• APPLICATION POLICY AND PROCEDURE

    POLICY:

    Students shall be selected on the basis of the philosophy and objectives of the program and the ability of the student to carry the program to completion.  Selection for admission follows the school policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed or national origin.  The Advisory Committee will assist faculty in determining the selection criteria.  The implementation will be conducted by the Practical Nursing Program faculty.

     

    CRITERIA:

    1. High School Diploma and/or GED (or the equivalent)

    The applicant must have graduated from an accredited high school, OR have a passing score on the Graduate Equivalence Diploma (GED).  All high school and/or continuing education transcripts are required.

    1. Admission Testing Scores

    The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) will be administered. The fee for the TEAS is $65.00.  This fee must be paid by credit card, cash or money order prior to taking the exam.  To be considered for acceptance into the LPN program, a student must score at least 58% on the total adjusted score. The TEAS will be 87% of the total score for selection.

    1. Transfer Credit for Completed College Courses

    Students that meet the following criteria will be given additional admission points by submitting documentation of the following by the admission date:

     

                              4 points for each of the following:

    • Completing College Algebra with an A anytime in college career.
    • Completing Anatomy and Physiology with an A within the last three years.
    • Completing Growth and Development with an A within the last three years.
    • Completing Nutrition with an A within the last three years.

    **Must receive an official transcript by the March 31st deadline for these bonus points. No Exceptions**

                              3 points for each of the following:

    • Completing College Algebra with a B anytime in college career.
    • Completing Anatomy and Physiology with a B within the last two years.
    • Completing Growth and Development with a B within the last two years.
    • Completing Nutrition with a B within the last two years.

    **Must receive an official transcript by the March 31st deadline for these bonus points. No Exceptions**

                               1 point for each of the following:

    • Currently hold a CNA license (Must submit a copy by March 31st)
    • Currently working in a direct patient-care role that has been held for a year or longer (as a CNA or similarly titled role, at coordinator’s discretion). (Must submit a letter with job description and title from human resources of place of employment.)

     

       2 points for the following:

    • Scoring a 25 or greater on the ACT at any point in educational career

               

     

    1. Work/personal reference

    Three letters of reference are required.  The references will be 13% of the total score for selection.  Review of the recommendations helps to identify the individual’s pattern of dependability, responsibility, and interpersonal relationships within the labor force.  At least one reference from present/previous employer, church official, or instructor/faculty member must be submitted.  Recommendations completed by friends will be given less consideration.  Recommendations written by family members will not be considered.  Three reference letters must be submitted prior to the deadline of March 31 for selection for the applicant to be considered for the program. These forms will be emailed to the reference, who will complete the form online.

     

     

     

    1. Application Form

    The Application form must be completed online, prior to the deadline of March 31 for selection. The submission of this application requires a $5.00 fee. The application will not be considered accepted until the $5.00 fee is paid.

    1. Criminal Background Check

    Final selection for the class is contingent upon successful background check.   Any individual who has been convicted of a Class A, B, or C felony may be ineligible for completing clinical experiences and therefore may be unable to complete the requirements for this program. The coordinator will work with the clinical sites on a case-by-case basis

    A student with a felony must be approved by all clinical sites before final acceptance. Employee Disqualification List. If the applicant is on the employee disqualification list, he/she is ineligible for completing clinical experiences and therefore unable to complete the requirements for this program. If the student is added to the list or found to be on the list during the course of the program, he/she will be immediately terminated from the Cass Career Center LPN program.

    1. Physical Examination

    A physical examination by your personal physician is a requirement for admission.  The physical examination forms will be provided.  After selection, prior to admission, students must pass a physical exam by the physician of their choice submitted on the Physical Exam Form provided by the school.  A statement from the examining physician is required indicating that the student is physically and emotionally suitable for the practice of nursing.  The applicant must provide proof of a negative Mantoux TB skin test or, if positive, a release statement from the physician.  An immunization record must be provided to the school.  All immunizations must be current.  Hepatitis B is recommended, but not required in order to attend clinical.  These must be obtained at the student’s expense.

    1. Order application is received

    If two applicants have the same score on the selection scoring, the student who applied to the program first, will have priority.

    The above selection criteria will be evaluated by the faculty, with input as needed from the advisory committee. The 24-30 applicants with the highest scores will be admitted. The next ten applicants will be placed on the alternate list for that year. 

    If the administration or nursing faculty have concerns regarding the references, high school performance, testing scores, or discussions with the coordinator, the applicant may be called back for further interviewing or counseling or be asked to submit additional information prior to acceptance into the program.  A student may be conditionally accepted into the program based on recommendations of the faculty committee or director of the school.  Final acceptance into the program, then, would depend on follow through with the recommendations of the committee.

    No student shall be admitted later than five school days after the established entrance date of the program in accordance with Missouri Board of Nursing Minimum Standards.

    1. ADMISSION BY EXCEPTION IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: If the class is not filled with applicants that meet the above criteria, ADMISSION BY EXCEPTION to the above policies may occur at the discretion of the faculty and administration at Cass Career Center. Students with a completed file that have not achieved at least a 58 on the TEAS will be considered for this exception. Students will be interviewed prior to selection for this exception. Students will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. An individual contract will be developed between the student and the school outlining additional agreements that the students will agree to, including requirement of a live NCLEX review course prior to sitting for NCLEX-PN exam and attendance for a study session each week. This contract will be developed on a case-by-case basis.