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Nursing FAQs

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Hopefully these frequently asked questions will help you find the information you need! If you have additional questions, please contact Sue Leach.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The Nursing applications are only available online. Practical Nursing applications are accepted July 15 through August 15 each year. Associate Degree applications are accepted during the month of February each year. LPN to RN (Transition) applications are accepted during the month of January each year.

The Practical Nursing Program is only available on the Brown Campus in Mt. Orab; the Associate Degree Nursing Program is only available on the Central Campus in Hillsboro.

Applications are accepted from February 1 through February 28 (or last business day before February 28) for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Practical Nursing applications are accepted from July 15-August 15. LPN to RN Transition applications are accepted from January 1 through January 31 (or last business day before January 31).

If hand delivering (recommended), applications are accepted in the Nursing Office (room 172) on the Central Campus in Hillsboro, and reviewed to determine that all required documentation is attached. Normal hours are 8 am-4:30 pm, but if making special trip, call to confirm. Applications may be sent via US mail but must be received in the Nursing Office on or before the deadline. Applications are not accepted via email or fax.

Notifications are sent to the applicant's SSCC email address. ADN notifications are sent on or before March 31; PN notifications on or before August 30; Transition notifications on or before February 28.

The Nursing Program acceptance letter will indicate the next steps. Orientation is usually held in July for the Fall Semester (Associate Degree), April/May for the LPN to RN Transition, or December for the Spring Semester (Practical Nursing).

Any non-nursing course may be taken once accepted at SSCC. If not completed before beginning the program, the course must be successfully completed during the semester it is listed in the program outline in order to progress to the next semester. Please note, if non-nursing courses are completed prior to entering the program, the credit hours per semester will be less while in the program and may affect the amount of Financial Aid you receive each term.

No, ADN applications must be received in the Nursing Office on or before February 28, or the last business day before February 28. The application would not be reviewed.

No, the date submitted does not factor into acceptance of applications, as long as an application is submitted before the deadline.

Yes, all documents listed must be included in your application packet. You may ask admissions or student records for a copy of the transcript to include in your packet.

No, any coursework from other schools must be officially evaluated and transferred to SSCC by the Office of Admissions. Allow at least 2-3 weeks for this process.

No, all admission criteria must be completed before an application can be submitted.

Applicants are ranked based on grades for the required high school level biology, algebra, and chemistry or college level equivalent. Three points are allotted for an "A", two points for a "B", and one point for a "C".

One point is deducted when the applicant has repeated one of the prerequisite courses (ex. MATH 1116) or the required non-nursing courses (ex. PSYC 1111) with a grade of less than C.

The HESI A2 scores are ranked based on levels of satisfactory (1 point), very good (2 points), and excellent (3 points).

Reading Comprehension Basic Math Skills Biology Chemistry Points
Satisfactory 75-79% 75-79% 75-79% 75-79% 1
Very good 80-89% 80-89% 80-89% 80-89% 2
Excellent 90-100% 90-100% 90-100% 90-100% 3

A college course will be ranked above the high school credit.

The lowest college course (i.e., BIOL 1104 or higher) completed with a "C" or higher will be used.

Contact the Testing Center at 800.628.7722, extension 2792 (Hillsboro) or 4972 (Wilmington).

Yes, 2 attempts are permitted per 12 month period but you must pre-register and pay for each test. We do recommend remediation between attempts, however.

You decide which score you would like to submit with your packet.

Materials to assist in preparing for the HESI exam are available in the library, bookstore, or for purchase through Evolve at

The pre-entrance test must be completed within 24 months of application.

No, every student must meet all admission criteria and submit all required documentation.

No, the student must print their unofficial transcript from MyRecords. Contact Tech Support if you have problems with logging in.

Only the unofficial transcript printed by the student from MyRecords will be accepted. Your balance must be paid in full before you can apply. It may take 24 hours for a balance hold to be released.

No, we accept students through a selective admission process. Applications are accepted once a year for each program; if a student is not accepted, he/she may reapply the following year.

Applications are ranked based on prerequisite grades and HESI test scores, and the higher ranked students are offered available spots.

Refer to the "Eligibility for Clinical Placement Information" document for more information. You may also choose to have a background check completed and have the results reviewed by a committee from the Nursing Department.

The Ohio Board of Nursing also provides information in the "Criminal History Fact Sheet".

The schedule varies during the year. Clinical scheduling varies and students may have clinicals on any shift or days during the week, including weekends. Students are advised not to schedule other activities until the schedules are posted each semester. No student may work the shift before they are scheduled for clinicals per our hospital contracts.