RN Program Application Requirements
The demanding curriculum of the ADN program prepares graduates for the national licensing examination (NCLEX) and to perform safe nursing care in clinical situations; therefore, admission is selective.
To complete the ADN application, students must meet with an Allied Health Counselor upon completion of the admission requirements. To make an appointment with a counselor, visit www.stchas.edu/appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the time of application:
- Students will be placed in an applicant pool.
- Students are expected to pay a $25 non-refundable application fee.
- Payments can be made at the Cashier's window (ADM 1117). If after hours, please pay with cash or check at the Welcome Desk in the main lobby of the Administration building.
Step 1 - Assessment
- Students must complete the assessment test and/or submit official transcripts for English and Math courses passed with a grade of "C" or better.
- Students must have all official transcripts on file and submit a "Request for Transcript Evaluation" form to email@example.com PRIOR to
- Students must successfully complete any developmental coursework required (RDG 085, 092, 093; ENG 095, 096; MAT 096, 098) or equivalent ESL required courses.
Step 2 - Anatomy and Physiology Course
- Students must complete Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 250A/B) and earn a "B" or better to be eligible for application.
- This and all other required science courses (i.e., Anat. and Phys. II, Chemistry, and Microbiology) must be completed within five years of entry to the RN program.
Step 3 - Grade Point Average
- Recent high school graduates within five years may present official high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above. GPAs for high school students with 12 or more dual credit hours will be based solely on college-level coursework.
- Students with 12 hours of college-level credit (non-developmental) coursework must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above.
- College credits supersede high school GPA.
Step 4 - ACT Test
- ACT score requirement is based on current GPA (see sliding scale).
ACTmust have been taken within five years from program start.
- Register for the ACT through www.actstudent.org.
- St. Charles Community College is a testing site, but the ACT can be taken at any location.
- The ACT will be waived for students who meet the following criteria:
- Completed a Bachelor's Degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Completed an associate degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Completed 45+ transferable college-level credit hours, 30 of which must be in general education courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Sliding Scale ACT/GPA
Required ACT score correlates to a student's GPA range.
Step 5 - HESI A2 Exam
- Students must complete the HESI A2 and earn a minimum 75% on each of the following academic subject areas: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology.
- For more details, see the HESI A2 Information Guide.
- For more details, see the HESI A2 Information Guide.
Admission to the Associate Degree of Nursing program is not final until the results from the mandatory drug screen and criminal background check are reviewed by the nursing department dean. Students who test positive on the drug screen will be denied admission for the current year. Students may be denied entry into the program based on criminal background results.
- Admission criteria and process are subject to change. -
- Students must maintain eligibility status each semester to be considered for admission. -
- It is the student’s responsibility to meet maintain awareness of deadlines, academic status, course requirements, etc. -
Admission Process - Associate Degree of Nursing
For entry into the Associate Degree of Nursing program at St. Charles Community College, students are ranked for admission by a point system correlating to their HESI A2 scores, GPAs, ACTs (if applicable), and Anatomy & Physiology I grades. Admission is selective.
SCC admits students to the Associate Degree of Nursing program in the fall and spring semesters. Students meeting minimum eligibility requirements for application are not guaranteed admission to the nursing program.
For further information on the Associate Degree of Nursing program, consult the College Catalog.
Tips for Applicants
- Do your best -- This seems obvious, but the principle is true all the same. Students are admitted based on their scores. If you feel like you can do better on a relevant test, give it another try! If you meet the minimum requirement, you are still eligible to apply, but that does not mean your scores will be strong enough for entry.
- Plan ahead -- The ACT test is only offered on seven dates a year. If you miss a date, your next option may place you after the application deadline. Likewise, the HESI test is only offered on specific days and times in the Assessment Center. Plan to register and reserve your test time early (for details about the HESI registration process, see "HESI A2 Information Guide" above). If you are ready to test, register today and contact the Assessment Center for days/times available.
- Aim for the target -- With the selection process comes serious benefits: a limited wait for admitted students, a quality program producing top-notch health care providers, and a stronger relationship with applicants. Likewise, there are obstacles; students must aim for a moving target. Based on the data from the first class admitted to the program, admitted students earned an average combination of the following: 3.6 GPA, 26 ACT (when applicable), and an 87 HESI.
- This does not mean every student earned all of these scores. A student may have earned a 93 on the HESI but a 3.2 GPA or a 79 on the HESI and a 3.8 GPA. This is the average combination of scores and nothing more.
- We will update the average combination each semester for the most accurate averages