Admission requirements

Fall start application deadline: February 1st

Spring start application deadline: September 1st

The deadline for the Associate Degree RN for Fall 2017 has passed. We are currently accepting applications for:

ASSOCIATE DEGREE RN Program for SPRING 2018 with a September st deadline;

ASSOCIATE DEGREE RN Program for FALL 2018 with a February 1st deadline; and

PRACTICAL NURSE Program for FALL 2017  with a June 1st, 2017 deadline.  DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!  You now have until June 1st to complete your application for the PN Program.

Candidates for the AD and PN programs must possess the following, at a minimum:

  • a High School Diploma witha final cumulative average of 75 or above, or
  • a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) with a standard score of at least 48 (or 480 on new grading scale) on each of the GED tests AND a total standard score of at least 240  (or 2400 on new grading scale), or
  • a High School Equivalency (HSE) by passing all five sections of Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) with a minimum score of 500 on each section.


Applicants must submit the following to complete the application process:

  • a complete application including essay and $60 application fee. Click here for essay guidelines.
  • All transcripts from all previous schools and colleges attended (whether or not you graduated or the program was related to Nursing)
  • Pre-admission test (Test of Essential Academic Skills TEAS)
  • AD applicants must complete prerequisite courses in algebra, biology and chemistry*
  • PN applicants (offered only at Samaritan School of Nursing) must complete a course in algebra*. 

*Talk with us even if you don't meet the prerequisites - we'll help you locate a place where you can earn the necessary credits.

Note: PN applicants admitted to the program are required to complete a background check prior to starting courses.

Please be aware that our prerequisite requirements have changed. Click here for up-to-date requirements as they are not reflected in our catalog.

The Schools of Nursing do not accept applications from prospective students who need a visa to study in the US. Only citizens and those with a permanent resident card will be considered.

Because the practice of nursing is an applied discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective and motor components, students must perform functions which are necessary for the safe practice of nursing and essential to the licensing requirements for nursing.
Applicants must be capable of meeting the eight core performance standards outlined below with or without reasonable accommodations for enrollment and/or progression.

Eight Core Performance Standards

Skill Standard Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations in a timely manner, use analytical skills to identify and solve problems and make decisions, perform mathematical functions, and contribute to the development of nursing care plans.
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Establish therapeutic relationship with patients/clients. Establish and cultivate professional rapport with members of the health care team.Give objective feedback and accept constructive criticism maturely.
Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.

Read and contribute to client documentation (medical record).

Read and interpret scientific information

Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients; keyboarding skills; administer medication by injection; maintain proper asepsis when performing various nursing procedures; and the ability to keyboard.


Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hear monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sound, cries for help.
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care. Observe patient/client responses.Read fine print (syringe calibration).
Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. Perform palpations, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., insertion of a catheter.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Move around in patient rooms, work spaces, and treatment area and administer cardiopulmonary procedures.




Adapted from Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (March 1993, Reapproved 2004)

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