ADN Steps to Admission - Application requirements and procedure for the Associate of Applied Science Nursing Program
Students who have applied to the nursing program on or before April 1st will receive preferential consideration for the August start

Step 1: Apply to Northeastern Junior College (NJC) for general college admission. Upon completion of admission you will obtain your Student number. (Example S01234567).  If you already have an S number from another Colorado Community College System (CCCS) school, you are still required to apply to Northeastern Junior College. 

Step 2: Before registering for courses at NJC you need to show readiness for college course work in reading, math and English. A Placement test, ACT scores or comparable course work can be used. Call the Student Success Center office to set up an appointment for the placement test 970-521-6663. Testing Fee may apply.

Step 3:  Complete the required pre-admission courses (Pre-Requisites Courses) with a grade of C or higher for each course and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for the completed course at the time of applying to the program. All prerequisite courses must be completed before applying to the nursing program with the exception of (one) Anatomy and Physiology course. The other Anatomy and Physiology course must be completed before the start of the program with a "C" or greater.  A higher GPA will receive a higher admission score.  The science courses must be completed within seven years of the start date of the program. 

Please note:  After consulting with an advisor students may sign a waiver to not take BIO 111 College Biology or BIO 104 A Human Approach before taking BIO 201, BIO 202, and BIO 204


Required Pre-Admission Courses (Pre-requisite Courses):

*Exception* Only one Human & Physiology course has to be completed at the time of applying to the nursing program. The other one has to be completed with a "C" or greater before the start of the program in the Fall. 

  • ENG 121 English Composition I (3 credits)
  • HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition (1 credit) or HWE 100 Human Nutrition (3 credits)
  • BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • PSY 235 Human Growth & Development (3 credits)

In order to complete the nursing program General Education Courses must be completed with a C or higher. These courses can be completed before being accepted into the nursing program or the courses can be completed while in nursing school. The science courses must be completed within seven years of the start date of the program.

  • BIO 204 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 216 Pathophysiology (4 credits)
  • MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations or higher level math course (3 credits)
  • 3 credit elective in social science
  • (any 3 credit course listed in the college catalog under Social and Behavioral Sciences to include the categories in History, Economics and Political Systems, Geography, Human Behavior & Social Science  or any guarantee transfer courses (GT) in Arts and Humanities.  GT courses have the + symbol in front of the course listing)

Step 4:  Take the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam (it must be completed within 1 year of the start of the program and can only be taken 1 time per year).  Call the NJC Student Success Center at 970-521-6663 for testing dates, and to schedule an appointment. Study Guides are available in the Monahan Library and the Counseling Office. Cost of Kaplan Nursing admission exam is $35.

Step 5:  After completion of the pre-requisite courses and the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam you may apply to the NJC Nursing program.  You will complete the online application when you choose one of the Apply links at the bottom of this page. Remember to include your unofficial transcripts with your application. 

Note: * Only one Human Anatomy & Physiology course has to be completed at the time of applying to the nursing program. The other one has to be completed with a "C" or greater before the start of the nursing program in the Fall* 

Step 6:  Have official transcripts for the required pre-requisite and general education courses completed at other colleges or universities sent to Northeastern Junior College at 100 College Ave., Sterling, CO 80751. 

Step 7: You will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of your application. Once your application has been reviewed and determined to be complete (including Kaplan Exam scores), you will be moved from "Applicant" status to "Candidate' status. 

Step 8: Once you become a Candidate the Nursing Department will email you the Student Screening Survey and make arrangements for you to complete a short communication assessment. 

Step 9:  Have all of the following submitted to NJC or to the Nursing Office by April 1st application deadline.  Students who have applied to the nursing program on or before April 1st will receive preferential consideration for the August start.  Applications can be submitted after the April 1st deadline until the nursing program is at capacity with qualified applicants. 

  • College Application
  • Nursing Program on-line application including unofficial transcript. 
  • Official transcripts for all courses transferred from colleges other than NJC 
         Students who request to transfer NUR courses from another CCCS college must meet the following criteria:
              • NUR course grades from other CCCS colleges must be a “C” or higher
              • Complete a Kaplan competency exam at NJC on content from NUR course and score in the 65th Percentile
  • All pre-requisite courses completed with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher
  • Proof of Placement test, ACT scores or comparable course work to show Math and Reading at college level
  • Kaplan Nursing Admission exam 

Step 10: Students who have completed all of the admission criteria will be evaluated and selected based on the total points earned from the Student Screening Survey and the communication assessment. Students will be admitted provisionally until the following have been completed:

  • Satisfactory Criminal Background Check (Not to be done any earlier than 90 days of start date of program) View Disqualifying offenses
  • Satisfactory completed Health statement/immunizations
  • Negative drug screen
  • Professional CPR Certificate (Certificate must last for the entire two-year program)

Applying for the Nursing Program

You must certify that you have read, understood and complied with the above steps before submitting the application.

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