• Nursing Admissions


    The Spring 2020 application period will open July 1, 2019 at 12:00 noon and close at 11:59 PM on September 6, 2019. All nursing program applicants must now apply to the nursing program using the new online application system. Please read below for further instructions.

    Before you apply, be sure to follow all steps listed under the "Applying to the Nursing Program" section. Also thoroughly review the "Information for Spring 2020 Applicants" and the "Test of Essential Academic Skills" section further down the page. New exam dates are also listed in the TEAS section.

    Applying to the Nursing Program

    Step 1. Do you meet all admission requirements?

    Interested students should start by assessing whether they meet the nursing admissions guidelines by using the Nursing Program Admission Criteria document. 

    Step 2. Do you know what the nursing application process entails?

    Use the Nursing Application Checklist to help you get organized and to determine if all of the necessary steps required to apply to the nursing program, including submitting a general CCAC application, have been completed. 

    Step 3. Familiarize yourself with the program requirements, the application review process and the candidate selection process

    Read the Nursing Information Packet thoroughly.

    Step 4. Review the online application instruction sheets below! Applications that are not submitted properly will not be considered!

    Read the application instructions thoroughly. Those using Link 1, please use this set of Instructions. For those using Link 2, please use this set of Instructions

    Step 5. Apply!

                Link 1: If you applied to CCAC (for general admission) on or after March 30, 2017, please click here  to apply. You will already have created an account through CCAC's new online application system. You will log in with the email address you used when you initially applied to the college.                                                                                                                                     


               Link 2: If you applied to CCAC (for general admission) at any point prior to March 2017, please click here. You will need to create an account through CCAC's new online application system.

    Step 6.  Confirmation

    • Check your email! You have not applied to the nursing program if you do not receive the nursing application confirmation email. Please note: This email differs from the general admissions email in that it says "Thank you for submitting your nursing program application. It is under review". The confirmation email for applying to CCAC in general does not have this language. Be sure to look carefully!

    Application Email IMage

    Step 7.  Submit Supplemental Items

    • All official and final transcripts, TEAS scores, etc. must be submitted by the application deadline. Your confirmation email explains how and where you may submit documents.
    • Periodically check your discover.ccac.edu page to review status updates and changes.

    Information for Spring 2020 Applicants

    The Nursing Department will begin accepting Nursing Program applications for the Spring 2020 admission period beginning July 1, 2019. The application deadline will be Friday, September 6, 2019.  In order to be considered for admission, applicants must complete an application by 11:59 pm on September 6, 2019..

    All students admitted into the program are admitted tentatively. Spring admission to the program is not granted until students pass a criminal background check, drug testing, a physical and other clinical requirements. The Nursing department cannot pre-review any charges. Please check our Criminal Offense Chart for guidance.

    Campus options available for Spring 2020 admission:

    NUR 110/120:                                                                   LPN-RN Transition (NUR 130/140): 

    Allegheny Campus (day & eve/wknd)                              Allegheny Campus (day & eve/wknd)

    Boyce Campus (day only, no Fast Track)                         Boyce Campus Fast Track (evening/weekend only)

    CCAC @ CAL U (day only)                                             North Campus (day & eve/wknd)

                                                                                               South Campus (day & eve/wknd)

    Please note: ALL applicants are required to take the TEAS exam by the application deadline. This includes LPN-RN Transition Applicants applying for advanced placement.   Students must receive a composite score of 58.7% or higher.

    Please see the new schedule under the "TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS" Section below. 

    For more information about the TEAS exam and how to register for it, please review the Important FAQs about the TEAS

  • Admission Requirements

    Applying to the Nursing Program is a two-step process. Interested individuals must first apply to CCAC via the general application.

    Students will then be required to provide official transcripts to the college, take placement tests as required, meet with an academic advisor and then complete the appropriate coursework. Once all admission criteria have been met, students may submit a nursing program application during one of the two designated application periods.

    Get started today by contacting one of our enrollment services offices.

    Applicants must submit a completed application package no later than 11:59 pm on the date of the deadline. Use the application checklist for assistance. Completed applications will be evaluated for the following:


    All prerequisites must be met successfully prior to the application deadline for the semester in which the student is applying. Coursework that has not been completed by the application deadline will not be considered during the evaluation process.

    - Applicants must have completed a COLLEGE LEVEL biology/lab course with a grade of "C" or better prior to applying to the nursing program.

    • Completing BIO-110 or another acceptable biology course with a grade of "C" or better. Students should verify if a course is acceptable with the advising and registration offices.
    • AP Biology/lab course with a grade of "C" or better AND a score of 3 or higher on the College Board exam.
    • CCAC Biology Waiver Exam - Minimum score of 70.

    - Applicants must have completed chemistry/lab course with a grade of "C" or better prior to applying to the nursing program.

    • High school chemistry courses may only be used in the absence of a college level chemistry course.
    • If the student has completed a college level chemistry at any time after high school, the college level chemistry grade will be used for review. IF this grade is below a "C", the student must repeat the course PRIOR to applying to the nursing program.

