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Admission Requirements - Registered Nurse Program

Admission requirements for the Registered Nurse program selection process.

This is a selective admission program. You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • You must have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.0, with over 12 college credit hours, to make application.
  • College credits earned by JCCC students through prior learning credit, as designated on the Testing Services website, must be posted on your JCCC transcript by the Jan. 15 deadline.  These credits will be acknowledged as fulfilling the nursing requirements; however, they will not be computed into the admission GPA

GPA for nursing course work must be 2.8 or higher.

  • The GPA is calculated only on course work required for the program that has been completed by the application deadline.  Please visit with a JCCC counselor if you have questions about your course work GPA.
  • Grades below “C” are not accepted, but will be used to figure your course work GPA.

ACT (American College Test) Scores

  • This requirement may not be waived.
  • The ACT test must be taken within three years of the application deadline. Applicants with with a confirmed college degree from an accredited college or university (associate or bachelors) may use prior ACT scores as long as they are results taken from October 1989, to the present.  Degrees must be received from an approved accredited college or university.
  • Official ACT scores must be submitted before the Jan. 15 deadline. Official scores may not be hand carried.
  • SAT results may not be substituted.
  • Should you choose to take the National ACT, allow approximately six weeks for the official score report to be forwarded to JCCC Testing Services. The JCCC ACT school code is: 1425.  National scores must be received by the Jan. 15 deadline.
  • The ACT writing test, offered on National Test dates, is not required for the JCCC RN program.
  • The ACT science reasoning score is used along with the GPA in required courses to rank applicants for the interview process and the final ranking for admission to the program and is NOT WAIVED for anyone.
  • You may retake the ACT if you wish to improve your ACT scores.
  • You may take the JCCC Residual test.  Scores will be available within two working days. Enroll early, limited space is available. In order to register for the JCCC ACT Residual test, students must have a JCCC application on file and must have received a JCCC 8-digit student ID number.  Registration deadline is 8 a.m. one business day before the test (if space is available) Testing at JCCC begins in October.  The test results can ONLY be used at JCCC.  Contact Testing for more information: 913-469-4439.
  • Space is limited at JCCC for testing, register EARLY.
  • Calculators are allowed for use on the Math section of the ACT Residual.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that any calculators used are in compliance with ACT guidelines.
  • You may not retake the ACT Residual within 60 days of your last test date.  If you do, your scores will be canceled and your fee will not be refunded.  This restriction applies to all forms of testing except testing at national test centers on a nations test date.
  • For each of the four tests, the number of correct responses is the raw score.  The raw scores is then converted to standard scores on a scale form 1 (low) to 36(high).
  • Only original national ACT score reports, JCCC residual score reports or scores posted on official high school transcripts will be accepted.
  • The following minimum scores must be met to be considered:
    • ACT composite score: 17 or higher
    • ACT science score: 18 or higher

Kansas CNA Certification

  • Kansas CNA certification is required for application, or a program director waiver may be granted for active CMA or HHA certifications. The certification must be printed from the KS Nurse Aide Registry, not your card.
  • KS CNA must be active through the Jan. 15 deadline.
  • If you have a CNA certification in another state, please contact the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services in Topeka at 785-296-6877 or 785-296-0061 as soon as possible for information on challenging the Kansas CNA certification test.  The certification test must be taken before the deadline date.  Proof of certification test registration is required.
  • There are no exceptions to this requirement. Prior health background or experience does not satisfy this requirement.

Proof of Residency

  • Johnson County Residents receive 10 extra points if proof of residency is presented before the Jan. 15 deadline.
  • KS residents receive 5 extra points if proof of residency is presented before the Jan. 15 deadline.
    • Proof of residency examples: Driver’s License, Utility Bill, Lease agreement.
    • Previous proof of residency or written communication from JCCC is not acceptable.
    • Proof of residency must have each of the three items listed below:
      • Applicant’s Name
      • Applicant’s Address
      • Dated before July 15 of the previous year

Previous College Transcripts

  • All previous college transcripts are due by the Jan. 15 deadline.
  • It is not necessary to send JCCC transcripts
  • It is not necessary to request transcripts from previous colleges if JCCC already has them on file.  Please contact admissions if you have any questions. Hand carried, faxed or copies issued to students will NOT be accepted.


  • All paperwork is due to Selective Admissions by the Jan. 15 deadline.
  • If you submit your RN application well in advance of the semester break, you will be notified as to the received/missing items.  If you wait until closer to the deadline date to apply, notification will be delayed and you may not meet the requirements.
  • Ensure the Initial Assessment Procedures sheet and the Nursing Program Worksheet are complete and submitted before the Jan. 15 deadline.  Required courses that will be completed at the end of preceding fall semester should be indicated as “IP” under the “grade” column if the final grade is not yet available.
  • An academic evaluation/ranking will not occur until mid-spring semester. This allows time for the receipt of Fall 2017 transcripts (due no later than Jan. 15) and the posting of those grades.

High School Transcripts or GED Scores

High school transcripts or GED scores are only required if you are applying for federal financial aid. Hand carried, faxed or copies issued to students will NOT be accepted.

We highly recommend that you attend a Nursing Information Session. If you have questions after the information session, you are strongly encouraged to meet with one of the RN Liaison Counselors in the Counseling Center before the Jan. 15 deadline.