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School of Nursing and Allied Health (SONAH) Programs | REQUIREMENTS

Admissions to the Programs:  

Due to limited enrollment, there are special admission policies for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (SONAH) programs. The following policies are for:

  • Multi-Skilled Health Technician 
  • Nurse Aide Certificate 
  • Phlebotomy Program
  • Nursing (ADN) Registered Nurse 
  • Nursing (PN) Practical Nursing 
  • Radiologic Technology
  • LPN to RN 
  • Associate Degree in Health Sciences   

Complete the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) admission process to become a student at:

  • After applying schedule an admission appointment by calling: 724-480-3504

The applicant must meet the following minimum academic requirements for CCBC’s SONAH programs below: 

  • Nursing (ADN) Registered Nurse 
  • Nursing (PN) Practical Nursing 
  • Radiologic Technology
  • LPN to RN 
  • All applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED. Be at least 18 years of age or older within six months after entry into the program.

Requirements for the four programs listed above:

Applicants must have successfully completed one year of high school biology, one year of high school chemistry, and two years of mathematics (one of which must be algebra) with grades of C or better.

  • In the absence of these high school requirements, placement in and successful completion with a grade of C or better in PREP021 (Pre-Algebra) and a grade of C or better in CHEM105 (Principles of Biological Chemistry) satisfies these requirements.

  • College level courses in algebra, chemistry, and biology (Basic Biology or Anatomy and Physiology) with grades of C or better are acceptable.

Note: If the applicant does not have the biology requirement, Biology or CHEM105 Principles of Biological Chemistry must be taken before Human Anatomy& Physiology I. 

  • Chem105 Principles of Biological Chemistry meets the biology and chemistry requirements.
  • For applicants with college credits, the ten-year requirement  for  BIOL 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and BIOL 215 Microbiology Courses is defined as: within the last 10 years prior to the start of the program’s first clinical course. 

  • GPA of 2.50 required in all courses required for the program. Grades that are below a C and completed at CCBC must be repeated before the end of the fall semester of the testing year.  

Entry Requirements 

All applicants must apply for the appropriate programs entrance exam and meet the pre-admission examination score requirements. The programs are listed below: 

Nursing (ADN) Registered Nurse: 

The third week of November applicants must pick up the In-House Application and Information Packet (available at the Information & Registration Center).

    • Submit In-House Application with attached high school transcript or GED scores (submit at the Information & Registration Center).

The Exam for Nursing (ADN) Registered Nurse: 

    • Attend mandatory nursing meeting in the Health Sciences Center Auditorium (6-010).
    • Register for HESI Exam (offered in December and/or January) the exam price will be available upon signing up for the exam and in the In-House application.
    • Purchase Preparation Book (recommended)HESI Admission Assessment Exam (See Bookstore for price and edition)
    • Each section of the study guide is on the test with the exception of physics.
    • The test has a 4 hour time limit.
    • There is a calculator built into the math portion of the test.
    • Acceptance and non-acceptance letters are sent by April 
    • Take mandatory math diagnostic test scheduled in May
    • Clinical classes for RN I start in the fall semester

Nursing (PN) Practical Nursing 

              The second week of April, the In House Application is available at the Information & Registration Center.

    • Complete your “in house” application and submit your high school transcripts or GED scores.

Nursing Program Functional Abilities

        The Exam for Nursing (PN) Practical Nursing 

    • Register for the NLN PN Exam (will be taken in May); the exam price will be available when signing up for the exam and on the In-House application
    • Preparation Book: NLN Review Guide for LPN Pre-Entrance Exam; (See Bookstore for price and edition)
    • Attend the mandatory PN Meeting
    • Maintain a 2.5 GPA. Courses completed through the end of the spring semester of the testing year will be included in the grade point calculation
    • Attain grades of a “C” or better in required nursing program courses
    • Score at the 73rd percentile or higher on NLN test 
    • You will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance by July
    • Take the Math Diagnostic Test as scheduled in July
    • Clinical classes for PN I start in the spring semester  

