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CCAC's ADN Program at California University

This degree is intended for those who have not already completed a nursing program.  

Through a collaborative relationship between CCAC and Cal U, students attend classes on the Cal U campus. Faculty from CCAC offer the nursing courses at Cal U, while Cal U faculty offer the non-nursing courses.This leads to the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) from CCAC.

A graduate of the CCAC ADN program is eligible to take the licensure examination to become a Registered Nurse.The ADN graduate who becomes licensed may then apply for entry into the California University of Pennsylvania RN-BSN program in order to complete additional coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The CCAC nursing program begins every January. This is a competitive program and seating is limited. Pre-nursing students MUST apply to California University of Pennsylvania and the Community College of Allegheny County by August 15th to be considered for acceptance into the program. Pre-nursing students MUST ALSO complete the following requirements set forth by CCAC BEFORE submitting their application.


Complete Developmental and Pre-Requisite Coursework

All developmental coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to applying to the nursing program. All admissions criteria must be met at the time of application:

  • Students who have fewer than 12 college-level credits at the time of application must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who have 12 or more college-level credits must have a GPA of 2.80 or higher. Students who have completed 12 or more college-level credits through CCAC will be evaluated using their CCAC GPA exclusively. *College-level credits include those taken during dual enrollment programs.
  • Students must have completed a high school or college-level chemistry/lab with a C or better. High school chemistry is only valid for those students who have not yet completed a college-level chemistry/lab.
  • Students must have completed a college level biology/lab with a C or better. (This requirement must be satisfied prior to the application.)
  • Any science or developmental course completed prior to application must have been passed with a C or better by the third attempt. Attempts include “W” and “I” grades received at any previous or current institution.
  • TEAS Testing - All students will need to take and pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to applying. Students must obtain a composite score of 58.7% in addition to meeting all other admission criteria in order to be considered eligible. Information for TEAS and upcoming testing schedule will be available on the CCAC website

All students must be accepted to both Cal U and CCAC prior to submitting the nursing application packet for consideration into the CCAC nursing program. 

Nursing application packets will be available on the CCAC website (Deadlines Apply).

High School Students

Must have a 3.0 or higher

SAT 520/Math 510/Reading 460 Writing, ACT 22 Math/21 Reading/19 Writing OR acceptable placement scores

Final grade of a “C” or better in high school chemistry with a lab

Complete one of the two Biology options:

  1. AP (Advanced Placement) Biology and pass the AP exam with a 3 or better.
  2. Completion of a college level biology prior to application deadline.

Students must receive a “C” or better in the Biology course. (Please call our admissions office for course equivalency approval)

Successfully complete the TEAS Exam 

Financial Aid Information

When completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please list both California University of Pennsylvania (003316) and CCAC South (E00565) to receive your results. Once accepted into the associate degree program, all financial aid will be processed and disbursed through CCAC South, even if the student has coursework and housing at Cal U.

Additional information can be found on the CCAC website.

Please contact Shauna Balog if you have additional questions at 724-938-5089 or