Admissions to the program are selective and competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- Obtain regular full college admission and good academic standing status.
- Complete all required learning support courses, if applicable, before applying to the Nursing Program.
- Submit a completed Nursing Program application to the Nursing Office by February 1st for fall and summer admission, and June 15th for spring admission. Summer admission is limited to the LPN/RN Career Mobility Track.
- Fulfill the following academic requirements:
- If applicants have no prior college experience, a high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- If applicants have prior college coursework, a college cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- GED recipients must score at an average of 410 on each subject test and a minimum total score of 2250.
- Submit official transcripts of high school and college work to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.
- Submit ACT exam scores.
- Report if any license in any health care field has been suspended, revoked, or denied.
- Report any felony convictions.
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 www.act.org. 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 possessing a grade of "C" or above in the required college-level Anatomy and Physiology, prior experience in a healthcare field, and for 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.
In addition to the above admission criteria, applicants seeking readmission also should be aware that such requests are considered on an individual basis according to state and nationally recommended faculty/student ratios, the availability of space in clinical courses, and faculty recommendation.
|ACT Comp Score||Points|
|Less than 19||= 0 Points|
|19||= 2 Points|
|20-21||= 3 Points|
|22-23||= 4 Points|
|24+||= 5 Points|
|2.5-2.9||= 0 Points|
|3.0-3.4||= 4 Points|
|3.5-4.0||= 5 Points|