Application & Procedure

Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Associate Degree Nursing office by March 1st to be considered for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program: 

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program (Associate Degree Application Packet)
  • An official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET)
  • An official college transcript from all colleges attended
  • ACT score
  • Entrance test score
  • One academic and one personal reference form
Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

When the application is available, the link located below will be active. The application process is conducted annually from December through February. Students are selected by the middle of May to enter in the fall semester.  During the months of March through October, the application will not be available.


Policy on Readmission to ADN Program

A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.

Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.

At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.

Policy on Acceptance of Transfer Students Into ADN Courses
The ADN program adheres to the Policy on Acceptance of Transfer Students into Health Science Programs. Procedure for Transfer into the ADN Program:

  1. The student requesting transfer should contact the program director to discuss specific course placement based on current nursing program placement.
  2. The student will provide current transcripts to evaluate program level and determine student’s ability to meet graduation requirements for MDCC.
  3. The student will complete all admission packet materials.
  4. The student may provide course materials to evaluate course content achieved.
  5. The student will provide a letter of good standing from the administrator of the transferring nursing program.
  6. The student will meet with the program Admissions Committee to review materials and discuss issues of transfer.
  7. The student may be required to complete a self-assessment form, as well as provide other requested materials based on the transfer situation.
  8. The Admission Committee will make a recommendation for transfer.
  9. The student will be notified in writing of acceptance or non-acceptance.

After information is reviewed, every effort is made to readmit students; however, readmission may be denied based on objective data regarding the individual application.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression
The following performance standards provide descriptions of basic cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor requirements for successful associate degree nursing program completion. Applicants and students who cannot meet one or more of the standards will be considered on an individual basis in terms of whether reasonable modification/accommodation can be made. Reasonable accommodations will be examined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Performance Standards for Admission and Progression. In order to successfully complete the associate degree nursing program, an applicant/student must be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment. Examples:
    • prioritize information and identify cause-effect relationships in the clinical setting
    • analyze assessment findings and use findings to plan and implement care
    • evaluate plan of care and make revisions as appropriate
    • make decisions using logic, creativity and reasoning to make sound clinical judgments based on standards of nursing care
    • demonstrate arithmetic ability to correctly compute dosages, tell time, and use measuring tools 
  2. Display interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings in the community. Examples:
    • respect differences among clients and exhibit an attitude accepting of clients as individuals
    • establish rapport in order to communicate effectively with clients, families, significant others, and health team members
    • work effectively in small groups as a team member and a team leader
    • recognize crises and institute appropriate interventions to help resolve adverse situations
  3. Demonstrate appropriate verbal and written communication skills. Examples: 
    • speak English coherently to clients, families, and other staff members
    • clearly explain treatment procedures and initiate health teaching for clients, families, or groups based on assessed needs, available resources, age, lifestyle, and cultural considerations
    • provide clear, understandable written client documentation based upon proper use of the English language
    • convey critical information to other caregivers through graphic, print, and/or electronic media in an accurate, timely, and comprehensible manner
  4. Exhibit physical ability sufficient to assist clients to meet health care needs in a variety of settings, including moving from room-to-room, to maneuver in small spaces, and to negotiate stairwells when necessary. Examples:
    • physical mobility and strength sufficient to propel wheelchairs, stretchers, etc. through doorways and close fitting areas alone or with assistance
    • stand, walk up to 75% of 6 to 12 hour shifts
    • stoop, bend, squat, reach overhead as required to reach equipment and provide nursing care
    • lift a minimum of 20 pounds of weight
    • transfer/position up to 300 pounds with assistance while lifting, positioning, and transferring clients
    • provide for activities of daily living (bed bath, oral hygiene, dressing, etc.)
    • perform CPR satisfactorily and respond quickly in an emergency situation
  5. Demonstrate gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Examples:
    • demonstrate physical dexterity and coordination in delivery of care, treatment, and medications
    • hold skin taut with one hand while inserting needle in skin or vein with other hand and perform other procedures requiring the use of 2 hands
    • pick up, grasp, and effectively manipulate small objects such as dials, syringes, switches
    • calibrate and use equipment
    • maintain sterile technique when performing sterile procedures
  6. Display auditory, visual, and tactile ability sufficient to safely assess and care for clients. Examples:
    • hear monitors, alarms, emergency signals, lung/heart sounds, bowel sounds, and cries for help, telephone, intercom interactions, and public address systems (codes)
    • perceive and receive verbal communications from clients, families, and health team members
    • read written words and information on paper and computer screens, small print, gauges, measuring cups, syringes, and other equipment
    • discriminate colors, changes in color, size and continuity of body parts
    • discriminate alterations in normal body activities such as breathing patterns and level of consciousness
    • observe hazards in environment (water spills, safety rails, restraints) and harmful situations
    • perform physical assessment: palpate pulses, feel for heat or cold, tap body surfaces


For further information contact:
Traci Beckham, ADN Chair: or
Angie Cather, Administrative Support: