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Associate Degree Nursing Program

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Frequently asked questions

What role does a Registered Nurse (RN) play in a health care setting?

RNs are responsible for nursing care provided to individuals and groups, including health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning, and restoration of optimal functioning and comfort.  RNs may delegate appropriate nursing activities to other RNS, and/or health care personnel including practical nurses and nursing assistants in a variety of health care settings.  RNs are primarily employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities and community health agencies.

What do I need in order to apply to GCC’s nursing program?

Students need to complete the minimum course work and placement testing, in addition to submitting health records.  The minimum academic requirements are:

  • completing English Composition 1 (101, 103 or 105) with a C or better;
  • testing out of or completing MAT 105- Introductory Algebra with a C+ or better within 5 years;
  • completing one of the three Biology courses in the nursing curriculum (Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, Human Anatomy and Physiology 2,  or Microbiology) with a C+ or better within 5 years.
  • 10 college credits from the nursing curriculum

How does the ADN program choose students to accept?

Students need to complete the minimum course work and math competency, in addition to submitting health records.  Because GCC has more qualified students apply than we can accept, competitive applicants have:

  • excellent grades in the Biology courses (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II,  and Microbiology); the higher your grades, the stronger your application;
  • non-nursing courses completed (Psychology, English Composition I and II, Sociology, Humanities, Biology); the more courses from the nursing curriculum completed, the stronger your application;

GCC also considers whether a student has:

  • completed a prior degree (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s degree);
  • completed a health-related training that results in certification or licensure (ex. EMT, CNA, LPN);
  • taken the majority of classes at GCC

Can my employer or my instructor write a letter of recommendation for me?

GCC does not accept letters of recommendation when considering applicants for the ADN program.

Can I apply to the program before I’ve finished my math requirement?

No, you must either test out of MAT 105 or complete the course before you apply.

When can I apply to the program?

Applications are accepted between early September and early February of each academic year.  Application forms are available from our Admissions Office.

I’ve heard the waiting list is really long. How long is it?

GCC does not maintain a waiting for the Associate Degree Nursing program. Qualified students who are not accepted are encouraged to re-apply for the following year.

Can I transfer to a BSN program from GCC?

Yes.  GCC offers most of the general education courses needed to transfer into any BSN program.  GCC ADN graduates can complete 60 non-nursing credits at GCC and transfer into University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s RN to BSN program.  GCC has articulation agreements for RNs with American International College, Elms College, Framingham State and University of Vermont.

Do you have information sessions?

Yes.  We highly recommend that interested students attend one of our information meetings prior to applying to our program!  No registration is required.  Dates are posted on our website as they become available.

Does GCC accept LPNs into the ADN program?

Yes.  Depending on space availability, an LPN graduate can transition in as a second semester or second year student.  LPNs who are graduates of the GCC program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher entering the ADN program within 5 years are able to receive the most credit for their coursework.   LPNs who are more than five years beyond graduation, do not have a GPA of 3.0 or attended another program can find more information on the Admissions webpage. It takes two to three semesters of coursework in the ADN program to complete the Associate’s in Science and be eligible for the licensing exam for Registered Nurses.

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