Admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing Program

NCC Nursing Program Requirements:

Please attend a nursing information session before submitting an application to the program.

See Video and Checklist Below for Step-by-step Guide on Applying to the NCC Nursing Program

To sign up for the TEAS, please go to The fee for the TEAS is $115.00 and payment is made directly to ATI during the online registration process. The TEAS was developed to measure basic skills in Reading, Mathematics, Science, English, and Language Usage. It is a 170-item multiple choice assessment.

NCC Benchmark scores:

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)* with a Total Score of 66% or higher.

The date of the test cannot be changed once you have registered. If you have any questions, please call the Admissions Office at (603) 578-8908 or email at [email protected]

Students can take the test 3 times in a calendar year. Anyone wishing to retake the TEAS is required to wait a minimum of 6 weeks between attempts.

For additional information about TEAS prep, contact Kim Eckenrode at [email protected]

Student preparation packages are also available for purchase at

You must have a current photo ID with you on the day of the exam. Calculators are NOT allowed. A calculator will be embedded within the exam. You may not leave the test session once the test has started.

2021-2022 NLN NACE Testing for the Nursing – Advanced Placement (NAP) Associate Degree

Students applying for the Nursing – Advanced Placement (NAP) Associate Degree option at Nashua Community College are required to complete the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam.

Students applying for the first year of Nursing (Spring semester) are required to take the NACE I: Foundations of Nursing exam. Students will need to obtain a minimum score of 74% or higher to be considered for admission to the program. Students applying to join any other semester will be advised by the Nursing Department on the appropriate NACE exam to take. 

NACE Exams Available:

H-NRF_1: Foundations of Nursing

H-NRC_1: Nursing Care of Child

H-NRCB_1: Nursing Care of Childbearing Family

H-NRA_1: Nursing Care of the Adult Client

H-NRMD_1: Nursing Care of the Client with Mental Disorder

The NACE exams can be taken up to three (3) times per year, but examinees must wait a minimum of six (6) weeks between exam sessions. Examinees may select their own exam date; however, it is the responsibility of the student to schedule their exam prior to the application deadline and following these retake guidelines. Please note that test scores will be valid for one (1) year only. The exams are computer-based and proctored remotely by the NLN.

The exams will be administered on-line by the NLN utilizing Proctorio, an internet based remote proctoring software. Examinees are required to create a new NLN student account and register for the appropriate NACE exam with the NLN directly. Students are responsible for reviewing the NLN Student Guide for HyFlex Testing and following the directions to create their NLN student account.

Student Guide to Taking Nln Exams (PDF)

How to Register:

Examinees need to use NCC’S unique URL link to create the NLN student account; the link is included on the last page of this document. You MUST choose the appropriate NACE Exam and use the school link, or otherwise scores will not be connected to NCC and may result in students having to retake and repay for the exam.

Students with disabilities requesting special accommodations for testing must contact Jodi Quinn, Disability Services Coordinator, at 603.578.8900 ext.1451 or [email protected] to learn about the process for requesting accommodations and providing the required documentation to support the request. Students should NOT purchase their exam until the accommodation request has been evaluated. Allow at least two weeks to complete the approval process and plan accordingly.

Examinee Expectations:

Examinees MUST review the “NLN Student Guide for HyFlex Testing” PDF. The Student Guide will outline technical and system requirements for completing the exam using Proctorio, as well as the process of creating an account, purchasing, and registering for an exam, and what examinees need to do before they begin their test.
Examinees must follow the testing guidelines set forth by the NLN when completing their NLN exam remotely from home. Failure to do so is grounds to stop the exam and/or invalidate your exam scores. Be sure to review the testing requirements outlined in the NLN Student Guide prior to your exam.

Examinees must:

  • Have a computer with Internet access, a microphone and
  • Download the Proctorio software (and Chrome if not installed).
  • Test in a quiet, private room where you will not be
  • Not talk or leave your seat for the duration of the

Examinees with questions may contact the NLN by utilizing the NLN Student Support Form.

