New Practical Nursing Admission Guidelines

for Fall 2018

Please refer to BCI Policy before applying


Fall Practical Nursing Program:

  • Warwick/Day

Minimum requirements to apply to the Nursing program:
  1. CCRI Application for Enrollment into General Studies with a pre-practical nursing concentration.

  2. Official copy of a high school transcript, GED® transcript or baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution, including date of graduation or completion.

  3. If applicable, submit copy of current CNA licensure to the Office of Enrollment Services. Additional admission points will be granted for current CNA licensure.

  4. ACCUPLACER test issued by CCRI's Department of Advising and Counseling.

    • Score of 90 or above is required for reading comprehension OR ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a "B-" or better.

    • Score of 65 or above is required for Math (Arithmetic Section) OR MATH 0500: Fundamentals of Mathematics with a grade of "B-" or better.

  5. HESI A2 Test. Score 70 percent or better on each section.*

  6. Complete the following required prerequisite courses:

    • ENGL 1010: Composition I with a grade of "C" or better (This course is limited to two attempts.)

  7. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required to apply to the program and must be maintained while enrolled in Nursing.

    Requirements 1-6 must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the performance-based Health Science application and does not guarantee acceptance. Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester must resubmit a performance-based Health Sciences application for the program and meet current requirements. Once accepted into the Practical Nurse Program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Nursing Department.

  8. Complete and submit an online performance-based Health Sciences application at: The deadlines are listed on the form.

  9. Conditionally accepted students are required to complete the following:
    • Submit a background check and health record requirements through when directed by notification from Enrollment Services by the deadlines identified. Results of BCI may prevent admission due to clinical agencies' requirements. Please refer to the Criminal Background Check Policy before applying.

Final acceptance is based upon completion of the above criteria.

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.

For more clarifying information regarding any of the above, please visit or contact the Office of Enrollment Services at:

Deb Watson, Newport County Campus: 401-851-1637,

* HESI A2: If the student does not achieve a 70 percent on one or more of the tests, he or she may retake the necessary test(s) once within the next 12 months. Students are limited to two attempts within a 12-month period from the date the original test was taken. The better percentage score on each section will be considered. A minimum of two weeks between exams is required. Please note: HESI test scores do not expire.

Practical Nursing Program
Admission Criteria Point System

Cumulative GPA 20-40 points
(e.g., 2.0=20 points or 4.0=40 points)
Grade and GPA Point Allocation
A (4.0) 40 points
A- (3.7) 37 points
B+ (3.3) 33 points
B (3.0) 30 points
B- (2.7) 27 points
C+ (2.5) 25 points
C (2.0) 20 points
Grade in ENGL 1010 Prerequisite GPA 20-40 points
(e.g., 2.0=20 points or 4.0=40 points)
Grade and GPA Point Allocation
A (4.0) 40 points
A- (3.7) 37 points
B+ (3.3) 33 points
B (3.0) 30 points
B- (2.7) 27 points
C+ (2.5) 25 points
C (2.0) 20 points
HESI A² Preadmission Test HESI Categories Points
HESI Categories Point Allocation
Reading 7.0 - 10 points
Vocabulary/General Knowledge 7.0 - 10 points
Grammar 7.0 - 10 points
Math 7.0 - 10 points

Example: If Reading score = 70, 7.0 points will be added. If Math score = 90, 9 points will be added.

Current CNA Certification*.................................. 12 Points
Maximum Total Points........................................... 132 Points

In the event of a tie, the prerequisite GPA will be used as the tie-breaker.

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of “B”.

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing requirements for the health sciences professions.

Please Note:

A Social Security number is required to begin the licensing process for the health sciences professions.

*CNA Certification is not required for entry into the program. These 12 points are in addition to other points acquired and do not guarantee entrance into the program.

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Last Updated: 12/14/17