Admissions Process

  • Acceptance into the Chester County Intermediate Unit Practical Nursing Program is based on the following set of requirements:

Pre-Admission Testing

  • Pre-Admission Testing

    A key component of the admissions process is the ability to earn a passing grade on the ATI TEAS Test. This is a nationally recognized exam frequently used for thousands of nursing school applicants. The test measures basic academic skills - Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, Science and English, and helps to predict success in a nursing program.  Applicants who score low on the test generally have difficulty with the academic course material while those who score high tend to do well in nursing programs. 

    Minimum scores must be achieved on the ATI Test (TEAS):

    • The pre-entrance exam is administered at the Brandywine Campus and West Grove Campus. Students may elect to attend testing at either campus.
      • Pre-entrance scores from other facilities will be accepted.
    • The results of the pre-entrance exam must meet the minimum criteria for entrance. Remediation will be suggested as needed.
    • The pre-entrance exam may only be re-taken twice.
    • Applicants must wait one month (30 days) to retake the exam. If the minimum scores are not achieved, the applicant will not be admitted.


    To help you maximize your success, we’ve pulled together a library of resources including test taking tips, study guides and practice questions.

    For further assistance, please visit the CCIU TEAS Preparation Library.

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Clearances & Certifications

  • Clearances & Certifications

    Maintains required CPR certification from the point of orientation through active enrollment.

    Has a PA Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse History Clearance and an FBI Identogo Fingerprint Services report.

    PA police criminal/child abuse/FBI Identogo Fingerprint Services Educational record will be evaluated by the director of the program on an individual basis.

    • If the applicant has lived in PA for less than two years, a Department of Aging FBI Cogent background check will also be required.
    • The Department of Aging FBI background check is also obtained through the FBI Identogo Fingerprint Services system but is different than the FBI Identogo Fingerprint Services report.


    Has evidence of legal immigration or citizenship to be eligible. We do not enroll students with F-1 immigration status.

    Mandatory drug screening is required for enrollment and may occur periodically while enrolled in the program.

    Candidates for advanced standing in the Practical Nursing Program will be evaluated on an individual basis. Enrollment is restricted due to academic and clinical space availability. Contact the program secretary for more information at 484-593-5950.

Personal Qualifications

  • Personal Qualifications

    The course is open to any interested person who:

    • Is a legal resident of Pennsylvania. (Residents of other states will be considered for admission; however, cost of tuition is increased for out of state residents.)
    • Is a high school graduate with an official transcript from an accredited school or its equivalent (e.g. GED)
    • Is in good health.  Health-related enrollment requirements also apply.  See pre-enrollment/enrollment health policy in the Student Handbook for details.
    • Is of good moral character.
    • Has a sincere interest in learning.
    • Manifests ability to learn as indicated by interview, references and transcripts.

Advanced Standing Policy

  • Advanced Standing Policy

    • Individuals with recent, previous nursing education with grades of C or better, may request advanced standing status in the program. The cost to apply for advanced standing is $200. If the only course being reviewed is Anatomy and Physiology, the cost is $50. The student must meet the regular admission requirements of the program.
    • To determine whether an individual can receive credit for Level I, the person must:
      • Meet all admissions requirements.
      • Review all previous course work with our faculty.
      • Submit official transcripts from any educational programs attended. University/college technical level nursing courses taken within the past two years and Anatomy and Physiology taken within the past five years may be accepted in transfer.
      • Have been engaged in direct health care activities such as a student or professional nurse, medical corpsman, etc. for at least three months.
      • Submit employer/instructor evaluation forms of the individual's performance in the work/educational setting as requested.
      • Demonstrate safe competencies in clinical health care practices as evidenced by transcripts
      • Take challenge exams at the discretion of the faculty to demonstrate knowledge base.

    *For the individual to receive credit for Level I, the above evaluations must satisfy the faculty of the Practical Nursing Program.

    • To determine whether an individual can receive credit for Level II, the person must have met the Level I requirements plus:
      • Have been engaged in rendering nursing care in a medical-surgical health care setting.
      •  Have all previous course materials evaluated by the faculty.
      •  At the discretion of the director and faculty, spend sufficient time in the clinical area with an instructor to determine clinical proficiency.

    *For the individual to receive credit for Level II, the above evaluations must satisfy the faculty of the program. 

    • Credit for more than the first two levels of the program is granted only by a collaborative faculty decision.
    • Formal, signed articulation agreements are honored as executed.