Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County


What kind of degree will I receive?

Upon successful completion of all program components, students receive an Associate of Science in Nursing degree (ADN) and are eligible to take the state board or NCLEX examination to become a Registered Nurse.

Do I need to apply separately to the nursing program?

Yes. Enrollment is limited due to contractual agreements with area health care institutions and standard student/faculty ratios in clinical settings.

When should I apply to the nursing program?

There are two application periods during which students may apply for the nursing program. 

   For entrance in fall semester

   Applications accepted January 15–March 1

   For entrance in spring semester

   Applications accepted July 15–August 15

   For entrance to Boyce Fast Track program

   Applications accepted January 15–March 1

What are the prerequisites? 

   Developmental Courses

   Reading: DVS 060 & DVS 070

   English: ENG 089 & ENG 100

   Math: MAT 080 & MAT 090

   College Level Biology (with a lab)

   BIO 110 or BIO 151

   High School or College Level Chemistry (with a lab)

   CHEM 109, CHEM 110 or CHEM 111


  • Additional prerequisites may apply for the Boyce Fast Track program.
  • All of the above must be completed with a “C” grade or better prior to applying to the nursing program. 
  • Any biology courses that were attempted must be completed with a “C” or better within the past 10 years.
  • Any applicants who have attempted a developmental or science course more than three times before attaining a “C” or better in that specific course will not be considered for admission. “W” and “I” grades count as attempts.

I have attended CCAC or another college and have completed many of the non-nursing courses. How long will it take me to graduate?

There are four semesters of nursing courses, which are scheduled over two years—two fall and two spring semesters. In the case of Boyce Fast Track program, the four semesters of nursing courses are scheduled over 18 months instead of 24 months.

I have never worked in health care. Can I still become a nurse?

Absolutely! The curriculum includes everything you need to know to function as an entry-level RN.

What is involved with nursing classes?

Many nursing courses include a classroom or theory portion, clinical laboratory (skills practice and testing in a simulated setting) and clinical practicum in a hospital or community setting. Clinical practicum begins the first week of class.

How are the nursing classes scheduled?

The nursing faculty prides itself on arranging schedules that allow most students to meet the demands of school in addition to demands of work and family. Nursing classes are offered both during the day and in the evening. Clinical practicum is offered both during the week and on Saturdays.

Please contact the Nursing Admissions Coordinator at 412.369.4176 for more information.