Application for admission may be made at any time after completion of the junior year of high school. Applications are considered on a competitive basis as related to test scores, academic history (high school and college), academic and professional references, and an essay.

Applicants who submit complete applications and supporting materials by the deadlines listed below will meet the priority deadlines.

  • Fall Semester Priority Deadline: February 1. Decision letters mailed by March 15.
  • Spring Semester Priority Deadline: October 1. Decision letters mailed by November 15.

Regular admissions review begins after the priority deadline and continues on a rolling basis until programs are full.

The College considers all applicants without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression or national origin and does not knowingly practice discrimination in its recruiting, admission, progression, graduation or withdrawal policies, or in any other activities affecting students.

General College Admissions Requirements

For admission to the College, all applicants must submit:

  • A completed application and nonrefundable application fee ($50).  The application includes two essays, one which provides a clear and concise explanation of your interest in Cabarrus College and your career in healthcare, and one which will assess your level of critical thinking.
  • Evidence of US Citizenship, a current Permanent Resident Card, or a current I-551 card from the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services.
  • Letters of reference from persons who can attest to your professional or academic ability. See program specific information regarding the number and type of references that are required. Use the College Form unless otherwise indicated by the program.

Atrium Health Teammates:

  • We appreciate our Atrium Health Teammates!  If you are a current Atrium Health Teammate,  you are eligible for the following: 
    • Application fee will be waived.
    • To Receive a special code to waive the $50 application fee, email Melanie Gass.  The code will need to be entered on the online application.

All applicants for master's degree programs must submit:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including evidence of completion of the applicable bachelor's degree program. Minimum GPA on post- secondary coursework required. See program specific information. 
  • Evidence of profession specific licensure. See program specific information.

All applicants for bachelor's degree programs must submit:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including evidence of completion of the applicable associate degree program. Minimum GPA on required post-secondary coursework. See program specific information.
  • Evidence of profession specific licensure. See program specific information.

All applicants for associate degree and diploma programs must submit:

  • Official transcripts showing evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or documentation showing the equivalent of a high school diploma. 
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Evidence of high school or college level algebra, geometry, biology and/or chemistry coursework. See program specific information.
  • Official documentation of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).
  • Minimum required test scores for admission to Cabarrus College are:
    • SAT – Nursing: 480 Reading and 440 Math; All other programs: 430 Reading and 380 Math
    • ACT –  Nursing: 21 composite; All other programs: 18 composite

Cabarrus College superscores the SAT.  The College does not superscore the ACT.

Each academic program has admissions requirements in addition to the general requirements listed above. These requirements are listed on the individual program pages on the website and in the catalog. An interview may be requested as part of the admissions process.

NOTE: An official transcript is delivered in a sealed envelope or through an official transcript service via email. Transcripts that are mailed from another college are considered official. Hand carried transcripts are official unless the envelope is opened prior to receipt. Faxed transcripts are considered unofficial and may be used as working documents only.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences regularly offers the Residual ACT (the scores can only be used at Cabarrus College) for those needing to update their scores for associate degree admission. For ACT test dates and times click here.

International applicants and applicants for whom English is a second language may be asked to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or above to verify language proficiency.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some admissions requirements may be adjusted or waived for the 2021-2022 year (e.g., ACT/SAT scores).

Professional Licensure and Certification

To determine whether a Cabarrus College program of study meets licensing or certification requirements in your US state or territory, please visit the College’s Student Consumer Information page.

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