Admission Selection Policy for Practical Nurses
1. All students must have a high school diploma or GED.
2. Students must have completed all developmental course work prior to admission.
3. All students must have completed ENG 111 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher.
4. All students must have completed MTH 126 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher.
5. MTH 126 must be taken within one year prior to Nursing Program admission. Candidates who have taken MTH 126 greater than one year may be given the option to take a dosages and calculations test. The student must pass the drugs and calculations test on the first attempt with an 80% or higher or retake MTH 126.
6. All students must have completed at least eight (8) semester hours of anatomy and physiology or equivalent with a lab component. In addition, classes must be equivalent in content with BIO 141 and BIO 142 on the DCC campus.
7. All anatomy and physiology courses must be taken within 10 years or less.
8. All students will be assessed for admission based on the quantitative selection section using the indicated scale on the Assessment form.
9. Consideration will be given for students with other degrees.
10. GPA for students without a degree will be assessed using the VCCS method for computing GPA.
11. In accordance with the VCCS policy, students must enter with a minimum and maintain a 2.0 GPA or better.
12. Pre-requisite courses will receive a quantitative penalty for number of attempts. Preference is given to students who complete pre-requisites on first attempt. No student will be considered for admission after three attempts with any pre-requisites.
13. Consideration will be given to students who will have completed all pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or greater and meet all other requirements (GPA, national nurse entrance test, etc.).
14. No student will be considered for admission if previously failed, or withdrew failing, from any nursing or allied health program two or more times.
15. Must complete SDV 100 prior to admission to Nursing Program with a grade of C or better, unless exempted by degree.
16. In accordance with the VCCS policy, students must pass a national nurse entrance exam.
17. Greater consideration will be given to students who score highest on the national nurse entrance test.
18. No student will be admitted or allowed to continue in the Nursing program if convicted of a felony or barrier charge (assault – felony or misdemeanor) prior to or during the program. Due to regulations and contract agreements with clinical facilities, the student’s clinical requirements mandated by the Virginia Board of Nursing cannot be met.
If a student is denied entrance, he or she may contact the Program Director. If unsatisfied with the decision of the Director, the student may make an appointment with the Dean of Arts and Sciences.