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Associate of Science in Nursing

Program Overview

The Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Program may be completed in four semesters after the pre-nursing courses are completed. The Nursing program consists of classrooms, simulation laboratory sessions, and clinical time in skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, outpatient settings, the Weimar Institute NEWSTART Lifestyle Program, and the Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program. Some of the clinical facilities are a distance from the Institute and intensive learning clinical sessions will be provided. All pre-nursing courses must be completed before starting the Nursing Program.

Occupational Opportunities

Nurses participate in assisting with health promotion, disease prevention, care provision to those who are coping with illness. Nurses also provide management and leadership in a wide range of settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing (RN) is one of the top occupations with increasing growth and demand. Job opportunities for nurses are limited only by one’s level of creativity. However, nurses practice in many settings, including hospitals, schools, homes, retail health clinics, long-term care facilities, battlefields, and community and public health centers.

In some areas of the United States, there are not many positions available for new RNs. Graduates may not be able to find employment at the facility or in the shift they desire, but may be able to find work in a different area. In a few years, there is projected to be a critical shortage of Registered Nurses due to a large percentage of nurses at or close to retirement age. This need will be most acute for nursing educators with masters or doctoral degrees.

Programs Courses

Associate of Science in Nursing

›   Fundamentals of Nursing4.5

›   Beginning Medical-Surgical Nursing 4.5

›   Introduction to Pharmacology1

›   Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing I4.5

›   Geriatric-Community Nursing2

›   Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing3.5

›   Pharmacology2

›   Religion & Health3

›   Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing II5.5

›   Pediatric Nursing (taken in the summer)3.5

›   Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Nursing4

›   Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing5.5

›   Obstetrics/Maternity Nursing3.5

Total Credits 47

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • PSLO #1
  • PSLO #2
  • PSLO #3
  • PSLO #4
  • PSLO #5
  • PSLO #6
  • PSLO #7

Spiritual Leaders

Students follow Jesus Christ’s spiritual leadership in loving church ministry as they: exemplify the caring ministry of Jesus Christ in providing health care services for patients and their families; assess, as applicable and appropriate, clients’ spiritual needs and plan for meeting these needs through direct intervention and/or referral, displaying sensitivity to and respect for spiritual values and beliefs of individuals; and utilize knowledge to demonstrate leadership, resource management, delegation and supervision.


Health Evangelists

Students practice and promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing as they: apply the nursing process in diverse settings to provide evidence-based physical, mental, and spiritual care for individuals and families; and utilize the nursing process of assessment, analysis, planning, intervention, and evaluation in providing education regarding health-promotion lifestyle activities of individuals and families, in a culturally sensitive and compassionate manner with a focus on quality improvement.


Professional Growth

Students assume responsibility for continuing professional development through self-directed learning, improvement, and evidence-based nursing practice.


Critical Thinkers

Students engage in effective critical thinking by: synthesizing the knowledge and principles from the humanities, sciences, and nursing; and in utilizing the nursing process (assessment, analysis, planning, intervention, and evaluation) to make clinical judgments and plan care for individuals, families, and communities.


Effective Communicators

Students initiate collaborative behaviors, demonstrating effective written and oral communication skills including utilizing various current information technology, in a variety of settings.


Quantitative Thinkers

Students demonstrate appropriate use of quantitative data through accurate dosage calculations, documentation, and analysis to give safe and effective care.


Principled Workers

Students demonstrate professional accountability, responsibility and integrity as they: integrate ethical and legal principles in nursing practice; and engage in therapeutic nursing interventions which support healthful behaviors, disease prevention, illness recovery, and acceptance of the dying process.


Required Courses

›   Anatomy and Physiology I 3

›   Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1

›   Anatomy and Physiology II 3

›   Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1

›   Introductory Microbiology3

›   Introductory Microbiology Lab1

›   Survey of Chemistry*3

›   Survey of Chemistry Lab* 1

›   Speech and Rhetoric3

›   English Composition I3

›   Human Nutrition3

›   Survey of Applied Mathematics*3

›   General Psychology3

›   Life and Teachings of Jesus3

›   Introduction to Sociology3

*Or Demonstrate proficiency by examination Total Credits 30-37

High school math and chemistry must be completed as prerequisites. Math and Chemistry entrance exams must be scheduled and completed before the date of registration at Weimar to verify high school Chemistry and Algebra proficiency. If High School Algebra and Chemistry have not been completed and required proficiency scores not attained, pre-nursing requirements may take up to three semesters to complete. It may be recommended that General Education, non-Science courses, are taken in the summers to lighten one’s credit load. 


