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Nursing Program

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and has full approval from the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Note: The deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications for 2021 are due February 1, 2021 by 5:00pm (EST).

Overview of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

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 Director 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-RN). Cape Cod Community College Nursing Program graduates are licensed as Registered Nurses upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN.

Applicants to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program must have a minimum recalculated college-level Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the required prerequisite coursework relevant to each program option (Day, LPN to RN, Evening/Weekend option) in order to be reviewed for admission. Additional program coursework will also be considered in the admission process dependent on the program chosen. Applicants that do not meet the minimum requirements listed below will not be reviewed for admission.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are the best 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.

View Information Session Dates

Application Process

There are three Nursing program options for prospective students:

  • Day Option
  • Evening/Weekend Option (offered only during even years)
  • LPN to RN Transition Option

The application procedures for each options is listed below:

Enrolling in 2021

Options to enter the Nursing program starting in 2021.

Fall 2021 Nursing Program Options

Application Process

To apply for admission for the day option or the evening/weekend 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. Day option applications are accepted every year.  Evening/weekend option applications are accepted every other year on the even year. 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 nursing application will be available online November 1.
  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 (naces.org). Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable.
  6. Official score report for the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam.

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: Fall 2021

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. English Composition I with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)
  4. 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.
  5. General Psychology with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)

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

Testing

Completion of the ATI TEAS with an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 58.7% or higher.

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 day option and evening/weekend 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 Day and Evening Selective Admission 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 the 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.

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: www.capecod.edu/nursing-technical-standards/.
Selective Admissions Rubric: Day Option and Evening/Weekend Option
CriteriaPossible PointsCalculated Points
Minimum ATI TEAS Score Required to Apply = 58.7 No points awarded Eligible to apply? Yes/No
Science Courses
Biology or Chemistry*
Anatomy & Physiology I*
Anatomy & Physiology II
Microbiology
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*
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 = 12
Essay 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 = 34

* Denotes a required admissions prerequisite course

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.

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

Address examples of the following attributes in your essay:

  1. Intellectual curiosity
  2. Maturity
  3. Leadership
  4. Integrity
Addresses 3 or more of the 4 listed attributes.

No errors in punctuation, spelling, or capitalization.

No errors in sentence structure or word usage
Addresses at least 2 of the 4 listed attributes.

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

Almost no errors in sentence structure and/or word usage.
Addresses at least 1 of the 4 listed attributes.

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

Several errors in sentence structure and/or word usage
Does not address any of the listed attributes.

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

Frequent errors in sentence structure and/or word usage.

[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 (www.capecod.edu/transfer/transfer-credit-policies/) 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 Credentials: Army: Medic, Air Force: Combat Rescue Medic, Navy and Marine: Hospital Corpsman, Other: Medical Specialist

 

Please mail, email or drop off your official High School/college transcripts and essay to the following:  

Email: admiss@capecod.edu

Mailing Address: 

The Admissions Office
Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668

Admissions Dropbox:

If you would like to use the Admissions Office dropbox on campus please call ahead (due to COVID restrictions) please call 774-330-4311, it is located outside the Admissions Office (Nickerson Building) across from the Tilton Arts Center. 

Fall 2021 Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) LPN to RN Option Admission Information

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 nursing application will open on October 1, 2020.
  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 (naces.org). 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: www.capecod.edu/nursing-technical-standards/.
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*
Microbiology
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
Essay 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

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.

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

Address examples of the following attributes in your essay:

  1. Intellectual curiosity
  2. Maturity
  3. Leadership
  4. Integrity
Addresses 3 or more of the 4 listed attributes.

No errors in punctuation, spelling, or capitalization.

No errors in sentence structure or word usage
Addresses at least 2 of the 4 listed attributes.

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

Almost no errors in sentence structure and/or word usage.
Addresses at least 1 of the 4 listed attributes.

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

Several errors in sentence structure and/or word usage
Does not address any of the listed attributes.

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

Frequent errors in sentence structure and/or word usage.

[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 (www.capecod.edu/transfer/transfer-credit-policies/) 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 Credentials: Army: Medic, Air Force: Combat Rescue Medic, Navy and Marine: Hospital Corpsman, Other: Medical Specialist

Please mail, email or drop off your official High School/college transcripts and essay to the following:

Email: admiss@capecod.edu

Mailing Address: 

The Admissions Office
Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668

Admissions Dropbox:

If you would like to use the Admissions Office dropbox on campus please call ahead (due to COVID restrictions) please call 774-330-4311, it is located outside the Admissions Office (Nickerson Building) across from the Tilton Arts Center. 

Enrolling in 2022

Options to enter the Nursing program starting in 2022

Minimum Requirements Fall 2022

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 with a grade of C- or higher. (3 credits)
  6. General Psychology with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)

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

Testing

  1. Completion of the ATI TEAS with an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 58.7% or higher.

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.

 

Contact Admissions

Office of the Admissions
Location Nickerson Administration Building, ground floor
Hours Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm
Phone 774.330.4311
E-mail admiss@capecod.edu
Fax 508.375.4089
Twitter @ccccAdmissions