Nursing | Associate Degree | ADN programs | Stark State College - Ohio


Concept Based – Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

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

The associate degree nurse (ADN) practice 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 patient care, manager of patient 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 five semesters 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.

Students interested in the ADN program need to review ALL information in the ADN application packet before submitting their applications.

Program information packet

Nursing application deadlines

  • ADN day and evening/weekend programs – March 31 for fall admission.
  • RN completion for paramedic – March 31 for fall admission
  • RN completion for the LPN (Main campus) – March 31 for fall admission.
  • RN completion for LPN (SSC Akron evening/weekend) – October 31 for spring admission.


Note: Stark State College’s next ACEN site visit is scheduled for September 2023.

The associate nursing program at Stark State College at the main campus located in North Canton, Ohio is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.,

Transfer Agreements

The Stark State College ADN program has the following written articulation agreements in place for RN to BSN completion programs with the following universities:

  • Ashland University
  • Aultman College of Nursing
  • Malone University
  • Walsh University
  • The University of Akron
  • Capella University
  • Ohio University
  • Kent State University

Program learning outcomes

  • Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patients across the lifespan.
  • Engage in clinical judgment to make increasingly complex patient-centered care decisions in a safe care environment.
  • Participate in quality improvement processes to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Participate in teamwork and collaboration with members of the interprofessional team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons.
  • Use information management principles, techniques, and systems and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Use leadership, management, legal, and ethical principles to guide practice as a professional nurse.

Background checks

Criminal background checks will be required for all nursing student 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.

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.

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


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