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Mary Grimes School of Nursing is a Bi-Level Nursing Program. At the completion of your first year (Level I) you will be eligible to take the LPN boards. In order to complete the second year (Level II), you must pass LPN boards. At the completion of your second year you will be eligible to take the RN boards.

If you are currently an LPN or in an LPN program for Bridging into our nursing program. LPN to RN page

**Please click on the LINKS below for Step by Step Instructions for our Nursing Program**

Nursing Informational Booklet

Nursing Student To-Do-List

Nursing Student Application 

Legal Limitations for Licensure

Cost Estimates for the Nursing Program
(Does not include general education courses.)

Chanute Cost Estimate

Ottawa Cost Estimate

Nursing Informational Meetings - Required
Nursing Informational Meetings are scheduled to "Empower Students to be Successful."

To register for a meeting on the Chanute campus  contact Kelly at

Chanute Information Meeting Dates

The 1st Thursday of the month, at 4:00PM, September - December

Chanute Campus

Mary Grimes School of Nursing (Nursing Building)

Rowland Hall Room 309

800 W. 14th Street

Chanute KS, 66720

1. Apply to NCCC - please bring student ID# and password for Inside NC to the Information meeting.
2. Provide official transcripts
Attendees interested in completing the enrollment process during the meeting will need to bring their assessment scores with them to the meeting: ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, or Compass test.


You must register to attend as seats are limited on the Ottawa campus, contact Melodie at

Ottawa Information Meeting Dates

The 1st Tuesday of the month, at 4:00PM, September - April

Ottawa Campus

900 E. Logan Street

Ottawa, KS 66067

If you have any questions about enrolling pre-nursing courses, see your advisor or email  Attending a meeting and following through with recommendations right away is the best approach.

Application to the Mary Grimes School of Nursing
1.  Include a nursing application fee (Non-Refundable - includes cost of entrance exam)
2. Application must be completed and notarized prior to submission.
3. Send /deliver to the nursing department in Chanute or Ottawa.

  Chanute Campus Ottawa Campus Bridge Program
Application Period Begins  September 1 January 2 December 15
Application Deadline November 30 April 15 February 15
Program Start Date The following fall The following spring Summer
TEAS Tests Will Be Completed  January 1 May 1 N/A - See Bridge Info.
For program information on Chanute campus For program information on Ottawa campus
Contact Contact
620-432-0350  785-248-2827

Preparing for the Nursing Entrance Exam (TEAS) 
A study guide is available in the NCCC bookstore for review for those who wish to purchase one.  Ask for the “Test of Essential Academic Skills Pre-Test Study Manual.”  The cost is approximately $50. You may purchase the study guide online at go to the store and then to TEAS products. (We only test on Reading and Math.)

The exam can be taken only one time per application year for the purpose of obtaining a passing score at NCCC, THE INITIAL EXAM WILL BE USED FOR PLACEMENT., IF ADMITTANCE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.
Applicants currently serving at a Military base may complete the TEAS test with a proctor at the testing site on base (including international).  At this time, ATI does not provide any other testing options overseas.

Suggested Math courses to improve your TEAS math score:
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
Nurse 010 Nursing Math Skills 2
Math 011 Beginning Algebra 3
Math 112 Intermediate Algebra 3

Admission to the nursing program is based on scores on the nursing entrance exam (TEAS), completion and GPA of the general education requirements listed herein, provision of ALL transcripts, application, assessment scores and professional demeanor.

Nursing Admission

Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.  The following admission requirements must be presented before the application will be complete:

Completed application to the College and the nursing program.

Application fee (includes cost of entrance exam).

Official transcripts of all high school and post secondary education.  Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school, have successfully completed the General Education Development Test (GED), and Home School is accepted.

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Completion of the nursing entrance exam given by the nursing department.  The scores of the exam will be used in part to determine admission placement. The entrance exam may be taken one time only per application year at NCCC.

Students applying to the NCCC nursing program who plan to request special accommodations for the NCLEX learning environment or testing must meet the guidelines for accommodations for testing identified on the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) website.  It is recommended the student begin early in the program to obtain the necessary diagnostic tests/assessment required by KSBN so the student is prepared to make the special accommodations request to KSBN in a timely manner to expedite the approval for taking the licensure exam.

Nurse Entrance Test Criteria
Composite Percentage
score of at least 70%.  If the applicant does not meet this criteria, the applicant MUST complete Human Anatomy & Physiology, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and English Composition I and make a grade of "C" or better.  After successful completion, the applicant may be reconsidered for admission.
Composite Percentage score of at least 60%.  If the applicant does not meet this criteria, the applicant will not be considered for admission.

