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Nursing Program Admissions Policy

LPN-RN Option

The purpose of the Admissions Policy for the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) is to inform and guide prospective applicants through the admissions process at Cape Cod Community College. Below, you will find information on the ASN program, including the admissions procedures and review process, required application materials, and, deadlines.

Application Process

To apply for admission for the LPN to RN option of the ASN program, applicants must submit the required application materials electronically or post-marked by 5:00PM on February 1st  to be considered for entry in the fall semester. This program has a selective admissions process. To assist applicants through the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to attend an information session.

Required Application Materials

The following application materials must be submitted to CCCC:

  1. Nursing admissions application. The application can be submitted online at
  2. Written essay per the nursing application instructions.
  3. Official transcript or evidence of high school completion or high school equivalency in a sealed envelope.
  4. Official university and/or college transcripts in a sealed envelope.
  5. For international coursework, an official course-by-course evaluation of foreign educational credentials from one of the approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services members ( Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable.
  6. Current unencumbered LPN license.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline date will not be reviewed. Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Cape Cod Community College and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

Minimum Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The applicant must have the following courses completed by the time their application is submitted:

  1. Survey of Biology with a lab or General Biology with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits). Note: Chemistry for the Health Sciences with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits) or General Chemistry with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits) will be accepted for this nursing program admissions requirement until February 1, 2022.
  2. Anatomy & Physiology I with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits)
  3. Anatomy & Physiology II with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits)
  4. English Composition I with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)
  5. English Composition II (3 credits) or Human Communication (3 credits) with a grade of C- or higher. Note: Human Communications will be accepted for this nursing program admissions requirement until February 1, 2021.
  6. General Psychology with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)
  7. Developmental Psychology with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)

There are no course expiration restrictions in place for fall 2021 or fall 2022 admissions.

Notice for Fall 2023 Admission Cycle

Starting with the fall 2023 admission cycle, science courses required for the ASN degree (Biology/Chemistry, A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology) must be completed within five years of application to the program. There will be no course expiration restrictions for the general education courses.

Admissions Decisions

The review of applications is completed by a nursing admissions committee. A Selective Admissions Rubric is used, following non-discriminatory practice, for admissions into the LPN to RN option. The rubric does not contain any identifying applicant characteristics besides the CCCC ID number. Applicants with the highest rubric scores are accepted in rank order. If a tiebreaker is needed for selection, priority consideration will be given to applicants with a higher GPA in the required prerequisite courses.

The following components are the basis of the ranking:

  • Grades in science courses and general education courses according to the Selective Admissions Rubric.
  • Evaluation of written essay response according to the Essay Scoring Rubric.
  • Other credentials in the following categories: academic degrees, current allied health certifications or military medical credentials. An applicant will be awarded a maximum of one point per category, regardless of the number of credentials held within each category.

The Admissions Office will notify applicants of their decision in early April.

Waitlist Applicants

  • The CCCC ASN program has extremely limited space available.
  • Competitive applicants, whom the Nursing Program does not have enough space to admit, will be offered a place on the waitlist.
  • Applicants will be selected from the waitlist in rank order of their Selective Admissions Rubric score.
  • If an accepted student forfeits an offer of admission, the Admissions Office will immediately contact the next person on the waitlist by phone and email. If an applicant’s contact information changes from what was submitted on the application, the applicant must update the Admissions Office with the new information.
  • If an applicant does not hear from CCCC, one can assume there is no space at this time.
  • CCCC makes offers from the waitlist up until day one of classes in the fall semester.
  • If not admitted, students on the waitlist must reapply to the program each year.

LPN in Transition Course Requirement

Once accepted into the LPN to RN program option, students must successfully complete the LPN in Transition course (NUR 132) during the summer of the year of admission to be advance placed into NUR 201 as a sophomore in September. See the Advance Placement Policy for more information.

