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ADN Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the Helena-West Helena and Stuttgart campuses every year. Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program must meet the following criteria:
  1. Fulfill all college admission requirements.
  2. Complete all required developmental education courses prior to making application to the nursing program. 
  3. Submit ACT score, if taken, and official transcripts from all previously attended colleges to the Registrar's Office and the Department of Nursing on the Helena-West Helena campus. These documents must be received in the Nursing Department Office on the Helena-West Helena campus by June 1st.  
  4. Document a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all courses taken at PCCUA.
  5. Students who transfer required nursing curriculum support courses must have a "C" or better and equivalent credit hours per course to receive PCCUA credit.
  6. Complete BY 154 (BIOL 2404), Anatomy and Physiology I,  within the past 5 years with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants who repeat any required science course more than one time within the past 5 years to remove a grade of "W", "EW", "D", or "F" will NOT be considered for admission.
  7. Complete MS 123 (MATH 1103), College Algebra, with a grade of "C" or better. Applicants who repeat a required math course more than one time within the past 5 years to remove a grade of "W", "EW", "D", or "F" will NOT be considered for admission.
  8. Complete EH 113 (ENGL 1013), Composition I, with a grade of "C" or better.
  9. Document a total 10th grade reading level on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. The Nelson-Denny Reading Test must be taken at PCCUA within 3 months of: (1) the ADN program application deadline for regular applicants, or (2) submission of a late application to the program. Students on the Helena-West Helena campus should contact the Advising Center to schedule a time to take the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. Students on the Stuttgart campus should contact the professional advisor on the Stuttgart Campus to schedule a time to take the Nelson-Denny Reading Test.
  10. Students who speak English as a second language must also take the ESL ACCUPLACER Exam to prove proficiency in English. The following scores are required in each category:
    • Listening: A minimum score of 106
    • Reading: A minimum score of 116
    • WritePlacer ESL: A minimum score of 5
  11. Submit a completed application to the ADN Program on the Helena-West Helena campus. The application must be received in the Nursing Department Office on the Helena-West Helena campus by June 1stIncomplete applications will not be considered.
  12. Rare exceptions for individuals seeking admission may be made by the Promotion and Graduation Committee.

All students who meet minimum admission criteria will be accepted unless the number of qualified applicants exceeds space available. This means MEETING THE MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION OR TAKING COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE NURSING DEGREE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE ADN PROGRAM.

When the number of qualified applicants exceeds space available, the selection process will be implemented and admission will become competitive.

Selection Process

  1. Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the total number of points accrued from the following:
    1. Quality points earned in these required prerequisite nursing support courses:
      • BY 154 (BIOL 2404), Anatomy and Physiology I
      • EH 113 (ENGL 1013), Composition I
      • MS 123 (MATH 1103), College Algebra
      • Students who received college credit through CLEP for a required prerequisite course will be given quality points equivalent to a course grade of “A” for ranking purposes.
    2. Points awarded for the total Nelson-Denny Reading level.
    3. Quality points earned in BY 164 (BIOL 2414) Anatomy and Physiology II, a required Level I co-requisite course. 
      A maximum of 81 points is possible.
  2. When two or more applicants have an equal number of total points (quality points in required prerequisite courses, points awarded for the total Nelson-Denny Reading level, and quality points earned for the Level I co-requisite course, BY 164 (BIOL 2414), Anatomy and Physiology II), applicants will be admitted according to the date and time the application was received in the Nursing Department Office on the Helena-West Helena campus.
  3. Course quality points will be calculated based on PCCUA required prerequisite nursing curriculum support courses.
  4. Quality points for repeated courses will be determined by the most recent grade with 3 quality points subtracted for the repetition.
  5. Points for the total (vocabulary and comprehension) score on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test are awarded as follows:
          Reading Level     Points Awarded
    •   18.9-18.0                  25
    •   17.9-17.0                  20
    •   16.9-16.0                  15
    •   15.9-15.0                  10
    •   14.9-14.0                    5
    •   13.9-13.0                    4
    •   12.9-12.0                    3
    •   11.9-11.0                    2
    •   10.9-10.0                    1
       
  6. In addition to total earned points, points will be added for the following documented ACT scores: Composite score of 19-22 = 2 points, 23-28 = 4 points, 29 and above = 6 points.
  7. Students initially not selected will be placed on a waiting list in order of total points earned. Spaces that become available before the first day of fall classes will be filled from the waiting list.

Applicants not selected for admission and/or applicants who elect NOT to enroll in the fall nursing class must repeat the application process that includes submitting a new application to the ADN Program.

Admission After Application Deadline

When space is available, qualified applicants who submit an application and transcripts from all colleges attended after the published deadline will be considered for admission on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of this available space is reserved for late applicants enrolled in one or more PCCUA summer semester prerequisite science, English, and/or math courses. Reserved space is only for PCCUA late applicants who successfully complete required prerequisite science, English, and/or math courses the summer semester immediately before the fall semester the applicant is seeking admission to the ADN program. 

Enrollment Process

Before enrolling in the ADN courses, the student must provide the following documents:

  1. Completed Health Statement
  2. Proof of immunization compliance
    • Current Td or Tdap
    • Two Varicella or positive titer
    • Two MMRs, if born after 1957 or positive titer
    • Initiation of Hepatitis B series or positive titer
  3. Proof of a TB skin test must be valid for the entire fall and spring academic year
  4. Signed Communicable Disease Statement
  5. Current US federal or state issued photo ID, examples include:
    • US passport
    • US military ID
    • State driver's license
  6. Proof of professional liability insurance must be valid for the entire fall and spring academic year
  7. Attend scheduled mandatory orientation session for nursing the week of fall registration.
  8. Rare exceptions may be made by the Promotion and Graduation Committee for late applicants.

No late enrollment is allowed.

After Enrollment

Proof of Influenza (flu) immunization is required by November 1st of each academic year.

Students admitted to the ADN program on the distance Stuttgart campus are expected to come on occasion to the Helena-West Helena campus to participate in scheduled program activities.