Traditional RN

Traditional RN

The  Associate Degree Nursing program  consists of a  specially designed  two (2)  year  ( 4 semesters and 1 summer term) undergraduate curriculum  that prepares students to provide direct nursing care  to clients in structured  healthcare settings where supervision and  guidance are  available by a registered nurse prepared minimally at  the Baccalaureate  Degree in Nursing level.

The Nursing program is an integral part of the University.  Nursing faculty members believe that the best preparation for a career in nursing includes not only the study of nursing and the sciences, but a broad liberal arts education as well. This combination promotes the development   of the student both as a nurse and member of society.  Nursing students have an opportunity to participate in general education classes on campus or online with students majoring in other fields of study. Classroom learning and library work take place on the University campus.

This program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis, some students may choose to take more time for a variety of reasons. Those students who wish to progress in school at a slower pace may do so by electing to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to applying for admission and being admitted into the Nursing Program. Once a student is admitted into the Nursing Program, however, all general education courses and nursing courses must be taken in sequence and be successfully completed prior to enrolling in the next semester. Continuation in the Nursing Program requires a grade of “C” or better for all required nursing and science courses and a “satisfactory” designation for the clinical experience in nursing courses where this is a requirement.

Clinical learning experiences are provided in healthcare settings with the elderly, adults, children, new mothers and newborn infants, at a variety of hospital, community health agencies and clinics. Clinical experiences are assigned within an 80 mile radius of the University. Transportation to and from the University and clinical agency sites (or field trip locations) is the responsibility of the nursing student.

Nursing faculty supervise students while scheduled for experiences in the clinical agencies. Field trips are also scheduled to various out-of-town specialty units and hospitals. Technical nursing skills and procedures are learned and practiced in the on-campus Nursing Skills Laboratory.

A nursing faculty member is responsible for advising individuals interested in the Nursing Program and will clarify the process which is required for possible acceptance into the Program. Enrollment in University courses neither implies nor guarantees a student eventual acceptance into the Nursing Program.

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Program, the graduate is awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology (AAS Degree). Nursing students must complete all degree requirements within five (5) years of their semester of initial enrollment.

The University of Rio Grande-Holzer School of Nursing at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College meets the state education requirements for a registered nurse license in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia , Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College has determined that the Associate Degree nursing program at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College does not meet the state education requirements in the states of Alabama, American Samoa, Oregon, and Virginia or any other US Territory.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has resources that may be helpful.

Recommended Course Sequence – Associate of Applied Science – Nursing Technology (9321)

First Semester (Fall)
AHC 13101 Tech & Res Strat for Nursing1
BIO 10104 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
LA 10001 Gateway to Success1
MTH 11903 Mathematics for Nurses3
NUR 10505: Nursing I5
Total Semester Hours14
Second Semester (Spring)
BIO 10204 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 10302 Microbiology for Nurses2
NUR 10606: Nursing II6
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology3

Total Semester Hours

Third Semester (Summer)
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I3
NUR 20404: Nursing III4
Total Semester Hours10
Fourth Semester (Fall)
ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II3
NUR 21303: Nursing IV3
NUR 21707: Nursing V7
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology3
Total Semester Hours16
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NUR 20909: Nursing VI9
NUR 22101: Trends II1
Total Semester Hours10

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the associate degree-nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as a provider of nursing care for patients at various stages of growth and development in diverse health care delivery settings.
  2. Use the nursing process to identify patient needs and provide effective nursing care focusing on promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.
  3. Use principles of teaching and learning to provide health education to patients and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team.
  4. Demonstrate responsibility for self-development and continued lifelong learning.
  5. Use effective communication and collaborative skills in interactions with patients and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for nursing practice within the profession’s legal/ethical framework.
  7. Organize and direct nursing care for individual patients, small groups of patients and families.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is your program accredited?
The University of Rio Grande Holzer School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and has provisional approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN).
What type of degree will I receive?

You will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AAS) and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN (State Board licensure exam).

How long is the program?

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is a two-year, full-time program lasting five (5) semesters (four (4) main semesters and one (1) ten (10) week summer term.

Can I begin this program at any time?

This program begins once per year in the Fall Semester only.

Is the curriculum flexible? Are there any pre-requisite courses?

All nursing courses and clinical hours must be completed as laid out in the curriculum plan without exception. General education courses may be taken prior to, during or at any time prior to program completion.


What is the application process?
  • Applicants must submit both the general admission and Traditional RN program applications (available online under admissions) and select Nursing as intended major.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from high school and all universities/colleges attended (if applicable) to the Admissions office.
  • The Admissions office will send information regarding registration for the HESI A2 entrance exam once all information has been verified and the applicant has been accepted for general admission and has met all eligibility requirements for the School of Nursing.

