Admission Policy for Two-Year (A.D.N.) and One-Year (L.P.N. to R.N.) Program

Students seeking admission to the nursing 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 does not automatically ensure admission to the nursing program.

The Nursing Admissions Committee reviews all applications for students with an educational interest in nursing. The committee determines admission eligibility for the nursing program related to the one-year (LPN-to-RN) and the two year (ADN) tracks.

The Kansas State Board of Nursing approves the number of applicants admitted each year, guided by the student/faculty ratio and the availability of clinical facilities. The nursing program grants admission once a year, with 56 applicants accepted to the first level each fall. LPNs, transfer and readmission students will be considered for semesters two through four based on available space (56 maximum per level in each semester).

Step One: THE APPLICATION PROCESS

In order to be admitted to the college for a one-year or two-year track, 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 Admissions.
  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. Reference 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.

For priority admission, all information must be received by March 1. Files completed after March 1 will be reviewed and ranked with all others on the waiting list.

Step Two: DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Two-Year Nursing Track: Fully-qualified applicants must meet ONE of the following options:

Option 1

  1. Completion of Anatomy & Physiology (college course) and Introductory Chemistry (or high school equivalent) by the beginning of the Nursing I semester;
  2. High school GPA of 3.25 or above;
  3. ACT composite score of 23, or combined score of 1070 on the two-part SAT or 1590 on the three-part SAT; and
  4. 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.

Option 2

  1. Completion of a minimum of four college courses that fulfill program requirements, including Anatomy & Physiology, by the beginning of the Nursing I semester;
  2. GPA of 2.75 in college courses that fulfill program requirements;
  3. ACT composite score of 19, or combined score of 910 on the two-part SAT or 1365 on the three-part SAT, or ASSET scaled scores of 42 reading and 42 writing; and
  4. 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.

LPN-to-RN Track :

  1. Have Introductory Chemistry (or high school equivalent), Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology completed and no more than three additional general education/support courses left to complete by the beginning of Nursing III;
  2. GPA of 2.75 in college courses that fulfill program requirements;
  3. GPA of 2.75 in practical nursing educational program;
  4. ACT composite score of 19, or combined score of 910 on the two-part SAT or 1365 on the three-part SAT or ASSET scaled scores of 42 reading and 42 writing;
  5. 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;
  6. Evidence of current Kansas LPN licensure; and
  7. Meet Kansas Statewide Nursing Articulation Plan criteria, or validate currency of nursing knowledge base.

Transfer Track (for Applicants Previously Enrolled in an RN Program) :

  1. Meet the nursing program guidelines regarding prerequisite and number of general education/supporting courses that have been successfully completed (grades of C or above);
  2. Submit an official transcript and reference from the nursing director at each nursing program previously attended;
  3. If difficulties were previously encountered within nursing coursework, submit a personal statement describing how these difficulties have been remediated;
  4. Meet the following academic eligibility criteria:
    • Present an ACT composite score of 19, or combined score of 910 on the two-part SAT or 1365 on the three-part SAT or ASSET scaled scores of 42 reading and 42 writing; and
    • Have a GPA of 2.75 in college courses that fulfill general education/support course program requirements; and
    • Have a GPA of 2.0 or above in previous nursing coursework
  5. 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;
  6. By policy, students who have not been enrolled in nursing coursework for more than two semesters will be required to validate all previously-earned nursing credit (if course re-enrollment is not desired). The ATI “RN Fundamentals for Nursing” assessment test is used to validate Nursing I content (7 credit hours). The ATI “RN Maternal-Newborn Nursing” and “RN Nursing Care of Children” assessment tests are used to validate Nursing II content (7 credit hours). Achievement of Level One Proficiency or above is considered satisfactory for validation. Failure to achieve this standard will require reenrollment in the course. A fee of $75 per assessment will be charged to validate the currency in knowledge base. Nursing credits older than five years will not be eligible for validation; course reenrollment is required. Credit for Nursing Pharmacology content will be validated through a separate process if course enrollment is not possible.
  7. No transfer students will be accepted into the fourth (final) semester. All second-year transfer students will be required to enroll in Nursing III and IV, Nursing Pharmacology III and IV and Integration Seminar.
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 website.

Step Three: SELECTION PROCESS

Students will be admitted annually to the A.D.N. track or the LPN-to-RN track based on available space.

  1. First priority for admission will be given to currently-enrolled Hesston College students in the prenursing track who meet the program’s progression standards and General Studies students who achieve prenursing program progression standards by the end of the spring semester.
  2. Second priority will be given to applicants not currently enrolled at Hesston College:
    • Full-time students who plan to reside on campus will be considered for admission when file material is complete.
    • Commuting applicants with completed admission files will be considered for admission after the March 1 deadline.
  3. Selection criteria which are considered in the ranking and selection of applicants follow, and are supported by the Hesston College Admission Policy which states, “Hesston College admits those students who will benefit from the educational environment and who will contribute to the shared life of the campus community…. Admission is granted after careful review of the candidate’s academic promise, social character and potential for success at Hesston College.”
    • College GPA (overall and in courses that meet program requirements, including recent academic trend in GPA);
    • Number of general education and support courses successfully completed;
    • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT or ASSET);
    • Nursing program technical standards and legal standards for RN licensure;
    • References;
    • Health care experience;
    • Application response regarding choice of nursing as a career; and
    • Applicant’s interactions and communication skills throughout the application process which reflect potential for success in the nursing program and ability to contribute to the shared life of the campus community (social character).
  4. Applicants on the waiting list may include those who meet all of the above selection criteria, as well as those who do not fully meet each of these.
  5. Late applicants (after March 1) may be added to the waiting list.
  6. All applicants on the waiting list will be selected for an opening according to the selection criteria, and not by date of application.

Step Four: NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION DECISION

All selected and non-selected applicants who complete their admissions files will be notified in writing by the Hesston College Nursing Program. Admitted students will also be informed regarding any admission contingencies (i.e., successful completion of a prerequisite course). Any applicant placed on a waiting list for an available position will also be notified of this status.

REAPPLICATION:

Applicants who are placed on a waiting list and are not selected for admission will be required to reapply should future nursing admission be desired. Waiting list status does not guarantee any priority for a position in subsequent nursing classes. To be considered for a future academic year, the Admissions Office should be contacted to reactivate the admissions process.

EXCEPTIONS:

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

last revision-01/2014