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Admission Requirements to Nursing Program

Program Prerequisites
Learn what is required BEFORE you enter the nursing program

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 competencies, if applicable, before applying to the Nursing Program.
  • Submit a completed Nursing Program application to the Nursing Office by February 1st for summer admission to the LPN/RN option and March 1st for fall admission.   September 1st is the application deadline for spring admission. 

Fulfill the following academic requirements

  • A cumulative (overall) college grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

    • Your cumulative GPA will be calculated based on all undergraduate college-level courses you have attempted at all regionally accredited colleges or universities you previously attended. If you have attended colleges other than JSCC, your cumulative GPA will not appear on your JSCC transcript; it will be calculated by the Nursing Division.

  • Submit official transcripts of high school and college work to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.
  • Submit national ACT exam scores.
  • Report if any license in any health care field has been disciplined, 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

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. Currently, additional points may be earned by service-area residency and for a grade of at least C for the following courses:  HSC 111, Medical Terminology and/or COL 1030, College to Career Navigation. . Qualified applicants are ranked according to the point system and those with the highest summed scores are selected to fill the class. Up to 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 Subscore Points
17 or less = 0 Points
18-19 = 1 Point
20-22 = 2 Points
23-24 = 3 Points
25-26 = 4 Points
27+ = 5 Points
GPA Calculation Scale for Admission Points:
GPA Points Points
2.500-2.749 = 0 Points
2.750-2.999 = 1 Points
3.000-3.249 = 2 Points
3.250-3.499 = 3 points
3.500-3.749 = 4 points
3.750-4.000 = 5 points
Point Calculation
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