Welcome to Chipola College School of Health Sciences Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. 

The ADN program is 72 credit hours. The program is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Florida Board of Nursing (1964), 4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C02, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252, (850) 245-4444. The ADN program was originally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in 2014.

The Associate in Science Nursing program at Chipola College located in Marianna, FL is accredited by the:


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (1997)

3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 975-5000


The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the ADN program is Accredited with Good Cause. A follow-up visit will be spring 2023. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs as of the last accreditation visit in 2019.

Chipola College ADN program admits students twice a year (Fall & Spring semesters), see the deadline dates on the ADN Information Packet. Students must use the current nursing application. 

Admission to the nursing program is a selective process. Selection is based on a point system. Points will include but are not limited to the following: TEAS score, successful completion of BSC 2086 and BSC 2086L and MCB 2010 and MCB 2010L, Pre-requisite GPA, Overall GPA, Residence in Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty or Washington County, and obtainment of a previous college degree. The satisfaction of minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission. When space is limited, preference may be given to students within the community college's assigned district.

Deadline for Selection: All entry requirements, as outlined in the program application packet, must be completed by the appropriate deadlines for the two start dates each year. Please see the corresponding application and information packets for deadlines.

Vaccination Information

Vaccinations are a mandatory requirement for attending clinicals at any hospital. Failure to provide documentation of immunization can prevent students from attending clinical, which will in turn prevent them from progressing in the program. Please see Required Vaccinations for a list of all mandatory vaccinations.

Application Information

Note: TEAS test scores are required for all applications. Your TEAS test must be affiliated with a higher education institution like Chipola College. The ADN program will not accept scores from tests that are not proctored by an institution. Priority review will be given to applicants who score 75 or greater on the TEAS.

Pre-requisite courses cannot be replaced by any other course, unless otherwise noted on the Application and Information Packet. MAC1105 is the only course that can be replaced and it must be with a higher level Math such as STA2023 or MAC1140. BSC2010 and BSC2011 will not be accepted in place of BSC2085.

Important: Applications can be submitted in hard copy or electronic format. However, for applicants who submit electronically, the only formats that will be accepted are PDF or Word documents. The document must fill the screen in a straight up and down manner in order to be printed in a way that can be read. Pictures will not be accepted. Illegible documents will not be accepted. Applicants will be asked to resubmit in another format if the document cannot be read.

Fall 2022

The deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is June 1, 2022. Applications turned in by May 11, 2022 will be processed for acceptance or denial before June 1, 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted. Beginning with Fall 2022 applications, the minimum pre-req GPA will be 2.75. Beginning with Fall 2022 applications, a Civics course will be required in order to graduate with your Associate's degree. For Fall 2022 applications ONLY: credit will be given for either DEP2004 or the required Civics class.  

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Watch the ADN Information Session
  2. Read the ADN Information Packet.
  3. Take the Information Session quiz. This must be turned in with the application to be counted.
  4. Complete the ADN Application and return it to Samantha Skipper by email at or turn it in to Health Sciences, Building Q, Office 212.

FPTC LPN Students

Chipola College and Florida Panhandle Technical College have a Career Pathways Agreement in place allowing FPTC graduates to receive 11 credits toward their first semester as Chipola College ADN students with proof of a valid, unencumbered LPN license. Your LPN license must be attached to the application to be accepted. This does not negate the requirement for the first semester co-requisite courses; BSC 2086C, BSC 2086L and the required Civics course must be completed before applying under the Career Pathways Agreement. Admission is twice a year: Spring and Summer. Application deadlines will be posted below and must be met. Late applications will not be accepted.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2023 is to be announced. 

Requirements for Final Acceptance

  1. Cleared criminal background. NOTE: Criminal findings may prohibit enrollment into the nursing program.
  2. Negative alcohol and urine drug screen.
  3. Physical examination, immunizations, and PPD submitted to CastleBranch.
  4. Upload CPR for Healthcare Providers card to CastleBranch.
  5. Attend the required nursing department orientation the week before classes start.