Partner Guide to Administering Nln Exams With Proctorio (PDF)

About the NACE-H-NRF_1 & How to Prepare:

The H-NRF_1: Foundations of Nursing exam includes content related to nursing care to meet basic physiological and psychosocial needs. H-NRF_1 questions are written in the framework of the nursing process. This reflects the current approach for providing care to clients. For purposes of the H-NRF_1, the steps of the nursing process are defined as follows:

  1. Assessing – includes collecting physical, emotional, and cultural data; and recognizing signs, symptoms and
    Analyzing – includes interpreting data, identifying clients’ needs and making nursing
  2. Planning – includes setting goals, selecting measures for care and identifying correct techniques for giving care.
  3. Implementing – includes responding appropriately to clients’ needs for nursing care and using effective communication when giving information and/or teaching.
  4. Evaluating – includes recognizing intended and unintended effects of measures and treatments, determining evidence of clients’ compliance with treatment plans and determining evidence of clients’ response to measure and treatment.

The NLN does not publish a review guide for this exam; however, the Nursing Department recommends that students utilize their LPN course books and NCLEX-PN study guides to prepare for taking the exam. In addition, the NLN has supplied the following outline of exam content for examinee’s reference.

The H-NRF_1 exam has individual questions involving clients who have common health problems. The nursing process – assessing, analyzing, planning, implementing and evaluating – is applied in items throughout the test. Questions include a sample of situations involving clients in health care settings with one or more of the following conditions:

PainChronic illness
Fluid and electrolyte imbalanceDeath and dying
IncontinencePreoperative care
Infectious diseasePostoperative care
Loss of consciousnessStress

The Content areas are divided into the following general headings:

I. Basic Health Needs

A. Physiologic Needs

  1. Hygiene
  2. Comfort
  3. Safety
  4. Body Alignment
  5. Exercise and ambulation
  6. Rest and sleep
  7. Nutrition
  8. Elimination
  9. Respiration and circulation
  10. Fluids and electrolyte balance
  11. Growth and development

B. Psychosocial

  1. Sexuality
  2. Spiritual preference, cultural
  3. Self-esteem
  4. Belonging
  5. Stimulation
  6. Loss and death
  7. Self-actualization
  8. Security
  9. Defense mechanisms
  10. Growth and
  11. development

II. Communication

A. Documentation

B. Verbal Communication

C. Non-Verbal Communication

III. General Principles of Medication Administration

IV. Moral/Ethical/Legal Issues

TO: NLN Test Candidate

FROM: NLN Assessment Services Division DATE: January 15, 2021

RE: NLN HyFlex Proctorio Exam Information

Dear Candidate,

In preparation for your upcoming NLN Exam it is very important that you take a few moments and review the attached NLN Student Guide for Testing with HyFlex Proctorio (PDF). This guide will provide you with everything you need to create your new NLN account, purchase prep materials, practice exams, take your actual test, and access your scores.

There are a few things you need to know about HyFlex Proctorio Exams:

1.) You must have a working camera and microphone available on your computer or laptop.

You must have a strong internet connection (see system requirements) 2.) You must use Google Chrome when taking the exam.

3.) You will be required to download the Proctorio Extension onto your account.

4.) There is NO SCHEDULING required for this exam. Simply purchase: NACE Information Sheets (PDF) and take it when you are ready to do so but be sure to review the testing environment requirements in the guide.

5.) There is a calculator and whiteboard in the exam for use during the exam – no other tools are allowed.

6.) If you need ADA Accommodations our policy has changed as of 1-11-21. Please review the process in the student guide.

7.) If you set up your account as instructed in this guide, you will not need to have your scores sent to your institution, they will receive them automatically.

A couple of things you will need from your institution to get started:

1.) Copy of the NLN Student Guide (PDF)

2.) The Actual Name of the Exam you are taking. The guide includes a list of exams, please confirm your title with your administration or testing center.

If after reviewing the NLN Student Guide you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 800-732-8656 Ext. 2 or email us at [email protected].

NLN Assessment Services Division, PO Box 334 Mascoutah IL 62258

Dates can be found on
Attend a Nursing Information Session. Dates can be found on our website:

Submit proof of completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (with a C+ or higher within 5 years) and Introduction to Psychology (with a C+ or higher within 8 years) from the start of the first nursing course.

Self – Certification on Application – Nashua Community College provides students you with the opportunity to self-certify on your application that you have graduated or will graduate from high school or have received the equivalent of a high school diploma (For example: an accredited alternative diploma program, HiSET or GET) by the start date of the semester for which you are applying. While you are given the opportunity to self-certify, transcripts may be used in course placement and used as proof of successful completion of specific courses; therefore, you are encouraged to submit transcripts in order to be accurately placed into college courses.

