Nursing - ADN


Program Description

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program will prepare students for entry-level practice as a nurse. Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Associate Degree Nursing, the graduate will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a registered nurse and can work in a variety of healthcare settings including, hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, clinics, long-term care, home health care, and other areas.

The LPN to RN program option helps qualified students gain the additional skills and knowledge to sit for the NCLEX-RN® certification exam and advance from LPN to RN.

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Awards Offered: A.A.S. Degree
Locations: Beatrice, Lincoln
Formats: Hybrid / In-Person
Start: Fall / Spring / Summer
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$11,685 Associate of Applied Science
$10,690.50 Associate of Applied Science

ADN Traditional Option

START HERE: Please follow the steps on the ADN Get Started Checklist (PDF) to complete the program application process.

LPN-to-ADN Option

Please note: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advanced Standing is available for those who have earned their LPN Diploma, hold an active license and are seeking an RN degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for specific program information.

START HERE: Please follow the steps on the LPN-ADN Option Get Started Checklist (PDF) to complete the program application process.

You’re a Good Fit

Nursing is a great field to go into-it’s currently in high demand, it pays well, and society will always need nurses. How do you know if nursing is a good fit for you? To be both successful and happy in nursing, it helps to have certain personal characteristics and attributes. Here is a closer look at the qualities that make a good nurse.

  • Compassionate/Empathic
  • Excellent Communication Skills (both verbal and written)
  • Ability to Work in Stressful Situation
  • Attentive to Details/Observant
  • Emotional Strength/ Stability
  • Good Organizational Skills
  • Flexible
  • Non-Judgmental
  • Effective Interpersonal Skills/Team-player
  • Desire to Learn
  • Critical Thinking
  • Integrity


Your career outlook is bright as employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 15 percent between 2016-2026. Nursing positions are readily available in diverse communities across Nebraska and the United States. Most graduates are hired into an acute care specialty at hospitals, clinics, offices and long-term care facilities. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting annual salary of $60,112. Career options include work in a variety of healthcare settings including, hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices and urgent care clinics, long-term care and home health care agencies and many other facilities that require the expertise of a Registered Nurse.


The Associate Degree Nursing program at Southeast Community College located in Lincoln, NE is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South, 1st floor
Lincoln NE 68508

ACEN-Seal-Color-Web_144The Associate Degree Nursing program at Southeast Community College located in Lincoln, NE is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program located in Lincoln and Beatrice is Continuing Accreditation with conditions.

State Licensure or Certification Requirements

States where licensure or certification requirements are met by this program’s curriculum – Nebraska.

No determination has been made for any other State as to whether the program’s curriculum does or does not meet licensure or certification requirements.

If a student from a state outside of Nebraska is interested in this program, state licensure will be investigated.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Nebraska belongs to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) compact. Any student passing the NCLEX-RN exam in Nebraska may also practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in any of the other compact States without reapplying for a license in that state. Click on the following link to access all compact states:

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact