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Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Associate Degree Course Sequence

NUR121  Fundamental Concepts of Nursing I
BIO121  Anatomy & Physiology I
PSY121  General Psychology
CHM121  General, Organic & Biological Chem. I
BIO122  Anatomy & Physiology II
CHM122  General, Organic & Biological Chem. II
ENG124  College Composition
NUR221  Nursing Care of Persons with Alterations in Health I
NUR122  Nursing Care of the Child Bearing Family
NUR123  Nursing Care of Children
PSY123  Human Growth & Development
SOC121  Sociology
BIO221  Principles of Microbiology
NUR222  Nursing Care of Persons with Alterations in Health II
NUR223  Nursing Care of Persons with Alterations in Health III
NUR224  Nursing Seminar
MTH124  Statistics


Nursing is a rewarding profession that combines technology with caring to assist people in obtaining and maintaining optimal health.

The associate degree nurse (ADN) practices in a variety of settings: hospitals, long-term and extended-care facilities, clinics and other health care agencies. The ADN graduate functions in three primary roles: provider of client care, manager of client care and member within the nursing discipline.

Using the methodology of the nursing process, the associate degree nurse formulates clinical judgments, collaborates with clients and other health care professionals, and practices within legal, ethical and social obligations.

Stark State College’s ADN program consists of four semesters and a summer of academic coursework and hands-on learning experiences in the classroom, learning laboratory and clinical settings. The program prepares the individual to qualify for the licensing examination for registered nurses.

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the ADN program:

  • Be a high school graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or better within the last five years; or have obtained a GED certificate within the last five years; or have a college GPA of 3.0 or better in seven (7) hours or more of course work. The most recent transcript (with a minimum of seven 7 credits) will be used to calculate the GPA.
  • Have completed one year of high school chemistry and biology with a grade of “B” or better within the past five years, or show equivalency.
  • Complete Stark State's pre-admission test (CPSS) and take any courses recommended as a result of that test.
  • Score 60% or higher on the National League for Nursing Preadmission Examination for Registered Nurses (PAX-RN).  See website for additional information.
  • An evening/weekend program is currently offered to students who meet the program admission requirements.  This program covers the same sequence in the same time frame as the weekday program.  Refer to the Informational Packet – Evening/Weekend Program.

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) admitted to Stark State College’s ADN program with advanced standing admission (ASA) obtains 77 semester hours of credit at graduation.

LPNs must earn 22 hours of credit in specified courses before admission to the program. Upon satisfactory completion of the ACE test with a decision score of 70 in both sections of the test, and satisfactory completion of NUR 201: Transition for the LPN (a five-credit hour course), LPNs will receive 20 hours of credit for first-level nursing courses. In addition, LPNs must complete the one-calendar-year curriculum plan RN completion for LPN sequence.

According to Section 4723.28 of the Ohio Revised Code, nursing students are responsible for informing the department chair/director of nursing, early and during the program, of any misdemeanor related to alcohol or drugs, or felony convictions so that students may be informed of the steps the Ohio Board of Nursing will take before considering their application to sit for the licensing examination.

According to Ohio HB327: anyone previously convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for an egregious felony will be precluded from initial licensure. Egregious felonies are: aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, kidnapping, rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, aggravated arson, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

Stark State College’s Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) Program has full approval status by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (ACEN). ACEN can be reached at: 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000; Fax: 404-975-5020; Website:

The Stark State College ADN program has the following written articulation agreements in place (Transfer guidelines are available from the Admissions Department):

  • Ashland University, Department of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), RN-BSN completion onsite at SSC.
  • Malone University, Department of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree-completion track for RNs (Canton, OH)
  • Wayne College Joint Vocational High School Nurse Program and the Wayne Adult School of Practical Nursing (Smithville, OH)
  • Portage Lakes Career Center, W. Howard Nicol School of Practical Nursing (Green, OH)
  • Practical Nurse Program of Canton City Schools (Canton, OH)
  • Robert T. White Practical Nurse Program (Alliance, OH)
  • Walsh University, B.S.N. Degree for the Registered Nurse (BSN-RN) Program (Canton, OH) Completion onsite at SSC.

Criminal Background checks will be required for all nursing students before beginning nursing courses and on an annual basis. Depending on the individual’s criminal background, it may not be possible to provide required clinical placements.

Candidates who wish to sit for the NCLEX-RN (Registered Nurse Licensing Examination) will be required to submit their fingerprints to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

For more details, contact the Ohio Board of Nursing Web site at

Acceptance to Stark State College does not ensure acceptance into a particular health program. Students must apply to their program of choice. Health Sciences Application Requirements for more information.