Upon successful completion of the associate degree nursing program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The curriculum is divided among nursing courses and non-nursing courses. The nursing courses consist of classroom activities and hospital experience caring for clients of all ages with a variety of health deviations.

Program accreditation is held through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For current information on the program status, please go to http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm and search for Cuyahoga Community College.

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Note:  Admissions Requirements for the Nursing Program are changing effective Fall 2020.  Please see the Fall 2020 section on the Admissions requirement tab if you are applying to start the program in Fall 2020. 

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Fall 2019 Program Admission Requirements

Applications may be submitted to the Department of Nursing after completing the requirements listed below:

  • Please see application procedures for more information.
  • High School Diploma/GED. High school transcript must be sent to Tri-C, Office of the Registrar, P.O. Box 5966, Cleveland, OH 44101.
  • A Tri-C grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher with 9 credit hours from any courses that may be used to meet the general education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree (no developmental courses).
  • Students enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) who do not possess a Tri-C GPA and are seeking to enter the Associate Nursing Program with transfer credit for support course from another accredited institution** may use that institution’s cumulative GPA if they have 9 credit hours from any courses that may be used to meet the general education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree (no developmental courses), and a GPA of 3.0 or greater. (**Schools accepted by Tri-C)
  • An official transcript must be submitted to Tri-C’s Enrollment Office (Metropolitan, Eastern, or Westshore Campus).
  • Science course(s) completed over 7 years prior to the date of application to the Nursing Program cannot be used to meet Admission Requirements.  These courses must be repeated.   Effective Spring 2019, there will no longer be an age limit on sciences successfully completed with "C" or higher.
  • Complete the following (“C” grade or higher in each):
MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics 13
Select one of the following:3
College Composition I 2
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following:3-8
Introduction to Biological Chemistry
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Select one of the following:3
General Psychology
Honors General Psychology

Other Information

  • The Elsevier Admission Test (A2) is required for admission to the program. Students must achieve a grade of 75% or higher on the Math Skills and ***English Language portions of the exam. There is a limit of two attempts within a 12 month period. Students may attempt the exam one time a month. If a second attempt is needed to achieve a passing score, only the section(s) below 75% needs to be completed.

  • ***The English portion of the exam is composed of three separate tests. The three tests are: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Grammar. All three sections must be taken for a score to be used for admission purposes.
  • Only one of the required science courses may be repeated once to improve a grade of less than "C". A grade of less than "C" received over 7 years ago will not count toward the "one science course" repeat rule.
  • Once beginning the nursing course sequence, all nursing courses must be completed in four years.
  • CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry replace BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate nursing program.
  • Transfer students must meet all admission and progression requirements.
  • Background check and fingerprinting required. Log onto www.tri-c.edu/nursing for further information.
  • Day and modified evening classes admitted Fall and Spring. Space available basis.

Fall 2020 Program Admission Requirements

Starting Fall 2020 the Division of Nursing will be transitioning to a one-plus-one curriculum.  Effective Fall 2020, all Nursing students will need to apply to the Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing.   Students who successfully complete the first year of the program will be awarded a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

The new nursing curriculum is presented as a career ladder concept based curriculum designed to improve nursing career mobility and provide seamless progression from nurse aide certification to practical nurse certification to the associate degree in applied science in nursing.  Students who successfully complete the two prerequisite nursing courses are eligible to sit for the ODH STNA (Ohio Department of Health State Tested Nurse Aide) examination and progress to the nursing program after meeting all admission requirements. Students who successfully complete the first year of the program will be awarded a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN. Students who complete the second year of the nursing program will be awarded an associate degree in applied science and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN.  All students are admitted using a common admission criteria. The new admission criteria are as follows:

Prerequisite Course Work

BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I 14
MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics 23
NURS-1000Introduction to Health Care and Professional Nurse Concepts (5 week hybrid course) 31
NURS-1010Introduction to Patient Care Concepts (10 week lab/clinical course)4
Select one of the following:3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following:3
General Psychology
Honors General Psychology
  • Student must have a high school diploma transcript, GED equivalency or higher degree transcript on file in the Office of the Registrar
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 from Tri-C with a minimum of 9 credit hours from any course that maybe used to meet the general education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree. If an applicant’s Tri-C GPA is less than 3.0, transfer GPA from an accredited institution as recognized by the college can be used for admission criteria only if the student has 9 credit hours of courses that maybe used to meet the general education requirements Associate of Applied Science Degree, and an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.  Note:  Students who who have completed Health related courses may apply to use these courses to meet the 9 credit hour requirement. These courses are subject to division approval only.
  • All applicants are required to take The Health Education Systems Inc Admission Assessment Exam-A2 (HESI A2) as part of the application process for entry into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Students can complete the A2 at any time during the application process, but must complete it prior to beginning NURS 1010-Introduction to Patient Care Concepts and must achieve a minimum score of 75% on the Math and English** sections for consideration for the program. One attempt can be made per month. If a 2nd attempt is needed only the section(s) below 75% needs to be completed. There is a limit of 2 attempts in a 12-month period. Three separate tests compose the English Language portion of the exam. The three tests are: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Grammar. Please visit http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/nursing/hesi-a2-entrance-exam.html for detailed information on the HESI examination as well as how to register for the exam.
  • Complete and pass a background check that includes finger printing and BCI check.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Apply the nursing process in managing care for groups of individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Utilize information from multiple sources for managing safe, effective and quality nursing care for groups of individuals and families in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Utilize critical thinking to apply evidence based practice when managing care for groups of individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.
  4. Apply effective communication skills to establish and maintain therapeutic and professional relationships in managing care for groups of individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.
  5. Integrate principles of human development when providing nursing care for groups of individuals and families across the life span.
  6. Incorporate knowledge of cultural and socioeconomic factors in the management of nursing care for groups of individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.
  7. Deliver, safe, competent and quality patient centered nursing care within the role of the Associate Degree Nurse as a:
    1. Provider of care: Integrate biopsychosocial and scientific principles when providing technically competent care for groups of individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.
    2. Manager of care:
      1. Collaborate as a member of the health care team to manage the care of groups of individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.
      2. Delegate activities to manage the care of groups of individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.
    3. Member of the discipline of nursing:
      1. Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the nursing profession.
      2. Formulate a plan for continuing professional development.
      3. Identify resources for continuing professional development.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry 1 3
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 3 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I 2  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours12
First Semester
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NURS-1300 Health Assessment * 2
NURS-1451 Self-Care Needs: Adult Life Span 7
Select one of the following: 4
Life Span Development  
Honors Life Span Development  
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO-2500 Microbiology 4
NURS-1601 Health Deviations I 7
NURS-1701 Community/Home Nursing 1
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
NURS-2301 Specialized Health Care Needs 8
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours11
Fourth Semester
NURS-2501 Health Deviations II 8
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours64