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Associate Degree Nursing Program

Applications for Spring 2024 (NURS)

                                            (Application period is August 1st - September 30th, 2023)

Application Timeline Campus Location
Spring Enrollment Warwick/Flanagan - Day Lincoln - Evening/Weekend Providence/Nursing Education Center (NEC) - Day Newport - Day

Admissions Guidelines

Minimum requirements to apply to the Nursing program:

  1. CCRI Application for Enrollment into General Studies with a pre-nursing concentration.
  2. Official copy of a high school transcript, GED® transcript or baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution, including date of graduation or completion.
  3. ACCUPLACER test issued by CCRI's Department of Advising and Counseling.

Please Note: If you come into CCRI with a bachelor's degree you don't have to take the reading Accuplacer.

  • Reading Comprehension Requirement:
    • Score of 90 or above in Classic Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension or score of 259 or above in Next Generation Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension or ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of "B-" or better, OR ENGL 0950 Integrated Critical Reading and Writing with a grade of B- or better..
  • Mathematics Requirement:
    • Score of 80 or above in Classic Accuplacer is required for Math (Arithmetic) or score of 255 in Next Generation Accuplacer is required for Math (Arithmetic) or MATH 0100: Fundamentals of Mathematics with a grade of "B-" or better
    • Entry point into MATH 0100 is MATH0095.
  1. HESI A2 Test*
    • Reading comprehension and Math with a score of 80 percent or better
    • Vocabulary/General Knowledge and Grammar with a score of 75 percent or better
  2. Complete the following required prerequisite courses. (These courses are limited to two attempts.)
    • BIOL 2201 (Anatomy & Physiology I) OR BIOL 1010 (Human Anatomy) with a grade of "C" or better and BIOL 1020 (Physiology) with a grade of "C" or better.
      Please read the important message regarding Biology changes and Nursing Admissions
    • ENGL 1010: Composition I with a grade of "C" or better
    • PSYC 2010: General Psychology with a grade of "C" or better

      Note #1: All attempts for the three (3) above prerequisite courses prior to January 1, 2015, including transfers, are considered ONE ATTEMPT regardless of the number of times the class was taken. If a student fails to meet the satisfactory grade requirements within the two (2) attempts, the student must wait five (5) years from the last attempt to retake the course.

      Note #2: BIOL 1010 is a companion course of BIOL 1020. Another college-level 4-credit, human physiology course (with lab) may be substituted for BIOL 1020. BIOL 1020, or a substitution, cannot be more than six (6) years old at the time of application.
      If you have taken BIOL 1010 or another course in Human Anatomy, you will have to take a stand-alone Human Physiology course at another institution before you apply to the Nursing program. CCRI does not offer a stand-alone Human Physiology course.

      BIOL 2201 is a companion course of BIOL 2202. Neither of these can be more than six (6) years old at the time of application and both courses are limited to two attempts.
      If you have taken BIOL 2201 (A&P1) as a prerequisite, you will have to take BIOL 2202 (A&P2) before you begin your second semester in the Nursing program. You may choose to complete A&P2 prior to entrance into the Nursing Program, if desired.
    • The transfer of Anatomy and Physiology courses is subject to approval by the CCRI Biology Department Chairperson.

  3. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.7 is required to apply to the program and be maintained until enrolled in Nursing.

    All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Science (PBHS) application and does not guarantee acceptance. Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester must resubmit a PBHS application for the program and meet current requirements. Once accepted in the Nursing program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Nursing Department.

  4. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.
  5. Conditionally accepted students are required to complete the following:
    • When directed by notification from the Office of Enrollment Services, submit a background check through
      Results of BCI may prevent admission due to clinical agencies' requirements.
      Please refer to the BCI policy before applying.
    • Submit all health care requirements to by the deadline identified.

Final acceptance is based upon the completion of the above criteria.

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.
For more clarifying information regarding any of the above visit the CCRI Nursing website or call (401) 825-2162. Students may also contact the Office of Enrollment Services at:

*HESI A2: Students are limited to two (2) attempts. Students who do not meet the benchmark after the second attempt can retest after three (3) months from the second attempt. Please note: HESI test scores do not expire.

Nursing Program Admission Criteria Point System

Cumulative GPA 27-40 points (e.g., 2.7 = 27 points or 4.0 = 40 points
Maximum points 40 points
Grade in BIOL 1010 /BIOL 2201  
A (4.0) 40 points
A- (3.7) 37 points
B+ (3.3) 33 points
B (3.0) 30 points
B- (2.7) 27 points
C+(2.3) 23 points
C (2.0) 20 points
Maximum points 40 points
Grades in ENGL 1010 and PSYC 2010 Each course's letter grade is converted to points and added
A (4.0) 40 points
A- (3.7) 37 points
B+ (3.3) 33 points
B (3.0) 30 points
B- (2.7) 27 points
C+ (2.3) 23 points
C (2.0) 20 points
Maximum points 80 points
HESI A2 Preadmission Test  
HESI Categories Points awarded for each of the four sections
Reading 8 - 10 points (e.g., 80% = 80 points or 100% = 10 points)
Math 8 - 10 points
Vocabulary/General Knowledge 7.5 - 10 points
Grammar 7.5 - 10 points
Maximum HESI A2 Preadmission Test points 40 points
Maximum Total Points 200 points

In the event of a tie, the students' pre-requisite GPA will be used as the tie-breaker.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is very competitive. Due to the limited number of seats and the high volume of applicants, it is recommended that students who are not accepted meet with an advisor (see above) to discuss how to increase total points for the PBHS point system before reapplying to the program.

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of "B."

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing requirements for the health sciences professions.

Please note: A Social Security number is required to begin the licensing process for the health sciences professions.

For all potential applicants to the Nursing Program, please look to our FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions asked about the Nursing program application.

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Enrollment Services: