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Associate Degree nursing

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. SC4 is one of the first Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs in Michigan and is currently ranked the 10th best nursing school in the Detroit metropolitan area among both two- and four-year institutions (No. 4 community college in Michigan) by the Nursing Schools Almanac.

Nursing students with simulation manikin.

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.

Program Cost: Tuition and fees can be found on the Tuition page. Please note there are additional cost for books, uniforms, graduation pins, and the NCLEX exam/license application to consider.

Fall 2024 Admission Criteria

TypeWeightCriteriaDetailMaximum potential
Merit25%GPA (minimum 2.7)Courses include prerequisites and General Education courses: BIO 271, BIO 272, ENG 101, ENG 102, PYS 180, PS 101, HE 101, HE 103, HE 106, HE 210, HE 224
Merit25%Number of credits toward degreeCourses include: BIO 271, BIO 272, ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 180, HE 101, HE 103, HE 106, HE 210, HE 224, PS 10132
Merit50%HESI score averageMinimum score in all areas tested - 70 average score of five tested areas: grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, anatomy and physiology. Critical thinking tested, not part of admission score.100
Meritn/aSC4 coursesIf seven of the prerequisites and general education courses are completed at SC42
Experiencen/aHealthcare experienceCertified Nurse Aide (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Patient Care Technician (PCT). Other certifications may apply with approval from the program director. Email certificate to

Fall 2023 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

Steps to apply for SC4 Nursing programs

  1. Apply to SC4
  2. Apply to a specific health sciences program
  3. Attend a mandatory group advising session (View upcoming dates and times below.)

ADN Group Advising Sessions

Attending a mandatory Group Advising Session is an important step toward attaining a nursing degree. Please choose the session(s) applicable to your goal and click on the applicable link below at the time listed. Please give yourself time to download and setup the Microsoft Teams app on your computer or device.

March 18, 202410 to 11 a.m.Join Microsoft Teams
March 21, 20244 to 5 p.m.Join Microsoft Teams
June 4, 202410 to 11 a.m.Join Microsoft Teams
August 9, 202410 to 11 a.m.Join Microsoft Teams
September 12, 20245 to 6 p.m.Join Microsoft Teams
November 19, 202410 to 11 a.m.Join Microsoft Teams

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.

Technology requirements

Following is the technology requirements for taking an online course at SC4:

  • A Microsoft Office 365 compatible laptop or PC with a webcam and microphone.
  • Minimum iOS to support the learning management system (LMS) Canvas and the lockdown browser for testing.
  • Reliable Internet access (dial-up supported, but Cable or DSL (Broadband) preferred)
  • Updated anti-virus software

Please refer to the Online Classes page to review supported browsers and a more detailed list of hardware and software applicable to different systems.

Frequently asked questions:

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. 

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

You can check available testing dates and register online on The Pier. Testing is offered in the month of February and March on SC4’s Port Huron campus.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 2024Winter 2019 or later
Fall 2025Winter 2020 or later
Fall 2026Winter 2021 or later
Fall 2027Winter 2022 or later

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?