Nursing Application Process

Nursing Program Application

Candidates must review all program requirements including physical demands of the profession and affirm individual abilities.

Physical Requirements (Click for details)

Abilities and Skills Necessary to Meet Curriculum Objectives

Students must have the knowledge and ability to effectively assess a client’s biopsychosocial and physical needs.  In addition, each student must be able to analyze the data in order to state a client’s problem, plan for a full range of independent and collaborative interventions, safely carry out the plan of care, and evaluate the care given and the client’s response to the care.   In order to safely care for any client, the student must have observation, communication, motor, cognitive, psychosocial, and behavioral abilities sufficient to carry out the aforementioned responsibilities.  Technological compensation can be made for some disabilities in some of these areas, but a student must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.  The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable since a student’s judgment would be influenced by someone else’s observations.   The following abilities and skills are representative of those necessary to meet the requirements of the Nursing Curriculum:

  1. Visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify such entities as cyanosis

and absence of respiratory movement in clients; to read very fine, small print on medication containers and physicians’ orders; and to discern equipment calibrations.

  1. Hearing ability with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice

without viewing the speaker’s face; hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from clients, and telephones; auscultate or hear blood pressures, and heart, lung, vascular, and abdominal sounds with a stethoscope.

  1. Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, lift clients and objects of 35 pounds or

more, and move from room-to-room with coordination, dexterity, and mobility required to meet the clients’ needs.

  1. Communicate effectively in verbal and written form by speaking clearly

and accurately when explaining treatment procedures, describing client conditions, and implementing health teaching. Students must also write legibly and correctly in the client’s chart/record for legal documentation.

  1. Manual dexterity to perform and maintain sterile technique to insert

catheters, withdraw blood, prepare and administer medication (oral, intramuscular, intravenous), change dressings, and any other procedures required for client care. Fine motor skills include those clinical skills essential for patient care such as, but not limited to, manipulating equipment, entering client data both with a pen/pencil and keying in information on a computer keyboard.

  1. Function safely under stressful conditions with the ability to adapt to an

ever-changing environment inherent in clinical situations involving client care.   If a student cannot meet the above requirements, the faculty will meet to determine if the student can continue in the Nursing and Allied Health Program.   NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENTNorthern Maine Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation and/or preference, disability, or age or marital, parental or veteran’s status in its programs and activities. If you have a disabling condition and wish to request accommodations in order to have reasonable access to programs and services offered by NMCC, you must register with the ADA Services Coordinator by contacting the Director of Counseling at 207-768-2793, located at the main NMCC Campus in the Christie Building.

Application Timeline

Applications for the fall 2019 program will be accepted beginning September 1, 2018. For early acceptance considerations, applications and all supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) must be received by the Admissions Office by December 31, 2018.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications as soon as practical to ensure sufficient time to complete the admission process.  Candidates selected for admission will be notified by March 2019.  NMCC does not maintain a waitlist for the program.  If you should not be selected for the current cohort, it is recommended that you submit an application for the next year.

Program Prerequisites*

To be considered for admission for fall 2019, all prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to January 15th. The prerequisites required for admission to NMCC’s Nursing program are:

  • College Algebra (Preferred grade of “B” or 3.0)
  • English Composition (Preferred grade of “B” or 3.0)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (Preferred grade of “B” or 3.0)

*Current high school students seeking admission who have not yet completed College Algebra, English Composition and Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab must meet the following high school equivalent prerequisites:

  • Algebra I (Minimum grade of “B” or 3.0)
  • English (Minimum grade of “B” or 3.0)
  • 2 years of lab sciences with preference in Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology (minimum grade of “B” or 3.0)

High school candidates must meet all other admission criteria including achieving the appropriate TEAS™ pre-entrance exam scores. *It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the final grades from prerequisite courses taken through adult education or at another college mailed to the Admissions Office. (In determining whether an application is “complete” and ready to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, adult education transcripts are not considered if admission personnel are not aware that you are currently enrolled in these courses.) Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow up and ensure that all materials have arrived for your file. Additionally, if you are currently enrolled in prerequisite courses and/or nursing general education courses, make sure the Admissions Committee is aware of the course name, location, and anticipated completion date.  

Application Requirements

The following must be submitted to the Admissions Office by December 31, 2018, for early decision:

The following must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to December 31, 2018:

