Instructions for International Students in the LPN Program

Special considerations apply for applicants who are educated in countries other than the United States.


If you do not have a Social Security number you may not be licensed to work in some states.

International and immigrant students applying for admission to the LPN program must contact JCCC International and Immigrant Student Services about issues related to immigration status, visas, passports, JCCC documentation requirements, regulatory advisement and cultural adjustments.

This program does not meet eligibility requirements for students with an F1 visa.

All applicants must show proficiency in oral and written English if their primary language is not English or if their education was not in English.

English Proficiency Requirement: 

  1. Provide official TOEFL scores of: 
    • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test): 65 
    • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test): 513
    • IELTS Academic Test: 6.0
  2. Submit unofficial transcripts from an accredited U.S. college or university documenting you have completed the equivalent of JCCC’s English 106 (Introduction to Writing) course or English 121 (Composition I) course with a grade of C or better, or
  3. Submit unofficial transcripts from an accredited U.S. college or university documenting the completion of a minimum of twelve (12) transferable credit hours of non-ESL courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, or
  4. Submit a JCCC Accuplacer placement test score of 115 or higher.
  5. If you are not a citizen of one of the following countries, you will need documentation of your English proficiency:
    • Commonwealth Caribbean (does not include the Dominican Republic, Haiti or the Dutch Isles)
    • English-Speaking Canada
    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • South Africa
    • New Zealand
    • Republic of Ireland
  6. Submit an unofficial copy of your U.S. high school or GED transcript documenting a minimum of seven years of education in the U.S. to IISS.
  7. Submit an ACT English subscore of 19 or higher; the student is eligible for placement in English 121 (Composition I).

When to Take English Proficiency Exam

To meet the application deadlines, the test should be taken by February for fall semester applicants, by August for spring semester applicants or by December for summer applicants.

Previously Accepted Scores

Scores must be less than two years old at the time submitted to JCCC.

English Proficiency Exam Taken at Another University

If the examination you completed was an institutional examination, one specifically administered for institutional purposes, it will not be accepted. If the examination you completed was not an institutional exam but one simply administered at an officially certified TOEFL or IELTS center on a college or university campus, it will be accepted if you achieved the minimum required score and the test is less than two years old.

TOEFL Exam

  • The TOEFL is the preferred examination used by most colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • The TOEFL is administered worldwide at scheduled times throughout the year.
  • JCCC does not administer the TOEFL examination.
  • You need the JCCC institutional code, which is 6325, in order for your scores to be sent to Johnson County Community College
  • Test bulletins and registration forms are available at U.S. embassies and consulates and offices of the U.S. Information Services, or contact TOEFL directly:

TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
877-863-3546


JCCC is currently reviewing admission requirements and scores may change.


KS State Board of Nursing information for Foreign Nurses (PDF)