Submit proof of completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (within 5 years from the start of the first nursing course) and Introduction to Psychology (within 8 years from the start of the first nursing course) with a C+ or higher.

Pre-admission Examination: Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) with a mean score of 66%.

Register online at

The TEAS must be taken within 2 years of the first nursing course
Can be taken three times in a calendar year; but you must wait six weeks between each attempt.

Two professional confidential recommendations, work or education related (forms provided by the College – located on our website under Download Forms and Publications).

The recommendations should be uploaded directly to the student’s application by the recommender using the link provided with the Recommendation Form. Recommendations are good for two years from the date of signature.

Submit transcripts of previous college credits (if applicable) to be evaluated for transferability.
Ability to meet the Health, Character and Technical Standards for the ASN program as stated in the Nashua Community College Catalog.

NOTE: Please send official High School, GED, HiSet, and college transcripts to:
Nashua Community College
505 Amherst St.
Nashua, NH 03063
Attn: Admissions
or email to [email protected]

Important Information:

If you have transfer credits in Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Microbiology, they must be no more than five years old from the start of the first nursing course with a minimum grade of ‘C+’.  Introduction to Psychology and Human Growth & Development must be no more than eight years old from the start of the first nursing course with a minimum grade of ‘C+’.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) may have the opportunity to transfer into the ASN program with advanced standing in the spring semester of the first year on a space available basis.

Deadline for admission to the Spring 2024 semester is November 1, 2023

All general admission requirements of the College and admission requirements to the nursing program must be met, with the exclusion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

Submit proof of active LPN license.
Complete the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE I) and attain an 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 NURS125 – Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing Practice.

Completion of Introduction to Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Growth & Development and Anatomy & Physiology II with a C+ or higher prior to entering the program in the spring semester.

Transfer 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. Deadline for admission to the Spring 2024 semester is November 1, 2023.

All general admission requirements of the College and admission requirements to the nursing program must be met, with the exclusion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), exam as long as nursing courses were taken.

Nursing core credits must be no more than five years old from the start of the first nursing class at NCC and have a minimum grade of B-. Anatomy & Physiology I & II and Microbiology courses must be no more than five years old from the start of the first nursing class at NCC and have a minimum grade of C+. Introduction to Psychology and Human Growth & Development must be no more than eight years old from the start of the first nursing class at NCC and have a minimum grade of C+. 

Complete the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE I).

Submit a letter of reference on school letterhead from the director of the nursing program at the previous school.

All nursing courses must be completed with five (5) years of the date of entry into the first nursing course.

Completion of the ASN degree does not guarantee RN licensure.

Students must follow the program of study requirements as published in the College Catalog in the academic year of their acceptance into the ASN 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.

In order to progress in the program, students must earn a minimum grade of B- in all nursing courses and a minimum grade of C+ in Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Introduction to Psychology and Human Growth & Development.

Students who do not meet the criteria for progression may seek reentry into the program at the point of last success with approval from the chair of the department on a space available basis. Re-entry is not guaranteed and students will only be granted one opportunity to reenter the program.

Selection is determined by a cumulative point based system that looks at applicable courses and grades; TEAS scores and references. The Vice President of Student and Community Affairs and the Chair of the Department of Nursing will review applications and make the admission decisions. Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Students who have completed the Pre-Nursing Pathway
  • TEAS mean score of 66% or greater
  • Total courses completed
  • A&P I grade and academic history
  • 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 subsequently be admitted if an opening becomes available. The waiting list will end once classes begin. Applicants still desiring admission must then reapply.

You will be invited to a mandatory nursing orientation to obtain information about required documents that must be submitted prior to beginning the first nursing course. It is understood that acceptance is conditional upon submission of the required documents.

You will be required to complete a criminal background check (specific information to be given at orientation). 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.

Fees may include but are not limited to:

Clinical Fees;
Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI) testing package;
V-Sim virtual patient software;
DocuCare Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software
Uniform, stethoscope, penlight, watch with a second hand, textbooks, skills lab kit and supplies for lab practice, nursing pins;
NCLEX preparation and licensure