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Associate Degree Nursing Program Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, students must:

  1. Be high school graduates or have passed the high school equivalency GED (General Educational Development) Test.  Note: Candidates may apply for entry into the program beginning in the 2nd semester of their junior year in high school.  If such a student meets requirements 1-5, her/his name will be added to the wait list while still in high school.  The student will remain on the list, upon successful completion of high school with the minimum required GPA (see #2). 
  2. Have a high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5.
  3. Have completed one-year courses in high school algebra, biology and chemistry with “C-” or higher in each.  Suitable equivalent courses available at GRCC are MA098 or higher, BI101 or any biology with a lab, and CHM110.
  4. Have a negative 7-panel urine drug screen and complete the criminal background check process. Students will not be allowed to enter the program until cleared by GRCC police. This is a requirement of the Nursing Programs as clinical facilities are required to follow Michigan Public Acts 27, 28, and 29 of 2006. Without a clear criminal background, it is possible a student would not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus, be unable to complete the GRCC Nursing Programs. For additional information, refer to the Health Programs general information page.
  5. Score at least 75% on the HESI test (fee). This test assesses knowledge in reading, vocabulary, grammar, and math.

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. All Biology courses must be successfully completed within two attempts with a grade of “C-” or higher. 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.