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Nursing Announcements

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Nursing Program deadline has been extended to Friday, May 1, 2020 to allow students additional time to test and/or obtain transcripts from institutions that are currently dealing with closures and processing delays. All TEAS exams offered at CCAC have been cancelled. Registered students have been notified. Any student that was registered for a TEAS exam will be refunded within 30 – 60 days as stated by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). Please contact ATI with any further questions.

Prospective applicants who have yet to take their TEAS exams but wish to be considered for Fall 2020 admission, should submit their nursing program applications without the exam results. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible given that decisions will continue to be made prior to May 1st. Applicants who have not tested should apply with the expectation that they will be asked to test at a later date. 

Students who have technical difficulty with the application should contact the CCAC Help Desk at 412-237-8700 or
This deadline extension does not impact the review and notification schedule for students who submitted all of their admission documents prior to the required closures and lockdowns.

Priority applicants (applied by March 1st) should contact if a notification of acceptance or denial has not been received by April 7, 2020.

A letter to applicants was emailed to students on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Applicants who did not apply until after that date may read the letter to applicants here.

Students interested in applying must meet all admission criteria by the deadline of the application period for which they are applying. All transcripts, exams scores, etc. must be on file with the CCAC registration office by that same deadline.

Students admitted into the program are admitted tentatively. Admission to the program is not fully 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.


Link 1: If you applied to CCAC (for general admission) on or after March 30, 2017, please click here, on link ONE 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.  Please click here for instructions if needed.

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

Applicants should utilize the nursing checklist to help organize themselves during the application process. Additionally, all applicants should read the Nursing Admission Criteria and Nursing Admission Information Packet to familiarize themselves with the admission guidelines and other pertinent information about the program.

Campus options available for Fall 2020 admission:

NUR 110/120 LPN – RN Transition (NUR 130/140)
Allegheny (day & eve/weekend) Allegheny (day & eve/weekend)
Boyce Fast Track (eve/weekend only Boyce (day only – NO Fast Track)
North (day & eve/weekend) CAL U (day only) 
South (day & eve/weekend)  

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.

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.

Biology - 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.

Chemistry - 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.

English/Reading - 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).

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 1Anatomy 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.

Beginning with the Fall 2016 admission period, 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.

As of June 2016, 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.comTEAS 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

All TEAS exam sessions at CCAC have been cancelled at this time.  

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.