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Practical Nursing (PN) Admission Requirements

First, attend an information session. These sessions cover admission and academic requirements, the application and selection process, curriculum and career opportunities. Call 410-777-7310 for more information. 

The one-year program begins each May. Clinical space is limited so AACC only assures consideration of applications submitted by the December 15th deadline. Admission is separate from admission to the college in general. There is an application process. 

  • For the class beginning May 2017, the application due date is December 15, 2016. If the application deadline falls on a weekend, then applications will be accepted until close of business on the next business day. Applications are available online and in Florestano 100.
  • PLEASE NOTE: First consideration for selection will be given to candidates whose resident address is in Anne Arundel County for at least three months prior to the application deadline date. ALL applicants must complete an Address Verification for Health Professions form and submit it to the college Records Office as part of the application process. Applicants will receive the Address Verification for Health Professions form once their application is reviewed. In addition, each applicant will be required to submit two proofs of residency as described on this form. Address Verification for Health Professions forms for the PN program must be submitted between September 1st and November 1st. 

For questions, please call 410-777-2721. Mail or deliver the Address Verification for Health Professions form and supporting documents to: Anne Arundel Community College, Records Office SSVC 140, 101 College Parkway,  Arnold, MD 21012. 


All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The selection for the class will be made from applicants who have completed all four prerequisite courses and the academic requirements by the end of the fall semester. 

Course Credits
BIO 231-232*  Human Biology 1, 2




BIO 233-234*+ Anatomy and Physiology 1, 2


PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology      


Mathematics general ed. requirement  


* Recommend taking within the past five years.
+ BIO 101 is a prerequisite for BIO 233. Therefore, it will take three terms to complete this science sequence.


  • Attend an information session.
  • High school graduate or equivalency. Official transcripts required. 
  • Chemistry - 1 credit, 1 year of high school general chemistry OR a college-level chemistry to include CHE 011 (noncredit) or CHE 103 or 111 with a grade of "C" or better. 
  • Arithmetic Proficiency - All applicants must take the Arithmetic Placement Test and pass with a score of 27 or higher. This test must be taken and passed by the application deadline. Only one retake of the test is allowed. 
    Students receiving a score of less than 27 on the retake must enroll in MAT 005 and complete it with a grade of "C" or better by the application deadline. A grade of "C" or higher in MAT 005 will meet the requirement for the Arithmetic Placement Test. 
  • Satisfactory Academic Standing - Students must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) at this college of 2.0 to be considered for selection into the Practical Nursing program.

Admission/Academic Requirements and Selection Criteria are reviewed in detail at the information session and are also available online.

Students who are offered conditional acceptance into the PN program will have to complete a criminal background check, health examination record and CPR (American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers). Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and completion of the health examination record.