ADN Student Handbook 

ADN Nursing Student Handbook 2022

Associate in Science Nursing Degree FAQ

How do I apply to the nursing program if I am transferring from another college?

  1. Complete the Chipola College Application, declaring nursing as your major.
  2. Request official transcript(s) from your high school and all colleges you have attended.
  3. Complete the FASFA (Free Federal Student Aid) and seek out available grants, loans, and scholarships to assist with funding your education.
  4. Make an appointment to meet with a Chipola College advisor and register for any non-nursing course(s) you still need to take.
  5. After you have been accepted as a Chipola College student and all transcripts have been evaluated, you can begin the nursing application process; see question 2.

How do I apply and get accepted into the nursing program if I am a current Chipola College student?

  1. Complete all the requirements for Phase One.
  2. Complete Phase Two by submitting the required nursing application by the deadline.
  3. Complete all the requirements for Phase Three.

Can another math course be used in place of MAC 1105 – College Algebra?

Yes, as long as it is a higher level MAC, MAP, or STA course such as MAP 2302 – Differential Equations, or STA 2023 – Introduction to Statistics. Courses with a MGF prefix cannot be used to replace MAC 1105 because they are not equivalent, such as MGF 1106 – Mathematics for Liberal Arts I or MGF 1107 – Mathematics for Liberal Arts II. 

Can another science be used in place of BSC 2085 – Anatomy & Physiology I?

Because Nursing courses involve the human body and its anatomy so heavily, Anatomy & Physiology is  required in order to be accepted to the program. BSC 2010 and BSC 2011 cannot replace BSC 2085.

What GPA is required for acceptance into the ADN program and how is the GPA calculated?

The prerequisite GPA must be a 2.75 in the required prerequisite courses.

The prerequisite GPA is calculated using the pre-requisite courses that are required prior to applying to the program:  BSC 2085 – Anatomy and Physiology I, BSC 2085L – Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, ENC 1101 –Communication Skills I, PSY 2012 – General Psychology, and MAC 1105 – College Algebra.

What score is required for the TEAS test?

Priority is given to students with a TEAS score ≥ 75. Points are awarded based on the score received; no points are given for scores <69.

Do I have to take all general education courses prior to acceptance and entrance into the ADN program?

It is not required; it is recommended. The nursing program is comprised of lecture class, skills lab, and clinicals along with the recommended 3 hours of study time per contact hour. See question 18 for the number of hours per week for each class each semester.

How many points do I need to have to be accepted into the ADN program?

The maximum number of points possible for the required criteria is 49 points and for the optional criteria is 41 for a maximum of 90 total points.  The minimum points for an applicant to be accepted can vary semester to semester depending on the pool of applicants and the number of points each student achieves.  Applicants who are cleared through Phase One of the application process will receive a score based on the chart included in the nursing information packet.  Only applicants with a GPA higher than 2.75 are reviewed. A query is done using ≥24 required points and  ≥50 total points followed by TEAS score ≥75. The top 40 applicants on that list will proceed to Phase Two. If you have less than 24 required and/or less than 50 total points, you should meet with an advisor to see what you can do to increase your total number of points.

When will I find out if I've been accepted into the ADN program?

This is mostly dependent upon the number of applications received, but typically between two and three weeks after the deadline.  You will be notified both by Chipola email and physical mail.  

Do I receive notification through Canvas webmail?

No.  You will be notified by Mrs. Skipper through Chipola Outlook email.  This can be accessed by going to myChipola and clicking the link that says "College Webmail".  You will never be contacted through Canvas email.

What can I do if I am not accepted into the nursing program?

  1. Make an appointment with an advisor to review your transcript.
  2. If you have not taken all of the optional corequisite courses, take those courses with the goal to make a grade of A or B, and reapply to the nursing program during the next application cycle.
  3. If you have taken all required prerequisite courses, talk to the advisor to see if there is anything else you can do to increase your points such as taking and making a grade of A on a higher level math course.
  4. Study and retake the TEAS to increase the number of points you can earn for that test.
  5. Discuss other career options with the advisor.