Nursing Program Functional Abilities

LPN to RN 

Requirements for applicants who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) seeking advanced placement into CCBC’s RN program: 

    • Schedule an Admissions interview by calling 724-480-3504
      • Provide your Admissions Representative with a copy of your current LPN License on the date of your scheduled interview.
    • Once all transcripts and your current LPN license are on file with admissions, you are required to schedule an appointment with counseling by calling 724-480-3421. 
      • You must meet with counseling by the end of October of the testing year to register for the NACE Challenge exam.
      • Counseling will compile a list to provide to our Nursing Committee to schedule you for the NACE Challenge exam
      • Counseling will review your course work. Counseling will assist with questions about scheduling of classes (if needed) for the spring semester.
    • The applicant must complete the following four courses, or their equivalent, with a grade of “C” or greater prior to being considered for admission: The classes below must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which you are applying to the LPN to RN program: 
      • ♣ BIOL201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
      • ♣ BIOL202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
      • ♣ PSYC101 General Psychology I
      • ♣ PSYC106 Human Growth and Development
    • The remaining three courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or greater prior to beginning the fall ADN semester. Note: If you already completed the course/s the grade must be a "C" or greater.
      •  BIOL215 Microbiology
      • CIST100 Introduction to Information Technology
      • WRIT101 English Composition I
    • In addition, you will be required to complete these two classes: Note: If you already completed the course/s the grade must be a "C" or greater.
      • LITR210 Concepts of Literature /with NURS IV or before NURS IV
      • SOCI101 Principles of Sociology/with NURS V or before NURS V


    •  November:
      •  Receive information to come in and test for CCBC’s LPN to RN program.
    •  December: 
      •  Take the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE I Foundations of Nursing) the cost for the exam will be provided and subject to change. 
      • A minimum score of 74% is required to be considered.  Placement into the Nursing III ADN course is on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. 
    • To obtain the NACE I - 20 Page information bulletin is available by calling NLN testing services at 1-800-732-8656
    • January: Notification of Acceptance

   Once accepted the following must be completed:

  • Register for NURS 200 in January upon notification of acceptance. This is a two credit course and must be paid for at the time of registration. For questions about financial aid contact 724-480-3501.  
  • NURS 200 - Nursing Enrichment course will be conducted during the last 6 weeks of the spring semester. Students must complete the course with a grade of a "C" or better
  • Score of 100% on the drug calculation proficiency exam (taken during the NURS200 course)
  • LPN to RN start Nursing III ADN in May after successful completion of NURS 200 and all clearances and physical and immunization info have been submitted to the Department of Nursing. 
    • Note: Placement into Nursing III ADN will be on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS.  The previously listed requirements are minimum criteria. Applicants who meet minimum criteria will be considered for admission into the program. However, meeting minimal criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. Available spaces will be divided equally between re-admission applicants and LPN advanced placement applicants.

Radiologic Technology

The second week of September, the In House Application is available at the Information & Registration Center.

  • Complete your “in house” application and submit your high school transcripts and three reference forms to the IRC.  

Timeline and Testing:


  • Take the Psychological Services Bureau’s Health Occupation Aptitude Exam

Optional Study Guides:

  • Master the Nursing School & Allied Health Entrance Exams (See Bookstore for price and edition)
  • Health Occupations Entrance Exam by LearningExpress Editors
  • PSB Health Occupations Exam Secrets Study Guide; Mometrix Media LLC


  • Personal interviews will be granted to qualified students. The interviews will be conducted during the week of spring break at CCBC
  • Students will be notified of acceptance of non-acceptance by the end of March

Prior to final acceptance being granted into the Radiological Technology program students must successfully complete the following:

  • Pass a physical examination conducted at The Medical Center
  • Complete CPR Course for the Healthcare Provider
  • Pass Criminal Record & Child Abuse Clearances, If criminal record of any kind, contact ARRT to determine if you will be recognized
  • Complete an observation period at The Medical Center
  • Clinical classes for Radiologic Technology start in the Fall semester

Radiologic Technology Technical and Funtional Standards



Physical Exams and Statement of Functional Abilities

  • Students will be provided a Functional Abilities form along with the Physical Exam form for the specific program for which they are requesting admission.  
  • Students will be required to undergo physical exam/health verification prior to enrollment. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.

