Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
STUDENT HANDBOOK 
General Considerations
 

Course Withdrawal
Withdrawal from any course requires concurrent withdrawal from co-requisite course(s).

Instructor Initiated Drop
An instructor initiated drop will occur in all ADN courses when a full two weeks’ worth of class has been missed in any one course.  For example, if you have two days a week of theory the drop occurs with the fourth theory absence.  A student who receives an instructor initiated drop in one course will need to withdraw from any co-requisite course(s).​

Withdrawal Procedure
A student who withdraws from any nursing course must also withdraw from the co-requisite course(s). Students may withdraw from a class after the official “drop” date and up through the fourteenth week or 75% of the term for classes less than a semester in length. The notation “W” will appear on the student’s transcript and will not be used in calculation of grade point average.

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain forms and submit the necessary paperwork to withdraw from class(es).  Forms are available from Admissions and Records, Extended Education Centers, by mail, or online.  Students who have not dropped or withdrawn from a class before the end of the fourteenth week or 75% of the term will be assigned a course grade. Students receiving a “W” who want to return to the ADN program must apply for the re-enrollment according to the program re-enrollment policy.

Course Repetition
Repetition of a college course is restricted and shall occur only under the following conditions: 1) "W" Grade: A student who receives a "W" may repeat the course one time. 2) A student receiveing a D, F, or NC grade in a course may repeat a general education/pre-requisite course one time for the ADN Program. 3) Course Repitition due to a significant lapse of time, defined as 5 years, since a student obtained a stasifactory grade (A, B, or C) in a course, the student may petition the Scholastic Standards Committee to repeat the course. Decisions of the Scholastic Standards Committee may be appealed to the Superintendent/President. When a course is repeated under this provision, the grade awarded shall not be calculated in the student's grade point average.

Extenuating Circumstances

Students, who must withdraw from college after the fourteenth week of class (75% of the term for classes less than a full term) because of extenuating circumstances, verifiable cases of accidents/illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student, may petition the Scholastic Standards Committee for authorized withdrawals from their classes.  Petitions are available in the Admissions and Records Office.

 

Student Code of Conduct
Students are representatives of Shasta College, the Associate Degree Nursing Program, and the Nursing Profession.  Students are obligated to function within the framework of the professional Standards of Ethical Conduct and applicable Rules and Regulations governing professional nursing practice, the Shasta College Student Code of Conduct, and the policies and procedures of the Health Sciences Division and ADN Program.​

 

Expected Student Behaviors
The students of the Associate Degree Nursing program are expected to demonstrate safe, professional behavior both in the classroom and in all clinical settings. Behaviors that are required of a registered nurse will be emphasized throughout the program. The clinical agencies and healthcare consumers expect the students of the ADN program to be well prepared and conduct themselves with professionalism and integrity. The expected standards of behavior are identified in the Student Behavior Expectations chart.

Students who exhibit unacceptable behaviors will meet with their faculty and will receive a Remediation Form regarding the behavior and may receive a student contract identifying actions that must be completed to remediate behavior.

N​​ursing Program students who are involved in any incident or clinical situation that puts the patient, student, clinical affiliate, faculty or college at risk is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.

There are behaviors that are serious enough to result in dismissal from the ADN program without possibility of return. These include:

  • Positive drug screen
  • Criminal background issue during the program
  • Gross negligence resulting in harm to client or family
  • Verbal threat of physical harm (assault)
  • Physical violence (battery)
  • Incivility
  • Violation of the Shasta College Student Code of Conduct
  • Falsifying the medical record
  • Carrying a weapon or illicit drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Stealing from clinical site, college, or faculty
  • Failure to satisfactorily complete any student remediation plan
  • Failure to demonstrate safe clinical practice
  • HIPAA Violation (breach of confidentiality to include, but not limited to, inappropriate social media)
  • Rejection for clinical placement by a clinical site

Note:  Any incidence of threat or assault & battery against individuals or the institution will be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities (both internal to the college and/or law enforcement agencies).

 

Student Grievance Procedure
A student grievance is an assertion or claim by a student or applicant for enrollment that a particular rule, or set of rules, established by a local, state, or federal law or regulation, or contractual agreement has been violated by the institution and/or its representative(s). The procedure is available for use by any student or applicant for enrollment who believes that they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, or sex.

For more information please refer to Shasta College’s Students Rights and Grievances.

 

Graduation Information & Requirements
Students completing the nursing program are encouraged to participate in the Shasta College graduation ceremonies. (See details in the Shasta College Catalog).


Application Requirements for NCLEX-RN, Licensure and Interim Permit

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) regulates nursing practice via the Nursing Practice Act. Upon satisfactory completion of the nursing program, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

During the fourth semester of the ADN program, the program director will meet with the student to review the procedure for application and examination fees, as well as to discuss when to apply. The examination fee must be paid online only. It is the student’s responsibility to periodically review their progress toward meeting the degree requirements, and to properly submit the NCLEX-RN application forms and fees.

Be advised that a license may be denied if an applicant has a felony conviction. To make a determination of these cases, the BRN considers the nature and severity of the offense, additional subsequent acts, recency of acts or crimes, compliance with court sanctions, and evidence of rehabilitation. The burden of proof lies with the applicant to demonstrate acceptable documented evidence of rehabilitation. The board does not evaluate eligibility to set for NCLEX-RN until the student has completed their nursing program.

 

Cost of the ADN Program

The following is an approximation for those expenses commonly experienced by students. Each individual will find there is variation depending on the source and item purchased, and changing college enrollment fees.  The following fees are subject to change without notice.

Estimated Costs of the ADN Program

During the fourth semester of the program, successful students will be able to apply for the NCLEX-Computer Adaptive Testing (C.A.T.) licensing examination. Based on the fee schedule from the Board of Registered Nursing these fees include:

 

​​ ​Licensing Fees (at end of program)
Board of Registered Nursing Application Fee $150.00
Interim Permit 50.00
NCLEX-RN Fee 200.00
Live Scan Fingerprinting* 51.00 ​​
Fingerprint Card** 49.00
Photo ID 10.00
Total:  $      508.00
* Method 1 for BRN application process
** Method 2 for BRN application process. Fingerprints must be done at a local law enforcement agency, which may incur an additional fee.
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Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available. Students seeking assistance should contact the Financial Aid Office on the main campus. There are numerous scholarships available for nursing students. 

Information for financial assistance is available in the Financial Aid Office.  Nursing students are encouraged to apply so that their eligibility for scholarships, grants and loans can be determined.

 

Shasta College Student Code of Conduct

Student Behavior Expectations

Students Right and Grievances​

Estimated Costs of ADN Program​

ADN Student Handbook​

 

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