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Nursing Admission

Steps to Apply for Admission to the Nursing Program

1. Apply to the College

Please go online to to apply. Students must first be accepted to Rockland Community College prior to applying to the Nursing Program. (Students must reapply to RCC if they have already enrolled but have not taken classes for two consecutive semesters.)

2. College Level Placement in English and Mathematics

Students must place at the ENG 101 and MAT 100 or MAT 101 levels, or higher, in order to apply to the Nursing Program. Establishment of placement levels may take place through any of the following methods:

  • Transfer credits: Students who wish to have credits evaluated should have all official college transcripts, from all previous colleges and universities attended, sent to: Rockland Community College, Records & Registration, 145 College Road, Suffern, NY, 10901. RCC accepts eTranscripts from participating colleges and universities. All college eTranscripts should be emailed to
  • Placement Exemptions: For information on placement exemption criteria, please go to
  • Assessment Examinations (ACCUPLACER Tests): Students who do not receive placement exemption or transfer credit for English and/or Math must take an assessment test(s). A schedule of test dates and study information is available at

    If the placement result for Math is MAT 065, and if the placement result for English is ESL or ENG 082, these courses must be successfully completed prior to applying to the Nursing Program.

3. Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (ATI TEAS®)

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. Students must score a minimum of 58.7% (proficient) on the TEAS exam in order to submit an application. Admission to the Nursing Program is on a competitive basis determined by TEAS exam scores.

  • Please go to to register for the ATI TEAS exam. Students may choose to take the exam at any location where the TEAS is offered. Information on available study materials is available at Exam results must be dated within one year of the application deadline.

The TEAS exam is offered at RCC in the Technology Center building, Room 8348, 3rd floor, only to RCC students applying to the Nursing Program. The dates are as follows: 2/4, 2/5, 2/8, 2/11, 2/13, 2/15, 2/19 and 2/22/19. Exams begin at 9:00 am. Students should arrive 30 minutes early and must have a valid photo ID. Allow four hours for the exam. ATI offers no refunds. (If you need accommodations, you are encouraged to contact Accessibility Services at 845-574-4541. Accommodations must be approved and arranged at least 7 days before your scheduled TEAS exam.)

4. Nursing Application

Completed applications will be accepted between 2/1 and 4/15/19. Your College acceptance, Nursing Application, official transcripts, ATI TEAS results and English and Math placement results must be on file by the 4/15/19 deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

5. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

All RCC Nursing students participating in a clinical experience are required by clinical sites to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening. Information can be found at

  • Students who have not met the deadline dates for criminal background checks, drug screen, AHA-BLS certification, health clearance and Influenza vaccine will be withdrawn form their Nursing Process courses.
  • Please be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede the ability of a student to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and to meet licensure for certain professions.