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Nursing Students at GRCC

Practical Nursing Certificate Requirements

Program Requirements

Practical Nursing Admission Requirements:

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

HESI Exam (scored subtests: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary & general knowledge, grammar). There is a fee for this exam. Effective August 15, 2015, 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placed on Academic Probation/Suspension while on the waitlist or while enrolled in either nursing program will be withdrawn.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.

Prospective students may apply for entry into the Practical Nursing Program at the completion of their junior year in high school.

To be eligible for graduation, Practical Nursing students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the prescribed PN curriculum. In addition, to be eligible for graduation, a minimum grade of an 80% is required in each of the required nursing courses. GH 125 and GH 126 must be successfully completed within two attempts with a grade of C- or higher. Students who fail to complete GH 125 and/or GH 126 in two attempts will be withdrawn from the ready list and unable to reapply to the practical nursing program until successfully completing both GH 125 and GH 126.

At GRCC, opportunities exist for graduates of the Practical Nursing program to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program with advanced standing. Students interested in following this path should contact the Director of Nursing Programs or view the Nursing Programs Web site ( ) for additional information.