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

Selective admission programs are not eligible for the 60+ reduced tuition rate.

Upcoming GPA changes

Beginning with the Fall 2026 RN application:

The RN GPA used for ranking will be figured using only these four classes: BIOL 144 (or BIOL 140 and BIOL 225), MATH 171, ENGL 121, and PSYC 130. 

BIOL 144 (or BIOL 140 and 225) must be completed by the end of the Spring 2025 semester. MATH 171, ENGL 121 and PSYC 130 must be completed by the end of the Fall 2025 semester.

The deadline for the Fall 2026 RN and the Summer 2026 LPN-RN Bridge program will be Dec. 1, 2025.

Before You Apply

The information presented during these sessions is now available online at

If you have a general question, please go to our main page. If you would like to speak with a nursing counselor, please contact Counseling.

To successfully progress through the nursing curriculum and function as a practicing nurse upon graduation, you must be able to perform certain physical and mental activities.

The following list is based largely upon the Functional Ability Categories and Representative Activities/Attributes as provided in Appendix A by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc.

Critical Thinking Ability

Your critical thinking skills must be sufficient for clinical judgment, including sufficient intellectual functioning and emotional stability to plan and implement care for clients, and critical thinking to identify cause-effect relationships, plan/control activities for others, synthesize knowledge and skills, and sequence information.

Analytical Thinking Ability

Your analytical thinking skills must be sufficient to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, process information, evaluate outcomes, problem solve, prioritize tasks, and use long- and short-term memory.

Interpersonal Skills

The candidate’s skills must be sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds; negotiate interpersonal conflict; respect differences in clients; and establish rapport with clients and co-workers.

Emotional Stability

You must be able to establish therapeutic boundaries, provide clients with emotional support, adapt to changing environment/stress, deal with the unexpected, focus attention on task, monitor own emotions, perform multiple responsibilities concurrently, and handle strong emotions (e.g., grief).

Gross Motor Skills

You must be able to move within confined spaces, sit and/or stand and maintain balance, reach above shoulders (e.g., IV poles), and reach below waist (e.g., plug electrical appliances into wall outlets).

Manual Dexterity

You must have the ability to handle small objects, pick up objects, grasp small objects (e.g., IV tubing, pencil), record information (e.g., pen, pencil, keyboard, typing), pinch, pick (e.g., manipulating a syringe), twist (e.g., turn objects/knobs), squeeze (e.g., eye dropper), and perceive texture.

Physical Endurance

You must have the ability to remain at client’s side during surgical or therapeutic procedure, sustain repetitive movements (e.g., CPR), and maintain physical tolerance (e.g., work entire shift).

Physical Strength/Mobility

You must have the ability to push and pull 25 pounds (e.g., position clients), support 25 pounds of weight (e.g., ambulate client), lift 25 pounds (e.g., pick up a child, transfer client), move light objects weighing up to 10 pounds (e.g., IV poles), move heavy objects weighing from 11 to 50 pounds and carry up to 25 pounds frequently, but occasionally may exceed these limits. You should have sufficient motor functions to be able to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to patients in all health care settings. You are required to have the motor skills necessary for assessment and therapeutic procedures such as palpation, percussion, auscultation, and other diagnostic maneuvers and procedures. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional uses of the senses of touch, vision and hearing. You must be able to perform basic life support (including CPR), transfer and position patients, and position and reposition yourself around patients. You must also be able to operate equipment typically found in the health care environment (eg., IV pump, cardiac monitor, electric and manual blood pressure equipment, electric beds).


You must be able to acquire information presented through demonstration and experience in the basic and nursing sciences. You must be able to observe and appreciate non-verbal communication when performing nursing assessment and intervention or administering medication. You must be capable of perceiving the signs of disease and infection and images of the body surfaces, palpable changes in various organs and tissues, and auditory information (e.g., patient’s voice, heart tones, bowel and lung sounds).

Reading Ability

You must be able to read and understand written documents (e.g., policies, protocols).

