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Practical Nursing Admission Requirements

Practical Nursing Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for the Practical Nursing Advanced Certificate Program..

City Colleges of Chicago is pleased to announce a program change.
  1. Eligible students may apply to the Practical Nursing program throughout the year.
  2. The PN program admission will admit once a year​.
How to Apply? 

Prospective Practical Nursing students complete the Practical Nursing online application​​. 

How Does The Application Process Work? 

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 form is reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and the CCC Nursing Program Admissions Committee. ​           
Step 1: Review the program admission requirements. 

Step 2: Complete the online application form. 

Step 3: The Office of the Registrar will review the application to determine eligibility. 

Step 4: An email will be sent to the CCC email account notifying you about your admission status.  

If the Office of the Registrar confirms the application as qualified: 

Step 5: The Office of the Registrar will send an information packet about how to apply for the ATI TEAS exam. Please do not register for the exam until directed by the Office of the Registrar. ATI TEAS exams must be taken at one of the City Colleges of Chicago. 

Step 6: Once the ATI TEAS exam scores are at or above the required scores, an email will be received containing a clinical information packet and a welcome letter from the City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing (CCCSON). 

Step 7: An email will be received from the CCCSON with information about mandatory orientation dates.  
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. 

Additional Information:
  • Accept​ance 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.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher is required for admission.
  • Review the "Nursing Student Handbook" link in the "Learn More" section of this page to obtain a better understanding of the time commitment, academic, and functional expectations if extended acceptance into the CCCSON Program.
  • Students completing the final semester of pre-requisite courses may apply for admission.​
  • Successful completion of the ATI TEAS test:  General minimum score of 60% and a Reading score minimum of 70%.
Practical Nursing (PN) Program Pre-Requisites:

1. The following pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to submitting the online application along with a CCC Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (no rounding up):

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Biology 120 with a "C" or higher
  • Biology 121 with a "C" or higher
  • English 101 with a "C" or higher
  • Math 118 or higher with a "C" or higher

2. Co-requisites (to be completed along with Nursing courses):

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

3. Biology 226 and Biology 227 Co-Requisites: Please be advised that in order to progress to Life Span 1 and/or Life Span 2, Biology 226 must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Additionally, to progress to Life Span 3, Biology 227 must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Course Age
  • Biology 121 must be completed within five years of admission to the nursing program. Students must retake the Biology 121 course after five years.
  • If Biology 121 is older than 5-years, a student may opt to take the Biology 121 CLEP exam.  The student 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 to the Office of the Registrar.
  • 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 prior to the deadline stated in the clinical information packet, students will forfeit their admission seat.

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 web link​.
  • 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 prior to entering the Program. Background checks must be renewed every 12-months at the student's expense. 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.
  • 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..

Licensure Requirements After Graduation

  • The Illinois State Board of Nursing (IDFPR) requires graduates to possess either a social security number or a pre-approved verification of identity in order to sit for the licensure examination. Please contact the IL State Board of Nursing (IDFPR) if you do not have a social security number to determine what qualifies as pre-approved forms of identification.  State and federal laws about pre-approved verification are subject to change at any time.

For More Information
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​.

Weekly Information Sessions
Please inquire at the main entrance Security Desk about room location.
  • ​BNA Program every Monday, 9:30 am - 10:30 am and Thursday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
  • A.A.S. Nursing program and Practical Nursing program every Monday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.​