Applicants Seeking Entrance to BSN Prenursing Program

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


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 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.



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 3.0 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours;
  3. 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
  4. If international, must also achieve a score of 525 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 195 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 70 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 5.5 on the IELTS.

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).


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 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.



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 related to academic advising, etc.); and
  4. Willingness to uphold campus lifestyle expectations.


To be guaranteed a space in upper level nursing coursework beginning with Nursing Foundations I, Hesston College students must meet the following academic criteria.

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at Hesston College each semester;
  2. Successfully complete 50 credit hours of the 60 required hours of the liberal education/support courses for the BSN 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 liberal education/support courses and an overall (cumulative) 2.50 GPA in required Hesston College courses;
  4. If an international student, achieve 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; and
  5. Continue to meet program’s technical standards, legal standards for RN licensure, and have demonstrated positive social character.


  1. Hesston College prenursing students will be guaranteed a position in the fall Nursing Foundations I class if all progression standards have been met.
  2. Hesston College students who have not been declared as “prenursing” but 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 with all other candidates for an opening in Nursing Foundations I.


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


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

last revision-2/2017