After I receive my letter stating I am eligible to proceed to Phase Three, what is the next step?

  1. Register and pay for CastleBranch document management system.
  2. Complete and have a cleared criminal background screening.
  3. Complete and have a negative alcohol and drug screening.
  4. Upload completed physical exam, immunizations, and PPD to CastleBranch.

Do I have to have health insurance to enter the program?

Yes. Health insurance is required in order to attend clinicals. If you do not have active health insurance, you will not be allowed to attend clinicals and will not be able to complete the program. Health insurance must be active at the start of the program.

How do I attain final acceptance?

An Admissions Committee will meet after completion of Phase Three to review each potential applicant’s completed application packet. Members will review the following in determining admission to the program:

  1. Phase Two Scores based on points
  2. Phase Three required items uploaded to CastleBranch, including the criminal background check and drug and alcohol tests.
  3. Transcripts

What type of schedule will I have once I start the ADN program?

Nursing school is like a full-time job, see explanation of study time in question 7. Lecture classes are Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.  Skills lab will be Tuesday and/or Thursday for 8 to 9 hours. Clinical schedule varies; see number 16 below.

What is a clinical?

The clinical portion is where you take what you have learned in skills lab and apply it by taking care of patients in an acute care setting.

Where is clinical?

The main clinical facilities Chipola College uses are Jackson Hospital in Marianna, FL, and Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, FL. We have limited use of the following clinical facilities: Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City, FL; Flowers Hospital in Dothan, AL; and Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, AL. 

Do I have a choice of the day and location of clinical?

No, the day and location can vary each semester depending on the availability of the unit we request.

When is clinical?

Clinical day and time can vary due to the availability of the clinical facility and clinical instructors. Clinical can be scheduled as 8-hour, 10-hour- or 12-hour days. Clinical can be scheduled Monday through Saturday starting as early as 6 a.m. and ending as late as 11 p.m. The final semester includes a preceptor clinical during the second half of the semester. You will be paired with an RN preceptor at the hospital. You go to clinical when your RN preceptor is working. Your clinical schedule can be any day (Sunday through Saturday) during the day, evening, or night shift.

What does it take to be successful in nursing school?

First and most important, you must read the textbook. Second, you must put in two to three hours of study per contact hour. Review the table below for the required lecture, skills lab, clinical, and study time per semester.

The table below displays the weekly lecture and clinical contact hours for a 15-week semester. The summer semester will have more contact hours per week since it is a 10-week semester.

Semester - Course

Total credit

hours (hr)

Weekly lecture

contact hr

Weekly skills lab

& clinical hr


Study hr

(3 hr/contact hr)

Total hr/week

(class, clincial & study time)

Fundamentals in Nursing 8 4 8 36 hr/week 48 hr/week
Geriatrics 1 0.5 0.5 3 hr/week 4 hr/week
Pharmacology I 2 2 0 12 hr/week 14 hr/week
Total hours per week of class, clinical, and study time for semster one 66 hr/week
Adult Nursing I 9 4.5 9 40.5 hr/week 54 hr/week
Pharmacology II 2 2 0 6 hr/week 9 hr/week
Total hours per week of class, clinical, and study time for semster two 63 hr/week
Maternal-child Nursing 6 3 6 27 hr/week 36 hr/week
Mental Health 3 1.5 3 13.5 hr/week 18 hr/week
Total hours per week of class, clinical, and study time for semster three 54 hr/week
Adult Nursing II 11 2.5 11 49.5 hr/week 66 hr/week
Capstone 2 2 0 6 hr/week 8 hr/week
Total hours per week of class, clinical, and study time for semster four 74 hr/week


How soon can I apply for the RN to BSN program once completing the ADN program?

If you have completed all the general education requirements, you can apply to enter the RN to BSN the day you pass the NCLEX for your RN licensure.