What are the admission requirements to the Associate Degree Nursing Program?

High School or College Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry (C or above); ACT composite score of 22 and 18 or above in all sections; ENGL 1101 and Math 0101 placement scores.

What can I do to improve my chances of being admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program?

Admission is based on a scoring system that incorporates at a variety of things including high school/college GPA, ACT scores, successful completion of required science and English courses. Students waiting for admission can improve their chances of acceptance into the nursing program by completing required anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and English courses- the higher the grade the higher the score.

Is there a deadline for submission of application?

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 semester; however, students may be required to complete designated courses the summer prior to the official admission. Selection of applicants continues until all spaces in the class are filled.

Deadline for admission to Fall semester is March 1st.

Will I be a Registered Nurse (RN) after I complete the ADN Program?

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 administers a separate examination (NCLEX-RN). The Department of Nursing certifies completion of degree requirements, but meeting other requirements for licensure is the responsibility of the candidate.

Will I need a criminal records check to enter the ADN Program?


What is required of me after I am accepted into the ADN program?

The Department of Nursing considers a grade of C (2.0) as the minimum passing grade for all required nursing and non-nursing courses; current CPR Healthcare Provider certification; a two-step TB skin test; current immunizations, including Hepatitis B; a recent physical exam must be verified prior to enrollment in clinical nursing courses. Verification of these requirements is necessary each year. A standardized exit examination is required in ADNR 2284. A student must satisfactorily pass this examination in order to graduate. A special fee may be charged for this examination.

I currently hold a valid, active, non-restricted Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license. Do I have to start the ADN program from the beginning?

LPN’s may receive advanced placement into the first year of the associate degree program by successful completion (grade of C or better) of the following courses: ADNR 1197, BIOL 1130, and PSYCH 1101. For more information, contact the Department of Nursing.

Are there evening classes in nursing?

All ADNR classes are offered during the day. Clinical time may be assigned during evening hours and non-nursing courses may be offered during the evening.

Where will I do my clinical experiences?

Nursing students at SSU have clinical experiences in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health centers and community agencies. Some of the places students attend clinical include: Southern Ohio Medical Center (Portsmouth, OH), Our Lady of Bellefonte, and Kings Daughters Medical Center (Ashland, KY). Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

Why would I want to pursue a BSN after I complete an ADN?

The bachelor of science in nursing (RN-BSN) builds on the foundation of associate degree education and prepares the RN for professional nursing practice in a variety of settings. Graduates of the RN-BSN program are prepared for leadership positions and for graduate study.

"The look on a patient's face when you have helped lessen their load is an amazing and rewarding thing."

SSU Nursing Alumni

Contact Information

Leeann Denning

Department Chair
(740) 351-3378

Deborah Howell

(740) 351-3210