AD/PN Nursing Program Fact Sheet Associate Degree Nursing (AD) / Practical Nursing (PN)

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Waiting List

The AD Waiting List is approximately 2 to 2-1/2 years from the time you achieve your "Ready Date".

The ADS Waiting List is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 years from the time you achieve your "Ready Date".

The PN Waiting List is approximately 6 months (or less) from the time you achieve your "Ready Date".

Ready Date

The date you finish your last program admission requirement. You will receive a letter from the Health Admissions Coordinator announcing this date.

Program Requirements

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AD- High school GPA of at least 2.5, GED, or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits

PN - High school GPA of at least 2.0, GED, or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits

AD & PN – HESI Test. (See catalog or Health Programs General Information for minimum score required)

AD – Chemistry and Biology at the high school level or the college equivalents. At GRCC, these classes would be: CHM110, MA098, and BI101 or any Biology course that has a lab. Students whose GPA, ACT, SAT and/or ALEKS PPL 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.

AD & PN 7 Panel Drug Screen and Fingerprinting through Campus Police required.

ADS - To qualify for Advanced Standing, you must possess a current, unencumbered Practical Nursing License, and have 2000 hours of work experience as an LPN.

While You're Waiting

Take the general education and pre-requisite courses listed in the curriculum. 


You can obtain an approximate cost sheet for either program through the links on the individual program pages, or from the Nursing Programs Office. In addition to tuition, fees, and books, you should expect to pay for various other program-related expenses; for example, uniforms, transportation, and supplies.

Clinical Requirements

Before starting clinicals, Nursing Students must complete a Student Immunization Record and be certified in CPR. Receiving the proper immunizations is a preventive measure designed to minimize the risk of occupational transmission of potentially serious diseases.

Legal Restrictions

Felony convictions will prevent you from completing program requirements and taking licensure, certification, and registry examinations, thus affecting your employment option.

Federal and state laws require a criminal background check of those assigned to long-term care facilities, psychiatric agencies, nursing homes, and homes for the aged. When assigned to such a facility, you may need an additional criminal background check and permit release of the findings to GRCC and the health care facility.