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Associate Degree Nursing

Students ready to apply to the ADN program must attend a mandatory PAC within six (6) months of their desired application deadline. If you are not yet ready to apply to the ADN program or if you have transcripts from another college to be evaluated, please see an advisor in the Advising Center and they will let you know which classes will transfer, that are required for the nursing program. However, it is ultimately the Admission’s Office that approves transfer credits. The Advising Center office hours are posted on their web page. Appointments with the advisors can be made by emailing to The Advising Center is located in the John T. Smith Library, Building B, room 215, (physical address is 622 S. First Street; however, the front of the building faces Second Street).

  • Register no later than 8:00 AM the day of your conference.
  • Bring your Student ID or another proof of identification.
  • Bring your Nursing Academic Program Plan (APP), which can be prepared by Academic Advising.
  • Students who arrive 10 or more minutes late will NOT be admitted and will have to attend another PAC.
  • Please only attend a Preadmission Conference at the campus where you plan to attend.

Sign Up for a Downtown Campus Conference

Preadmission Conference Dates
Date Time
Friday, February 10 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28 2:00 p.m.
Friday, March 10 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 31 3:00 p.m.

 Sign-Up for a Shelby County Campus Conference

Preadmission Conference Dates
Date Time
Saturday, February 18 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 23 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4 5:00 p.m.

Regular Admission vs. Priority Admission

To qualify for regular admission complete of all preadmission requirements with at least a 2.75 Nursing GPA. Priority admission requires all of regular admission plus completion of all prerequisite and corequisite classes with at least a 3.0 Nursing GPA.

The HESI is a computerized test used to assess the academic ability of perspective nursing students. The cost of the HESI is approximately $58 (subject to change). LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) do NOT have to take the HESI.

HESI Test Dates
Date Time
Tuesday, February 7 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 22 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 22 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 30 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 4 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 5 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 9:00 a.m.

To register and pay for the HESI A2 Entrance Exam, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign up as a student on Evolve Elsevier.
  2. Register for HESI Assessment Payment Link.
  3. Make your payment with HESI Assessment Student Access. If you’re taking the exam for the 1st time, please use Payment ID: TBD.
  4. After completing the Checkout process, please select your exam date at the Downtown Campus.

If you require special assistance please contact the Access*Ability Resource Center

  • BIO 137: Anatomy & Physiology I (grade of ‘C’ or better).
    • Must be completed within 10 years of first semester of ADN program.
    • Transfer credits must include a Lab and be approved by the ADN program coordinator.


  • PSY 110: General Psychology or transfer equivalent (grade of ‘C’ or better).


  • Quantitative Reasoning/Math course at AA/AS level – such as MAT 146: Contemporary Math or MAT 150: College Algebra or transfer equivalent (grade of ‘C’ or better).


  • Currently listed as a State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) with KBN or completion of HST 104: Basic Skills Clinical I (includes CPR certification).


NOTE: Students can be enrolled in prerequisite courses during the Fall (or Spring) semester and still be eligible to apply for the upcoming Spring (or Fall) semester.

In addition to program prerequisite courses, new ADN students will complete the following courses:

First Semester

  • NRS 101: Nursing Care I (9 credit hours)
  • BIO 139: Anatomy & Physiology II (grade of ‘C’ or better); completed within 10 years

Second Semester

  • NRS 102: Nursing Care II (10 credit hours)
  • ENG 101: Writing I (grade of ‘C’ or better)

LPN to ADN Transition

  • NRS 200: LPN-A.D.N. Transition (3 credit hours)
  • Prerequisites: BIO 137 & 139; ENG 101; PSY 110; Quantitative Reasoning/Math course at AA/AS level (all with grades of ‘C’ or better)

Third Semester

  • NRS 203: Nursing Care III (9 credit hours)
  • BIO 225: Medical Microbiology (grade of ‘C’ or better); completed within 10 years

Fourth Semester

  • NRS 204: Nursing Care IV (10 credit hours)
  • Heritage/Humanities course of student’s choice (grade of ‘C’ or better)


Practical Nursing

Attending a PN Preadmission Conference is required and allows eligible students to apply to the PN program. Students who are ready to start the PN program in the upcoming semester must attend a Preadmission Conference. After attending a Preadmission Conference, students will be emailed a link to apply to the PN program.

When: Preadmission Conferences begin promptly as listed below and generally last one (1) hour.

Where: Preadmission Conferences are held in-person. Students can attend a Preadmission Conference at both campuses (Downtown and Carrollton). However, it’s recommended that students attend a Preadmission Conference at the campus they want to attend.

Downtown Preadmission Conferences are held in the Health Science Hall (HSH), Room 253.
Downtown Preadmission Conferences
Date Time (EST) Registration
April 7, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Register for Downtown PAC on April 7

Carrollton Preadmission Conferences are on the second floor in room A212.

Carrollton Preadmission Conferences
Date Time (EST) Registration
April 5, 2023 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Register for Carrollton PAC on April 5

Prerequisite Classes

These classes must be completed by May 2023.

  • FYE 105: Achieving Academic Success
  • BIO 137: Anatomy & Physiology I OR BIO 135: Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  • AHS 115: Medical Terminology OR CLA 131: Medical Terminology from Greek & Latin
  • ENG 101: Writing I