Nursing Students

Admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing Program

In an effort to provide you with the most current and comprehensive information about our programs, prospective nursing students must attend a Nursing Information session as part of application requirements. Dates and times for info sessions can be found online at

Nursing program applications must be completed by January 31st to be considered for acceptance in the fall class.

A completed application is the responsibility of the nursing candidate. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates must complete the college admission requirements and provide documentation of the following criteria for admission consideration:

  • Completed application for the program.

  • Proof of satisfactory completion of high school algebra, biology, chemistry, and English with a grade of C or better.

    • There is a challenge exam available in Biology and Chemistry for those students who have taken either high school or college level biology or chemistry but who did not receive a grade of a “C” or better. Please contact Deb Costa-Nino, Program Coordinator, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, at 603-578-8955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  • Two professional references, work or education – related. (Forms provided by college)
  • Admission to the Nursing Program requires the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS ) Pre Entrance Exam.  Applicants must achieve the following sub-scores; Reading –74.50% or higher, Math – 68.80% or higher, Science 55.3% or higher and English 66.7% or higher.  The TEAS must be taken within 2 years of the first nursing course.
    • The TEAS test evaluates the academic ability of prospective RN students. See for more information about preparing for the test and to register for the TEAS.

    • Test scores are valid for two years.

  • Ability to meet the Health, Character, and Technical Standards for the ASN program (please see below).

  • ESOL applicants must attain an English proficiency passing standard of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) as recommended by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (

Applicants demonstrating the above requirements will be invited for a personal interview.

Selection Criteria

Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based on applicable courses and grades, scores of the TEAS test, references and the interview session. Special consideration points are given to applicants who have completed Human Anatomy & Physiology I with a higher course grade and/or TEAS Science category scores over the 60th percentile rank.

Applications must be completed by January 31st and will be reviewed in February and March for acceptance for the following fall semester. Upon completion of application review and interview sessions, admission decisions will be made by the Vice President of Student and Community Affairs  and the Chair of the Department of Nursing.

Qualified students who are not accepted in the initial selection process may be assigned to a prioritized waiting list based on the above criteria. They may be subsequently admitted if an opening becomes available prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The waiting list will be discarded once classes begin. Applicants still desiring admission must then reapply following the above procedure. 

Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed practical nurses may have the opportunity to transfer into the RN program with advanced standing in the spring semester of the first year on a space available basis. Applicants must have an active LPN license in New Hampshire and successfully complete the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) with a required overall percent score of 74% or higher. Applicants who successfully complete the NLN NACE exam and are accepted into the program will be awarded 8 credits in place of NURS 125N, Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing Practice. The deadline for LPN advanced placement applications is November 1st. 

Transfer Students

Transcripts of previous college credits may be submitted and will be evaluated for transferability. Students who have been enrolled in a nursing program within the past five years may have the opportunity to transfer into the ASN program at NCC on a space available basis. Nursing credits must be no more than five years old from the start of the first nursing course with a minimum grade of B-. Science credits must be no more than five years old from the start of the first nursing course with a minimum grade of B-. Intro to Psychology and Human Growth and Development must be no more than five years old from the start of the first nursing course with a minimum grade of B-.  Applicants must also submit a letter of reference on school letterhead from the director of the nursing program at the previous school.  Transfer students must also complete the appropriate NACE exam with the required pass rate.

   Time Allotment for Program Completion

All nursing courses must be completed within (5) five years of the date of entry into the first nursing course. Students must follow the program of study requirements as published in the College Catalog in the academic year of their acceptance into the AD Nursing Program.  In the event of a curriculum change prior to completion and phasing out of previous courses, the student may be required to repeat one or more courses for placement in the new curriculum.

Upon Conditional Acceptance

  It is understood that acceptance is conditional upon submission of satisfactory evidence in the form of the following documents

  • A transcript demonstrating the completion of BIOL 130N Anatomy and Physiology I with a minimum grade of B- and PSYC 101N Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent transfer credits) with a minimum of a B-.
  • The nursing program utilizes CastleBranch for submission of required documents. All costs associated with Castlebranch and tests required are the responsibility of the student.   Accepted students will be given specific information regarding accessing CastleBranch during orientation
  • Documents that are required to be submitted include report of a current (within 1 year prior to beginning the first Nursing course) physical examination on the school health form  including all required health screening (two step Mantoux testing to assess exposure to tuberculosis) and immunizations/titers for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella, hepatitis B, and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap).  Flu immunization is required yearly between September and October.  Students are responsible for submitting updates to immunizations yearly i.e. flu and Tdap if needed.
  • Possess and maintain personal health insurance. Students are responsible for providing documentation of insurance coverage yearly. If insurance information changes during the academic year, students must notify Castlebranch immediately.
  • Possess and maintain professional liability insurance. This professional liability insurance coverage is included in the second semester tuition bill.
  • Acquire and maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the healthcare provider level (basic life support for healthcare providers) that will be valid for the entire two years of the program
  • Complete a criminal background check
  •  A drug test -  must be done within two weeks prior to the first clinical day and no longer ) cost to be incurred by student.
  • Individuals with a court record or a criminal conviction may wish to contact the Board(s) of Registration in Nursing in any state in which they plan to work for guidelines. The NH Board of Nursing can be- reached at 603-271-2323. This will allow the individual to make an informed decision about choosing to pursue nursing education at this time.
  • Students will repeat the criminal background check, TB and drug testing prior to their senior year. In addition:
  • Fees may include but are not limited to: Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI) testing package and DocuCare Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software.
  • Other costs include uniform, stethoscope, penlight, watch with a second hand, textbooks, skills lab kit and supplies for lab practice, nursing pins, NCLEX preparation and licensure.

 Health, Character, and Technical Standards for the Associate in Science in Nursing Program

Technical standards have been established to inform the student of minimum standards to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession. Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards listed below should contact the chair of the department of nursing to discuss individual cases. All academically qualified candidates will be considered for admission provided the technical standards for classroom and clinical experiences can be met with reasonable accommodations. The College must ensure that patients/clients of clinical affiliates are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in service learning and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stress, uncertainties, and rapidly changing circumstances that characterize the responsibilities of patient / client care. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with patients, their families, agency staff, faculty, and classmates. Applicants must be in good physical and mental health to meet program objectives.. Technical standards are listed below.

  1. Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs, physiological signs, understand instructions, identify emergency signals, assess body functions, and engage in telephone conversation.
  2. Sufficient visual acuity to observe patients, manipulate equipment, interpret data, ensure a safe environment, identify color changes, read fine print / writing, and do fine calibrations.
  3. Sufficient speech and language ability to express, comprehend, and exchange information and ideas in English verbally, nonverbally, and in writing, and to interact clearly and logically with patients, family members, physicians, nurses, faculty, peers, and other ancillary medical personnel.
  4. Sufficient tactile ability to assess pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement.
  5. Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately in emergencies or unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.
  6. Sufficient emotional intelligence to exhibit empathy and compassion, to maintain productive relationships in classroom and clinical settings, and to integrate direction, instruction, and criticism into behavioral changes.
  7. Sufficient strength, endurance, and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities: participation in lengthy classroom activities; fine and gross motor skills to carry out procedures; ability to safely and frequently handle, lift, and/ or carry equipment and patients up to thirty pounds; stamina to complete an eight to twelve hour work shift; and ability to perform CPR.
  8. Sufficient information technology access and skills to complete assignments according to program standards.
  9. Applicants with latex allergies are advised to seek professional medical consultation.