Admission Policy for Prenursing Program

Applicants Seeking Entrance to Prenursing Program

Students seeking admission to the prenursing program must be admitted to Hesston College and also apply for admission to the Associate Degree nursing program. Please note that acceptance to the college and the prenursing program does not automatically ensure admission to the nursing program.

Step One: THE APPLICATION PROCESS

In order to be admitted to the college for the prenursing program, an applicant must be a high school graduate or have passed the GED examination. The first steps in the admission process follow. All information must be submitted to the Hesston College Admissions Office.

  1. Complete and submit the Hesston College Application for Admission.
  2. Complete and submit the Hesston College Nursing program application.
  3. Provide two references. If employed in health care, one reference must be from current employer. References may also come from other employers, supervisors, teachers, coaches, pastors, etc. References from personal friends or relatives are not accepted. Forms are available online or from the Admissions Office.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts or GED scores.
  5. Submit official ACT, SAT or ASSET test scores.
  6. Submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities and other schools attended.

Step Two: DETERMINATION OF PRENURSING ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS

To be officially accepted to the prenursing program, applicants must meet one of the following:

  1. High school GPA of 3.25;
  2. Cumulative college GPA of 2.75 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours;
  3. ACT composite of 19, or combined score of 910 on the two-part SAT or 1365 on the three-partSAT or ASSET scaled scores of 42 reading and 42 writing; and
  4. If international, must also achieve a score of 525 or higher on paper-based TOEFL, or 195 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 70 on the internet-based TOEFL.

In addition, applicants must meet legal standards for RN licensure and the program’s technical standards and submit two positive references (being recommended or highly recommended).

If the applicant does not meet any of the eligibility standards above, the applicant may enroll in the General Studies option and be assigned to a nursing advisor.

Step Three: PROGRESSION STANDARDS

To be assured of a space in the nursing program (Nursing Foundations I) the following fall semester, Hesston College students must have been officially accepted to the prenursing sequence and meet the following academic criteria sets, based on one or two semesters of coursework.

Based on Two Semesters of Prenursing at Hesston College (Fall and Spring)

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 9 credit hours at Hesston College each semester that fulfill nursing program requirements, including one required science course (Introductory Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology or Pathophysiology) per semester (unless these courses have been previously completed);
  2. Achieve an overall (cumulative) 2.75 GPA in Hesston College courses;
  3. If an international student, a minimum scaled score of 19 on the Reading section and 20 on each of the other sections (Listening, Speaking and Writing) of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) by March 1;
  4. Continue to meet program’s technical standards, legal standards for RN licensure, and have demonstrated positive social character; and
  5. Successfully complete Anatomy & Physiology (college course) by the beginning of the Nursing Foundations I semester.

Based on One Semester of Prenursing at Hesston College (Fall or Spring)

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at Hesston College, including one required science course (Introductory Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology or Pathophysiology) unless these courses have been previously completed;
  2. Achieve an overall (cumulative) 2.75 GPA in Hesston College courses;
  3. If an international student, a minimum scaled score of 19 on the Reading section and 20 on each of the other sections (Listening, Speaking and Writing) of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) by March 1;
  4. Continue to meet program’s technical standards, legal standards for RN licensure, and have demonstrated positive social character; and
  5. Successfully complete Anatomy & Physiology (college course) by the beginning of the Nursing Foundations I semester.

Progression Standards for Students in General Studies during Fall Semester:

General Studies students who achieve a college GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 12 credit hours will be eligible to move into the Prenursing sequence for the spring semester. These students will have a guaranteed space in Nursing Foundations I for the upcoming year if they then meet the criteria “Based on One Semester of Prenursing at Hesston College” above.

General Studies students who do not qualify during the fall semester for the Prenursing track will continue in the General Studies track for spring semester. These students may be considered on an individualized, space-available basis for Nursing Foundations I the following fall semester (no guarantee of a space).

SELECTION PRIORITIES

  1. Hesston College prenursing students will be given a position in the fall Nursing Foundations I class if all progression standards have been met.
  2. Hesston College students enrolled in General Studies who meet academic, technical and legal standards and demonstrate positive social character will be given second consideration on a space-available basis.
  3. Hesston College students who have not met the standards above, but still want to be considered for Nursing Foundations I, may be denied or placed on the wait list and ranked for a position in Nursing Foundations I.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION DECISION

All prenursing students will be notified of their eligibility status for nursing coursework following the conclusion of the academic year.

EXCEPTIONS

Exceptions to this admission policy will be granted only by decision of the nursing faculty or the Nursing Admissions Committee.

ADDENDUM

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

To qualify for entry into the clinical setting, successfully progress through the nursing curriculum, and function as a practicing nurse upon graduation, an individual must be able to perform certain physical and mental activities. Technical standards address the following:

  1. Visual acuity;
  2. Hearing, olfactory and tactile ability;
  3. Fine motor skills;
  4. Strength, mobility and physical endurance;
  5. Ability to speak, comprehend and write English;
  6. Emotional stability; and
  7. Cognitive ability.

A document describing in detail the Nursing Technical Standards adopted by the program is available from the Admissions Office and on the nursing website.

LEGAL STANDARDS

Legal infractions may negatively affect admission to the nursing program, as well as the eligibility for RN licensure following graduation. Therefore, applicants are asked to report any convictions (misdemeanors or felonies) as part of the application process. Legal qualifications for licensure in the state of Kansas are available from the Admissions Office and on the nursing web site.

SOCIAL CHARACTER

Examples of positive social character follow:

  1. Appropriate interpersonal relationships with faculty, staff and students
  2. Appropriate choice of language and personal appearance, demonstrating professional promise/aptitude
  3. Evidence of mature decision-making (e.g., regular class attendance, meeting chapel requirements, keeping commitments relating to academic advising, etc.)

last revision-10/2014