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Nursing Admissions & Application Process

Admission/Selection Criteria 2017 – 2018

Admission to the nursing program will be based on special admission procedures and the number of points an applicant receives. Eligible students will be numerically ranked according to total points. In the event of applicants having an equal number of points, lots will be drawn to decide eligibility. Admission will be offered to the applicants on the list with the highest priority points. Applicants not selected will not be carried forward and must reapply for consideration.

Science GPA

(BIOL & CHEM pre- and corequisite courses)

GPA Selection points Earned
2.0 – 2.25 1 point
2.26 – 2.50 2 points
2.51 – 2.75 3 points
2.76 – 3.00 4 points
3.01 – 3.25 5 points
3.26 – 3.50 6 points
3.51 – 3.75 7 points
3.76 – 4.00 8 points

Overall GPA

(pre- and corequisite courses)

GPA Selection points Earned
2.00 – 2.49 1 point
2.50 – 2.99 2 points
3.00 – 3.49 3 points
3.50 – 4.00 4 points

A grade of C or better is required for all pre and corequisite courses in the nursing program. A C- or lower will not be accepted.

Academic Skills Test

0-4 points will be awarded based on test scores.

Nevada Resident:

An applicant who is classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes at Western Nevada College at the time of application to the nursing program will be awarded one (1) point in the nursing admissions selection criteria.

Maximum Possible Points: 17

Nursing Program Application Process

Apply for admission to Western Nevada College and the WNC nursing program. Applications for the next fall are available on the WNC Nursing & Allied Health web page on or after January 2. The last date for submission of an application to Admissions and Records is April 1.

Prerequisites:

Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better to apply for the nursing program. (C- or lower will not be accepted.) Students may apply for admission to the nursing program while in the process of completing a prerequisite course(s), providing the course is completed by the end of the applicable spring semester or, if taken at another institution, an official transcript showing completion of the course is provided by June 1 of the year of application. Evidence of courses in progress must be submitted by the application deadline.

Corequisites:

Students who are accepted into the nursing program must complete all corequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the fourth semester of the program. (A grade of C- or lower will not be accepted.) Any corequisite course(s) completed with a “C” or better prior to admission into the nursing program will be calculated into the grade point average under admission selection criteria.

Academic Skills Testing:

The Academic Skills Test for the 2017-18 selection criteria, for entrance into the nursing program for fall 2018, will be the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) Admission Assessment examination. Students must take the HESI exam at WNC during the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semester or can submit scores if completed during the spring 2017 semester to be considered for admission for the fall 2018 nursing program, HESI exams completed at other locations other than WNC will not be accepted. Instructions on submitting HESI exam scores will be explained in the 2018 Nursing Program Application, which will be available approximately on January 1, 2018.

There will be no minimum score required on any areas of the HESI exam for nursing program admission. Students will be given 0 – 4 points depending on their overall score.

Further information regarding the HESI exam and dates it will be offered will be posted within the first six weeks of the fall semester.

Residency:

An applicant who is classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes at WNC at the time of application to the nursing program will be awarded one point in the nursing admissions/selection criteria.

Application and Supporting Documents:


Submit the completed application with supporting documents, which include the academic skills test results and all required college and university transcripts, as appropriate, to Admissions and Records in the time frame delineated on the nursing program application.

NOTE: Statute of Limitation for science courses is five years by the date of application to the nursing program.

NOTE: Current CNA Certification or completion of NURS 129 or NURS 130 required within five years of the date of application to the nursing program.