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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN)

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The Associate of Applied Science (ADN) is available at the Kent State campuses in Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga-Twinsburg, and Tuscarawas. Students interested in the program should apply directly to one of these campuses and meet with the director of nursing for additional application details concerning advanced placement, etc.

Detailed information and requirements for admission, satisfactory progress and graduation are in the brochure for this program (located on the top right of this page). With the successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


The curriculum in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program is designed to meet the health care needs of the 21st century.  The focus of the curriculum is on the registered nurse's role in the community, hospitals, clinics, home health care and gerontology.

This Kent State nursing degree program consists of a specifically designed curriculum with emphasis on direct care. The 71 required credit hours of coursework can be completed in two (2) years on a full-time basis.  The curriculum combines liberal education and nursing education courses. The liberal education courses seek to develop the student's potential as an individual, while the nursing education and supportive courses prepare him or her to practice.


Our mission of the Kent State University Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program is to provide a quality nursing education that prepares students as registered nurses; to recognize cultural dynamics and diversity with the health care environment; and to foster humanitarian lifelong learning values.


The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Kent State University's Regional Campuses recognizes that health care involves the entire patient - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Today's nurse is called upon to be a health professional, caregiver and confidante in one and it is our goal to prepare students to meet that challenge.

This Kent State Nursing Degree Program's curriculum is designed to prepare men and women to become associate degree nurses who will:

  • Use the nursing process to meet self-care demands of individuals in structured setting;
  • Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills in interactions with patients, families, and health team members;
  • Perform safely the nursing skills and techniques identified in all nursing courses; and
  • Function within the legal and ethical guidelines of the nursing role as a provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession.


Kent State University is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The Program is approved by The Ohio Board of Nursing