Admission to the Nursing Program

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Applicants must be academically, physically and psychologically prepared for admission or readmission. The number of students enrolled in a clinical nursing course is limited by clinical facilities and number of faculty available.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who are recent high school graduates must meet the following requirements in addition to the College's entrance requirements:

  1. High school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  2. College math placement testing into FND 112A or greater;
  3. An ACT composite score of 20 or SAT score of 460 - Math, 500 - Verbal (must have been taken within the last two years);
  4. Completion of Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc.® (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum composite score of 64 percent. Students may only take the exam two times per year. Both attempts must be completed prior to August 1;
  5. Completion of eight hours of college level anatomy and physiology with a grade of C or better; and
  6. Students who initially do not meet the requirements for admission to the nursing program may elect to be pre-nursing for one year while they are attempting to meet requirements. If requirements are not fully met after two academic years at D&E with completion of all requirements prior to August 1, the student will not be considered for admission to the nursing program.

 

Applicants who have a GED equivalency diploma must meet the following requirements:

  1. College math placement testing into FND 112A or greater;
  2. Completion of eight hours of college level anatomy and physiology with a grade of C or better;
  3. Completion of the Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc.® (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum composite score of 64 percent. Students may only take the exam two times within a year. Both attempts must be completed prior to August 1; and
  4. Students who initially do not meet the requirements for admission to the nursing program may elect to be pre-nursing for one year while they are attempting to meet requirements. If requirements are not fully met after two academic years at D&E with completion of all requirements prior to August 1, the student will not be considered for admission to the nursing program.

 

Applicants who are transfer/in-house candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 12 credit hours of college level courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. College math placement testing into FND 112A or greater;
  3. Completion of eight hours of college level anatomy and physiology with a grade of C or better;
  4. Submission of copies of all academic transcripts;
  5. Completion of the Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc.® (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum composite score of 64 percent. Students may only take the exam two times within a year. Both attempts must be completed prior to August 1;
  6. Transfer students who have failed a nursing course at another institution will be allowed only one failure in the program; and
  7. Students who initially do not meet the requirements for admission to the nursing program may elect to be pre-nursing for one year while they are attempting to meet requirements. If requirements are not fully met after two academic years at D&E with completion of all requirements prior to August 1, the student will not be considered for admission to the nursing program.

 

Applicants who are Licensed Practical Nurses must meet the following requirements:

  1. Proof of licensure as a LPN;
  2. Submission of copies of all academic transcripts;
  3. Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the most current health care supervisor or instructor;
  4. College math placement testing into FND 112A or greater; and
  5. Achieve a score of 120 or 70 percent or better on the National League of Nursing (NLN) Comprehensive Exam for Licensed Practical Nurses. Based on successful completion of this exam the student is awarded the following credit:
    • NURS 100A - Introduction to Nursing; 6 semester hours
    • NURS 107 - Nutrition; 3 semester hours
    • NURS 108 - Introduction to Pharmacology; 1 semester hour
    • BIOL 107 - Anatomy; 4 semester hours
    • BIOL 108 - Physiology; 4 semester hours
    • PSYC 200 - Life Span Development; 3 semester hours
    • Electives; 3 semester hours
    • Total: 24 semester hours

 

Provisional Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program

Students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.95-2.99 and meet all other admission requirements may appeal for provisional admission into the nursing program. Students must request provisional admission into the nursing program in writing to the chair of the Division of Nursing before August 1 and provide a justification for the request.

If admitted provisionally the student must:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5;
  • a grade of B or better in all required nursing courses; 
  • a grade of “C” or better in all other required courses as a pre-requisite for progression; and 
  • meet with an advisor regularly to discuss progress.

The student’s status will be reviewed at the conclusion of the following semester. If the student has met these requirements, he or she will be fully admitted to the program. If the student has not met these requirements, he or she will be dismissed from the program.

All students who have not met the requirements for admission into the nursing program or who decide to leave the nursing program will be required to meet with an adviser or chair of the Division of Nursing.

 

Readmission to the Nursing Program Following Withdrawal

Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence from the program at any point must apply for readmission in writing to the Division of Nursing. Students applying for readmission to the program will be evaluated according to the guidelines in the current College Catalog. Past performance in both clinical and theory portions of the program will be used to evaluate an applicant for readmission and the following documentation will be required:

  • Transcripts of all previous academic work;
  • A medical form completed by a licensed physician;
  • Evidence of current professional liability and personal health insurance; and
  • Enrollment in FND 160; Nursing School Success Strategies; 2 semester hours.

Students who are admitted to the nursing program must complete the degree within four (4) academic years from the time of initial admission to the program.

 

Associate Degree Nursing Program Requisites

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, a grade of B or better in each of the required nursing courses, and a grade of C or better in all other required courses as a prerequisite for progression in the program. Students in regular progression in the program will be given priority over students requesting to repeat a course in nursing. Due to the necessity for application of theory to clinical practice, a student must pass both clinical and theory portions of a nursing course. Clinical components are graded on a Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory basis with satisfactory equivalent to passing.

The grading scale for nursing courses is as follows:

A = 90% to 100%
B = 80% to 89%
C = 70% to 79%
D = 60% to 69%
F = 59% or below

Nursing majors receive the Division of Nursing Student Handbook which outlines departmental policies, including those pertaining to assessment, admission, progression, retention and suitability. The faculty reserves the right to exclude or remove any student who has demonstrated attitudes or behaviors incompatible with safe, professional nursing practice.