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AD/PN Nursing Program Fact Sheet Associate Degree Nursing (AD) / Practical Nursing (PN)

Waiting List

The AD Waiting List is approximately 2 years from the time you achieve your "Ready Date".

The ADS Waiting List is approximately 1-1/2 to 22years from the time you achieve your "Ready Date".

The PN Waiting List is approximately 1 year (or less) from the time you achieve your "Ready Date".

Ready Date

The date you finish your last program admission requirement. You will receive a letter from the Health Admissions Coordinator announcing this date.

Program Requirements

See our documents legally required.

AD- High school graduate with a GPA of at least 2.5, GED, or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits

PN - High school graduate with a GPA of at least 2.0, GED, or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits

AD & PN – HESI Test. (See catalog or Health Programs General Information for minimum score required)

AD – Chemistry and Biology at the high school level or the college equivalents. At GRCC, these classes would be: CHM110, MA098, and BI101 or any Biology course that has a lab. Students whose GPA, ACT, SAT and/or ALEKS PPL score, place them into MA 098 or below, must meet the requirements for MA 098 with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

AD & PN 7 Panel Drug Screen and Fingerprinting through Campus Police required.

ADS - To qualify for Advanced Standing, you must possess a current, unencumbered Practical Nursing License, and have 2000 hours of work experience as an LPN.

While You're Waiting

You must take the courses listed in the curriculum annotated with double-asterisks**. You may also take the courses with three asterisks***.

As a Nursing Student, you will be given early enrollment once you are on the waiting list. This date is usually 30 days before Academic Advising Day for the upcoming semester. You may do this yourself in the Online Center.

Make sure you have your password and your account is active. You can do this at the Registrar's Office. If this fails, you can enroll in the Nursing Programs Office with the Secretary. Enrollment will not be done over the phone.


You can obtain an approximate cost sheet for either program through the links on the right hand side of the page for that program, or from the Nursing Programs Office. In addition to tuition, fees, and books, you should expect to pay for various other program-related expenses; for example, uniforms, transportation, and supplies.

Clinical Requirements

Before starting clinicals, Nursing Students must complete a Student Immunization Record and be certified in CPR (see links above at right). Receiving the proper immunizations is a preventive measure designed to minimize the risk of occupational transmission of potentially serious diseases.

Legal Restrictions

Felony convictions will prevent you from completing program requirements and taking licensure, certification, and registry examinations, thus affecting your employment option.

Federal and state laws require a criminal background check of those assigned to long-term care facilities, psychiatric agencies, nursing homes, and homes for the aged. When assigned to such a facility, you may need an additional criminal background check and permit release of the findings to GRCC and the health care facility.