Associate Degree Nursing Program

Applications for Spring 2020 entrance through Spring 2021 entrance (NURS)


Application Timeline Campus Location
Fall Enrollment - Apply in February Warwick - Day  Lincoln - Evening/Weekend  Providence - Day  Newport - Day
Spring Enrollment - Apply in August Warwick - Day Lincoln - Evening/Weekend  Providence - 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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 "B-" or better.  Please see Note #2 below
    • 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 five (5) 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 begin your second semester in 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.
      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.  
      If transferring credits for Anatomy & Physiology 1 and/or Anatomy & Physiology 2, these courses must be transferred together from the same institution.  If these courses are not transferred together, applicant must take both courses at CCRI.
  6. 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.

  7. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.
    • If applicable, indicate on PBHS application if you have an active CNA certification. Additional points will be granted for current CNA certification.
  8. 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: If the student does not achieve the percentage score required on one or more of the tests, he or she may retake the necessary test(s) once within the next 12 months. Students are limited to two attempts within a 12-month period from the date the original test was taken. A minimum of two weeks between exams is required. 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
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
Current CNA Certification 12 points (not required until February 2021 application for Fall 2021 entrance)
Maximum Total Points 212 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.

CNA certification is not required for entry into the program. These 12 points are in addition to other points acquired and do not guarantee entry into the program.

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

Biology Requirements - Changes to Anatomy and Physiology Courses

For students interested in the February 2020 application period (for Fall 2020 entrance):

Before submitting your application, you will need to have completed either of the two options below:

  • BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1020 at CCRI or equivalent courses at another college or university*.  Remember that BIOL 1010 was last offered in Summer 2019 and BIOL 1020 was last offered in Fall 2019.


  • A&P 1, first be offered in Fall 2019. Note: A&P2 is not a pre-requisite course, but is a program requirement.  You may choose to complete A&P2 prior to entrance into the Nursing Program, if desired.  Remember, though, that A&P2, like A&P1, is limited to two attempts.

*The Biology Department at CCRI will determine which college/university courses are equivalent

For all potential applicants to the Nursing Programplease 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:

  • Deb Watson, Newport County Campus: 401-851-1637,
  • Rob Giovino, Knight (Warwick), Flanagan (Lincoln), and Liston (Providence) Campuses: 401-825-2288,
  • Adam Moreau, Flanagan (Lincoln) Campus: (401) 333-7471,

Last Updated: 11/14/19