Associate Degree Nursing Program Requirements

GRCC Nursing Student with patient

If you have not yet applied to GRCC, you may submit the free online application (select Health and Exercise Sciences as your Academic Pathway), or by contacting the Admissions Department, 616-234-3300. Admissions is located on the first floor of the Main Building. If you are already a degree seeking student, you may apply to the health program of your choice online: Health Admissions Application.If you are not a degree seeking student, please contact the Admissions Department for assistance.

Questions regarding the process to get on the wait list, as well as any documentation for acceptance, should be directed to the Health Admissions Coordinator. The Health Admissions office is located on the 6th floor of the College Park Plaza Building, corner of Lyon & Division, room 600. You may also email,, fax to 616-234-4317, or mail to: Health Admissions, GRCC, 143 Bostwick Ave, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

If you have taken courses at another college or university, you may be eligible for transfer credit. You must first apply to GRCC and then submit official transcripts for evaluation.

Students pursuing our ADN (RN) program are encouraged to focus first on completing the requirements for admission to the program. The date you complete your last admissions requirement, you are placed on the wait list and that is your ‘ready date’. Students enter the program based on their ‘ready date’. Some students may need to take a class or classes to prepare for successful completion of these admission requirements. If that is true for you, it is strongly recommended that you make those classes your first priority.

The checklist below will help you track your progress from completing the admissions requirements for placement on the wait list, to completing the general education classes that may be taken prior to entering the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Nursing Student Handbook

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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Admission Requirements:

  • High school GPA of at least 2.5 (or GED equivalent) or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits. Students may apply after completion of their junior year in high school.
  • Chemistry with Lab (1 year in high school with C or higher, or college equivalent) GRCC: CHM 110 or higher.
  • All students must demonstrate competency in math within the last 5 years to be eligible. Math competency can be demonstrated through any one of the following ways: SAT Math subsection score of 25 or higher, ACT Math score of 18 or higher, Math Placement Test (ALEKS PPL) with a score of 30 or higher, completion of MA 098 or higher with a grade of C or better.  Contact the Health Admissions Department for details at or 616 234-4348.
  • Biology (1 year in high school with C or higher, or college equivalent) GRCC: BI 101 or any BI class with lab.
  • HESI Exam (scored subtests: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, grammar). There is a fee for this exam. Passing score on each subtest must be 75% or higher. Scores are valid for 8 years. For more info, visit our HESI Exam webpage.
  • All prospective health students are required to submit to a criminal background check (CBC) to be eligible for all GRCC Health Programs.
  • Background Check Form and ICHAT.
  • Students may conduct their own ICHAT online and print off the results and bring that evidence, along with the Preliminary Background Check Form, to Campus Police or Health Admissions.
  • OR
  • Bring the Preliminary Background Check Form, with $10, to Campus Police or Health Admissions
  • Form available here: Preliminary Background Check Form
  • Drug Screen: Must have a negative 7-panel urine drug screen. May be able to use a drug screen done within the past 12 months. Results should be submitted to the Health Admissions Office, 600 College Park Plaza.

Foundational Courses and Academic Probation/Suspension

  • In order to be eligible for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Practical Nursing program, students must have successfully completed any required AFP courses with a grade of at least C and be in good academic standing
  • Any student placed on Academic Suspension while on the waitlist or while enrolled in either nursing program will be withdrawn. Students wishing to pursue nursing after this may re-apply after following GRCC’s academic suspension policy and returning to good academic standing.

Upon successful completion of all of the above requirements, the student’s name will be placed on the wait list.

Courses that may be taken prior to entering the ADN Program:

EN101, EN102, BI121, BI122, PY201, PY232, Humanities General Education Elective (select one, minimum 3 credits), and NUR100

To be eligible for graduation from the ADN program, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. All General Education courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or higher. As with all nursing courses, a grade of "B-" or higher is required in NUR 100.

NOTE: Life science courses (BI 121 & BI 122) must have been completed within eight years of graduation/completion of the Nursing Program at GRCC (This includes Life Science courses that are transferred in from other institutions regardless of the date on which they are transferred).

Requirements for degree and certificate programs are based on the catalog year that you begin the first clinical course of the nursing program and are subject to change. Please refer to My Degree Path from your online center for current requirements.

** IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Students receiving financial aid (PELL or TIP) who have completed several classes beyond those on this list including transfer credit, or who are planning to take additional classes while waiting to enter the program, are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss how many additional classes may be taken without exceeding the eligibility limit.

Students who wish to pursue their BSN (baccalaureate degree) after completion of our ADN program are encouraged to speak to their counselor/advisor about additional classes they may be able to complete at GRCC prior to transfer.