Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
General Information

Historical Background
The Associate Degree Nursing program is one of the health career programs offered by Shasta College.  The Associate Degree Nursing program began at Shasta College in 1966.  Since that time, more than 1733 students have graduated from the program.  Many graduates are staff members in the Redding health care industry.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The examination is given in Computerized Adaptive Testing (C.A.T.) format.

Mission Statement/Philosophy
The Shasta College Associate Degree Nursing Faculty, in partnership with the students and the community, incorporate our core values of caring, mentorship, integrity, collaboration, role-modeling, and advocacy to educate nurses who are committed to believing, upholding, and acting upon these values to provide patient and family-centered healthcare within the community.

We believe in the synergistic interaction of these core values:

  • Caring is the act of being nurturing and sensitive.
  • Mentorship is the act of facilitating assimilation into the field of nursing.
  • Integrity is the act of being responsible and accountable.
  • Collaboration is the act of creating multi-disciplinary partnerships.
  • Role-modeling is the act of demonstrating professional behaviors.
  • Advocacy is the act of intervening on the behalf of others.

Program Objective
The educational objective of the Associate Degree Nursing program is to prepare the student who, upon graduation and successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, will be able to function within the scope of nursing as defined by the State of California Nursing Practice Act.

The Registered Nurse 

  • Formulates a nursing diagnosis through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior, and through interpretation of information obtained from the client and others, including the health team.
  • Formulates a care plan, in collaboration with the client, which ensures that direct and indirect nursing care services provide for the client’s safety, comfort, hygiene, and protection, and for disease prevention and restorative measures.
  • Performs skills essential to the kind of nursing action to be taken, explains the health treatment to the client and family and teaches the client and family how to care for the client’s health needs.
  • Delegates tasks to subordinates based on the legal scopes of practice of the subordinates and on the preparation and capability needed in the tasks to be delegated, and effectively supervises nursing care being given by subordinates.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the care plan through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior, signs and symptoms of illness, and reactions to treatment and through communication with the client and health team members, and modifies the plan as needed. 
  • Acts as the client’s advocate, as circumstances require, by initiating action to improve health care or to change decisions or activities which are against the interests or wishes of the client, and by giving the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided.

ADN Program Organizational Structure

ADN Program Organizational Chart 

Student Handbook