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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Associate Degree (ADN)

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Shawnee State’s associate degree nursing (ADN) program began in 1969. For over 45 years, the ADN program has graduated quality nurses who have assumed multiple roles in health care facilities in the community, region, and across the nation.

The awarding of the ADN does not license one as a registered nurse. The board of nursing in the state in which the applicant wishes to be registered awards licensure after the successful completion of a separate examination (NCLEX-RN). The Department of Nursing certifies completion of degree requirements, but meeting other requirements for licensure is the responsibility of each candidate.1 After successfully passing this examination, graduates are licensed as registered nurses and are capable of providing nursing care at a beginning level in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, clinics, and selected community agencies.

1 Conviction of certain classes of misdemeanors or any felony conviction requires permission from the board of nursing of the state in which the applicant wishes to be registered.


The program is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Admission Requirements

Admission is determined on a competitive basis. The total number of students admitted to the program is based upon available facilities and faculty. Qualified applicants are admitted to the associate degree in nursing program annually for the fall and spring semesters; however, students may be required to complete designated courses the semester prior to the semester of official admission. Qualified applicants are selected beginning March 1 (Fall Class) or September 1  (Spring Class), and selection continues until all spaces in the class are filled.

There are no waiting lists.  Students not admitted for a designated semester must notify the department secretary in writing to have their files considered for future admission periods.

Criteria for admission:

  • If less than 20 hours of college credit —
  • Official high school transcript or GED test score transcript (along with partial high school transcript) showing a C or above in algebra, biology, and chemistry.
  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher in high school and college credit.
  • An 18 or above in all sections of the ACT.
  • Students with a composite ACT score of 24 or better with a minimum of 18 in all other sections are eligible for automatic acceptance into the associate degree nursing program provided they meet the deadline for application. Admission after deadline dates for these students is possible though not guaranteed.
  • If 20 hours or more of college credit —

Preference given to students who have successfully completed selected science courses.

  • Official high school or GED test score transcript (along with partial high school transcript), and official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • College or high school algebra, biology, and chemistry with a “C” or better.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale from all college and universities attended.
  • Shawnee State ENGL placement score or transfer credit equivalent to ENGL 1101 or 1102.
  • Shawnee State MATH placement score or transfer credit equivalent to MATH 0101.

To complete the admission process once a student has been accepted, the student must present to the nursing secretary prior to the first day of class:

  • A completed Confidential Physical Form obtained from the Department of Nursing.
  • Current CPR Healthcare Provider Certification
  • State and Federal BCIs
  • Drug Screening
  • Proof of influenza vaccination


Program Requirements

The Department of Nursing considers a grade of “C” (2.0) as the minimum passing grade for all required nursing and non-nursing courses. Courses completed with less than a “C” will result in academic dismissal from the program. Readmission to the program is determined by the Department of Nursing policies as printed in the current Department of Nursing ADN Student Handbook.

Current CPR Healthcare Provider certification; physical exam, which includes a TB skin test, immunizations, and Hepatitis B; state and federal BCIs, 5-panel quick drug screening, and proof of influenza vaccination are required and verified prior to enrollment in clinical nursing courses. TB skin test, state and federal BCIs, 5-panel quick drug screening, and proof of influenza vaccination are required annually.

A standardized exit examination is required in ADNR 2284.

ADN program graduation requirements include completion of 72 credit hours as specified in the following program of study (excluding credits and grades from developmental courses). Students are responsible for verifying they have met degree requirements for graduation.

Program of Study

All courses must be completed in this sequence during or before the semester shown.







LPN-RN: Advanced Placement for LPNs

LPNs may receive advanced placement into the second semester of the associate degree program by successful completion (grade of “C” or better) of the following courses:

ADNR 1197 Transition to Registered Nursing
BIOL 1130 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology 1
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 1130 Life Span Development

LPN’s are given the option to take an OB placement test (HESI).  A non-refundable fee must be paid prior to taking this exam.  If a score of 900 or higher is achieved ADNR2253 will be waived as part of the advanced placement program. 

Criteria for admission: Valid, active, nonrestricted LPN license and Math 0101. For more information, please contact the Department of Nursing at 740-351-3210.

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