Nursing Program Fact Sheet

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 2 years 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

AD - 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.

PN - High school GPA of at least 2.0 (or GED equivalent) 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 for minimum score required) 

AD – Chemistry and Biology (1 year in high school with C- or higher, or college equivalent). At GRCC, these classes would be: CHM110 and BI101 or any Biology course that has a lab.

AD & PN 7 Panel Drug Screen and Preliminary Background Check through GRCC Police required.

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.

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.

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. Make sure you have your password and your account is active.


You can obtain an approximate cost sheet for either program through the links on the individual program pages, 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

Students must have on file a completed Student Immunization Record, and be certified in CPR. Receiving the proper immunizations is a preventive measure designed to minimize the risk of occupational transmission of potentially serious diseases.

Legal Restrictions

Before starting clinicals, Nursing Students must be fingerprinted. 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.