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Practical Nursing Program

Applications for Fall 2023 (NURP)
Application Timeline Campus Location
 Fall Enrollment - Apply in May  Warwick - Day
Admissions Guidelines

Minimum requirements to apply to the Practical Nursing program:

  1. CCRI Application for Enrollment into General Studies with a pre-practical nursing concentration.
  2. Official copy of a high school transcript (or its equivalent) or baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution, including date of graduation or completion.
  3. If applicable, submit copy of current CNA licensure to the Office of Enrollment Services. Additional admission points will be granted for current CNA licensure.
  4. 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 65 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.
  5. HESI A2 Test score of 70 percent or better on each section.*
  6. Complete the following required prerequisite course. 
    • ENGL 1010: Composition I with a grade of "C" or better
      Note: This course is limited to two attempts. All attempts 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 attempts, the student must wait five (5) years from the last attempt to retake the course.
  7. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required to apply to the program and be maintained while enrolled in Practical 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.

  8. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.
  9. Conditionally accepted students are required to complete the following:
    • When directed by notification from the Office of Enrollment Services, submit a background check through by the deadline identified.
      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 a 70 percent 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.

Practical Nursing Program Admission Criteria Point System

Cumulative GPA 20-40 points (e.g., 2.0=20 points or 4.0=40 points)
Maximum points  40 points 
Grade in ENGL 1010  
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 
HESI A2 Preadmission Test  
HESI Categories Points awarded for each of the four sections
Reading 7 - 10 points (e.g., 70% = 7 points or 100% = 10)
Math 7 - 10 points
Vocabulary/General Knowledge 7 - 10 points
Grammar 7 - 10 points
Maximum HESI A2 Preadmission Test Points 40 points
Current CNA Certification*
12 points
Maximum Total Points 132 points

In the event of a tie, an average of the HESI A2 Preadmission Test scores will be used as the tie-breaker.

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.

* 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.