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The School of Nursing Policy for Competitive Admission Process

1. Program Specific excel spread sheets will be used by all competitive programs.

2. Required forms must be submitted by published deadline date.

3. A cumulative 2.0 GPA in designated competitive admission courses (see b. below) is required to qualify to compete for admission to the Practical Nursing program. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in designated competitive admission courses is required to qualify to compete for admission to the Associates Degree in Nursing program.

4. Students who hold college degrees must compete in the same areas as students without previous degrees, including COMPASS Reading and Writing scores.

5. Transfer credit for appropriate math courses will exempt students from the Algebra and Pre-Algebra portions of COMPASS, but all students must attain minimum score on the Reading and Writing portions.

6. Competitive ranking will be based on:

a. Standardized admission test score (COMPASS only)

i. Students will be allowed only one retest in the Reading and Writing sections after the required score is attained. The highest score will be used in the ranking process. Scores must be within 5 years of the semester the student is applying for their intended program.

b. Math Scores: Students who score below the required Pre-Algebra and Algebra scores will be eligible for competitive admission after successful completion of required developmental math courses and the required program math course (MATH 1012- Practical Nursing or MATH 1111- Associates Degree in Nursing). Once MATH 1012 (Practical Nursing) or MATH 1111 (Associate Degree in Nursing) has been successfully completed, the course scores will be utilized for the admission ranking process.

c. Designated course grades (Indicated by * on program sequence sheets)

i. The student may have only 1 opportunity to retake a course to improve the course’s original grade to a higher grade. The higher grade will be utilized for the admission process

ii. All science grades used for competitive admission must be no more than 7 years old or the course must be re-taken.

d. NLN Pre-Entrance Exam (ADN ONLY)

i. Students will register for the exam on-line at NLN Online testing.org. The cost of the exam is approximately $75.00

ii. Call 706-649-1822 for times and dates.

iii. The exam may be taken one time per semester, per student.

iv. This test is required for program consideration.

v. A minimum score of 75% is required.

e. TEAS Pre-Entrance Exam (LPN ONLY)

i. Students will register for the exam on-line at ATI testing.com. The cost of the exam is approximately $85.00.

ii. Call 706-649-1822 for times and dates.

iii. This test can only be taken one time per semester per student.

iv. This test is required for program consideration.

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