College courses from the humanities must have been completed within the last 10 years.  College courses from the sciences must have been completed within the last 5 years.

Length & Cost

Typically, students complete all pre-nursing requirements in one year. The pre-nursing cost approximation for this year is $24,000 including room and board.

Program Cost

The cost approximation for the AS Nursing Degree is $55,000 including room and board (not including prerequisites).


As future health care providers and leaders in health evangelism training and practice, the Nursing graduate must have a reputable character, intellectual capacity, a deep commitment to the well-being of both their local and global community, and dedication to service. These components are assessed in the initial application process and throughout the program.

Application for formal admission to the AS in Nursing program is open to students when they have successfully completed the prerequisites (as seen above). Priority will be given to those who have taken Pre-Nursing at Weimar. All new students will be required to attend the orientation prior to the start of the first semester. 

Students will submit an application for admission into the program. The student may be required to participate in an admissions interview. After acceptance to the College, students may apply for the Nursing program. The Nursing Admissions Committee will determine whether or not the student qualifies for the program. The criterion for admission into the program includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Spiritual commitment
  • Ethical and social standing
  • Academic eligibility
  • GPA must be 3.0 or higher; each course must be passed with a minimum of a C (76%); only two courses may be repeated more than once
  • Test scores (a 65% or higher is required on the Kaplan Admission Assessment Examination; a TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher is required for all international students from countries whose English language is not official – SAT or ACT may still be required)
  • CPR certification
  • Quality & content of cover letter
  • Prior education completed (in required and recommended courses)
  • Required Immunizations (MMR, Td, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza and TB skin test or TB Gold Blood test)
  • Health Insurance
  • Emotional balance
  • Dedication to health evangelism and service
  • Compassion for people
  • Dedication to a healthy lifestyle – including NEWSTART principles

The application process is outlined below.

  • Apply to Weimar Institute ($50 processing fee).
  • After the student has been accepted to Weimar Institute and has met the admission requirements of the nursing program, the Nursing Department will provide them with an application to the Weimar Institute Nursing (WIN) program which includes:
    • Submission of transcripts from all prior college classes.
    • Submission of additional references (must be professional references; see application for more detail).
    • Obtaining a background check. If a crime against persons including but not limited to neglect or assault, sexual crime, or drug possession conviction is on the record, you are disqualified for admission. International students must contact their individual consulate for appropriate documentation.
    • Fingerprinting, which must be done through LIVESCAN. Students are responsible for any fees. Please check with the Weimar Institute Registrar for the current recommended company.
    • Health documents, which provide evidence of a physical exam within the past 12 months that indicates acceptable health, immunizations (refer to WIN student handbook), and a two-step TB testing.
    • A cover letter describing the reasons you are applying for the Nursing Program, as well as past volunteer missionary or community service.


A student may request credit for postsecondary courses successfully completed at another institution by submitting a written request to the Weimar Institute Registrar. The process is outlined as follows:

  • The student will submit official transcripts and course descriptions from the educational institution awarding units for the courses the student desires to transfer. The educational institution must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or acknowledged by an agency regarded as satisfactory by the Weimar Institute Nursing Program curriculum committee and program chair. Transfer units will be evaluated to ensure that they adhere to high academic standards and to allow equivalent classes to satisfy specific courses required by Weimar Institute. Courses that do not have a direct correlation to classes offered by Weimar Institute may be accepted as elective units if approved by the Academic Standards Committee. Weimar Institute reserves the right to accept or reject units learned at other institutions.
  • The subject content of the course(s) the student desires to transfer must be similar to the core required course(s). Credit for courses in the Science requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing program must have been granted to the student within seven years of the Registrar’s receipt of the student’s written request.
  • The number of units the student desires to transfer must be equal to the same number of required semester unit hours for a given course as delineated in the course outline located in the Nursing Program Student Handbook. Weimar Institute will determine if the number of units of a prior course is equal to a minimum of the same semester hours as required by Weimar Institute.
  • The courses the student desires to transfer must be successfully completed with a minimum of a grade of “C” or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale). College courses from the humanities must have been completed within the last 10 years. College courses from the sciences must have been completed within the last 5 years.

