Here is what I did: App was due at the beginning of January - the same month I was just starting Micro and A&P. I didn't have them all done when I applied, but I did have decent grades in the classes leading up to them, and I made sure they knew I was enrolled at that time. So don't freak out about having everything done before you apply. It's better to take them knowing you will have enough time to learn the material and get a good grade. Yes, they do look to see you have completed some of the courses - but at least half the class had one or more classes left when we started. It's OK!
So far as the ACT goes - JCCC offers through their testing center the capability of taking the ACT at certain times throughout the semester - it's called Residual testing - the ACT is a real ACT test, but it doesn't get sent to the ACT company - the school grades it. This gives you more (and cheaper) opportunities to take it - just be warned, because it's done as a residual test, it's only applicable at JCCC. But the nursing school accepts it. Read about it at http://www.jccc.edu/home/depts/5302
- at the bottom there is a link that will send you to ACT Residual testing. Or call up to the testing center and ask about it. My advice is to take it as soon as you can - so that you can retake it if you want to. Getting your score may give you a better idea of how to study, or (if you get a good score!) that you can stop studying! I had a great ACT score overall, but my science was my lowest score. I believe it was a 23 or 24. There is a lower limit - it should be listed on the website, application, or in the packet that Gale sends out. Not sure what it is off the top of my head.
My last piece of advice is to calm down. Just relax. You'll get in at JCCC or somewhere else, and you'll work hard, and you'll get that RN you're chasing down.
One more last thing - calle Gale at in the nursing office and talk to her. Have her send you the information packet, if you haven't already. Ask to go up there and take a look around - I've seen her taking several students on tours of the nursing area