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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, 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. Successful completion of a BNA program, or have attained CNA certificate is required at the time of application. Upon admission to the City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing (CCCSON) program, students will begin and complete the nursing program at the CCCSON at Malcolm X College. Any questions regarding the application and admissions process may be directed to the College Academic Advising Office, or you may email the CCC Nursing Programs at

The 2016 nursing application cycle is open for submissions from October 26, 2015 thru May 29, 2016. Before being able to submit the online application, the online application will request a copy of the applicant's ATI score, date of Certified Background check, pre-requisite grades and GPA. The applicant will then certify via application submission that the submitted information is NOT false or falsification of information will result in disqualification for application review. The Nursing Admission Committee will then refer to the respective databases to confirm the submitted information.

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 125 or higher with a "C" or higher
  • BNA Certification is required

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. 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. All LPN students must successfully complete the N140 Summer Bridge course to be eligible to enroll. 

4. All general education and pre-requisite courses must be successfully completed before starting Nursing 140. Students must successfully complete all A.A.S. courses before starting Nursing 140.

5. Must possess a current LPN license with one year of continuous work history.

Fall 2016 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) Successful completion of a BNA program, or have attained CNA certificate is required at the time of application, 3) ATI Pre-admission Exam, 4) Background check, and 5) Cumulative GPA of 2.75 prior to the posted application 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

  • 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 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 a minimum Fundamentals score of 64%.
  • Applicants may repeat test once within the application cycle. 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 (CGPA)

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher at CCC is required.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that completed at least two (2) Sciences pre-requisites or co-requisites at CCC. 
  • Applicants must have successful completion of a BNA program or have attained a CNA certificate.

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.
  • 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

  • Students must submit all Health and CPR requirements as indicated by the CCC Nursing Program clinical requirement guidelines to their respective campus nursing office.
  • 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 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, 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 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 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 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 Colleges 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.


  • 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.