Requirements for Accepted Students

Upon acceptance, accepted students must complete and submit the following as directed in the letter of acceptance sent to students from the Admissions Office:

  1. Deposit: Submit a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 no later than May 1st to secure a spot in the program; non-refundable after July 15th.
  2. CORI/SORI: Submit completed CORI/SORI forms by July 15th.
    • 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/SORI 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 ineligible for clinical placement and therefore, ineligible for enrollment in the Nursing Program.
  3. Immunizations: Submit student immunizations records by July 15th, including completion of the Hepatitis B series or completed titer.

Please note: Failure to comply with the above by the specified dates may result in withdrawal from the Nursing Program.

Students will be required to adhere to the following:

  1. 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 freshman year.
  2. Health Insurance: Document and maintain health insurance throughout the Nursing Program.
  3. Release Statement: Sign a statement releasing the College and clinical agencies of responsibility for illness incurred while functioning in the clinical agency as a nursing student.
  4. CPR Certification: Submit a copy of the card (front and back) and current certification. The following two courses are the only approved courses: “American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider” or “American Red Cross, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider”.
  5. GPA: Maintain a cumulative grade of 77% (C+) or better in each Nursing course and a satisfactory clinical evaluation in order to proceed to the subsequent Nursing course.
  6. Technical Standards: Meet the Nursing Program Technical Standards found at:


Selective Admissions Rubric: LPN to RN Option

CriteriaPossible PointsCalculated Points

Current Unencumbered LPN License

No points awarded

Eligible to apply? Yes/No

Science Courses

Biology or Chemistry*
Anatomy & Physiology I*
Anatomy & Physiology II*

For each course completed:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33
B = 3.0
B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33

Total possible = 16

General Education Courses[1]

English Comp I*

English Comp II* or Human Communications*

General Psychology*

Developmental Psychology*


For each course completed:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33
B = 3.0
B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33
C = 2.0
C- = 1.67

Total possible = 16



See Essay Scoring Rubric

Total possible = 3

Other Credentials[2]

Academic Degree
Allied Health Certification
Military Medical Credential

One-point per category:

Academic Degree=1
Allied Health Certification= 1
Military Medical Credential=1

Total possible = 3


Total Possible Score = 38

* Denotes a required admissions prerequisite course

[1] Transfer credit by exam is accepted for general education course requirements for the ASN degree.  For the purposes of nursing program admission only, a letter grade will be assigned to the exam score to permit rubric scoring as described below:

Advance Placement (AP) exam score: 5=A, 4=B, 3=C

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam score: 50 or higher=C

Course Exam Challenge: Passing score=C

Further details regarding how to obtain transfer credit by exam can be found on the CCCC transfer credit policies webpage ( or by contacting the Registrar.

[2] Other Credentials include:

Academic Degrees: Associates Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, PhD

Allied Health Certifications: CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), MA (Medical Assistant), EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), Paramedic, RT (Respiratory Therapist), OT (Occupational Therapist), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). Certification must be current to be submitted

Military Medical CredentialsArmy: Medic, Air Force: Combat Rescue Medic, Navy and Marine: Hospital Corpsman, Other: Medical Specialist

Essay Scoring Rubric

EssayCompelling Evidence
(3 Points)
Persuasive Evidence
(2 Points)
Suggestive Evidence
(1 Point)
No Evidence
(0 Points)

Answer the question in 250-300 words.

Addresses 3 or more of the 4 listed attributes.

Addresses at least 2 of the 4 listed attributes.

Addresses at least 1 of the 4 listed attributes.

Does not address any of the listed attributes.


Explain the academic challenges, successes, or obstacles in your life that have impacted your ability to achieve your goals.

No errors in punctuation, spelling, or capitalization.

Almost no errors in punctuation, spelling, and/ or capitalization.

Several errors in punctuation, spelling, and/ or capitalization.

Frequent errors in punctuation, spelling, and/or capitalization.

Address examples of the following attributes in your essay: 

  1. Intellectual curiosity
  2. Maturity
  3. Leadership
  4. Integrity

No errors in sentence structure or word usage

Almost no errors in sentence structure and/or word usage.

Several errors in sentence structure and/or word usage

Frequent errors in sentence structure and/or word usage.