Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Graduate Information


Re: Instructions for NCLEX/Temporary Practice Permit (TPP)

You will receive a detailed letter and packet of information by mid to late March. This will explain the process for application for your RN Licensure Exam and Temporary Practice Permit. This is how it works. 

  • If you haven't applied for graduation, go to your Registration office to complete your application. The Registration office will hold these applications until final grades are posted.
  • Final grades are posted for the semester.
  • The Registration departments will evaluate all graduation applications and post degrees on our student system for those applicants meeting all the graduation criteria. Nursing students are not the only students graduating. This process involves students graduating from all disciplines. It takes at least 4 to 6 weeks from the date final grades are posted.
  • The Dean of Nursing's office will be notified when all nursing students who have applied and met the criteria have been certified.
  • The information is sent to the State Board of Nursing electronically. It is about a 2 to 3 day process.
  • You can apply for a TPP early; however, the state Board will put your application in a pending file until they receive the information we supply electronically.
  • Once we give them this information, they will process your application(s) for Exam/TPP.

Please be patient:  We do everything possible to expedite this process.

Please refer to the State Board of Nursing's Letter to the Student the State Board of Nursing for more information regarding the NCLEX procedure.

For fall semester start, applications are accepted January 15 - March 1
(Fall admissions: Allegheny, Boyce, North, South)

For spring semester start, applications are accepted July 1 - August 15
(Spring admissions:  Allegheny, Boyce, Cal U)

No applications will be accepted before or after the above dates. 

Beginning with the fall 2012 admission class, all applicants must now have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher to be considered for admission.  All other admission criteria will remain the same.  All prerequisites must be completed prior to application submission.  Completed applications must be submitted to the registration office of the student's home campus.


Thank you for showing an interest in our Associate of Science degree in Nursing program (ADN).  This website is designed to provide you with a wealth of information about the program, the admission process, expectations of the program and to answer most frequently asked questions.

The program in nursing offered at this college can be completed in two years and leads to an Associate of Science degree with a major in Nursing. Successful completion of this program qualifies the graduate to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and to assume an entry-level position as a staff nurse in acute, long term care and community based facilities. Staff nurses plan, provide and evaluate nursing care. The program consists of courses in liberal arts and selected sciences as well as nursing. Each nursing course must be taken in a designated sequence as knowledge builds from simple to complex. Each nursing course is made up of a theoretical component as well as a laboratory component which consists of campus labs and clinical labs. Students must successfully meet the objectives of both of these components to receive credit for the course. 

Students interested in applying for the Nursing Program must submit all application materials by the application deadline listed above to the Nursing Admissions Coordinator—North Campus, Room 1003A, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on March 1 or August 15 depending on which semester you apply for.

Plan ahead—requests to the Registration office for documents to complete your file may take some time to gather and you need to plan for that. Please allow enough time for processing.

An advanced placement option is available to licensed practical nurses and students with prior nursing school experience who meet specific criteria. 

Prior conviction of a felony may render the student ineligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam which prevents one to practice nursing. 

The program is available at each of the CCAC four campuses and is offered at California  University of Pennsylvania. There are day and evening options at various campuses. The department of Nursing offers a comprehensive program. While the program can be completed in two years, most students elect to take at least three years to complete the program. See a graphic representation of the RN Program Course Progression.

The Nursing curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Phone 404.975.5000 or Fax 404.975.5020) The Associate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Please choose from any of the options to the left to obtain additional information about the Nursing program at CCAC.

Allegheny Campus students may be interested in the RN Achievement Program.

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