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What is an associate degree in nursing?

This program has been designed for students wishing to enter into a nursing career. The Associate degree nurse is an entry level Registered Nurse that has successfully completed a program of nursing, passed the NCLEX licensure exam, and sought licensure through the appropriate Board of Nursing. The associate degree nursing program provides nurses with a solid foundation in the healthcare field for entry level nursing and provides the needed foundation to pursue the RN-BSN degree expanding the role and opportunities of the working nurse. Associate Degree Nursing graduates are eligible to sit for the national NCLEX-RN exam and apply for licensure upon successful completion of the exam.

The proposed ADN program builds upon University of the Cumberlands’ tradition of community service. To the extent that degree candidates are drawn from the immediate region, the proposed programs will also build upon the University’s commitment to develop the workforce by providing knowledgeable and skilled professionals in an economically challenged region.

Philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing Program

The Department of Nursing at University of the Cumberlands believes that Nursing is a culmination of caring as both an art and a science and an exemplar profession for acts of service to the community. The curriculum promotes attainment of educational outcomes through use of the nursing process and critical thinking to provide client centered, evidence-based, culturally competent care. The Associate Degree program at University of the Cumberlands is built upon the prelicensure quality and safety competencies presented by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute including: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.

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University of the Cumberlands, Associate Degree Nursing Program, has been granted Developmental status by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

The Associate Degree Nursing program has applied for nursing program accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The program will undergo a site evaluation February 8-11, 2021 during which time the evaluation team will conduct a virtual site visit of the campus at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. You are invited to submit, in writing, comments concerning the programs qualifications and experiences for accreditation. 

Written third-party comments may be submitted to ACEN in writing via the address printed below:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

A time has also been set aside for the peer evaluators on the site visit team to meet with and receive oral comments from interested members of the public. The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 2pm-2:30pm EST. You may access the meeting using the following information:
Access Code: 418-240-101
Dial-in Information: United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
United States: +1 (646) 749-3129


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 

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