Registered Nursing
Application RequirEments

All candidates interested in attending CCI’s Associate Degree in Nursing Program must go through the application process:

Application Procedure

  • Complete and submit registered nursing program application
  • Submit the following documents to CCI 
    • Transcripts: Official college transcripts verifying general education courses, vocational nursing courses, or previous degree courses must be submitted with the application; high school and/or foreign transcripts must be translated, evaluated and certified equivalent to a 12th grade US education.
    • LVNs applying for advanced placement must submit a copy of his or her current license (with no restrictions) and documentation of at least 1 year paid experience as an LVN, i.e. on official letterhead and with supervisor signature.
    • Certificates: cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate, certified nursing assistant (CNA), home health aide (HHA), medical assistant (MA), or military certifications that verify related training.
    • Essay: a 250 to 300 words essay (typed and double spaced) explaining the time management practices the candidate will initiate to be a registered nurse (RN).
  • Applicants who submit incomplete applications or who are missing any required documents by the due date will automatically be ineligible.

Admitted Students

  • If the applicants accept their slot by the announced deadline, they will be directed to obtain background check and a 10-panel drug screen at their cost.
    • If the applicants accept their slot by the announced deadline, they will be directed to obtain background check and a 10-panel drug screen at their cost.
    • Applicant with a positive drug screen will be removed from consideration.
    • Applicant must make the tester and/or Program Director aware of any prescribed medications as noted by his/her provider so that impairment and safety at clinical can be determined and/or false positive results can be identified.
    • CCI faculty consider prescription medications such as narcotics or medical marijuana, although legal, may render an individual impaired and not safe for clinical. A document with appropriate letter-head and signed by the applicant’s provider must indicate the applicant is safe to provide nursing care.
  • Once admitted to the program, the student must participate in school orientation, mandatory nursing program orientation, and clinical orientation(s). An applicant who fails to attend orientations will forfeit his/her place in the program. The following is also required:
    • A payment of a nonrefundable $80.00 registration fee is due upon enrollment.
    • All students accepted to the ADN program are required to submit necessary annual health assessment.

Selection Criteria including but not limited to the following

  • Students will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and placement on a nursing assessment test (NLN- PAX).
  • Scholastic eligibility is determined through a multi- criteria approved points system which calculates the student’s probability of successfully completing the ADN program. The points system uses the following criteria:
    • 2.5 GPA or higher
    • Work or volunteer experience
    • Quality of the essay
    • Assessment Test (NLN-PAX)
    • Interview
  • Assessment Test: Selected applicants will be required to take a state approved nursing assessment test (NLN-PAX is the only version accepted at CCI at this time). To be competitive, students must rank higher than the 72% composite score.
  • The highest-scoring students will then be scheduled for an interview with the selection committee. The candidate is asked to come to the interview on time, professionally dressed and prepared to discuss his or her:
    • a) Plan for success in the program,
    • b) Commitment to studying and engaging in educational activities, and his or her
    • c) Motivation for success.
  • Final selections are made using BOTH multi-criteria screening for ranking and random selection.
  • If an applicant is not selected he or she may apply the next year unless he/she has a positive drug screen or felonious background check. A new application and all new documents must be submitted. CCI does not retain applications.
    • If an applicant is not selected because the background check prevents admittance, that applicant is not eligible to apply again to CCI’s ADN Program.
    • If an applicant is not selected because of a positive drug screen, the applicant may reapply in three years and demonstrate that he or she has a clean drug screen and successful rehabilitation process with documentation congruent with the California Board of Nursing’s acceptable documentation of rehabilitation.