Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
Program of Study

Program Changes Fall 2017​

Students continuously enrolled in the ADN Program prior to Fall 2017 may not be affected by these changes. Please confer with the Health Sciences to determine your eligibility to complete the program under the previous requirements.


Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

Prior to entering the ADN Program, students must complete the General Education graduation requirements for an Associate Degree.


Program Description
The ADN Program has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, and prepares the student for entry into the practice of professional registered nursing. Students receive clinical experiences in a variety of clinical facilities and community agencies throughout Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity counties.

Click here for more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Division at (530) 339-3606.


Program Objective
Upon successful completion of the ADN program the student will achieve an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, the professional licensing examination to become a registered nurse. The educational objective of the 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.


Program Learning Outcomes
The successful graduate of the Shasta College Associate Degree Nursing Program will:  

  1. Synthesize principles of holistic nursing practice to provide evidence based care to clients and their families throughout the lifespan.
  2. Integrate principles of critical thinking and the nursing process to enhance care delivery, and protect clients and healthcare staff.
  3. Apply evidence based concepts of nursing practice to provide care and comfort, promote health and wellness, manage health care alterations, and reduce risk of potential across the healthcare continuum for clients and their families.
  4. Incorporate the concepts of therapeutic communication and evidence based nursing care to promote and support the emotional, mental, and social well-being of clients, families and the community.​

Student Learning Outcomes

Course​ Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:​
REGN 15 Apply foundational concepts for safe client centered care.
REGN 15P Demonstrate application of nursing theory into safe clinical practice.
REGN 25​ Utilize the concepts of critical thinking, pharmacology, nutrition, health promotion, illness prevention and teaching in applying the nursing process to care of the Adult and Geriatric Medical–Surgical clients with a variety of acute and chronic illness.
REGN 25P Demonstrate application of basic Medical-Surgical nursing concepts into safe clinical practice.
REGN 35​ Plan and evaluate nursing care of adult clients with increasingly complex Medical-Surgical conditions using the nursing process.
REGN 35P​ Demonstrate increasing independence in evidence based clinical nursing care of groups of clients with complex Medical-Surgical conditions.
REGN 36​ Plan and evaluate care for pediatric clients and their families.
REGN 36P Demonstrate evidence based clinical practice in the nursing care of pediatric clients and their families.
REGN 37​ Identify safe nursing care of the child bearing woman and infant.
REGN 37P​ Demonstrate evidence based clinical practice in the nursing care of the child bearing woman and infant.
REGN 45​ Evaluate and modify the plan of care for high acuity clients.
REGN 45P Demonstrate independent evidence based nursing judgment in the performance of care.
REGN 46​ Plan, evaluate, and modify care for clients in Mental Health and Community settings.
REGN 46P​ Demonstrate evidence based clinical practice in the nursing care of Mental Health and Community based clients.
REGN 47​ Prioritize and delegate assignments for a group of clients according to guidelines from the Nurse Practice Act.
REGN 47P​ Provide safe, increasingly independent, and evidence based care for an assigned group of clients for the duration of the preceptorship under the supervision of the preceptor.

Major Curriculum Concepts

​1. Quality, Safety, Evidence-Based Client Centered Care

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Safety (Clinical Competency)
  • Nursing Process
  • Client Education
  • Diversity
  • Advocacy
  • Client Centered Care

​2. Professionalism

  • Ethical Behavior
  • Standards of Practice/Legal Principles
  • Accountability
  • Role Socialization
  • Professional Boundaries

3. Leadership

  • Management of Care
  • Delegation/Supervision
  • Quality Improvement

4. Caring

  • ​​Relationship-Centered Care
  • Collegiality
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Spirituality

5. Collaboration/Communication

  • Inter/Intra Professional Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Documentation

6. Critical Thinking

  • Clinical Reasoning/Decision Making
  • Clinical Judgment

7. Informatics

  • Client Care Technologies
  • Technology and Information Systems
  • Computer Skills


Program Requirements

California Code of Regulations Section 1426 identifies the prerequisite courses required in addition to a nursing program. The requirements for the ADN program are:

  • ​Complete 92 - 93 units from
    • ​Nursing (ADN) Prerequisites Requirements (25.00 Units)
    • Nursing (ADN) Board of Registered Nursing Requiremetns (9.00 Units)
    • Additional Courses to Meet Graduation Requirements (10 - 11.00 Units)
    • Nursing (ADN) Core Requirements (48.00 Units)  

Course Prerequisites and Advisories
Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories in the Shasta College catalog under the classes in which you wish to enroll.

