Associate Degree nursing

The associate degree nursing (ADN) program prepares students a successful career in the health profession that is rewarding, challenging, stimulating and demanding. Graduates are eligible to take a national licensure examination to become a registered nurse.

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This link will take you to the current working catalog. On that page, you may also select other available catalog years from the drop-down menu located in the upper right.

Admission Criteria

PercentCriteriaDetailMaximum potential
25%GPA-General Education coursesCourses include: BIO-271 (171), BIO-272 (172), ENG-101, ENG-102 , PSY-180, PS-101, HE-101, HE-2104.0
25%Number of credits toward degreePotential courses include: Same as above.24
50%HESI score (average)Average scores of five tested areas: Grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math and anatomy & physiology. Critical thinking is tested, but is NOT part of the admission criteria.100

Complete the Nursing Program Application (Health Sciences application).

ADN Group Advising Sessions

Attending a mandatory Group Advising Session is your first step toward attaining a nursing degree. Please choose the session(s) applicable to your goal and call for a reservation at (810) 989-5675 or (800) 553-2427, Ext. 5675, choose option 1. Leave your name, phone number and date/time of session. Confirmation calls are not made as walk-ins are welcome.

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The normal application deadline for the traditional program is April 1.

For academic programs leading to professional licensure

SC4 Health Sciences Programs prepare students for State and National exams leading to professional licensure. Please be aware that additional steps (background checks, applications, fees, etc.) may be required to apply for licensing in the state of Michigan or other states. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you are considering an academic program leading to a professional license. To easily find professional nursing licensure requirements (RN and APRN programs), please visit the website of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. and select the states/jurisdictions where you want to know their professional licensure requirements. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence.

Frequently asked questions:

 What if I am enrolled in a class at another college by the April 1 deadline?

  • Students who are enrolled in courses outside of St. Clair County Community College must have all transcripts in the Registrar’s office no later than May 15. This may require students to hand deliver sealed official transcripts to the Registrar’s office to meet the deadline. 

When should I take HE-224 (Altered States of Adult Health)?

  • Students are advised to take HE-224 in the second semester of the Nursing Program (see model schedule).

What can you tell me about HESI registration?

  • Registration will begin February 1. When registration is open for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) HESI, you can register online at The Pier website. Testing is in March on SC4’s Port Huron campus.

How do I calculate my admission criteria?

  • See an academic advisor to assist with calculating your pre-admission score

What should my pre-admission score be?

  • The closer your score is to a 100, the better your chances to be one of the top students. 
    After the admission process has been completed, you will be informed by mail of your status and the qualifying score for the fall class.

What if my score is the same as another student?

  • Your Cumulative Score on the HESI will be used if needed for a tie breaker.

How long will it take for me to know if I have been accepted into the program?

  • You will be notified of your acceptance/placement by the end of May for fall admission.

How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)?

  • Each letter grade has a corresponding grade point. The GPA is calculated as follows: total grade points earned divided by the number of credit hours attempted = GPA. See example:
ClassGrade Grade pointsCredit hoursTotal grade points

Total: 25 divided by 7 = 3.57 GPA

See catalog for additional information.

What if my credits are transferred from another college?

  • All transfer credits required for the nursing program are evaluated by the Registrar. Transfer credit is granted based upon the number of credits earned at the transfer institution. For example, if your Introduction to Psychology transfer class was 3 credits, you will only receive 3 credits for the SC4 PSY 180 class, not the actual 4 credits that would have been earned at SC4. This also includes BIO courses. Likewise, if you completed a 4 credit hour transfer Introduction to Political Science class, you will only receive the 3 credits that would have been earned in the SC4 PS 101 class and one general political science credit. However, only the 3 credits will apply toward the RN Admission process.

Is there a time-limit associated with my past courses?

  • All biology A & P courses, HE-101, and HE-224 must be completed within five academic years of admission to the Nursing Program. See the table below for details.
ADN program start date5-year time limit completion date
Fall 2020Winter 2015 or later
Fall 2021Winter 2016 or later
Fall 2022Winter 2017 or later
Fall 2023Winter 2018 or later
Fall 2024Winter 2019 or later

What if I retake a course to improve my GPA and receive less than a “C” grade?

  • Your most recent score must be at least a “C” grade. Therefore, if you are retaking a class for any reason and receive less than a “C” grade, the class will need to be repeated prior to applying for the nursing program.

Questions about HESI Testing?