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Metropolitan Community College Practical Nursing Program

Practical Nursing Program Admissions Requirements

Campus: MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Interim Director of Nursing: Dr. Gina Taylor
Program Coordinator: Meskerem Desta
The main nursing office can assist with questions about the program:  816.604.4262
Office hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Application Periods

The Practical Nursing Application Period will be open from June 1st through June 12th

Apply to the Practical Nursing Day Program

Online applications are only available during open application periods. 
Applicants must submit their application online.

The Licensed Practical Nursing Program is only offered during the day. There is no evening/weekend program available. Admission is based on meeting all requirements listed below.

Students are strongly encouraged to read the Practical Nursing Admissions requirements, BEFORE applying. We also encourage students to meet with Academic Advisor for the Health Science Institute BEFORE applying.

TEAS testing schedule

Practical Nursing Admission Requirements

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All requirements must be met by all applicants prior to the start of any given application period. This includes students with degrees and previous college course work, ACCUPLACER and TEAS testing, submitting all non-MCCKC official transcripts, and completing any pre-requisite courses.

    • Apply to MCC.
    •  Submit all non-MCCKC official transcripts to the Student Data Center. Transcripts must be received and evaluated from all colleges and universities you have attended before the start of any given application period. Send official transcripts to:  Metropolitan Community College, Student Data Center, 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.
    •  Take the ACCUPLACER test at MCC.  Test scores must be less than three (3) years old. Student must meet or exceed the required scores in all three sections; Algebra, Reading, and Writing. All required scores must be obtained on either a first or second attempt when taking the test. Failure to meet the required scores on the second attempt will require the student to take the indicated required classes. Students will not be eligible to apply until the required course(s) listed (see table below) have been completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to the start of any given application period. Failure to take all three sections of the ACCUPLACER will result in the application being removed from the applicant pool.
    • ACT/SAT scores will not be accepted in place of the ACCUPLACER scores.
Subject Score Required Your Score Required Classes
Algebra 237
If not a 237 in the Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF) level
*200 through 240 MATH 31 & MATH 95 in that order
*241 through 300 MATH 95
*Tested in Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statics (QAS) level
Reading 256 213 through 229 READ 10/30, READ 11/31, READ 100, in that order
230 through 247 READ 11/31 & READ 100, in that order
248 through 255 READ 100
Writing 246 200 through 231 ENGL 28/80 & ENGL 30/90, in that order
232 through 245 ENGL 30/90
  • Complete the two pre-requisite course requirements with a grade of “C” or better AND a minimum pre-requisite of 2.75 GPA.  GPA is based on program pre-requisites only.
  • Any course taken for credit by examination (CLEP) will receive a grade of "C." 
  • Prerequisites:  CHEM 105, plus BIOL 109 or BIOL 110 and BIOL 210.  These must be completed prior to the start of any given application period.  These courses cannot be greater than five (5) years old at the time of application. 
  • Take the ATI TEAS exam.  The TEAS exam must be taken prior to the start of any given application period. A minimum total adjusted score of 60.0% must be obtained on either a first or second attempt in taking the exam. Failure to meet the required scores on the second attempt will make you ineligible to apply to the program. Go to ATI website, print a copy of ALL ATI TEAS scores, and attach to the online application, and submit during application period.  
  • Submit your program application online during application period only.  The nursing department no longer accepts paper applications.  Applications must be submitted online. 
                                                   Practical Nursing Admission Ranking Points
  • All applicants will be selected based on ranking points.  A maximum of eight (8) possible ranking points can be obtained.  Here is the example:

    • Prerequisite GPA: Up to a maximum of four (4) points based on prerequisite courses.
    • Biol 150 Medical Terminology: One (1) point for completed with a grade letter of “C” or higher will be awarded.
      • Note: This course must be six (6) years or less by the deadline and maximum of two attempts in the last six (6) years.
    • CNA Certification: One (1) point for students who hold a current CNA Certification will be awarded.
      • Note: Expired CNA Certification will not be awarded the extra point.
    ATI TEAS exam scores: One (1) point for scores in the range from 68% to 77%. Two (2) points for scores in the range from 78% and higher.
Admission criteria to the program are subject to change without notice.  If changes are made to the admission criteria, the applicant will need to meet all requirements that are in effect at the time of application. Plus, successful completion of the requirements necessary for admission to the program does not guarantee acceptance to the program
  • Once accepted into the nursing program, students will attend a mandatory meeting to discuss the following next steps and the required information below:
    • Background check
    • Health records
    • Certified Profile
    • Physical exam
    • Immunizations for: chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, influenza, hepatitis B (waiver accepted for Hepatitis B immunization)
    • Recent photo on file
    • CPR training
    • Family Care Safety Registry
    • Drug screen to be done at the site required by MCC.  A positive screen may result in further requirements and a delayed entry into the program.
    • Reliable transportation:  Assignments to clinical sites are done on a random basis.  Many sites are not accessible by public transportation. NOTE: Clinical sites are within the 60 mile ratios of MCC-Penn Valley.
    • Child care, if needed.
    • Work schedule that is flexible to accommodate class and clinical requirements.  NOTE: Clinical schedules are not typically available until close to the start of the semester.
    • MCC requires a plan for payment of program costs on the day of enrollment. 

Our Practical Nursing Certificate program gives you hands-on experience and excellent instruction in our state-of-the-art Health Science Institute. Our program prepares you to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. *Completing the program does not guarantee licensing from the State Board of Nursing. For additional information, go to

Last Modified: 3/3/20