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

Mandatory orientation for admitted students

Before applying for the program, make sure you are able to attend both mandatory orientation dates depending on your application year.

Class of 2023 (applied Fall 2020)

  • Orientation No. 1: June 11, 2021, from 0900-1500
  • Orientation No. 2: Aug. 2, 2021, from 0900-1500

GPA for nursing coursework must be 2.8 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.
  • Fall applicants must complete BIOL 144 (or BIOL 140 AND BIOL 225) by the application deadline, Feb 1.

Grade point average (GPA)

  • You must have a minimum of 12 college credit hours toward the RN program to make application.
  • 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

ACT (American College Test) scores

  • This requirement may not be waived.
  • The ACT test must be taken within three years of the application deadline (after Feb 2017). Official ACT scores must be submitted before the Feb. 1 deadline. Official scores may not be hand carried. National scores must be received and entered in your record by the Feb. 1 deadline.
  • If your ACT scores are more than 3 years old and you have completed an associate or bachelor's degree, please contact a counselor.
  • Official ACT scores must be submitted before the Feb. 1 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 Feb. 1 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

Bonus points

  • Johnson County Residents receive 10 extra points if proof of residency is submitted before the Feb 1 deadline.
  • Kansas residents receive 5 extra points if proof of residency is submitted before the Feb. 1 deadline.
  • Previous proof of residency or written communication from JCCC is not acceptable.
  • Examples of proof of residency documents to be submitted:

Driver’s License
Utility Bill
Lease agreement

Previous proof of residency or written communication from JCCC is not acceptable.

  • Please circle the items below on your residency document that you submit:
Applicant’s Name
Applicant’s Address
Date, before Aug 1 of the previous year
  • Applicants can earn a maximum of 4 extra points for their BIOL 144 GPA. (example: A equals 4 points, B equals 3 points, C equals 2 points, no points given for grades of D or F. Student must have both BIOL 140 AND BIOL 225 to earn points if BIOL 144 was not taken.) BIOL 144 older than 5 years can be accepted if Pathophysiology has been completed within a year of the application deadline with a minimum letter grade of B.
  • Applicants can earn 1 point for a confirmed Associate Degree or 2 points for a confirmed Bachelor Degree. (Degree must be obtained and confirmed by Feb. 1.)

Previous college transcripts

  • All previous college transcripts are due by the Feb. 1 deadline.
  • You are responsible for making sure that all transfer credit is posted to your transcript as equivalent to JCCC courses required or to see a counselor about the possibility of obtaining a course substitution by Feb. 1.
  • 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 Feb. 1 deadline.
  • If you submit your RN application well in advance of the semester break, you will be notified on your personal admission plan 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.
  • An academic evaluation/ranking will not occur until after Feb. 1, and notification will occur after April 1. This allows time for the receipt of all transcripts (due no later than Feb. 1) and the posting of those grades.

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 Counselors in the Counseling Center before the Feb. 1 deadline.

LPN-RN Bridge applicants

The LPN to RN bridge option provides those licensed practical nurses wanting to become registered nurses the opportunity to do so. Admission to the registered nursing program is based on a selective admission process. LPN to RN Transition students are required to complete the prerequisite and general education courses of the first two semesters of the nursing program before taking NURS 125 Health Assessment in Nursing and NURS 175 Concepts of Nursing Care: PN to RN Transition courses in the summer semester prior to the second year of the program. NURS 125 and NURS 175 typically start two weeks prior to the regular summer term.  Please check with the nursing department for specific dates to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Successful completion of those two courses is required before advanced standing credits for NURS 100 Concepts of Nursing Care: Foundations and NURS 150 Concepts of Nursing Care: Childbearing Family and Children will be granted. LPN students should contact the nursing program for details.

LPN-RN Bridge Application Requirements:

  • GPA for coursework required for the RN program must 2.8 or higher.  (MATH 171, BIOL 144, ENGL 121, PSYC 130, BIOL 227 and PSYC 218 must be completed by the spring semester prior to the start of the summer bridge program.)
  • ACT composite score: 17 or higher
  • ACT science score: 18 or higher
  • Submit previous college transcripts
  • Submit Background Consent form
  • Submit a current Kansas-recognized LPN certification

View the complete details of each of these requirements under the Admission Requirements-Registered Nurse Program.