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What is the application time line/when are applications available?
  • Applications are made available beginning each Fall semester. Applications are for the program beginning the Fall semester of the following year (for example, an application submitted in Fall 2018 is for the program beginning fall 2019).
  • Eligibility reviews take place continually, but registration for the HESIA2 entrance exam will not be opened until in the fall semester.
  • Once HESI A2 entrance exam registration opens, registrations will be taken in the order they are received until all exam seats have been filled. Seating is limited. Once all seats are filled, registration for the year will close.
What are the prerequisites/eligibility requirements?
  • To be eligible applicants must have completed Algebra, Biology (with lab) and Chemistry (with lab) courses with a grade of “C” or better (high school and college courses reviewed for eligibility).
  • To be eligible applicants must have  a minimum cumulative GPA  of 2.5  (high school  GPA is used for applicants who  have earned  less than 12 hours of college credit at the time of application).
How will I know if I am eligible to test?
  • Only applicants who have completed the initial general admission process will be reviewed for eligibility and notified of status. Eligible applicants will be provided with HESI A2 entrance exam registration instructions. Notification and instructions will be sent by both e-mail and standard mail.
  • Official notification of eligibility, including HESI A2 exam registration information, will not be sent until registration opens later in the Fall semester.

Entrance Testing

What exam is used for entrance?

Registered, eligible applicants will take the HESI A2 exam. This is an academic content test focusing on science (anatomy & physiology, biology, chemistry), basic math, and reading comprehension/vocabulary/general knowledge.

Is there a study guide for the HESI A2 entrance exam?

Yes, you can purchase this study guide by ordering it at the University Bookstore or by ordering it online.

How do I register for the exam?

Eligible applicants may either register /pay by phone or debit/credit card (recommended) or by returning the mailed registration form with payment to the Admissions office. Phone registration instructions will be provided in the eligibility e-mail.

How much is the exam?

The $60.00 exam fee is due at the time of registration; registration cannot be accepted without payment.

How can I pay for my exam?

Debit/credit card is the only option available for phone registration. For mailed registrations, we accept check or money order. Registrations made in person may be paid by cash, check, money order, or debit/credit card.

When /where does testing take place?

Testing takes place at the University of Rio Grande main campus, usually during late January/early February. Weekday and weekend as well as morning and afternoon testing options are typically provided.

What do I need to bring to the exam?

Applicants must bring photo ID for exam check-in. No outside calculators permitted, however students may use the computer’s calculator.

Program Admission

How is acceptance /denial determined?

Applicants will be ranked by their HESI A2Exam score. The top 80 applicants will be accepted into the program.

How will I know if I am accepted to the program?

Once all testing is complete, tested applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial by both e-mail and standard mail. Results are usually available the week after the last exam.

I was accepted into the program! Now what?
  • Accepted applicants will receive an official admission offer response form by mail. This is the last communication regarding the Traditional RN program that will be received from the Admissions office. The form must be signed, indicating acceptance or denial of the offer for program admission, and returned by the stated deadline to the University of Rio Grande-Holzer School of Nursing.
  • Further instructions will be sent by the School of Nursing after the response form deadline.  Once accepted all questions should be forwarded to the School of Nursing.
I did not score high enough for admission. What are my options?

The top scorers on the exam that did not score high enough for admission will be considered for admission should a space open prior to the beginning of the program. Otherwise, non-accepted applicants are encouraged to reapply and retest for the following year’s program.

Associate of Applied Science, Nursing Technology Achievement Data

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End-of-Program Student Learning OutcomesThe program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
NCLEX-RN Pass RatesEach calendar year, the total graduating Associate Degree Nursing graduates will achieve a pass rate at or above 80%.
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YearRio NCLEX-RN AverageOhio NCLEX-RN AverageNational NCLEX-RN Average
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Program Completion60% of the total graduating Associate Degree Nursing students will complete the program within 150% of the time frame allotted for the program.
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YearCompletion Rate
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EmploymentNine months after graduation, 80% of the RN graduates are employed in nursing.
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YearEmployment Rate

​ADN Accreditation

The University of Rio Grande is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Associate Degree Nursing program at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College at the Main Campus located in Rio Grande, Ohio is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.


View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at: Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs (

Program Facts

NCLEX-Pass Rate: 2020: 73%; 2019: 88%; 2018: 90%

Student Retention /graduation rate: 2019: 64%; 2018: 54%; 2017: 64%

Job Placement Rate: 2019: 100%; 2018: 100%; 2017:100%

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