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Nursing A.A.S. Admission Requirements

Nursing A.A.S. Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing and LPN Bridge Program.

City Colleges of Chicago is pleased to announce two program changes.
  1. Eligible students may apply to the Practical Nursing program and the AAS program throughout the year.
  2. The AAS program will admit students twice a year—fall and spring semesters. The PN program and the LPN Bridge pathway admission will admit once a year.

Basic Nursing Assistant Class

For students still wanting to take the BNA class this semester, we have added more orientation sessions for our 2nd 8-week session which starts Oct. 23rd. The dates are Sept. 28th, Oct. 5th, and Oct. 12th. Please contact Ms. Lorraine Cross at or 312-850-7195.

Additional Information:
  • Acceptance into the City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing (CCCSON) is competitive and requires prior admission to CCC.
  • Nursing pre-requisites can be completed at any one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago or an accredited institution.
  • Review the "Nursing Student Handbook" link in the "Nursing Resources" section of this page to obtain a better understanding of the time commitment, academic, and functional expectations if extended acceptance into the CCCSON Program.
  • Applicants must take the ATI exam at one of the City Colleges of Chicago locations for the scores to be taken into consideration for the CCC Nursing application.
  • Students completing pre-requisite courses may apply for admission.
  • LPN Bridge Program students must complete the application process by the end of the spring semester. Accepted students must self-enroll for Nursing 140 which begins during the summer session.
  • Students completing the final pre-requisite requirement of BNA during the fall 2017 semester may apply for spring 2018 AAS nursing program. CNA certification must be attained prior to the end of the spring 2018 semester. Students will not progress in the nursing program if this condition is not met.
How to Apply

Complete the A.A.S. Degree in Nursing online application (available October 2, 2017).

Complete the Practical Nursing online application (available October 2, 2017).

Admissions Process and Information

In an effort to create a more efficient and seamless system, all prospective students must apply via a centralized, online application form, located on the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) nursing web page. The online application process will allow prospective students to apply by submitting one single application, which is reviewed by the CCC Nursing Program Admissions Committee. At CCC, our goal is to ensure that students receive the best opportunity for success.

Nursing pre-requisites can be completed at any one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago or an accredited institutionIn addition, proof of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate or unencumbered LPN license is required at the time of application. Students completing the final pre-requisite requirement of BNA during the fall 2017 semester may apply for spring 2018 AAS nursing program.  CNA certification must be attained prior to the end of the spring 2018 semester.

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be completed during the current academic year at one of the City Colleges of Chicago. ATI TEAS Test taken at other locations outside of CCC will not be accepted. The ATI TEAS scores are submitted as part of the application process. 

You will be required to submit a current background check through, (code number MN60).

A cumulative GPA score of 2.75 or higher is required.

Applicants who meet all admission criteria will be considered for into the nursing program.

Any questions regarding the application and admissions process may be directed to the Nursing Office at 312-850-7159, or you may call nursing liaison, Sylvia Arnold, at 312-850-3543 or email at

Nursing Program Pre-Requisites:


A.A.S. 2-year Nursing Program Pre-Requisites: 

1. All pre-requisite courses (4) must be completed prior to admission into the program. Pre-requisite courses (4) include:

  • Biology 121 with a "C" or higher
  • Chemistry 121 with a "C" or higher
  • English 101 with a "C" or higher
  • Math 118 or higher with a "C" or higher

2. Verification of successful completion of the following:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate or unencumbered LPN license
  • Completion of the ATI TEAS taken at a CCC campus during the open application cycle with minimum scores as follows (Cumulative score of 65% AND Reading score of 73%)

3. All three (3) co-requisites must be completed prior to enrolling in the third semester of the nursing program.

  • Biology 226 with a "C" or higher
  • Biology 227 with a "C" or higher
  • Microbiology 233 with a "C" or higher

A.A.S. LPN Bridge Nursing Program Pre-Requisites:

1. To complete the online application, all seven (7) pre-requisite courses as listed above, the ATI TEAS Test as listed above, and the general education courses must be completed. The application cycle is open and concludes at the end of the spring semester. Pre-requisite courses include the following:

  • Biology 121 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Biology 226 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Biology 227 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Chemistry 121 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • English 101 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Math 118 or higher with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Microbiology 233 with a grade of "C" or higher

2. Prospective applicants must possess a current LPN license (unencumbered) with six months of LPN continuous work history.  Verification of employment includes the following:  a letter from your employer on the facility’s official letterhead.

3. LPN applicants accepted into the LPN Bridge Program must successfully complete the NURS 140 Bridge course. Successful completion of the NURS140 course is required to be eligible to enroll in the A.A.S. nursing program as a sophomore student. 

4. ATI Teas Test (Cumulative score of 65% AND Reading score of 73%).

5. Submission of an application to the Nursing program does not guarantee admission. Applicants who meet all admission criteria will be considered for admission into the nursing program. 

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing

  • Applicants must create an account on the ATI website (, and then register to sit for the proctored test at one of the City Colleges of Chicago campuses. Test dates are available on the ATI website.
  • A.A.S. 2-Year Program: ATI TEAS Test - Cumulative score of 65% or greater, and a minimum TEAS Reading Test score of 73%.
  • LPN Bridge Program: ATI TEAS Test - Cumulative Test score of 65% or greater, and a minimum TEAS Reading Test score of 73%.
  • Applicants may repeat the ATI TEAS Test only once within the academic year.  The higher score of the two tests will be used in the admission process. Test repeated more than twice will not be considered.
  • Applicants are responsible for exam fees.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

  • A minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher is required.

