Shawnee State’s associate degree nursing (ADN) program began in 1969. For 49 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.* 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.

*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.

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 the 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 Healthcare Provider 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.


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 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.

RN-BSN Course Work Option (ADN)

ADN students may takeBSNR 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

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

Criteria for admission: Valid, active, nonrestricted LPN license and Math 0101. If the student is under 21 years of age and has less than 20 hours of college credit, an ACT score of 18 in all areas is required.  If a student does not have the required ACT score, they may demonstrate college readiness by retaking the ACT and obtaining required scores or by placement testing. 

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