Associate Degree Nursing2022-09-08T08:47:08-06:00

Associate Degree Nursing

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The next step up in your health care career.

Our associate degree nursing program is designed as a bridge from Licensed Practical Nursing to Professional Nursing. Additional prerequisite courses, and two semesters of nursing courses provide the  knowledge and hands-on skills you need to move up in the nursing field.

Through a combination of classroom learning, simulations and clinical experiences, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the nursing skills that will make you stand out in the job market.

The program is designed to prepare you to care for patients under the supervision of a physician or other health providers. This includes not only clinical patient-care skills, but also soft skills such as professionalism and effective communication.

The course prepares students for the licensing exam for Registered Nurses, called the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam).
Students first must complete several prerequisites before being accepted into this program. See Prerequisite Information for details.

You Will Learn

  • Integrate caring behaviors in practicing the art and science of nursing within a diverse population.

  • Implement professional standards and scope of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frame works.

  • Collaborate with clients and members of the inter-professional health care team to optimize client outcomes.

  • Formulate safe and effective clinical judgements guided by the nursing process, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice.

  • Manage care and provide leadership to meet client needs using available resources and current technology.

  • Generate teaching and learning processes to promote and maintain health and reduce risks for a global population.

  • Demonstrate effective communication methods to manage client needs and to interact with other healthcare team members.


  • Physician offices

  • Clinics

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing Homes

  • Home Health Care


Contact the Health Occupations Specialist with any questions, or admissions requirement information.

Bekki Ringle



Randi Kirk is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse /Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Graceland University and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Walden University.

Mrs. Kirk has a nursing career that includes 5 years in the U.S. Marine Corps where she completed the Combat Lifesaver’s Course, CNA-RN at Salina Regional Hospital, Director of Nursing, and a Medical Coder at Brookdale Home Health and has been an RN for Veteran’s Affairs and has her own mental health practice.  She has taught CPR/CPI courses and became an adjunct instructor at Salina Tech in the Allied Health Program in 2018 before becoming the Director of Nursing and Allied Health in 2022. | 785-309-3138

Markie Townsend, MSN, RN

Markie is a Registered Nurse, earning her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Fort Hays State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Kansas Wesleyan University.  

Mrs. Townsend worked for SRHC at the Pediatric Care Clinic and prior to that worked in Progressive Care and Cardiac.  She has prior experience teaching as an adjunct at Brown Mackie College.  She joined Salina Tech in 2019 as an ADN Instructor in the Nursing program. | 785-309-3192

A decade-long streak of enrollment growth continues for Salina Area Technical College this fall, with the college again posting new records.

According to data collected for the Kansas Board of Regents on the 20th day of fall classes, Salina Tech has 857 students, up five from the 852 in the fall of 2021.

On a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis, enrollment grew from 462 to 465 last fall. FTEs are calculated by dividing the total number of credit hours students are enrolled in and dividing by 15.



Salina Tech enrollment jumps 27%

Enrollment at Salina Area Technical College rose 27% in the fall of 2018 compared to the previous fall, according to information collected on September 20th for reporting to the Kansas Board of Regents. According to the [...]

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