Admissions: Nursing Program

The Associate Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and presently has "Approval with Warning" from the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (BORN).

The Nursing Program offers a specific sequence of courses that lead to the Associate in Science Degree. Upon successful completion of the degree program, the Chairperson of the Nursing Program will furnish documentation to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing verifying that a student has met the legal responsibilities to be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). Cape Cod Community College Nursing program graduates become licensed as Registered Nurses upon successful completion of the NCLEX.

For 2015 to 2017:

  • Program completion rates were 84.48% to 93.33%.
  • NCLEX pass rates for first time test takers ranged from 69% to 93.44%.
  • Job placement rates were 91% based on the responses to our Nursing Graduate Survey.

See also: Associate Degree in Nursing overview

Information Sessions

Information sessions are best the way for a prospective student to learn more about the ADN program, immunization requirements, and tips for submitting a competitive application. The Admissions Office and the Program Director are available at these sessions to answer specific questions you may have.

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How to Apply

Applicants for the Associate Degree in Nursing program (ADN) must submit all required application materials and meet the follow minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • Submission of official high school transcripts or high school equivalency diploma
  • Submission of official college/university transcripts, if applicable
  • Submission of official score report for the ATI TEAS Exam (for more information on this exam, please visit:

Minimum requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of nine college credits of prerequisite courses by time of application submission including the following courses:
    • Completion of Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4 credits) or Chemistry 1 with a lab (4 credits)
    • Completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology I with a lab (4 credits)
    • Pharmacology Calculations (1 credit) must be taken within two years of application submission with a grade C+ or higher
  • A score of “Proficient” or higher on the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) TEAS exam at time of application submission (ATI test dates and location at CCCC will be available soon)

Note: Nursing applicants with previous college credit may have fulfilled one or more prerequisites at another college or university. Transfer credit may be awarded if official transcripts show equivalent college-level course work required for the Nursing Program, from an accredited college or university, with a grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

ADN program applications are generally available in early October and are due by 5:00pm on February 1 to begin study the following fall.

Successful applicants are notified in April and are expected to accept or decline admission no later than May 15.


CCCC ADN program has extremely limited space available. Competitive applicants who we do not have enough space to admit will be offered a place on our waitlist. The waitlist is maintained until the first day of classes in the fall semester.

If an admitted student forfeits their offer of admission, the Admissions Office will contact the next person on the waitlist.

  • CCCC makes offers from the waitlist up until mid-August, where a prospective student can realistically meet compliance requirements necessary to begin the program. Compliance requirements include immunizations, CORI/SORI screening, completion of college courses currently enrolled in, etc.
  • The number of students placed on the waitlist varies year to year. Waitlists are limited to a number of students that is realistic in terms of how many spaces may become available.
  • If a space opens up, the Admissions Office will notify you immediately by phone and email. If you do not hear from CCCC, you can assume there is no space at this time. If your contact information changes from what you submitted on your application, be sure to let us know.

Qualifications for LPN–RN Nursing Admissions

Satisfactory performance in the most recent educational experience is required and must include the successful completion of the following:

  • Pharmacology Calculations (NUR100) within the last two years.
  • Chemistry for the Health Sciences (CHM109 or an equivalent college/university chemistry course)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I with a lab (BIO107 or the equivalent)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II with a lab (BIO108 or the equivalent)
  • English Composition I (ENL101 or the equivalent)
  • English Composition II or Human Communication ( ENL102, COM103 or the equivalent)
  • General Psychology (PSY101 or the equivalent)
  • Developmental Psychology: Life Span (PSY233 or the equivalent)

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) & Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI)

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the nursing program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. In addition, repeat CORI checks may be required throughout the Program. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Criminal History Systems Board, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. The College shall refer to regulations issued by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 101 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 15.00-15.16, as guidance when assessing student CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

Drug Screening

Students will be required to complete a drug screening at a testing site designated by Cape Cod Community College early in the first semester of the freshman year.

Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, accepted students must complete the following:

  • Submit a $35.00 deposit by the deposit deadline
  • Submit completed CORI/SORI form by the deadline
  • Submit student immunizations records by July 15, including completion of the Hep B series or completed titer
  • Document and maintain health insurance throughout the Nursing Program.
  • Sign a statement releasing the College and clinical agencies of responsibility for illness incurred while functioning in the clinical agency as a nursing student.
  • Document and maintain CPR Certification throughout the Nursing Program. There are a variety of certification programs available. However, when choosing a CPR certification course, students must ensure that the course includes adult, child and infant CPR and a written and practical exam.
  • Maintain a cognitive grade of 77% or better in each Nursing course and a satisfactory clinical evaluation in order to proceed to the subsequent Nursing course.

Please note: failure to comply with the above by the specified dates may result in withdrawal from the Associate Degree in Nursing program (ADN)

If you are interested in the Evening Nursing Program, or the LPN to RN Program, please request additional information from the Office of Admissions: