ADN Nursing Admission Criteria

Candidates for admission to the nursing program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have a high school equivalency that is in conformity with the requirements of the Department of Education, State of Iowa. High School transcripts or high school equivalency transcripts must be on file before admission.

  2. Students are required to provide documentation that they have successfully completed and passed a state approved 75 hour Certified Nurse Aide curriculum. Challenge scores will not be accepted as proof of completion of the course. A student must be active on the Iowa Direct Worker Registry. Documentation must include a college or continuing education transcript and an Iowa Direct Care Worker registry card.

  3. A comprehensive ACT score of 20, a minimum score of 14 in reading, 20 in writing and math or a passing score on placement testing or have completed prerequisite courses leading to an arts & science 100 level course.

  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Language proficiency for non-native speakers of English must be at a score of 500 or higher –OR- Complete the ESL Placement Test with a score of 85 or greater in each section. Must complete a 2 factor holistic system composition with a score of 80 or greater-OR-Complete the IELTS: International English Language Testing System with a minimum score of 6.5 – no sub score below 6.0.

  5. Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75 of courses within the nursing curriculum. Courses within the nursing curriculum, if completed, must be at the 2.0 level on a 4.0 scale. *

  6. Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) tests of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Students who score between 60 -69% will be considered for the ADN program based on seat availability, remediation, and admission criteria. The TEAS Test may be repeated one time (the student is required to pay the fee again when retesting).

  7. Accepted students are required to complete a national criminal background check and drug screening.

  8. The student may repeat only one nursing course per year.  Any student enrolled in a nursing course who withdraws (after 7 calendar days) or a grade of less than C (2.0), constitutes an attempt of the course.

  9. All nursing students must be in optimum health as evidenced by the physical examination   form.

  10. Priority admission goes to those students who are academically successful.

  11. All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed before starting a nursing course in the Evening/Weekend program.

  12. If the applicant has taken the general education courses at another college they will be required to complete a minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours at any campus within the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, prior to enrolling in a nursing course.


Nursing courses with a clinical component:
Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person who has been denied licensure by the Iowa Board of Nursing or whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any US jurisdiction or in another country due to disciplinary action.

To ensure the health and safety of patients, fellow students, faculty and other health care providers while enrolled, the nursing student will be:  required to achieve in a very rigorous academic program; involved in very stressful situations on a one to one basis; called upon to work with groups of people in stressful situations; required to use effectively all sensory organs; engage in activities which require above average manual dexterity; expected to bend, squat, reach, kneel and be able to carry and lift 50 pounds from the floor, to shoulder height and overhead, move, and turn persons who weigh at least as much as he/she does; required to be on his/her feet for six to twelve consecutive hours.

* For students with previous college coursework:
The Registrar will evaluate the following courses:
Must have successfully completed with a C (2.0) or above within the past five (5) years:

  • BIO: 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO: 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO: 151 Nutrition
  • BIO: 186 Microbiology
  • PSY: 121 Development  Psychology


Nursing Courses:
The Dean of Nursing and Nursing Faculty will evaluate student transcripts and supporting documents.

Prerequisite to BIO: 168 Anatomy and Physiology: One (1) year of high school biology and chemistry with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better or one (1) college semester of biology and chemistry with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better within the last five (5) years.    

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges  Transfer Policy
Any transfer student applying for admission, who has been enrolled in a nursing curriculum other than EICC, will be required to meet with the Dean of Nursing to discuss placement in the curriculum. The transfer student must meet the requirements set forth in the EICC admission/progression policy. Course syllabi and clinical site information from the transferring institution will be required for review.  The student will also be requested to provide written authorization allowing contact with instructors from the transfer institution regarding class and clinical performance.  A letter of reference regarding theory, clinical and overall student conduct will be required from the chair of health programs at the transfer institution.  Information acquired from these contacts will be considered in acceptance and proper placement into EICC nursing curriculum.                

Revised Fall 2013 (Effective Fall 2014)