Nursing Applicant

Application Timeline

Applications for the fall 2018 program will be accepted from September 1, 2017, through December 30, 2017. All supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) must be received by the Admissions Office before February 1, 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 April, 2018.

Program Prerequisites*

To be considered for admission for fall 2018, all prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to February 1. Applications of students currently enrolled in prerequisite courses will not be reviewed for admission until a final grade is received. The prerequisites (high school equivalent unless otherwise noted) required for admission to EMCC’s 2018 Nursing program are:

  • Algebra I
  • Biology with Lab
  • Transferable college-level Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (EMCC’s BIO121/124)*
  • Transferable college-level College Composition (EMCC’s ENG101)*
  • NRG101-Math for Nurses* (this course is offered at EMCC as a hybrid and can be taken at a distance.)

Attendance at one of several informational sessions is required prior to receiving a decision.  Dates will be scheduled beginning in December and applicants will be notified of dates/times.

*A limited number of 3-year slots (extended program) are available each year to current high school students who have not yet completed college-level Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, College Composition or Math for Nurses.  Candidates for the extended program must meet all other admission criteria including achieving the appropriate Kaplan 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

All forms referenced below can be found on the Admissions Forms and Resources page.

The following must submitted to the Admissions Office prior to December 30, 2017:

  • Completed Application for Admission. Current EMCC students wishing to change their major TO Nursing can use this abbreviated Change of Major Application (Must complete remaining application requirements as well.)

The following must submitted to the Admissions Office prior to February 1, 2018:

  • Non-refundable $20 application fee (waived for those who apply online), and essay. The topic of the essay must be “what life experiences have led you to choose nursing as a career”. To apply online, CLICK HERE.
  • All previous education transcripts (high school, adult education, and college).* 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 adequate reason for disqualification of your acceptance or subsequent dismissal from the College as well as possible retraction or denial of financial aid funds.
  • Two confidential recommendations on official EMCC Reference Forms from professional or academic persons (new recommendations are required each year). Please print and use the required recommendation forms.
  • Pre-Admission test results.  EMCC requires that all candidates take the Kaplan pre-entrance exam.  Applicants may sign up for the exam once the application has been submitted.  The exam will be offered between December and February. To schedule your exam, scroll to the bottom of this page and complete the pre-admission testing form.

All applicants to Nursing who are offered admission to the program will be required to submit to a national criminal background screening process at their expense within 30 days of acceptance. For more complete details regarding this requirement please see Criminal Background Screening If after reading this information you have questions or concerns please contact Stacy Green, at or 207-974-4679.


Primary Contacts for Admission Questions

The Admissions Committee respectfully requests that all questions concerning the nursing admission process and transfer credit be directed as follows (e-mail preferred in all instances):

  • Application Documentation Received
    • 207-974-4742
  • Transfer and Selection Process Questions (Stacy Green)

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, essay, and references. To be seriously considered, applicants must:

  • Achieve a passing Kaplan exam score, 60% or higher, as determined by the Nursing Admissions Committee;
  • 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;
  • Write a well-constructed, thoughtful essay about your career objectives;
  • 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 Director of Nursing will not have a positive or negative influence on the selection process.

Kaplan Exam Scheduling Information

If you do not meet the program prerequisites, it is not advisable for you to take the pre-admission exam. Please contact Stacy Green at for advice.

All Nursing applicants will be required to take the Kaplan computerized entrance exam at a cost of $20 (payable at exam time).  This exam is a 91 question, online, multiple-choice exam that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing, and science skills of candidates seeking entry into a nursing program leading to RN licensure. Total testing time is up to 165 minutes. There are four separately-timed sections:

Reading                                   22 questions           45 minutes

Math                                         28 questions           45 minutes

Writing                                    21 questions            45 minutes

Science                                    20 questions            30 minutes

The Admissions Committee will give priority consideration to the candidates who earn a score of 60% or higher on each of the four sections of the exam. Candidates who score below a 60% are urged to consider retaking it, if eligible.  (Candidates who take the exam in December, 2017, are eligible to retake the exam ONCE in late January, 2018. Candidates who take the exam for the first time in January are not eligible for a retake during this application year. Those who score below a 60% average are urged to consider a retake if eligible.)

The Admissions Office does not have study materials available for the exam; however, the EMCC Library does have some on hand to lend. Additionally, the Follett Bookstore has some available to purchase.

The Kaplan Study Guide (available at local bookstores or through is called Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your Complete Guide to Getting Into Nursing School  – Seventh Edition by Kaplan (ISBN 9781618656025).  Please note the text is for all nursing entrance exams and includes more information than is on this specific Admissions Test (the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam).

Candidates who applied previously and took the HESI exam (whether passed or not), are required to take the Kaplan exam in order to complete a current application to the EMCC Nursing program.

Examinees who require testing accommodations due to a disability should contact Liz Saucier, 207-974-4868 or by email at In order for us to make appropriate accommodations, the appropriate forms must be on file prior to scheduling a date to test.

On the day of your exam:  Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the test.  Examinees arriving after that time will not be allowed to test and will have to reschedule. Report to the Library on the second floor of Katahdin Hall (unless otherwise noted). You must present a photo ID and check/cash in the amount of $20 (exact change please) to cover the testing fee. Proctors will not allow examinees to take the exam without payment. If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment as early as possible by calling the Admissions Office at 207-974-4742.

Cancellation policy:
~If EMCC cancels classes, the exam will NOT be administered.
~If EMCC cancels classes while the test is in session, the test will continue.
~Saturdays, test will proceed as scheduled unless you are contacted by the Admissions Office prior to the date.

Kaplan testing for the current year has concluded. Dates for Kaplan testing for the 2017-2018 application year will be posted in the fall.