The health care provider must review the functional abilities form and indicate on the Physical Exam form whether the student has any mental or physical problems or limitations which might affect class attendance (mandatory) or participation in clinical activities.


  • All students will be required to obtain immunizations and/or titers within a specified period of time before starting the first semester of clinical courses. 

Please review the Immunization guidelines carefully.  

  • There are specific dates and times in which immunizations must be obtained.  
  • Forms will be provided at orientation sessions or by instructors.
  • Exception Nurse Aide program (form provided at IRC). 
  • All students attending clinical experiences or externships at health care facilities between November 1 and March 30th must obtain an influenza vaccine by October 31st of each year.  Any student who does not obtain the vaccine will be required to follow the same policies that employees of the health care facility must follow when not receiving the vaccine.  

Health Guidelines

  • Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for all costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled. CCBC and/or the clinical facility will NOT be responsible for any medical expenses incurred while a student in the program. 

Background Checks and Drug Screening 

  • Criminal background checks (both State and FBI), child abuse clearances, and drug screening are a requirement of affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing programs. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of the program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the clearances (3 in total) and pre-entrance drug screening. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from the Dean.
  • All programs will receive clearance information from the SONAH program coordinators.  The information will also be submitted to the SONAH program coordinators before the beginning of the first clinical semester, with the exception of the Nurse Aide students who will receive and submit clearance information at the IRC. 

Clearance Requirements

  • All clearances must be obtained within 4 months of entering any SONAH program (except Pharm Tech – see below).  Information will be provided by the Coordinator of the program. 
  • Substance Abuse Screening
  • Radiologic Technology and Nursing students will be required to complete substance abuse screening prior to entering the program.  Additionally, students may be subject to random screenings at the request of the Dean and/or additional screenings requested by clinical facilities. Failure to participate in substance abuse screenings will result in immediate withdrawal from the program.   
  • In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs will be processed through the Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health.


All students entering Nursing (ADN and PN) and Radiologic Technician programs are required to have a current CPR card on file.  Starting in spring 2017, all students entering the Phlebotomy program will also be required to have a current CPR card on file. CPR must be American Heart Association or American Red Cross Association approved Health Care Provider courses (adult and child; AED). 

Re-Admission Requirements Nursing:

All Readmits into the SONAH must meet with the Dean of SONAH for readmission instructions. 

  • In cases where disciplinary action has occurred readmission may not be an option. 
  • All titers or immunizations must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to the new completion date for the program that the student is entering or re-entering. 
  • All readmission requirements must be completed according to the timeline outlined in the Re-Entry Policy
  • If seeking readmission the following year after withdrawing from a nursing program, pre-entrance exams are not required.
  • Readmission will not be granted after 2 years of stepping out of the program.   

Program Progression

  1. GPA of 2.5 or better (Only those courses that are included in the core curriculum will be considered in determining the GPA.)
  2. A grade of “C” or greater in all courses required in the Nursing program
  3. Satisfactory clinical performance
  4. Satisfactory completion of core curriculum courses

Successful admission and completion of any CCBC SONAH program does not guarantee state or national licensure or registration to practice as there may be additional state/national criteria required for attainment of various licenses and/or certifications.

Understand that if you are offer admission to a health care program at CCBC, I will be required to obtain criminal clearances (both state and FBI), child abuse clearances, a complete physical exam including functional ability screening, titers, immunizations, TB testing, and substance abuse screening (including randomized screenings throughout the program). Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in removal from the program.  I also understand that successful completion of the program does not guarantee successful completion of the licensure exam or ability to obtain a license per State Board regulations (based on criminal record). 

Aditionally, you are responsible for maintaining reliable transportation to arrive at class and clinical on time and at various locations throughout the region.