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Nursing A.A.S. Admission Requirements

Nursing A.A.S. Admission Requirements

​Admissions Process and Information   


City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is pleased to announce an updated A.A.S. Degree in Nursing Program application process. In an effort to create a more efficient and seamless system, all prospective students apply via a centralized, online application form located on the CCC nursing webpage. The online application process will allow prospective students to apply by submitting one single application. Upon admission to the CCC Nursing Program, LPN Bridge students will complete the program at Malcolm X School of Nursing and freshmen students will begin nursing courses at Harry S Truman College and transition to Malcolm X School of Nursing for completion.

The deadline for submission of the 2015 CCC Nursing Program online application is Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

NOTE:  Before submitting the online application, applicant must enter ATI entrance exam scores, date of Certified Background check, pre-requisite grades, and current GPA in the required fields on the CCC application. The Nursing Admission Committee will then refer to the respective databases to confirm the submitted information.

Applicants will be notified via their CCC email of acceptance by Friday, May 29, 2015.

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

1. All pre-requisite courses (4) must be completed prior to the online application deadline of Friday, May 15, 2015. 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 125 or higher with a "C" or higher

Note: Co-requisites (3) to be completed before enrolling into the third semester of 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. All pre-requisite courses (7) must be completed prior to the online application deadline of Friday, May 15, 2015. Pre-requisite courses (7) include:

  • Biology 121 with a "C" or higher
  • Biology 226 with a "C" or higher
  • Biology 227 with a "C" or higher
  • Chemistry 121 with a "C" or higher
  • English 101 with a "C" or higher
  • Math 118 or 125 or higher with a "C" or higher
  • Microbiology 233 with a "C" or higher

2. Prospective LPN students will be admitted if space is available after continuing students have completed their registration.

3. Non-CCC LPN students must successfully complete the N140 Summer Bridge course to be eligible to enroll. LPN students who completed the advanced certificate from CCC are exempt from taking Nursing 140 provided the student has completed the program within the last two (2) years.

4. Must possess a current LPN license.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible to apply to the CCC Nursing Program, a student must have successfully completed 1) All four pre-requisite courses, 2) ATI Pre-admission Exam, 3) Background check, and 4) Cumulative GPA of 2.75 prior to the posted application Friday, May 15, 2015 deadline date. All applications will be reviewed for selection by the Nursing Admission Committee. PLEASE NOTE: Submitting the application and possessing the requirements for the CCC Nursing Program does not guarantee admission. In addition, indicating campus preferences does not guarantee admission to the campus.

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing

  • A.A.S. 2-Year Program: ATI Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score of 65% or greater cumulative score and a minimum TEAS Reading score of 73%.
  • LPN Bridge Program: ATI Standard Testing to Evaluate Preparedness (STEP) score of 65% or greater, and an ATI STEP Fundamentals score of 64%.
  • Applicants must create an account on the ATI website (, and then register to sit for the proctored test. Test dates are available on the ATI website.
  • Applicants may repeat test once. The higher score of the two tests will be used in the admission process. Tests repeated more than twice will not be considered.
  • Applicants are responsible for exam fees.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • A minimum 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.
  • Audited courses are not accepted (effective January 2013).

Official Transcripts

  • Applicants must submit their high school transcripts or proof of GED and any additional college transcripts to a CCC Registrar's office. Please allow yourself extra time, as International transcripts take longer to receive.
  • All nursing courses must be taken at the City Colleges of Chicago.
  • 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. The Nursing Admissions Committee will consider an application incomplete and not eligible for consideration if any of the pre-requisites are not depicted on the CCC PeopleSoft Academic History.

Health and CPR Requirements

  • Applicants that are accepted into the CCC Nursing Programs must submit all Health and CPR requirements as indicated by the CCC Nursing Program clinical requirement guidelines to their respective campus nursing office by July 1, 2015.
  • After acceptance students must complete an initial 10-panel urine drug screen by July 1, 2015 and again prior to the start of your last year in the program and will be paid for by the student.
  • Students with a positive drug screen will not be enrolled in any nursing courses.
  • Students are responsible for requirement costs.
  • The drug screen results must depict all "negative" readings.
  • If all requirements are not submitted by July 1, 2015, students will forfeit their admission seat and must wait until next admission cycle and reapply to the program.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

  • The Certified Background Check package code is: CN53.
  • 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 statue 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 College 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.

As an applicant of the Nursing Program, you understand, and agree, to the following:

  • Students must submit to a criminal background check both prior to entering the Program and in order to remain at all clinical agencies during the second year clinical rotational schedule to progress within the Program.
  • Students must submit to a 10-panel drug screening after admission into the Program and prior to beginning the second year clinical rotation schedule.
  • Students may be asked to submit to a criminal background check and/or 10-panel drug screen by a clinical site and must comply with the request to continue your rotation with the site.
  • 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.
  • Students who have applied to the City College of Chicago Nursing Program are required to submit to a criminal history background check prior to enrollment.
  • 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 clinical placement cannot be arranged, it may constitute program dismissal.
  • Requests for copies for criminal background checks can be made by logging into The College does not provide copies to applicants and/or students of the criminal background check results.

CCC Nursing Handbook

  • CCC nursing applicants must review the 2014-2015 CCC Nursing Handbook, to obtain a better understanding of the time commitment, academic, and functional expectations if extended acceptance into the CCC Nursing Program.

  • Although a nursing student may not possess a social security number during their studies as a nursing student, the State Board of Nursing (IDFPR) may require the graduate to possess one in order to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and be granted licensure to practice nursing.
  • Only one (1) online application will be accepted per nursing applicant.
  • Students desiring to reapply to the nursing program must do so within one year of exiting the program and will be evaluated for program placement based on current program requirements.
  • Readmission is not guaranteed.
  • Once applications are submitted successfully, applicant will see a "successful confirmation page" listing the application confirmation number. Please print the "successful confirmation page." Applicant will also receive an email confirmation of the CCC Nursing Program Application to the student email address listed on the application.
  • For further questions please contact academic advisors or email CCC Nursing Programs at