Unlike many academic and career and technical education programs at Richland, admission into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is selective and competitive. Admission to Richland Community College does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Out-of-district students will be considered for the program when space is available.
Students must meet the minimum admission criteria to be eligible to apply. Please read below for description of prerequisites and admission criteria. Once the criteria is met, applicants are scored on a rubric. Applicants with the highest scores are accepted in rank order.
Transfer credit for nursing course credit completed at another approved program may be earned by students who wish to transfer core nursing courses from approved programs in the United States. All required forms, transcripts, and supportive documentation must be received by September 1st to be considered for spring admission. Credit for previous nursing coursework is not automatically granted. Students may be asked to complete competency testing and/or successfully pass the corresponding standardized exam in order to obtain equivalent credit for the transfer coursework. Students are responsible for the cost of the standardized tests. All admission and graduation requirements must be met, including completion of a minimum of two semesters of core nursing courses at Richland. Students are responsible for the cost of the standardized tests.
To learn more about transferring to the Richland AD Nursing Program, please download the AD Nursing Program Transfer Application Packet.
Eligibility to Apply
Please read below to determine if you are eligible to apply. Current or former students may also use the Pre-Advisement Plan on myRichland to review unmet prerequisites. If you have questions, please speak with an advisor in the Student Success Center.
Prerequisites and Admission Criteria
- Eligibility for ENGL 101 Composition I.
Eligibility for MATH 110 or MATH 113 or completion of MATH 099 with a “C” or better
- Complete two years of high school biology and 1 year of high school chemistry or physics with a “B” or better within the last 3 years or successfully complete BIOL 101 with a “C” or better. Students who have completed BIOL 201, 202 or 220 must have completed one within the last 5 years.
- Have a high school GPA or at least 2.5 and ACT scores (within the last 3 years) with composite 21, science reasoning 20, and no score below 15 OR have completed 15 credit hours of ADN program courses.
- Have a “C” or better in all prerequisites and program courses. For admission, a Program GPA of 2.75 or better is required. The Program GPA is calculated using grades and credits earned in completed ADN program courses. Program courses that can be completed prior to admission include: BIOL 201, 202, 220, ENGL 101, Fine Art Elective, HLTH 197, PSYCH 110, 145, and SOCIO 110. Transfer and Richland credits are used in calculating the Program GPA.
- Listed in good standing on the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry as an active CNA or provide evidence of current enrollment in a CNA training program with a test date prior to the start of the semester for which the student is applying.
* For admission, the Program GPA is calculated using the grades and credits earned in any completed ADN program course taken before admission. Courses that can be taken prior to admission include: BIOL 201, 202, 220, ENGL 101, HLTH 197, PSYCH 110, 145, SOCIO 110, and a fine art elective. Transfer and Richland credits are used in calculating the Program GPA.Note: If students have completed BIOL 201, 202, or 220, one must be within the last five years.
The ADN Program follows the Health Profession selective admissions process. Students use the online Pre-Advisement Plan on myRichland to submit an application during the designated application period. Students must check their e-mail to verify completion of the application.
Basis of Ranking
Each spring and fall, a maximum of 24 students are conditionally admitted to the program. The following components are the basis of ranking:
- Program GPA (minimum 2.75)
- Biology 201, 202 and 220 grades (minimum C)
- Number of required program courses completed or ACT scores [minimum Reading (15), Math (15), English (15), Science Reasoning (20), Composite (21)] with the last three years
- Number of biology withdrawn (W) or repeated within the last five years
- Nursing readmission
The rubrics do not contain any identifying student characteristics besides the student ID number, allowing selection using non-discriminatory practices.
After the top ranked students are extended conditional admission, an alternate list of other qualified students is developed in the event that someone should cancel or not meet the conditional admission criteria. To remain eligible, alternates must continue to meet all eligibility requirements. Up to the day prior to the first ADN course, the alternates may be notified.
The ADN program does not maintain a waitlist. If not admitted, students must reapply to the program each year.
Notification of Conditional Admission
Admission is conditional. This means that students must meet certain criteria before starting the program. The criteria are as follows:
- Students must have a “C” or better in all prerequisites and program courses and a 2.75 minimum Program G.P.A. All courses and the Program G.P.A. will be reassessed at the end of the semester in which the student applied to determine if the student is still eligible for the ADN Program
- Students must submit their acceptance letter by the deadline
- Students must have a primary healthcare provider complete the Health and Immunization Record Form and have updated immunizations and proof of CPR certification. The completed form should be submitted by the deadline
- Students must complete a drug screen prior to beginning the program.
- Verify that the CNA is active and in “good standing,” meaning the background check is clear of disqualifying offenses (or a state-granted waiver is documented) and the student has maintained active certification.
- To ensure certification is active, a letter from a recent employer may be required.
- If currently enrolled in a nurse assistant training programs students must successfully pass the written competency exam before the program begins.
Students not meeting all of the above criteria forfeit their admission and the open position is filled from the alternate list.
After the top ranked students are extended conditional admission, an alternate list of other qualified students is developed in the event that someone should cancel or not meet the conditional admission criteria. To remain eligible, students must continue to meet all eligibility requirements. Up to the day prior to the first nursing course, the alternates may be notified. The ADN program does not maintain a waitlist. If not admitted, students must reapply to the program each semester.