Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CRITERIA

Advanced placement refers to students desiring to challenge enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) for placement in an advanced semester (2nd or 3rd semester only).    

Applicants desiring advanced placement in the ADN program must apply for the program by submitting applications during the established ADN Application Filing Periods to the Admissions & Records office.  Applicants found eligible are added to the ADN Wait List. Enrollment placements are based on space availability. As class positions become available, applicants are invited to enroll in a class.  Once registered into the first semester of the ADN program, qualified applicants may request Advanced Placement through the Course Challenge process.

A qualified applicant must meet all pre-requisite program requirements and have successfully completed previous related educational programs or course work. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit proof of eligibility and supporting materials. 

Categories of qualified applicants that may seek Advanced Placement through the Challenge Procedure include:  

  • Licensed Vocational Nurses seeking to advance their training to Associate Degree of Science and their licensure to Registered Nursing. 
  • Transfer applicants – from another ADN or BSN nursing program 
  • Registered Nurses seeking an Associate Degree in Science 
  • Ancillary licensed/trained Applicants – This category includes Licensed Psychiatric Technicians, Armed Services Medical Personnel.  

Enrollment Specifics for Advanced Placement 

Vocational Nurses – Seeking RN licensure 
Licensed Vocational Nurses are eligible for advanced placement in the ADN program based on completion of a Vocational Nursing Program, proof of a valid active Licensed Vocational Nurse license and successful completion of the Challenge Procedure. LVN applicants who seek advanced placement must have a current, valid LVN license.

LVNs have the option to apply to the ADN program during established ADN program application filing periods.  Qualified applicants will be placed on the ADN Wait List as described in the Wait List Application Filing Periods. When invited into and registered in the1st semester of the ADN program, these students may challenge the courses through the established Course Challenge procedure. 

Transfer applicants – from another ADN or BSN nursing program 
Transfer credit will be given for all general education courses and prerequisites demonstrated to be equivalent to those required in the Associate of Science Degree curriculum. Transfer credit for non-nursing courses is granted by the Office of Admissions and the Matriculation Information Office based on equivalent evaluation of official transcripts from a regionally accredited college. Students must meet the Shasta College graduation residence requirement as stated in the Shasta College Catalog.

Transfer students must meet the same pre-requisite course requirements as students in the semester they are seeking placement. Students are required to submit a letter of recommendation with their application from their previous program director indicating whether they are eligible to return to the previous program. 

Equivalency evaluation for nursing courses is completed by the program director and course faculty based on the catalog description, course outline, and verification of successful completion by official transcript. Transfer credit for nursing courses will be evaluated on an individual basis. Professional nursing courses that have been completed within the last two (2) years and demonstrated to be equivalent to first and 2nd semester ADN courses will be given units and credit providing all prerequisites have been met.

Transfer applicants will be required to meet clinical skills competencies through the Course Challenge procedure at the beginning of the semester. Failure to complete the clinical competencies successfully will jeopardize course progress and may result in a failing grade.

Transfer Application Requirements:  
Applicants may request transfer from another nursing program into the ADN program. Applicants are asked to submit:

  • Letter of Intent requesting transfer
  • Official college transcripts of all college work completed
  • Official nursing course descriptions and course outlines for evaluation of nursing content as necessary.
  • Letter from previous program director stating status and reason for leaving program.
  • Clinical evaluations from any faculty members involved in supervising clinical experiences.
     

Registered Nurses seeking an Associate of Science degree 
Registered nurses seeking an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing should arrange an appointment with the Director of the Associate Degree Nursing program who will evaluate them on an individual basis. If accepted, entry is on a space-available basis.

These students may be required to successfully complete designated skills prior to the beginning of the clinical portion of the course through the Course Challenge Procedure.  Failure to complete the designated skills successfully will jeopardize course progress and may result in a failing grade. 


Ancillary licensed/trained Applicants – This category includes Licensed Psychiatric Technicians and Armed Services Medical Personnel
Qualified ancillary licensed or trained applicants are eligible to challenge for advanced placement in the ADN program based on completion of an appropriate training program and proof of a valid active Licensed Psychiatric Technicians license or other supporting materials and successful completion of the Course Challenge Process.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit proof of eligibility and supporting materials.

Licensed Psychiatric Technicians and Armed Services Medical Personnel have the option to apply to the ADN program during established application filing periods and when invited into and registered in the 1st semester courses of the ADN program may challenge those courses through the established Course Challenge process.  Students who fail or are dismissed from the program following advanced placement are not eligible for re-entry. 

 

 ADN Wait List Application/Enrollment Process 

 Course Challenge

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