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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Nursing Associate Degree (ADN)

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Shawnee State’s associate degree nursing (ADN) program began in 1969. For over 50 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 apply again to be considered for future admission periods.

Criteria for admission:

  • If less than 20 hours of college credit —
  • Official high school transcript denoting high school graduation or official GED test score transcript
  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher in high school and college credit.
  • A composite score of 22 with 18 or above in all other 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
  • If 20 hours or more of college credit —
  • Official high school or GED test score transcript (along with partial high school transcript), and official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale from all college and universities attended.
  • 15 of the 20 college credits must be required non-nursing courses with a minimum of 8 of these credit hours in the required science courses.

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 Basic Life Support Certification
  • State and Federal BCIs
  • Drug Screening
  • Proof of influenza vaccination

For individuals with experience in the armed forces of the United States, or in the National Guard or in a reserve component, the SSU Department of Nursing will:

(a) Review the individual’s military education and skills training;

(b) Determine whether any of the military education or skills training is substantially equivalent to the curriculum

     established in Chapter 4723-5 of the Administrative Code;

(c) Award credit to the individual for any substantially equivalent military education or skills training.

International students must demonstrate a minimum TOEFL score of 84, with a minimum English-speaking score of 26 to be considered for admission.


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 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 67 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.


Course Work by Semester

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

Level I Course Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours
ADNR1183 Fundamentals of Nursing 6 4 0.67 1.33
ADNR1114 Inroduction to Nursing 3 3    
BIOL1130 Principles of Anatomy/Physiology I 4      
PSYC1101 Introduction to Psychology 3      
UNIV1100 First Year Experience 1      
TOTAL   (17)      
Level II          
ADNR1194 Nursing Care of Adults and Children I 6 4 0.5 1.5
ADNR1254 Nursing Care of the Behavioral Health Client 3 1.5   1.5
BIOL1131 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 4      
PSYC1130 Lifespan Development for Health Sciences 3      
TOTAL   (16)      
BIOL3750 Microbiology 4      
TOTAL   4      
Level III          
ADNR2205 Nursing Care of Adults and Children II 6 4 0.67 1.33
ADNR2253 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 3 1.5 0 1.5
CHEM1121 Principles of Chemistry 4      
ENGL1101 or ENGL1102 Discourse and Composition (A/B) 3      
TOTAL   (16)      
ADNR2284 Nursing Care of Adults and Children II 6 4 0.42 1.58
ADNR2225 Current Issues in Nursing 2      
STAT1150 Principles of Statistics 3      
SOCI1101 Introduction to Sociology 3      
TOTAL   (14)      
  Total 67      

RN-BSN Course Work Option (ADN)

ADN students may take BSNR course work offered in the RN-BSN pathway if the following conditions are met:

GPA 2.5

No previous failure of ADN course

Permission of the RN-BSN course instructor


LPN-RN: Advanced Placement for LPNs

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may receive advanced placement into the second semester of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) 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  

Criteria for admission: LPN-ADN Program

  • Official high school or GED test score transcript (along with partial high school transcript) and official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Official transcript from LPN Program
  • Achieve an SSU English Placement score or transfer credit equivalent in ENGL 1101 or 1201 and an SSU Math Placement score or transfer credit equivalent in STAT 1150 or STAT 1150A
  • Grade “C” or greater in AHNR 1197, BIOL 1130, and PSYC 1101
  • Possess a valid, active, non-restricted LPN license

For more information, please contact the Department of Nursing at 740-351-3210.

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