Cognitive Ability

You must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information. You must be able to quickly read and comprehend extensive written materials. You must also be able to evaluate and apply information and engage in critical thinking in the classroom, lab and clinical setting. You must be able to read and understand columns of writing (flow sheet, charts), digital displays, graphic printouts (e.g., EKG), graphs (e.g., vital sign sheets) and measurement marks (e.g., measurement tapes, scales, etc.); calibrate equipment, convert numbers to and/or from the metric system, tell time, measure time (e.g., count duration of contractions, etc.), count rates (e.g., drips/minute, pulse), use measuring tools (e.g., thermometer), add, subtract, multiply and/or divide whole numbers, compute fractions (e.g., medication dosages), use a calculator, write numbers in records, and perform algebraic equations to calculate medication dosages.


You must have the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family and other professionals. You must be able to express ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback. You must be able to convey or exchange information at a level allowing development of a health history, identify problems presented, explain alternative solutions and give directions during treatment and post-treatment. You must be able to effectively communicate in English on oral, written and electronic forms, and to retrieve information from literature, computerized databases and lectures. You must be able to process and communicate information on the patient’s status with accuracy in a timely manner to members of the health care team. The appropriate communication may also rely on the candidate’s ability to make a correct judgment, seeking supervision and consultation in a timely manner.

Professional Conduct

You must possess the ability to reason morally and practice nursing in an ethical manner. You must be willing to learn and abide by professional standards of practice. You must have compassion, empathy, altruism, integrity, honesty, responsibility and tolerance. You must be able to engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all patient populations, including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, individuals with disabilities, medically compromised patients, and vulnerable adults.

Must be able to provide reliable transportation for clinicals.

Kansas CNA certification must be completed and listed on the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry site by the Feb. 1 application deadline. In order to be listed on the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry, the course must be completed and the state examination must be taken and passed. The program director waiver may be granted for active CMA or HHA certifications; email CMA/HHA to (if applicable).

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 application 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.

CNA classes are offered through JCCC at the Olathe Health Education Center; other locations offering CNA training are listed on the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services website. The JCCC course is AVHO 102 and is five credits. Training does not need to be completed at JCCC. Any credit hours earned for CNA do NOT count toward the 12 required general education credits required for application.

Human Anatomy and Physiology, BIOL 144 (or BIOL 140 and BIOL 225), must be completed before applying to the Nursing program and with a final grade of C or higher. BIOL 144 (or BIOL 140 and BIOL 225) must be completed within 5 years of the Feb. 1 application deadline. Grades of C or higher must be posted by the end of the spring 2025 semester in ENGL 121, MATH 171 and PSYC 130 to begin the Fall 2025 RN program.

Course name Credit
BIOL 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology 5
PSYC 130 Intro to Psychology 3
ENGL 121 Composition I 3
MATH 171 College Algebra (or higher) 3

See the JCCC catalog for a sample course schedule and links to general education electives.

Prior learning credit (such as AP test scores) with a grade of “P” can meet the requirement but would not count in GPA.

If a class is taken as pass/fail it would not count as meeting the requirement and would not count in GPA.

Please see a JCCC counselor if you have questions.

