Associate Degree Pathway Admission

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 (see criteria for admission below). Students may be required to complete designated courses in the summer or fall semester prior to official admission into the nursing program.

Deadline for admission to Fall semester is March 1st or until seats are filled and Spring semester deadline for admission is September 1st or until all seats are filled.

Improve Your Chances of Admission

If you apply and are not accepted to the ADN program on your initial attempt, please contact the department of nursing for further guidance.

If you are currently a high school student:

  • Choose science courses such as biology, anatomy & physiology, and chemistry. GRADES MATTER.
  • Choose at least one algebra course.
  • Take the ACT early, and plan to re-take if you would like to improve your score.
  • Talk to a nurse about their work and educational path.
  • Talk to your guidance counselor about the profession of nursing and educational requirements.
  • Investigate opportunities to take college level classes while you are still in high school.

If you are currently a college student:

  • Take the following courses first: BIOL 1130, BIOL 1131, BIOL 3750 & CHEM 1121.
  • Take as many of the non-nursing courses listed in the program of study as possible.
  • Remember; GRADES MATTER!

If less than 20 hours of semester 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.
  • A composite score of 22 and 18 or above in all other sections of the ACT.
  • Health Science application and $30 Health Science application fee.
  • Shawnee State ENGL placement score or transfer credit equivalent to ENGL 1101.
  • Shawnee State MATH placement score or transfer credit equivalent to MATH 0101.
  • Students with an overall ACT score of 24 or better and no category below 18 are eligible for automatic acceptance into the associate degree nursing program provided they meet all minimum program requirements and apply before the March 1 deadline for application.
  • Admission after March 1 or until seats are filled. 

If 20 hours of college credit —

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

  • Official high school transcript and official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • College or high school algebra, biology, and chemistry with a C or better.
  • Achieve an SSU English Placement score or transfer credit equivalent in ENGL 1101 and an SSU Math Placement score or transfer credit equivalent in MATH 0101. 
  • Health Science application and $30 Health Science application fee.
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