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Nursing (Associate's Degree) Admission Requirements

Applications will be considered only after the following have been submitted and verified:

  1. St. Charles Community College assessment tests completed (Room 133 SC) or transcripts on file for college level English and math courses passed with a grade of “C” or better.
  2. Any required developmental courses taken and passed (RDG 091, 092, 093; ENG 095, 096; MAT 096, 098)
  3. Application fee of $25 is paid.

Admission to the Nursing Program is on a selective basis. Because of the academic demands of a curriculum that prepares graduates to take a national licensing examination and to perform safe nursing care in clinical situations, applicants must meet certain academic criteria for admission.

  1. Must meet with a St. Charles Community College career/technical counselor to plan course work and complete an application for the nursing program (Room 1204 in the Administration Building). You should meet with a counselor as soon as possible after you are eligible to complete the application. Students will be placed onto a waiting list in order by application date. You will need to meet all of the admission requirements by Feb. 15, 2014, in order to maintain your position on the waiting list for 2014 and later years.
  2. Must meet all of the college admissions requirements. (See College Catalog).
  3. Submit OFFICIAL high school transcript, indicating grade point average, if graduated less than five years ago.
  4. Submit previous OFFICIAL college transcripts to the Enrollment Services office (hand carried transcripts not accepted). If you have already taken college courses that you want to count toward your degree at SCC, complete a “Request for Credit Evaluation” form and submit to Enrollment Services in Room 1113 in the Administration Building.
  5. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above on high school transcripts, five years old or less; or cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above on at least 12 credit hours of non-developmental college course work. College credits supersede high school GPA. If courses from other colleges are used to meet this requirement, must be 12 hours of courses accepted in transfer to SCC. Applicants with a previous college degree must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above on the last 30 hours of college course work.
  6. ACT Test Scores – REQUIRED – COMPOSITE SCORE OF 20-24.
    (depending on GPA – see sliding scale below).
    Official copy of ACT test scores should be sent to the Enrollment Services Office (ADM 1113) so that scores can be recorded on your college record.
      • ACT score must be no more than five (5) years old at the start of nursing courses.
      • St. Charles Community College administers the exam, but you must register with ACT at www.actstudent.org.
      • ACT test requirement may be waived for applicants who have previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree that includes at least 36 hours of general education courses.
      • The following sliding scale indicates the acceptable combination of ACT score and GPA:

        Sliding Scale ACT/GPA
        24 2.80
        23 2.85
        22 2.90
        21 3.05
        20 3.20
    1. Must pass Dosage Calculations Test with a score of 90% or above. The test can betaken three times in a calendar year, not to be taken twice in a 24 hour period. The score is good for two years. (See dosage exam information at www.stchas.edu.)
    2. All transfer and readmission students must apply for admission through the Admissions Committee.
      • The Nursing Admissions Committee meets three times a year as needed.
      • Meetings are held at the end of Nov., March and early June.

The student should apply by meeting with a career technical counselor and must submit supporting documentation by Nov. 15, March 15, or May 1.

Please note that admission to the nursing program is not final until the results from the mandatory drug screen and criminal background check are reviewed by the nursing department chair and division dean. Anyone testing positive on the drug screen as determined by the medical review officer will be denied admission and must reapply the following year. Students may be denied entry into the program based on criminal background results.

For further information on the Associate Degree Nursing program, consult the St. Charles Community College Catalog.

Office Info

Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Hours may vary during summer – please call to confirm.

Office Location

Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences – NAH 102

Office Phone Number


Office Coordinator

Denise L. Lammers