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Associate Degree Nursing Program Requirements

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Admission Requirements:

High school GPA of 2.5 (or GED equivalent) or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits.

Chemistry with Lab (1 year in high school with C- or higher, or college equivalent) GRCC: CHM 110 or higher.

Students whose GPA, ACT and/or Accuplacer score, place them into MA 098 or below, must meet the requirements for MA 098 with a grade of C- or higher to be eligible to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Biology (1 year in high school with C- or higher, or college equivalent) GRCC: BI 101 or any BI class with lab.

HESI Exam (scored subtests: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary & general knowledge, grammar) - There is a fee for this exam. Passing score on each subtest must be 75% or higher. For more info:

Preliminary Background Check (no cost) - Form available here:

Drug Screen: Must have a negative 7-panel urine drug screen. May be able to use a drug screen done within the past 9-12 months. Results should be submitted to the Health Admissions Office, 600 College Park Plaza.

Foundational Courses & Academic Probation/Suspension (Effective fall 2015)

In order to be eligible for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Practical Nursing program, students must have successfully completed any required AFP courses with a grade of at least C- and be in good academic standing. Any student placed on Academic Probation/Suspension while on the waitlist or while enrolled in either nursing program will be withdrawn. Students wishing to pursue nursing after this may re-apply after following GRCC’s academic suspension policy and returning to good academic standing.

Candidates may apply for entry into the program at the end of their junior year in high school.

To be eligible for graduation from the ADN program, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the prescribed ADN curriculum, and an 80% in each nursing course.  Life science courses must have been completed within eight years of graduation/completion of the specific Health program at GRCC.

Transfer credit from college-credit-granting institutions for nursing courses may be granted if completed within three (3) years of application and a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher was earned. The determination of the transferability of course credit rests with the Program Director and Associate Dean of the School of Workforce Development. In case of conflict, the Dean of the School of Workforce Development shall render a judgment.

Opportunities exist for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) with current unencumbered licenses to enter the ADN program with advanced standing. Contact the Director of Nursing Programs or view the Advanced Standing page for additional information.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program may transfer all or part of the credit earned at GRCC to several colleges and universities toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

In addition to tuition, fees and books there are also costs for uniforms, etc.