Instructions for International Students in the Nursing 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.
  • The Kansas Board of Nursing will only consider coursework completed outside of the US after it has been evaluate by the Commission on Gradates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS ww.cgfns.org).
  • As a selective admission program, the Associate Degree Nursing Program requires that international and immigrant students applying for admission to the Nursing Program contact the International and Immigrant Student Services with issues related to immigration status, visa and passport issues.  JCCC documentation requirements, regulatory advisement and cultural adjustments.
  • English Proficiency Requirement (official) - One of the following must be met:
    • TOEFL score of at least 500 on paper based test or 173 on computer based test or at least 61 on Internet based test.
    • Provide an official IELTS score of 4.5
    • Provide and official TOEIC score of 525
    • Provide an official PTE score of 33 or higher
    • Submit official US college/university transcripts documenting the completion of the equivalent of JCCC’s English 106 course with a grade D or better.
    • A minimum 12 US college credit hours with a grade D or better.
    • Completion of an English language study program.
    • Submit high school transcripts documenting completion of one academic year of study in the US with an equivalent GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Applicants who will be applying for federal and/or other types of financial aid will be required to submit non-US transcripts for financial aid purpose.
  • To contact International and Immigrant Student Services, call 913-469-7680, visit the IISS office in COM 306, or go to the IISS web page.

Individuals presently in the US who do not currently hold a lawful immigration status need to be aware that a background check is required. 

  • Those who have not been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) authorization may have difficultly providing the necessary documentation for the background check.   Those who have been approved for DACA may present their valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD), valid US state driver’s license, valid passport, etc.  Students who are DACA approved should not assume their DACA approval guarantees they will pass the background check.  Visit the USCIS website for additional DACA information.

If a clinical site requires proof of eligibility for work authorization for background checks, liability, etc.: Those who have been approved for DACA may be asked to present their valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD), valid US state driver’s license, valid passport, etc.