Students learn the roles of the Associate Degree Nurse as a provider and manager of care and a member of the discipline of nursing. Students develop beginning intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor competencies to assess well clients and clients with common actual or possible health problems. The roles of the nurse, communication theory, life-span development, ethical legal standards, and nursing process are basic concepts to the practice of nursing for the Associate Degree Nurse. Students are introduced to the concept that the person is a system in dynamic interaction with the internal and external environments. The eleven Functional Health Patterns organize the study of concepts common to a basic knowledge of the client’s state of wellness and possible or actual health problems. The Learning Laboratory provides opportunities to practice nursing skills in simulated activities. Clinical Learning provides experiences to practice nursing by caring for well clients or clients with common basic health problems in protected favorable environments such as nursing homes, rehabilitation and transitional care facilities.