Recommended Courses

  • Medical Missionary Program
  • Bible Worker Program
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Program
  • Massage Certificate

Graduation Requirements

The Weimar Institute Associate Degree Nursing Program includes pre-nursing courses in the natural, social, and biological sciences, and nursing courses. In order to be considered a graduate of the Weimar Institute Associate Degree Nursing Program, students are required to successfully complete all of the courses required for graduation. In addition:

  • The Weimar Institute Associate Degree Nursing Program will accept no grades below “C.”
  • Students must maintain a minimum of a 76% average on exams in each course.
  • A minimum of 77 semester units are required for graduation.

At the end of the fourth semester students will take the Secured Predictor Test exit examination that students must PASS at 61% in order to pass the course. If the student does not pass, remediation of all questions are to be completed and the test must be retaken by end of May or sooner. If the student does not pass the second time, a third attempt may be taken within three weeks of the last test or sooner. The student may be able to march during graduation, but final grades will not be released until the Predictor test score is finalized. The student will receive an “Incomplete” grade until then. If the student is unsuccessful on the third attempt, they will receive a failing grade in NURS 303.

LVN to RN Admission Option

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) who possess a current, unencumbered LVN license may apply to take courses at Weimar Institute. These applicants may matriculate into the degree program or the 30-unit option. The LVN applicants seeking the degree program should refer to the Credit for Previous Education section. The 30 unit option courses must be specified by the California Code of Regulations as applicable toward the requirements for the LVN to take the NCLEX-RN. LVN’s who take the 30-unit option will not graduate with an associate degree in nursing and are not eligible to participate in graduation. A California RN license obtained according to the process may not be acknowledged in other states.

Applicants who desire this option for study are required to meet with the Nursing Program chair or designees for objective, academic counseling. LVN’s desiring entry will be considered on a space availability basis. LVN’s applying into this track are required to comply with the other criteria for acceptance, including health requirements. Each LVN application will be considered on an individual basis.

Students accepted into this track must comply with background checks and drug screens required by the clinical agencies and with the policies included in the Weimar Institute Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.

The Weimar 30-unit program is in compliance with all of the regulations stated above. All courses prescribed will be beyond the first year courses with the exception of the required Mental Health Nursing. Content includes nursing intervention in acute, preventive, remedial, supportive, rehabilitative, and teaching aspects of nursing. Required theory courses with clinical includes:

  • NURS 224 Geriatric-Community Nursing
  • NURS 225 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
  • NURS 300 Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • NURS 302 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Nursing I
  • NURS 303 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

These courses include geriatric, preventive, supportive, rehabilitative, and teaching aspects of nursing content.

The 30-unit option required courses will provide opportunity to observe, initiate, practice, and demonstrate consistent application of scientific knowledge from social, biological, physical, and sciences. Each of the clinical courses provides opportunity to formulate a nursing diagnosis and care plan, perform essential skills, evaluate effectiveness of plan of care, and act a client advocate. Delegation of tasks to subordinates will occur in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention I & II clinical component.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 530-422-7999

Challenge/Advanced Placement into the Nursing Program for Military Personnel

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations may achieve advanced placement into the Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) program with documentation of education and experience. All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Recency of education and experience must be within five years of the application.
  • Education and experience must meet the basic requirements for Weimar Institute Nursing admission.
  • Honorable discharge (DD214) or current active honorable service, with letter from current supervisor, are required.
  • Candidates must meet the same eligibility requirements for admission into the ADN program as other applicants, including completion of prerequisites and successful completion of the Kaplan Entrance Exam with a passing score.

Please note: The completion of an Associate Degree may require additional coursework per college policy. Please meet with an advisor to determine what additional courses will be necessary.

Challenging the first semester of the ADN program

  • Applicant may challenge the first semester of the ADN program and be admitted directly into the second semester courses only if space is available in that cohort.
  • If space is available, 100% on the skills competency, 76% or above on the Challenge Exam, and 90% on the dosage calculation exam are required for advanced placement.
  • Military Challenge students will be held to the same policies and procedures as all other ADN students thereafter.

For further information regarding the nursing program, please see the Academic Bulletin or Weimar Institute Nursing Student Handbook.



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