Step-by-Step Enrollment for the Registered Nurse Program

The deadline to petition for the RN clinical beginning in August/Fall 2017 is December 30, 2016. Please be advised that deadline dates that fall on a date in which the college is closed will be accepted until the close of business the following business day. Any petition that is received after this deadline will be considered for Fall Semester 2018. Petitions must be submitted to the Welcome Center in Berks Hall, Room 001.

The Nursing program at Reading Area Community College welcomes 60 students each fall for a course of study that prepares you for a career in the nation's largest health care profession. The program blends classroom learning with direct clinical experiences at a variety of health care agencies, under the direct guidance of nursing faculty.

With a degree from this program, you will be eligible to sit for the state licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed registered nurse. Employment opportunities are available in places such as emergency rooms, surgicenters, nursing homes, hospitals and the military. Applying to the Nursing program is a multiple step process.

Step 1: Apply to RACC

  • Complete a college application.
  • Submit official high school and (if applicable) other college transcripts. If you've taken ACT, SAT, or AP exams, you should have those scores sent to RACC too.
    • Note: If currently enrolled in grade 12, applicants must submit a list of their courses for their senior year. Upon graduation, a final transcript must be submitted.
  • Take the placement test (if required).
    • If you do not place at the Algebra II level, you must take any recommended math courses through and including Algebra I prior to applying to the Nursing Program.
    • You must place at the English Composition level on the reading/writing portion of the placement test or take appropriate courses prior to applying to the Nursing Program.

**Please note: Admission to RACC does not guarantee admission to the Nursing program.**

Step 2: Complete Nursing Program Prerequisites

The requirements below must be completed at the high school or college level before you can formally apply for admission to the clinical courses in the Nursing Program. Click here to print a planning worksheet for the clinical application process and the Nursing curriculum.

Students who are not yet admitted to the clinical courses will be enrolled in the “Health Sciences (Nursing Intent)” program of study. This will provide a pathway for completing general education requirements needed for the RACC Nursing Program. Pre-clinical students should meet with their assigned advisor regularly to ensure that they are taking the appropriate courses for their educational goals.

Once the program prerequisites have been successfully completed, a Registered Nursing Program Petition  must be completed and submitted to the Welcome Center in Berks Hall, Room 001.

High School/GED completion
You must complete coursework equal to a standard high school curriculum (minimum of 16 units, including four units of English, three units of Social Studies, two units of Mathematics (1 of which is Algebra), and two units of Science with a related laboratory or its equivalent). Applicants whose high school academics were completed outside of the United States will have to apply for a Certificate of Preliminary Education through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Required coursework
You must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. Students who did not complete these requirements in high school must complete the courses indicated at the college level:

  • High school Algebra / Algebra I, MAT030.
  • High School Chemistry / Principles of Chemistry, CHE120.
  • High School Biology and High School Advanced Biology-
    • Students with no high school biology credit must take Biology I, BIO150 and Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO250.
    • Students with high school credit for high school biology must take BIO150 for their advanced biology requirement.

Important Notes:

  • If BIO250 was not needed to satisfy the high school prerequisites, it will still be required as a prerequisite for NUR100: Nursing I.
  • For the purpose of applying to Nursing Clinical, Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO250 and255) must have been taken within the past 5 years.

Once the program prerequisites have been successfully completed, a Clinical Eligibility Form must be completed and submitted to the Enrollment Services Office in Berks Hall, Room 111.

Step 3: Apply to the Nursing Clinical Program

Once you submit your Registered Nursing Program Petition you will be considered for acceptance into the Nursing program.

  • Submit your Registered Nursing Program Petition by the stated deadline, verifying that you have met all of the above processes and requirements.
  • Submit your Clinical Eligibility Form by the stated deadline, verifying that you have met all of the above processes and requirements.
  • Submit 2 notarized affidavits of eligibility:
  • Provide an affidavit stating that you have not been convicted of a felonious act. The Professional Nursing Law (Act 69, PL 409, No. 10 and PL 233, No. 64) provides that as of January 1, 1986: The Board of Nursing shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted* of a felonious act prohibited by Act of April 14, 1972 (PL 233, No. 64), known as "The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act," or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless:
    • At least 10 years have elapsed from the date of conviction;
    • The applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the State Board of Nursing that they have made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violations; and
    • The applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in or authorized by this act.

*The term convicted shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere.

  • A second affidavit must be signed and submitted upon application concerning the Older Adult Protective Services Act and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • Both affidavits can be obtained from the Enrollment Services Office.

At the time the Clinical Eligibility Form is submitted, Anatomy and Physiology I and II cannot be more than five years old.

View the Nursing Clinical Selection Process in our online catalog.

View our full checklist for first-time students.