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Nursing A.A.S. Admission Requirements

Nursing A.A.S. Admission Requirements

The Fall 2017 A.A.S. Degree in Nursing application cycle has been extended to July 21, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The Fall 2017 Practical Nursing application cycle has been extended to July 21, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The Fall 2017 LPN Bridge Program application cycle is closed as of May 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Additional Information:

  • Students completing pre-requisite courses at one of the City Colleges of Chicago campuses by the end of the summer 2017 session may apply for fall 2017 enrollment.
  • LPN Bridge Program students must complete the application process by May 30, 2017. Accepted students must self-enroll for Nursing 140 which begins June 7, 2017.
  • Students completing the final pre-requisite requirement of BNA at Malcolm X College during the summer 2017 session may apply for the fall 2017 AAS Nursing Program. CNA certification must be attained prior to the end of the fall 2017 semester. Students will not progress in the nursing program if this condition is not met.

How to Apply


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 institution. In addition, proof of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate or unencumbered LPN license is required at the time of application. Upon admission to the City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing (CCCSON) Associate Degree Program, students attend the nursing program at Malcolm X College. 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

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be completed during the application cycle of October 17, 2016 through July 21, 2017, at any one of the City Colleges of Chicago locations. The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores are submitted as part of the application process. ATI TEAS Test taken at other locations outside of CCC will not be accepted. You will be required to submit a current background check through, (code number MN60). A cumulative GPA score of 2.75 or above is required. Prior to submission of the program application, the applicant will certify that the information is TRUE. Falsifying information will result in disqualification. 

The CCC Nursing Admissions Committee will then review applicant submissions at the end of the application cycle. Applicants who meet all admission criteria will be considered for into the nursing program.

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. 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 Test of Essential Academic Skills (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 open application cycle begins October 17, 2016 and concludes May 30, 2017. Pre-requisites courses 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 above with a "C" or higher
  • Microbiology 233 with a "C" or higher

2. Prospective applicants must possess a current LPN license (unencumbered) with one year of continuous work history documented by a letter from your employer, on the facility’s official letterhead, written by your Human Resource Representative or by your employer.

3. LPN applicants accepted into the LPN Bridge Program must successfully complete the N140 Summer Bridge course. Successful completion of the N140 course is required to be eligible to enroll in the A.A.S. nursing program as a sophomore student during the fall semester. 

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. The Nursing Admission Committee will review application submissions at the end of the application cycle. Applicants who meet all admission criteria will be considered for admission into the nursing program. 

Fall 2017 Admission Criteria:

To be eligible to apply to the CCC Nursing Program, a student must have successfully completed 1) Completion of the four (4) pre-requisite courses, 2) Possess a CNA certificate for the ADN Program, 3) Possess an unencumbered LPN license for the LPN Bridge Program, 4) Achievement of the required admission scores on the ATI TEAS Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) during the application cycle at a CCC campus (Achievement of a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, prior to the application cycle of October 17, 2016).

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing

  • 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.
  • 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 application cycle of October 17, 2016, through July 21, 2017. 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 their high school transcripts or proof of GED and any additional 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.
  • 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

  • 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 10-panel urine drug screen after being accepted into the program, and again prior to the start of your last year in the program.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 a social security number 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.