Application Requirements for Fall 2020

Priority Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

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NSCC Online Application for Admission

Submit the online application for the year for which you are applying; regardless of whether you are a new or current student (a previously submitted application does not count).


Mandatory Info Session Attendance Form

Applicants must attend a Mandatory Information Session prior to submission of your application.  Applicants must attend a session during the academic year prior to admission (Sept. 2019 - March 2020).  Upcoming dates are available on the Mandatory Information Sessions pageAt the session, applicants will be given an Attendance Form to upload with their application.


ATI Maternal Newborn & Nursing Care of Children

All LPN to RN candidates are required to take the ATI exams in Maternal Newborn and Nursing Care of Children at NSCC.  Applicants are limited to two attempts within a year (September 1 - August 31), regardless of the testing site and program to which they are applying.  Students must score at proficiency level 1 or higher. 

Schedule and pay for the exam


Communications Proficiency

There are many ways to demonstrate communications proficiency.  (See link below.)  If you have demonstrated proficiency with your SAT scores or Accuplacer testing from another institution, please upload that document to your application.  If you have demonstrated proficiency with your high school GPA or with college level courses, this will be updated upon review of your submitted materials. 


Math Requirement

One of the following (no time limit on any of the following):

  • Completion of high school algebra with a final grade of C or higher.
  • MAT110 or equivalent with a final grade of C or higher.
  • MAT094 or equivalent with a final grade of C or higher.
  • MAT002 or MAT061 with a C or higher completed Fall 2016 or later.
  • Module 8 or higher.
  • Math proficiency and CEAR score of 54 or NGQA score of 262 or higher
  • Math ACT score of 22 or higher
    • SAT score of 510 or higher (if taken prior to 2016)
    • SAT score of 540 or higher (if taken in 2016 or later)
    • College level math course with final grade of C or higher



Complete ONE of the following courses or testing options:

  • BIO211 with a grade of C or higher
  • BIO101 or BIO105 with a grade of C or higher (no time limit)
  • TEAS version 6 - Science section score of 50% or higher (no time limit)
  • LPN Certificate (no time limit)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological science (no time limit)
  • One of the following within the past 5 calendar years:
  • H.S. Biology with a C or higher
  • CLEP test with a score of 50 or higher
  • AP Biology Test with a 3 or higher    


Course can be High School or College level and must have a final grade of C or higher (no time limit)


High School Transcript or GED score report

Upload a copy of your high school transcript or GED score report.  If you previously submitted the transcript or score report and attended classes within the past 5 years, then Enrollment likely has it on file.  You can confirm by emailing:


Official transcripts from all Colleges or Universities previously attended

All official transcripts from previously attended Colleges/Universities must be submitted directly to NSCC and uploaded by Admissions staff.  You must include an official transcript with proof of graduation from a practical/vocational school approved by the  State Board of Nursing.  If the College/University will give an official transcript directly to you, then have them do so but do NOT open the envelope.  Hand-delivering it to Enrollment is the most efficient way for you to ensure that receipt of transcripts do not hold up your application.  If you have previously submitted transcripts and have since completed courses or are currently registered for courses, then you need to submit an updated transcript.



Program's Student Handbook

The Nurse Education Student Handbook must be read in its entirety.  By signing the bottom of the page, applicants attest to having done so. This can also be accessed in the Library.



A word-processed essay must be uploaded for the year in which you are applying:  

Please state why you would like to pursue a Nurse Education career and what qualities do you feel would make you a good candidate for our program.


MA LPN License

Submit a copy of a valid license as an LPN from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Employer Reference

An electronic reference from and letter of recommendation completed by a nursing manager or supervisor must be submitted on employer letterhead detailing a minimum of 6 month employment as an LPN.  The name and email address of your reference will be required in your application in order to submit. Your reference will receive an email and link to the required form.


Course Requirements

To be considered for the LPN - RN program, you will need to provide details in your application on the successful completion (final grade of C or higher) of ALL of the following college level courses, which are required for admission to this program option: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Composition 1*
  • Composition 2 Elective*
  • Introduction to General Psychology*
  • Human Growth and Development* (Must cover life span from birth to death)

* Indicates courses you may get credit for by passing certain examinations.  More information on Credit by Examination


Supplemental Information

Supplemental requirements for the Nurse Education program is available online and must be printed, initialed, signed, and uploaded as a requirement upon submission of the application.

Nurse Education Policy page

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