It is strongly advised that all applicants attend the Information Session for the ADN Program, held semi-annually, and consult with a health sciences counselor prior to beginning the program prerequisites. The evaluation worksheet is an advising tool only. Program Requirements are subject to change and students are strongly advised to consult with the nursing department regarding all requirements. Appointments with the counselor may be arranged by clicking here or calling the health sciences office at (530) 339-3606. ​​​​

N​ursing (ADN​​) Prerequisites Requirements - complete 25.00 units
Course​​ Description Units
Science Prerequisites - complete 15 credits; minimum science GPA of 2.5​ ​
ANAT 1​ Human Anatomy​ 5.00​
PHY 1 Physiology (with lab)​ 5.00​
MICR 1 Microbiology​ 5.00​
​​General Education Prerequisites - complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher 
ENGL 1A College Composition​ 4.00​
Nursing (ADN) Board of Registered Nursing Requirements - complete 9.00 units​ ​
Course​ Description Units
Cultural Anthropology OR
Introduction to Sociology
NOTE: SOC 2 – Social Problems will only be accepted as a pre-requisite if completed with a grade of “C” or higher prior to Fall 2017.
General Psychology​
NOTE: PSYC 14 – Psychology of Personal & Social Adjustment will only be accepted as a pre-requisite if completed with a grade of “C” or higher prior to Fall 2017.
Small Group Communication OR
Public Speaking
NOTE: CMST 10 – Interpersonal Communication will only be accepted as a pre-requisite if completed with a grade of “C” or higher prior to Spring 2014.
Additional Courses to Meet Graduation Requirements for Associate Degree​ ​
Category 3 (Humanities Requirement) ​ 3.00​
MATH 102
MATH 14​
   (or higher)
Intermediate Algebra OR
Introduction to Statistics​
Category 7 (Computer Literacy - requirements may be met by challenge exam)​​ ​ 3.00​
Core Courses
N​​ursing (ADN) Core Requirements - complete 48.00 units​​ ​ ​
Course​ Description​​ Units
REGN15​​ Health and Illness I​ 6.5​
REGN 15P​ Professional Nursing Practicum I​ 5.5​
REGN 25​ Health and Illness II​ 6.5​
REGN 25P Professional Nursing Practicum II​ 5.5​​
REGN 35​ Health and Illness III​ 3.5​
REGN 35P​ Professional Nursing Practicum III​ 2.5​
REGN 36​ Child and Adolescent Care​ 1.5​
REGN 36P Professional Nursing Practicum: Child and Adolescent Care​ 1.5​
REGN 37​ Maternal and Infant Care​ 1.5​
REGN 37P​ Professional Nursing Practicum: Maternal and Infant Care​ 1.5​
REGN 45​ Health and Illness IV​ 2.5​
REGN 45P​ Professional Nursing Practicum IV​ 2​
REGN 46​ Community and Mental Health​ 2.5​
REGN 46P​ Professional Nursing Practicum: Community and Mental Health​ 2​​
REGN 47​ Professional Nursing Leadership​ 1​
REGN 47P Professional Nursing Capstone​ 2​


Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students in the ADN program will be required to successfully complete the above listed nursing courses in progressive order in order to graduate and apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure. 

NOTES: Core science and English courses must be taken for a letter grade.

BIOL 5 and BIOL 6, as well as ENGL 190 or English placement 6 or higher are prerequisites to the Anatomy course. CHEM 1A, 2A or 2B are prerequisites to the Microbiology course. Prerequisite science courses without an on campus laboratory component will not be accepted.

Because basic algebra is recommended for chemistry, students without basic algebra skills are advised to take MATH 101. The Health Sciences Division requires that students meet the math competency requirement for the Associate Degree prior to entering the program. The math competency requirement for the ADN Program is MATH 102 or higher.

Nutrition and Psychology courses must be completed PRIOR to start of the program.

Prior to being accepted into the ADN program, students must successfully complete a background check, clear urine drug screen, and other clinical placement health requirements. For specific guidance on qualification requirements and selection process, please refer to the ADN Health & Safety requirements web page.

Prior to being accepted into the ADN program, Shasta College Health Sciences Division wants to ensure that students enrolling in the ADN Program demonstrate basic skills and individual readiness. Shasta College has adopted the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) as its pre-enrollment diagnostic measure of basic skills.  Currently, all students admitted to the Shasta College ADN Program must take the ATI TEAS prior to enrollment in the ADN program. The test results are used to identify and remediate any areas of deficiency as a condition of enrollment. Students must score a composite score of at least 62% on the TEAS assessment to be eligible to enter the ADN program. All students scoring below the composite score, or with low scores in any subsection of the TEAS, will be required to successfully complete an Individualized Remediation Plan. For more information please review Shasta College’s TEAS Policy and Procedure.

All courses taken in conjunction with this program must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. (A ‘C minus’ in prerequisite courses will not be accepted if the C minus​ is less than 70%.)
Updated 10/13/16

RN to BSN Road Map​
“RN to BSN” programs are for students who have already completed their Associate’s Degree Nursing program. The majority of RN to BSN programs require that you have passed your NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) prior to starting the BSN coursework. There are a few programs that allow you to start taking coursework concurrently (at the same time) as your ADN program (typically during semester breaks). Those programs are marked with an “*”. Some require that you are currently employed, at least part-time, in a licensed RN position.

Shasta College has identified the following programs for 1) quality, 2) affordability, 3) time to degree, 4) accessibility of coursework (primarily online), and most importantly 5) CCNE or ACEN accreditation.

The RN to BSN Roadmap shows the specific BSN program pre-requisites. To earn your Bachelor’s Degree, you are also required to take General Education coursework (the required courses for Shasta College's ADN program fulfill many of your university GE requirements).


Contact Information​​ ​
Phone​ Address​
(530) 339-3631​
Shasta College Health Sciences and University Programs
1400 Market St., Suite 8204
Redding, CA 96001​

 RN to BSN Roadmap

ADN Student Handbook

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