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Additional Admission Requirements for Vocational Nursing Programs

  • Applicants to the Vocational Nursing program must obtain a background clearance at the time of enrollment. Information on how to obtain this clearance will be given to the applicant during the admissions process.
  • Health screening examinations, pathology tests (if applicable), and/or immunizations for the Vocational Nursing program are conducted on campus prior to clinical assignments.

Students in the Vocational Nursing Program are expected to perform the following during their Externship/Clinical Experience: 

  • Lift up-to 30 lbs. individually,
  • Demonstrate visual capacity to read small print,
  • Demonstrate auditory perception to hear and understand verbal communication from patients and members of the health team,
  • Effectively communicate in English to patients and members of the health team,
  • Demonstrate coordinated range of motion of all four extremities,
  • Stand, bend, walk, and sit for 6-12 hours in a clinical setting performing physical activities.
  • Drug testing may be required in certain clinical placement situations.
  • HESI Testing Policy:
    • Vocational Nursing program applicants will be required to take and pass the HESI entrance examination with a minimum score of 70% (scores will be rounded to the nearest whole number) in addition to passing a standardized entrance exam. The required 70% composite score will be calculated based on the results of four sections including Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Vocabulary & Knowledge.
    • Applicant composite score that is below 70% will only be required to retake the section/(s) they scored less than 70%. The retake must be taken within 60 days of the previous attempt. If the retake is not attempted within 60 days of the previous attempt, the applicant will be required to retake all sections of the HESI exam.
    • Applicants who do not pass the HESI exam with the required scores must wait a minimum of 7 calendar days before retaking the exam.
    • If the applicant does not pass the HESI exam with the required scores on the second attempt on the HESI exam, he/she must wait 30 days from the date of the last attempt to take the HESI a third time.
    • If the applicant does not pass the HESI exam on their third attempt, he/she must wait one year before the applicant can apply to the program again. This will be the applicant's fourth and final attempt to pass the HESI exam. 
    • Program applicants may use HESI exam scores from another college/institution. HESI exam scores must be within two (2) years of the enrollment date. HESI exam scores transferred from West Coast University must be within five (5) years of the enrollment date.
  • Alternate Students:
    • Vocational Nursing program applicants are admitted as “Alternate Students” once enrollment capacity has been met.
    • In the event that the class has reached capacity, Alternate Students may be new students starting the Vocational Nursing program or students who failed one or more courses in Term 1 and need to repeat the course before progressing in the program. However, priority for alternate status will be given to new students. 
    • An applicant can enter and remain in the program as an alternate until the clinical experience begins in the first term.
    • Alternates will be assigned a number based on their enrollment date and time.
    • If the alternate’s number is reached, the alternate will remain enrolled in the program so long as the alternate is maintaining satisfactory progress and complying with all Vocational Nursing program and College policies and procedures.
    • If the alternate’s number is not reached before the beginning of the clinical experience in the first term, the alternate will not be allowed to remain in that class. The alternate’s enrollment will be cancelled and all monies will be refunded. Alternates will be offered a seat in the next available class, so long as the alternate is complying with all Vocational Nursing program and College policies and procedures.
    • Students enrolled as an Alternate are not eligible for Title IV, HEA program funds unless and until they are admitted as regular students after the trial period as an alternate. Upon admission as a regular student, Title IV, HEA program fund eligibility will be retroactive back to the beginning of the payment or loan period, as applicable.



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