    - Applicants must be eligible to register for English-101 by the application deadline in order to be considered for admission. Eligibility may be established by any one of the following:

    • Having earned a “C” or better in a college level English course at CCAC or another accredited college or university;
    • SAT/ ACT* reading scores of 510/21, respectively AND having achieved the requisite score on CCAC’s writing placement test;
    • Having completed all prescribed developmental English and Reading coursework with a grade or "C" or better. This includes ESL reading, writing and grammar;
    • Satisfactory CLEP* exam score

    *Please note that SAT/ACT and CLEP exam scores must be submitted to the college prior to the application deadline order to be used in the nursing program evaluation process.

    Mathematics - Applicants must be eligible to register for MAT-108 -Intermediate Algebra or MAT-106 – Mathematics for Health Science in order to be considered for admission. Eligibility may be established by any one of the following:

    • Having completed a college level math course. Please note that mathematics courses are not
      •  SAT/ACT mathematics scores of 520/21, respectively;
      •  Having completed all prescribed developmental mathematics coursework with a grade of "C" or better.

    LPN - RN Transition: In addition to the aforementioned prerequisites, LPN-RN Transition applicants must ALSO have successfully completed:

    • BIO-161 - Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • MAT-108 - Intermediate Algebra OR MAT-106 - Mathematics for Health Sciences
    • PSY-101 - Introduction to Psychology


    All applicants must meet the following GPA requirements:

    1. A cumulative 2.8 GPA minimum for a student who has earned 12 or more CCAC college level credits at the time of application
    2. A 2.8 GPA for a student who has not earned 12 or more CCAC credits but has earned 12 or more college level credits at other post-secondary institutions (this GPA will be a composite score representing all institutions attended)
    3. A 3.0 GPA minimum from the secondary school (high school) for a student who meets all other criteria but has earned less than 12 college level credits at a two- or four-year post-secondary institution(s).

    Grades and Attempts

    To be considered for admission:
    • Students must have earned a "C" grade or better in all prerequisite coursework. Please see "Prerequisites" section above. If a prerequisite course is not successfully completed by the third attempt, the student will not be considered for admission. Attempts include withdrawals and incompletes at all institutions attended.
    • If taken prior to application, Anatomy and Physiology 1, Anatomy and Physiology 2, and Microbiology, MUST also have been completed with a "C" grade or better. If a science course is not successfully completed by the third attempt, the student will not be considered for admission. Attempts include withdrawals and incompletes at all institutions attended.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

    All students applying for entry into NUR-110/120 must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 58.7%. The TEAS is a pre-admission exam used throughout the U.S. and Canada designed to determine the readiness of students to enter nursing and allied health fields.

    LPN-RN Transition applicants planning to enter NUR 130/140 are required to take the TEAS exam.

    Students must register for the TEAS exam via www.atitesting.com. TEAS exam scores are good for two years from the date the exam was taken.

    TEAS exam scores are good for two years from the date the exam was taken.

    Important FAQs about the TEAS

    Allegheny Campus

    Day                                    Date                                  Time                                          

    Tuesday                        July 9, 2019               5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Thursday                      July 18, 2019             5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Tuesday                       July 30, 2019             5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Thursday                     August 8, 2019           5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Tuesday                      August 20, 2019         5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Saturday                     August 24, 2019         8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Tuesday                     September 3, 2019      5:30 PM - 9:30 PM


    Boyce Campus

    Day                                    Date                                  Time                                          

    Monday                        July 8, 2019               5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Monday                        July 22, 2019             5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Wednesday                  July 31, 2019             5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Monday                       August 5, 2019          5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Saturday                      August 17, 2019        8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Saturday                      August 24, 2019        8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Thursday                     September 5, 2019     5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    CCAC @ CAL U Campus (California, PA)

    Day                                    Date                                  Time                                          

    Monday                          July 15, 2019               5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Saturday                         August 3, 2019            8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Saturday                         August 24, 2019          8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    South Campus

    Day                                    Date                                  Time 

    Thursday                         July 11, 2019          5:30 PM - 9:30 PM 

    Wednesday                     July 24, 2019          5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Wednesday                    August 7, 2019        5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Tuesday                         August 27, 2019      5:30 PM - 9:30 PM


    Preliminary admission decisions are made on the basis of academic merit as described by our admission policies. However, all of the admission decisions are contingent on the satisfactory and timely completion of criminal background checks, immunizations, physicals, drug testing, and other requirements. After confirming their seat, accepted students will receive a package with detailed instructions on how and when to complete registration processes, clearances, medical information, etc. approximately 3 weeks after the initial offer letter. Please do not begin this process prior to receiving an official packet from your campus.
    An unsatisfactory background check, inability to complete the requirements by the designated deadline, or the failure to report to mandatory registration and orientation meetings will result in the revocation of the admission offer. Students will be notified of the decision and will be instructed on whether or not they are eligible to re-apply at a later point in time.

  • Admissions Profile at a Glance

    NUR 110/120 
    Fall 2016 
    Seats Available360
    Median GPA3.318
    Median App Score4
    Media TEAS Score69.3
    Spring 2017 
    Seats Available200
    Median GPA3.306
    Median App Score3.965
    Median TEAS Score71.35