinical work in AHS 163.
  • To earn the Nursing Care Certificate, students must complete all six classes that are prerequisites for ADN clinicals (listed above) as well as AHS 163 and AHS 106.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.
  • The math required for this program is MAT 120.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 120, depending on program requirement.
  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

Notes about other requirements

  • Students who are interested in becoming a CNA will need to be aware of the requirements below . . .
  • Requirements of all nursing programs are covered in depth in the Student Nursing Handbook.
  • Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.
  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.
  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.  See the Student Nursing Handbook for complete information on health requirements.
  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.
  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.  See the Student Nursing Handbook for a complete list of anticipated costs.


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.
  • The Dean of nursing is Tara Harris.
  • You may also contact Deidre Rappley with questions about this program.
  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.


Advisement Information updated 9/2017