Reading Comprehension
score of at least 72%.  If the applicant does not meet this criteria, the applicant will be ENCOURAGED to complete a reading comprehension course.

Essential Math Skills
total score of at least 68%.  If the applicant does not meet this criteria, the applicant MUST complete a basic math or nursing math course and make a grade of "C" or better prior to entering the nursing program.

Completion of the pre-requisite courses (BIOL 257/258 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Lab, PSYC 155 General Psychology, and ENGL 101English Composition I must be successfully completed (with a “C” or better”) prior to the first day of Patient-Centered Care I - 1st semester of nursing classes.

The program of study in NCCC nursing programs includes both classroom and clinical instruction.  Nursing students must be able to perform activities that are comparable to those required for employment.  Please review the following statements, evaluating your ability to perform these nursing activities:

  • Lifting and/or carrying moderately heavy objects.  It is common to be expected to lift or carry more than 50 pounds during each clinical day.
  • Performing duties that regularly involve twisting the spine or extending the body while caring for patients.
  • Assisting patients of all weights and sizes to change position.
  • Standing or walking twelve hours a day with occasional stooping, crouching or kneeling.
  • Coordinating eyes and hands or fingers rapidly and accurately in making precise movements; moving fingers to manipulate small objects such as syringes and medical equipment.
  • Communicating effectively and efficiently with patients as well with members of the health care team.
  • Visual acuity to read, to determine changes in patient condition, to discriminate between measurements on equipment such as syringes or gauges, and to accurately use patient care supplies and equipment.
  • Hearing as appropriate for communication and for collection of information about patient condition.
  • Interpreting a variety of instructions without assistance:  written, oral, diagram or schedule formats.
  • Physically responding to emergency patient calls, such as initiating CPR on a patient who has experienced a cardiac arrest.

International student applicants must complete international student admission prior to making application to the nursing program.

International Students must contact Sarah Cadwallader 620-432-0324 as a first step as International Students must complete additional admission process steps.  Sarah Cadwallader will make a determination regarding the student's admission and notify the nursing office.
Waivers for any one or more of the admission require­ments may be given by the nursing director, but only for good cause shown.

Advanced Standing
Students wishing to transfer from another nursing program, please click here for additional information.

Contact the nursing administrative assistant for additional information.

Exclusions from Acceptance into the Nursing program:
As required by some clinical facilities contracted by the nursing program, all students accepted into the nursing program must submit to a criminal background check and drug screen. Failure to submit to a criminal background check and drug screen will disqualify the applicant from admission into the nursing program.

The incurred cost of the background check and drug screen will be the student’s responsibility and will be assessed at the time of acceptance.

Any student with a criminal history who denies that history by answering “no” to the question regarding criminal background on the program application is fraudulently presenting her/himself as not having a criminal background and  MAY be automatically and permanently disqualified from admission to the nursing program. This paragraph is not applicable to convictions for criminal offenses that have been expunged.  

Crimes against a person

Overall GPA below a 2.0.

TEAS composite score below 60%.

Chanute Ottawa
The LPN program is from August - May The LPN program is from January - December.
The RN program is from August - May. The RN program is from January - December.
(No summer classes during the program)

Transcript Information:
Click here for nursing general education courses which transfer to NCCC from other Kansas colleges.

NCCC has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide transcript ordering via the Web. You can order transcripts using any major credit card. Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed.

• To order an official transcript(s), login to the appropriate Clearinghouse site below:

Chanute Campus Clearinghouse Site

Ottawa Campus Clearinghouse Site

• The site will walk you through placing your order, including delivery options and fees. You can order as many transcripts as you like in a single session. A processing fee will be charged per recipient.

• Order updates will be emailed to you. You can also track your order online.
Transcripts Mailed to NCCC - Request that the college attended mail official copies of transcript directly to the nursing department. (See the administrative assistant's contact information above for the campus addresses.) 

Checking Your Unofficial Transcript from NCCC.

If you are having trouble obtaining a transcript, complete the following:

1. Contact Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) about obtaining a transcript (i.e. from a closed school).
Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson St.  Suite 520
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1368
Phone   (785) 296-3421
Fax         (785) 296-0983

2. KBOR may have the contact number for you.

3. Submit a transcript or an official letter signed by an administrator at the school or KBOR stating the transcript is not available.

Mary Grimes School of Nursing
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street, Chanute, KS 66720

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