Nursing Admission Information
- The Office of Admissions determines eligibility to matriculate at Dominican College. Candidates for the nursing program must first be admitted to the College through the Office of Admissions. Admission to the College does not, however, guarantee admission to the Nursing Program, which conducts its own review and selection process. Meeting minimum program requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Nursing program.
- Traditional Program applicants must have a minimum cumulative index of 2.7 and take, and pass, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) in order to be eligible for admission to sophomore-level nursing courses. Upper Division Program applicants must be graduates of diploma or associate degree programs in nursing, hold a current RN license, and have a cumulative index of 2.7 or higher for eligibility. A.B.S.N. and W.A.B.S.N. applicants must hold a previous baccalaureate degree and must have an undergraduate baccalaureate grade point average of 2.7 or higher for eligibility.
- A minimum grade of C+ is required in all nursing and natural sciences courses.
- To standardize evidence of competence in written communication, the English placement examination is required on entry to the College. Before entry into Upper Division courses, students must complete English 113 or its equivalent and, as needed, English 115. (See English curriculum, "College English Requirements.")
- For students who have not previously taken a college-level Mathematics course, a Mathematics placement examination is required.
- Traditional nursing students are required to take the math placement exam and will be placed accordingly. Two mathematics courses are required for nurses in the Traditional program: MA 113 (or higher) and MA 225. If the student places into MA 112, this course must be completed prior to entering the Nursing program.
- All non-degreed Traditional transfer students applying to Nursing MUST take the English and Math placement exams. If the placement exams indicate the student has placed into EN 115 and/or MA 118, EN 115 MUST be completed before the student begins the Nursing sequence; MA 118 MUST be taken before or during the sophomore year of Nursing.
- All required science courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of C+.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into any option offered in the nursing division.
- A maximum of one nursing course, including NR 101 - Transition to Professional Nursing, may be repeated only once and only with permission of the Academic Standing Committee in the Division of Nursing. Students may repeat the prerequisite science courses one-time only and must achieve a C+ in all science prerequisites for admission to all nursing programs.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 must be maintained for progression in all nursing options.
- Students are admitted to one nursing option only and follow course sequencing for that option. Transfer across options is available only when students satisfy criteria for admission to that option and only on a space-available basis, and after a full review of the student's academic record by the Nursing Academic Standing Committee.
- All Traditional, A.B.S.N., and Weekend A.B.S.N. nursing students are required to wear a uniform in accordance with Division policy.
A physical examination, including chest x-ray, immunizations, and insurance coverage, along with Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association, are prerequisites for entry into all nursing courses and must be kept current throughout the program. Students must also complete criminal background checks and drug testing annually, or according to divisional requests.
Students are responsible for their own transport to and from clinical agencies.
- All pre-R.N. licensure candidates must sit for and successfully complete an NCLEX Review course dated May 1st or after their final trimester; written proof of completing a review course within the required time frame must be provided to the Division of Nursing. The NCLEX examination must be taken within three months of completing the course or an NCLEX Review course must be repeated.
- All Nursing students in the Traditional, Day ABSN, and Weekend ABSN options will particiapte in ATI's Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program throughout their Nursing education. A non-refundable fee will be charged to the students' accounts to cover the cost of participation.
- Students must maintain a copy of, and adhere to, policies contained in the Nursing Students' Handbook, which is available in the Division Office. The Handbook may also be downloaded from the Dominican College website: www.dc.edu.