Admission Requirements to Nursing Program

Admissions to the program are selective and competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all application materials are received in the Nursing Office by the application deadline date. Applicants who meet the deadline will be notified in writing of their admission status. If the number of qualified applicants falls below the maximum enrollment, applications of those students who will be fulfilling the above-stated requirements prior to entering the nursing program will be considered.

Application for admission is considered for one application period only. Applicants who wish to be considered for admission into the next entering class must submit a new application. For the purpose of program admission, ACT scores are considered valid for up to five years from the test date.  Information regarding the ACT is available at  Nursing applicants may take the ACT residual exam at JSCC; residual ACT exam information is available in the nursing program application.

All applicants are evaluated on the basis of their scores on the ACT and their cumulative GPA. Selection for admission is based on an evaluation point system, which reflects the applicant's ACT scores and cumulative GPA at the time of application. Additional points may be earned by specific measures of: Anatomy and Physiology, healthcare work experience, and/or service-area residency. Qualified applicants are ranked according to the point system and those with the highest summed scores are selected to fill the class. The next 20 candidates are placed on an alternate list. Details of the evaluation point system are available from the Nursing Program office. Because Jackson State is a state-supported institution and enrollment in the Nursing Program is limited, state residents will be given preference in the admission process.

ACT Calculation Scale for Admission Points:
ACT Comp ScorePoints
Less than 19 = 0 Points
19 = 2 Points
20-21 = 3 Points
22-23 = 4 Points
24+ = 5 Points
GPA Calculation Scale for Admission Points:
GPA PointsPoints
2.5-2.9 = 0 Points
3.0-3.4 = 4 Points
3.5-4.0 = 5 Points

Point Calculation

Applicant's Score Points Weight Totals
ACT Math Subtest Score = 25% =
ACT Reading Subtest Score = 25% =
ACT Science Subtest Score = 25% =
Cumulative GPA = 25% =
Extra Points:
Anatomy and Physiology I (.5 points)
Anatomy and Physiology II (.5 points)
Prior Experience (.5 points)
Live in Service Area (.5 points)
Total Points (out of 7.00) =