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Nursing Admissions Decision Process

Admission to the Nursing Program is selective. The Nursing Admissions Review Committee is composed of faculty from the Nursing and Science division and Admissions staff. Applications will be considered until the application period is complete and all requested materials have been received in the Admissions Office. The committee reviews completed application, reviewing all records of previous coursework including grades and exam scores, the personal essay, and TEAS scores. Successful applicants will be notified in March. Admission decisions affecting students currently enrolled in spring coursework may be deferred until final grades are received. If there are remaining seats available after decisions are made in March, waitlisted applicants may be accepted by the Admissions Office until the fall class is filled.


Students not accepted into the Nursing Program are invited to re-apply for a future Nursing program or to pursue other career options offered by the college. Current Clinton students are encouraged to contact their Academic Advisor, or the Career Planning and Counseling office will offer advising regarding alternative choices.

Alternate Pathways to Nursing

Admission decisions are based upon the following criteria:

  • Weight is given to each applicant’s academic achievement, since it is an indication of proven ability and motivation to succeed in the Nursing program. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is one determinate for admission to the program. The average GPA for the entering class of Fall 2018 was 3.22.
  • Particular emphasis is given to achievement in laboratory science courses since much of the applied clinical coursework depends upon a thorough understanding of chemistry, anatomy and physiology as well as microbiology.
  • Level of achievement in college level work for those individuals who have prior college level courses.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider SAT or ACT test scores if they are available, but these test results are not required. However, all applicants are required to take the College Placement Test for placement purposes only, unless the student has successfully completed college level English and math courses.
  • The essay narrative provides the student an opportunity to communicate openly with the Admissions Committee in a personal way regarding values, personal and career goals and achievements.
  • TEAS Exam scores are part of the admissions process. Composite scores of Proficient (58.7%) and above are considered acceptable for Nursing committee review. The average composite score for the entering class of Fall 2018 was 72.42%.

The Filing Period for All Nursing Program Applicants for the Entering Fall Semester is: October 1 – February 1. Applications Received After This Period Cannot Be Guaranteed Review.