Associate Degree in Nursing
Also found in: Dictionary, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Etymology: L, associare, to unite
an academic degree awarded on satisfactory completion of a 2-year course of study, usually at a community or junior college. The recipient is eligible to take the national licensing examination to become a registered nurse. An associate degree in nursing is not available in Canada or countries in the European Union.
As·so·ci·ate De·gree in Nurs·ing(ADN) (ă-sō'sē-ăt dĕ-grē' nŭrs'ing)
A professional nursing degree conferred after a period of training (e.g., 2-3 years) shorter than that needed for the bachelor's degree.