GPA for Nursing Program Required Prerequisites Must Be 3.0 or Higher

  • The GPA is calculated only on coursework required for the program that has been completed by the application deadline. Please visit with a JCCC healthcare counselor if you have questions about your coursework GPA.
  • Grades below C are not accepted, but will be used to figure your coursework GPA.
  • Applicants must complete BIOL 144 (or BIOL 140 AND BIOL 225) by the application deadline, Feb 1.
  • You must have a minimum of 12 college credit hours, with grades of C or higher, toward the RN program to apply.
  • College credits earned by JCCC students through prior learning credit, as designated by Testing Services, must be posted on your JCCC transcript by the Feb. 1 deadline. These credits will be acknowledged as fulfilling the nursing requirements; however, they will not be computed into the admission GPA.
  • Date of the ATI TEAS must be current within 3 years of the application deadline. 
  • Only official scores submitted from ATI TEAS will be accepted. Request your scores to be sent to JCCC Testing.
  • Please enter your JCCC ID number when taking the ATI TEAS test. Email after testing.
  • ATI TEAS can be taken at the following locations:
  • Cost ranges from $120-$147 depending on location to take the exam. Additional costs may apply if practice exams or study materials are purchased by the applicant.
  • Score reporting: exam results can take up to 72 hours to populate into your ATI account. The date on your score report will reflect the date the exam posts to your ATI account.
  • For free study resources, check out the ATI Facebook page for live TEAS prep events, as well as previously recorded videos, and the ATI Student Blog for practice questions, TEAS tips and more.
  • The ATI TEAS Exam is composed of 170 four-option, multiple-choice questions.
  • All 4 sections — Reading, Math, Science, and English & Language Usage — of the exam are required.
  • Minimum total score of 66% is required.
Test Information Reading Math Science English &
Language Usage
# of Questions 53 36 53 28
Time Limit 64 minutes 54 minutes 63 minutes 28 minutes
Specific Content Covered • Key ideas & details
• Craft and structure
• Integration of knowledge & ideas
• Numbers & algebra
•Measurement & data
• Human anatomy & physiology
• Life and physical sciences
• Scientific reasoning
• Conventions of standard English
• Knowledge of language
• Vocabulary acquisition

Information sheet on taking the TEAS through ATI (PDF)

Information sheet on taking the TEAS through PSI (PDF)

To transfer course work from another college, request official transcripts be sent to before the application deadline.

Previous Nursing coursework will only transfer as an elective, not a direct equate

How to Apply

New JCCC Students

Prospective RN students who have not attended JCCC before (or if it has been more than two years since you last attended) must complete a JCCC application for admission. The application is the first step in the enrollment process; select Non-Degree Seeking or Liberal Arts for your major.

Apply to JCCC

After you receive your JCCC ID number, follow the steps below. It may take 5 business days for your application to be processed. Please email Teresa Leland at if you apply to the program within 10 days of the posted deadline.

Current JCCC Students

The deadline to apply for Fall 2024 RN and Summer 2024 LPN is Feb. 1, 2024.

RN application

LPN-RN Bridge application

Note: You will receive an email to check your Personal Admission Plan after your application has been processed. Contact Teresa Leland,, if you do not have an RN Personal Admission Plan within 10 days of submitting your application.

If you have already completed the ATI TEAS test, go to and request your ATI TEAS transcript (Note: charges may apply.). ATI TEAS scores must be submitted before Feb. 1, 2024.

Residency points are awarded to those who have submitted proof of residency in Johnson County or another county in Kansas. Residency is one of the criteria used in the selection process, accounting for 10% of both the pre-interview and the final ranking. 

Please highlight your name, address, and the date on your proof before submitting. Proof sent must be dated six months prior to the application deadline. Acceptance examples of proof: Driver’s license, lease agreement (send only the first page), or utility statement. Contact Teresa Leland,, if you have questions.


Work history as a CNA, PCT, HHA or LPN is one of the criteria used in the selection process, accounting for 20% of the final ranking. 

If you have NO eligible work history, check the box “I have no eligible work history” on the work history form.

Submit your work history

It is not necessary to request JCCC transcripts or transcripts already on file at JCCC. If you are a transfer student, please visit a JCCC Counselor to confirm transferability of your coursework.

See our Transcripts page for instructions on submitting official transcripts from other schools.

Your Personal Admission Checklist will be updated periodically as the Admissions office processes application materials. Access your Personal Admission Checklist and your JCCC email account through your MyJCCC account. Contact Teresa Leland,, if you have questions.

Non-Native English Speakers

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

This program requires international and immigrant applicants to demonstrate language proficiency.

View English proficiency requirements

Once you have submitted your application, see how students are ranked and selected.

This program requires an internship, practicum, clinical component or state/board licensing. The institutions that host internships/practicums/clinicals may require applicants to provide a Social Security number or show proof of having a Social Security card. See program chairperson for more information.