Course Age

  • Chemistry and Biological Science courses must be completed within five years of admission to the nursing program. Students must retake Chemistry and Biology courses after five years.
  • If an outdated course has a CLEP exam available, a student may sit for the exam, but must earn a numerical value equivalent to the required pre-requisite grade.
  • Applicants may not transfer or CLEP nursing courses.
  • CLEP results must be submitted with the CCC Nursing Program application.
  • CLEP Website is https://clep.collegeboard.ogg/
  • Audited courses are not accepted (effective January 2013).

Official Transcripts

  • Applicants must submit an official/sealed high school transcripts or proof of GED and any additional official/sealed college transcripts to Malcolm X College Registrar's Office (required). Official transcripts located at another CCC campus will not transfer to the Malcolm X College Registrar’s Office. Please allow yourself extra time, as international transcripts take longer to receive.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all submitted transcripts have been evaluated and posted by a CCC Registrar (or their designee) on the student's PeopleSoft academic history.

Health and CPR Requirements

  • Students must complete all healthcare requirements per the CCCSON clinical guidelines and submit a copy to the clinical coordinator to maintain clinical compliance in accordance with the CCC Nursing Program. Please review the Nursing Student Handbook​.
  • Students must complete an initial 9-panel urine drug screen after being accepted into the program.  Drug screens are valid for 1-year and must be renewed prior to expiration
  • Students with a positive drug screen will not be enrolled in any nursing courses.
  • Students are responsible for associated costs.
  • The drug screen results must depict all "negative" readings.
  • Students must have a valid CPR card issued by the American Heart Association. The completed CPR course must be an American Heart Association training course for healthcare professionals. The CPR card will be a BLS Provider Card.
  • If all health requirements are not submitted, students will forfeit their admission seat and must wait until next admission cycle and reapply to the program.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

  • If you have a FELONY conviction of any kind and have questions on whether you can obtain a license, complete the form (A Request for a Non-Binding Advisory Opinion) found on the IDFPR weblink
  • Once you have completed the form, include supporting documents, and send to:
Mailing address: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation
Office of the General Counsel
320 W. Washington - 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL. 62786
  • Please review: Section 1300.100: Refusal to Issue a Nurse License Based on Criminal History Record
  • Illinois statute prohibits health care employers from knowingly hiring, employing, or retaining any individual in a position with duties involving, or that may involve, direct patient care or the care of residents of long-term care facilities, including access to the medical, personal, financial, or living quarters of a patient or long-term care resident, who has been convicted of certain criminal offenses (225 ILCS 46.25).
  • The nursing programs of the City Colleges of Chicago have affiliate agreements with clinical agencies and other health care institutions to provide clinical experiences for nursing students as part of the nursing program curriculum.  Some affiliates agreements may exclude students with misdemeanor offenses.

As an applicant of the nursing program, you understand, and agree, to the following:

  • Students must submit to a criminal background check through both prior to entering the Program and in order to remain at all clinical agencies during the second year clinical rotational schedule. The code for Malcolm X is MN60.
  • Students must submit to a 10-panel drug screening after admission into the Program and prior to beginning the second year clinical rotation schedule.
  • The results of the background check and drug screening may determine your acceptance and/or continued eligibility to remain in the Program and/or to enter clinical sites.
  • This background check is required at the student's expense.
  • Background checks are required annually.
  • Information gathered from a criminal background check may be the basis to discontinue an applicant's candidacy for the program and/or may be the basis for dismissal from the program at any time.
  • Students are required to sign a Student Statement of Release Form to approve sharing personal information with clinical sites upon their request.
  • Some clinical sites may do an expanded background check, which may conflict with the student’s original check result. (See Illinois State Law 225 ILCS 46/25 and Ill. Adm. Code 955 Section 955.160 for disqualifying conditions). This will be at the student's expense.
  • Students may not be able to participate in clinical experiences based on information gathered as the result of a background investigation. If a clinical placement cannot be arranged, it may constitute program dismissal.
  • Requests for copies for criminal background checks can be made by visiting . The code for Malcolm X College is MN60. The College does not provide copies to applicants and/or students of the criminal background check results.


  • The Illinois State Board of Nursing (IDFPR) requires graduates to possess a social security number in order to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination.
  • Only one (1) online application will be accepted per nursing applicant.

The AAS Nursing Degree Program is a 2-year, 69-credit hour program to prepare graduates for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The Practical Nursing Advanced Certificate Program is a 3-semester, 49 credit hour program to prepare graduates for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.

The program is affiliated with various hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other community agencies.  Program affiliates offer students the supervised clinical learning experiences in medical-surgical, mental health, maternal-child, pediatrics, and gerontological nursing. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for employment in a variety of settings.

Students who want to pursue a nursing career should have a sincere desire to work with people and be empathetic to their needs. Becoming a nursing professional is rigorous, but most nurses derive considerable satisfaction from knowing that their work contributes directly to the well-being of others.

The Commission affirmed the continuing accreditation and changed the accreditation status to continuing accreditation with conditions  after a focused visit to the following programs: 
  • City Colleges of Chicago at Malcolm X College (Associate) Chicago, IL following the consolidation of the City Colleges of Chicago nursing programs
For more information on the status and/or findings, visit