Direct Admit to BSN Courses in Fall Term

Applicants to the B.S.N. program must meet the following academic standards for admission:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 (of 60) hours of required general education and support courses by March 1;
  2. An academic plan to complete 50 credit hours (or all but three courses) prior to entering nursing coursework (the 10 remaining hours may only include the humanities requirement, Biblical Literature and elective hours);
  3. Grades of C or above in all required general education/support courses and a overall GPA of 2.50 in required courses based on a minimum of 45 college credits;
  4. ACT composite of 19 or combined SAT score of 1000 (1365 if taken prior to March 2016) or ASSET scaled scores of 42 reading and 42 writing (only one ASSET retake provided); and
  5. If international, a minimum iBT score of 19 in Reading and a 20 in Listening, Speaking and Writing prior to March 1

Liberal Education and Support Course Requirements
First Year Seminar or equivalent (1 hour)
College Writing I & II (6 hours)
Speech or Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)
General Psychology (3 hours)
Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
Humanities — two courses from two separate disciplines (6 hours)
Biblical Literature (3 hours)
Lifetime Fitness or elective (1 hour)
Principles of Nutrition (3 hours)
College Algebra (3 hours)
Elementary Statistics (3 hours)
Introductory Chemistry (4 hours)
Anatomy & Physiology (5 hours)
Pathophysiology (3 hours)
Microbiology (4 hours)
Plus General Electives (6 hours) – to bring total of above courses to 60 hours

Admission policy

Students seeking admission to the upper division of the nursing program must be admitted to Hesston College and also apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in 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 BSN nursing program related to the prelicensure track and the LPN-to-BSN track.

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 a maximum of 56 applicants accepted to the first level (junior year) each fall. Transfer and readmission students will be considered based on available space.

STEP ONE: THE APPLICATION PROCESS

In order to be admitted to the college for the BSN 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 Full-Time Application for Admission.
  2. Complete and submit the Hesston College Nursing 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. Please list references on the Full-Time Application for Admission.
  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 ELIGIBILITY

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Prelicensure BSN Track:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 (of 60) hours of required liberal education and support courses by March 1;
  2. Have an academic plan to complete all prerequisite courses and 50 credit hours of required liberal education and support courses (all but three courses) prior to entering nursing coursework. The remaining three courses may only include the humanities requirement, Biblical Literature and electives;
  3. Grades of C or above in all required liberal education/support courses and an overall GPA of 2.50 in required courses based on a minimum of 45 college credits;
  4. An ACT composite score of 19, or a combined SAT score of 1000 (1365 if taken prior to March 2016), or ASSET scaled scores of 42 Reading and 42 Writing (only one ASSET retake provided); and
  5. If international, a minimum iBT score of 19 in Reading, and a 20 in Listening, Speaking, and Writing by March 1.

LPN-to-RN (BSN) Track:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 (of 60) hours of required liberal education and support courses by March 1;
  2. Have an academic plan to complete all prerequisite courses and 50 credit hours of required liberal education and support courses (all but three courses) prior to entering nursing coursework. The remaining three courses may only include the humanities requirement, Biblical Literature and electives;
  3. Grades of C or above in all required liberal education/support courses and an overall GPA of 2.50 in required courses based on a minimum of 45 college credits;
  4. GPA of 2.75 in practical nursing education program;
  5. An ACT composite score of 19, or a combined SAT score of 1000 (1365 if taken prior to March 2016), or ASSET scaled scores of 42 Reading and 42 Writing (only one ASSET retake provided); and
  6. If international, a minimum iBT score of 19 in reading, and a 20 in Listening, Speaking and Writing by March 1;
  7. Evidence of current Kansas LPN licensure; and
  8. Meet Kansas Statewide Nursing Articulation Plan criteria, or validate currency of nursing knowledge base.

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:
    • An ACT composite score of 19, or a combined SAT score of 1000 (1365 if taken prior to March 2016), or ASSET scaled scores of 42 Reading and 42 Writing (only one ASSET retake provided); and
    • Have a GPA of 2.5 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 may be required to validate all previously-earned nursing credit (if course re-enrollment is not desired). A standardized assessment will be administered to validate an adequate nursing knowledge base in each course for which the applicant is seeking advanced standing. Failure to achieve the required standards will require reenrollment in these courses. Nursing credits older than three years will not be eligible for validation; course reenrollment is required.
  7. No transfer students will be accepted into the final semester of nursing coursework. All transfer students will be required to enroll in Acute Care Nursing I, Acute Care Nursing II, Clinical Pharmacology II, 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.

SOCIAL CHARACTER

References and interviews reflect the following:

  1. Appropriate social/interpersonal/employment interactions;
  2. Ability to contribute to campus community in a positive way; and
  3. Willingness to uphold campus lifestyle expectations.

STEP THREE: SELECTION PROCESS

  1. Priority for admission will be given to currently-enrolled Hesston College students in the prenursing track who meet the BSN program’s progression standards.
  2. Admission files for transfer applicants are reviewed and candidates accepted to the BSN program on an ongoing basis as space is available. The Nursing Admissions Committee meets monthly to review applicant materials. Beginning September 1, a select number of applicants, who exceed eligibility standards, may be accepted prior to March 1. All applicants are encouraged to complete file materials as early as possible, and no later than March 1 for a subsequent admission decision. Files completed after March 1 will be reviewed for space-available admission or ranked and placed on a waiting list.
  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 liberal education and support courses successfully completed;
    • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT or ASSET);
    • Nursing program technical standards and legal standards for RN licensure;
    • References; 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. 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-8/2017