How to Apply

Nursing Program Application Information
Admissions requirements and prerequisites for a specific nursing program, please review the information below:

Applying to the Nursing Program at South Central College involves 2 application steps.

  1. Applicant must be fully admitted to the college before Nursing Application will be considered.
    • Deadline for SCC Admission: One week before the nursing program application deadline.
    • Official High School transcripts must be submitted to Student Affairs.
    • All official transcripts from non-Minnesota State Colleges must be submitted to Student Affairs.
    • For additional college admissions information, please visit the Admissions webpage
  2. Application process to the Nursing Program
    • The Nursing Program accepts applications twice a year. 
      • pdfPN Application deadline: Friday, June 30:  All applicants must be fully admitted to the SCC Admissions Department before your Nursing Application will be considered. This requires all official transcripts from non-Minnesota State colleges be received in the Admissions Department by Monday, June 26.
    • Attend a Nursing Program Information Session to learn about nursing programs and pre-requisites. Certificate of Attendance valid for 1 year. Sign up to Attend a Nursing Program Information Session
    • Take the ATI TEAS® Entrance Exam. SCC Nursing Program accepts ATI TEAS® Entrance Exams for 6 months. Register for the Exam
    • Apply to the SCC Nursing Program of your choice. You can only apply to one program and one campus. 

NURSING Program Application Documents

Timeline 

Semester
Start

Applications
Accepted

Result
Letters Sent

# of LPN Starts

# of RN Starts

Fall

April 1 –
May 31

End of June

24

8 Transition students & 24 traditional students

Spring

September 1 – October 31

End of
November

24

32

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualification

LPN
(Practical Nurse)

RN
(Registered Nurse)

Admission to the college:

Be 100% admitted to SCC

one (1) week before the nursing program application deadline including transcripts from high school and other colleges by admission date (see above)

Yes

Yes

Nursing Program Information Session: Original Certificate of Attendance is required.  Certificates of Attendance valid for 1 year.

Yes 

Yes

ATI TEAS® Exam
ATI TEAS ® score must be 58.7 or higher to be considered.  Results from another testing site will be honored by the SCC Nursing program. Results must be included with the Nursing Program application. 

Yes

Yes

Nursing Assistant Registry:
Evidence of current Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry is required. Must be valid through the first semester in the nursing program. 

Yes

Yes

LPN License:
Current State of Minnesota LPN license if applying to the LPN to RN Transition Program

NA

Yes.
LPN’s must provide evidence of current LPN licensure in the State of Minnesota® and be in good standing.

Chemistry:
Provide evidence of completion of CHEM 108 or 110 or equivalent college course (science courses are valid if taken within the last 5 years).

No
Chemistry is not required in the PN program.

Yes
CHEM 108 Intro to Chemistry, 4 credits or CHEM 110 Chemistry for the Health Sciences, 4 credits is required.  It is also a pre-requisite to BIOL 230 Human Physiology, 4 credits.

Human Anatomy:
Provide evidence of completion of BIOL 220 Human Anatomy, 4 credits.

Yes
If Anatomy & Physiology I has been taken, Anatomy & Physiology II must also be taken (and from same college)

Yes
Anatomy & Physiology I and II are accepted; courses must be taken from same college.

English Composition:
Provide evidence of completion of ENGL 100 English Composition, 4 credits.

Yes

Yes

Demonstrate a 2.7 GPA and minimum of “C” grade in general education courses used for the Nursing Program.

Yes

Yes

Appeal Policy:
An appeal must be submitted if the same general education course is failed twice or three different general education courses are failed.

Yes

Yes

Repeated classes:
Same class may be taken no more than two times with a passing grade.

Yes

Yes

Good Academic Standing: 
Must be demonstrated at the college.

Yes

Yes

Background Study:
Applicant must pass Background Check (for purposes of clinical placement) and applicants must maintain the CPR certification (for professional health care providers) throughout the length of the program.

Yes

Yes

CPR:
Applicants must maintain the current CPR certification for professional health care providers throughout the length of the program.

Yes

Yes

Submit applicable Nursing Program application.

Yes

Yes

After applying to the Nursing Program, there are 4 possible outcomes:

  • Application was incomplete and applicant was not considered
  • Accepted for the Fall/Spring for which you applied
  • Informed you are on a wait list for the semester you applied (in the event of an opening in the program, applicants on the wait list may be called up to start their Nursing courses)
  • Informed you were not accepted.  Applicants that were not accepted are encouraged to reapply during the next application period after reviewing the criteria above and taking steps to improve their chances of being selected based on the criteria above

Background Study:
Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state.  An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility.  Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in that program.  Questions and concerns about the background check can be directed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, M 55144-3824.  Phone (651) 296-3971, Fax: (651) 296-1490.  Web address http://mn.gov/dhs/

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