Meet with a counselor.
Complete prerequisite coursework for your chosen program and/or track before applying to the Nursing program. (Refer to the Nursing information packet and current College catalog for program requirements.)
NOTE: You must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher to apply. The Division of Nursing does not round GPAs.
The Division of Nursing will review your application and academic record and send a response to your Tri-C email address.
Nursing Generic Track program applicants must take the Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment Exam-A2 (HESI A2). Visit tri-c.edu/programs/nursing/hesi-a2-entrance-exam.html for detailed information and registration instructions.
As of Feb. 1, 2023, the HESI RN to LPN Mobility Exam is no longer required for admission into Cuyahoga Community College's LPN to RN Access Track program.
Ensure you have met all of the following criteria, then submit an Online Request for Review.
Nursing Checklist Criteria
- I have transcripts from other schools on file.
- I have a high school diploma, GED or associate degree or higher on file.
- I have met with a counselor and reviewed my records for the nursing program or track.
- I have successfully completed all prerequisite coursework.
- My overall GPA is 2.75 or higher.
- I have passed the HESI A2 entrance exam.
NOTE: The Accelerated Track and Practical Nurse program is no longer admitting students as of Fall 2019.
Program Admission Requirements
All Nursing students must apply to the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Nursing. Students progress through a curriculum based on nursing concepts and skills that enable them to adapt in a changing society. It is designed to improve nursing career mobility and provide seamless progression from nurse aide certification to practical nurse certification to an AAS in Nursing.
Students who successfully complete the two prerequisite nursing courses are eligible to sit for the Ohio Department of Health State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) examination and progress to the nursing program after meeting all admission requirements.
Students who successfully complete the first year of the program are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Practical Nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN.
Those who successfully complete the second year of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN.
All students are admitted using the same criteria.
Nursing placement is only offered when all admissions requirements are met, including the HESI entrance exam. A background check is required four to six months prior to the start of a program.
Students receive notification of nursing placement via their Tri-C email account. Please ensure your account is active and accessible.
Acceptance is granted on a first-come, space-available basis.
Reminder: All students applying for nursing and health career programs must complete a background check that includes finger printing and court search (BCI). Background Check Information
Students with a citation will be reviewed on an individual basis, with their information kept strictly confidential. In some instances, a citation may preclude a student from being accepted into a health career program. Drug screening may also be required for some training sites.