  1. Non-refundable $20 application fee along with all required documentation noted below:
Required Documents (Click for details)
  • Official high school transcript or GED (must have completed at least a high school level Biology and  Chemistry with labs within the past 10 years; must also have had at least one year of algebra)
  • Official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. * Regardless of whether transfer credit is being sought, applicants must disclose all prior colleges attended. Failure to furnish all information on past education may constitute an adequate reason for disqualification of your acceptance or subsequent dismissal from the College as well as possible retraction or denial of financial aid funds.
  • Placement testing:
    • ACCUPLACER – scores must meet or exceed the MCCS recommendations on all on all four sub-sections: Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra OR
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (evidence-based SAT) – score 480 or above Reading & Writing and 530 or above Mathematics OR
    • PLEASE NOTE: Candidates who fail to meet the standard on placement testing will be deferred.
    • Recommendation requirements: As part of the application process for the Nursing Program at NMCC, you are required to submit two (2) references attesting to your motivation and commitment. These should not be given to a relative, but rather to an employer, former employer, guidance counselor, instructor, etc.
      Please complete the top portion of the reference forms and submit them to the evaluator. Also, we encourage you to sign the optional space concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Public Law 93-380) on each form. The reference forms are to be returned by the evaluator directly to: Admissions Office, Northern Maine Community College, 33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle, ME 04769
  1. Two confidential recommendations on official NMCC Reference Forms from professional or academic persons (new recommendations are required each year). Please print and use the required recommendation forms.
  1. Supplemental Questions – candidates are required to submit typewritten answers to a series of question developed by the Nursing Department Faculty.
  1.  TEAS™– Test of Essential Academic Skills – NMCC Administration
TEAS™ Test Information (Click for details)
Candidates who meet the placement testing requirement proceed to the next steps in the admission process: TEAS™ testing and admission decision.  To check the status of your application, log into MyNMCC.  Click on the Admissions tab and on the left side under “Admissions”, click (>) on Applicant Status > Folder Items > View Folder Items. If you have any other listing under “Requirements Not Yet Met”, you should submit those documents immediately in order to complete your file.  You must have a complete file for consideration.  This is your responsibility. **Applicants can take the pre-admission exam (TEAS™) two times per application cycle. At least six weeks must separate testing attempts.  TEAS™ scores are good for 3 years. Test dates will be scheduled in May, July, September, October, November, and December.

  • Candidates must create an account, register and pay for this test at  ATI accepts credit and debit cards.
  • Registration for any TEAS™ administration closes 48 hours prior to the test.  Register early, space is limited. Refunds are not made for no-shows or cancellations within 48 hours before the test.
  • Be sure to indicate Northern ME CC TEAS in your profile.
  • Candidates must bring a photo id and their ATI ID – candidates without this information will not be admitted into the test session.  To find your ID, log into your account at  On the Student Home tab under My Account, click on the Go button to view your information. Late admission into the test session is not permitted; please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled test administration time.

TEAS testing will be administered on the NMCC Campus for NMCC nursing applicants only on the following dates.  Tests will be administered at the Testing Center, located in the A.K. Christie building Admissions Suite. NMCC TEAS Test Dates for 2018 & 2019

2018 TEAS test dates:

Thursday, August 23, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, November 2, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, November 16, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, November 26, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 17, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 27, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2019 TEAS test dates:

Monday, January 7, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, January 18, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, January 28, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, June 17, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, July 19, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, August 19, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-test study manuals are available online from ATI.  A limited number of these manuals are available on reserve in the college library.  A wide variety of other no-cost study materials/guides is also available online.  All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the test prior to taking it.

Updated: 08/06/18

Selection Process

The selection process used for the Nursing program involves an objective assessment of each applicant’s academic history including prerequisite and college-level coursework, pre-admission test results, supplemental question responses, and references. The Nursing Admission Committee reviews all eligible candidates and forwards recommendations to the NMCC Director of Admissions. To be seriously considered, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete the TEAS™ with the minimum adjusted individual scores of Reading 73.8; Math 70.0; Science 52.1; English and Language Usage 63.3.
  • Earn A’s or B’s in all prerequisite coursework (higher grades carry more weight in the selection process);
  • Earn A’s or B’s in academic courses (high school and/or college) relevant to the nursing program;
  • Provide well-constructed, thoughtful answers to the supplemental questions;
  • Ask for recommendations from individuals who know your strengths particularly as related to becoming a nurse. Keep in mind that recommendations are confidential and the content of these recommendations and/or point value assigned during the selection process will not be revealed to you.

Personal interviews are not used as part of the selection criteria; therefore, requesting a personal meeting with the Department Chair of Nursing & Allied Health will not influence the selection process.   Candidates selected for admission must provide all required documentation and deposits by the date stated in pre-admission letter or admission will be revoked.

  • Medical compliance, immunizations, health physicals/inventory
  • Background checks
  • Classroom deposit (required if not already enrolled at NMCC)
  • Offer of Acceptance
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification


Nursing Program Admission for Advanced Standing (LPNs)

Information for LPNs (Click for details)
Licensed practical nurse applicants must meet the general requirements of NMCC and the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a state board approved practical nursing program similar to practical nursing programs in Maine.
  1. Transcript of practical nursing education prior to acceptance.
  1. Successful completion of the following general education courses: Anatomy & Physiology Lecture & Lab and General Biology Lecture & Lab or Anatomy & Physiology I & II, English Composition, College Algebra, and General Psychology.
  1. Submission of proof of current (at time of acceptance) LPN license. (LPN license must be current throughout the program.)
  1. Two nursing related references from the most recent employers.
  For additional information, please contact us: Admissions Office Northern Maine Community College 33 Edgemont Drive Presque Isle, ME 04769 Phone: 207-768-2785 Email: Fax: 207-768-2848 Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday