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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.
  • Wonderlic SLEQ Testing Policy:

    • Vocational Nursing program applicants will be required to take and pass the Wonderlic SLEQ entrance examination with a minimum score of 21. A score of 70% or higher on the HESI exam within the last 36 months or a score of 21 or higher on the Wonderlic SLE Exam within the last 5 years may be accepted in lieu of the Wonderlic SLEQ entrance examination.
  • Alternate Students:
    • Vocational Nursing program applicants are admitted as “Alternate Students” once enrollment capacity has been met.
    • If 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.
  • 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.

     

 

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