Admission Requirements

The John Wood Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares students to become Professional Nurses who provide holistic care in variety of healthcare settings, across the life span of diverse populations.  Upon successful completion of this program, students qualify to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The JWCC ADN program is a selective admission program. Applicant must first apply and be accepted to John Wood Community College prior to applying to the JWCC Nursing Program.

To be considered for admission into the JWCC ADN program, and progress through the nursing program, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative JWCC GPA of 2.7, as well as a 2.7 GPA in required science/support courses (BIO 275, 276, 293; PSY 101 and 233; MAT 109), and a 2.7 GPA in all prerequisite General Education coursework. Coursework may be repeated one time to meet minimum standards.

The following courses must be completed with a C or better prior to the submission of the Nursing Application: 

      • BIO 101 General Biology (as required by JWCC Life Sciences Department )

      • BIO 275 Anatomy & Physiology I*

      • PSY 101 Intro to Psych

      • ENG 101 Rhetoric & Composition I

The following courses must be completed with a C or better prior to the start date of NUR 108 (Fall Semester, First Year Nursing).

    • BIO 276 Anatomy & Physiology II*

    • MAT 109 Elementary Statistics*

    • PSY 233 Developmental Psychology

The following course must be completed with a C or better prior to the start date of NUR 148 (Spring Semester, First Year Nursing):

    • BIO 293 Microbiology*

The following course must be completed with a C or better prior to the start date of NUR 203 (Fall Semester, Second Year):

    • CMN 101 Introduction to Speech

* Math and Biology courses must be taken within 10 years of the application date.

In addition to required General Education coursework, applicants will be required to meet one or more of the following:

Incoming students without LPN licensure will be required to complete one of the following:

  • ACT Composite score of 22.

-OR-

  • Successfully pass the HESI A-2 Entrance Exam with a 78% composite score, as well as a 78% subscore in math and reading comprehension.

Community LPNs will be required to complete the following:

  • Successfully pass the NLN NACE Entrance Exam with a 78% composite score.

  • Submit a copy of your current nursing license.

       The NLN NACE & HESI A-2 RN Pre-Admissions Exams may be repeated once per calendar year. The applicant is responsible for all testing fees; the testing fee is non-refundable. 

Eligibility for admission to the ADN program does not guarantee acceptance. After the initial review of applications, all candidates will receive written notification of their status within the application process by the first Friday in March.  Those selected to continue will be provided additional information.

If you have any questions regarding the information provided or the ADN program, please contact: Michelle Wright in the Advising & Retention office at 217-641-4362, or contact Hollie Perry, Administrative Specialist, in the Health Sciences Office 217-641-4551 or 641-4544.