Admission requirements

Candidates for the RN and LPN programs must meet the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • All transcripts from previous schools and colleges attended
  • Pre-admission test (Test of Essential Academic Skills TEAS)
  • RN applicants must complete prerequisite courses in algebra, biology and chemistry*.
  • LPN 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.

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 are no longer accepting 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 outlines 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)

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