Nursing Admission Criteria
- Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have a high school equivalency that is in conformity with the requirements of the Department of Education, State of Iowa. High School transcripts or high school equivalency transcripts must be on file before admission.
- Students are required to provide documentation that they have successfully completed and passed a state approved 75 hour Certified Nurse Aide curriculum. Challenge scores will not be accepted as proof of completion of the course. A student must be active on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry. Documentation must include a college or continuing education transcript and an Iowa Direct Care Worker registry card.
- Students must be statistics ready. A math ACT score of 22 OR an ALEKS score of 30. If neither of these are met, then the requirement is successful completion of one of the following: MAT 065: Math Literacy, OR MAT 066: Algebra I, OR MAT 067: Algebra II.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Language proficiency for non-native speakers of English must be at a score of 500 or higher. Must complete a two factor holistic system composition with a score of 80 or greater OR complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 – no sub score below 6.0.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 and a grade of “C” or higher for non-nursing coursework (BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173. BIO-186, PSY-111, and PSY-121) and any previous coursework (ADN or PNN) that has been approved for transfer.
- Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) tests of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Students who score between 60-69% will be considered for the ADN program based on seat availability, remediation, and admission criteria. The TEAS test may only be taken twice within an admission period, maximum of five times total (the student is required to pay the fee again when retesting). The TEAS test should be completed prior to submitting the nursing application. The student needs to schedule the exam in the testing center, cost is $65.
- Students applying for the Evening/Weekend nursing program, must have completed all non-nursing coursework (BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, and PSY-121) with grades of “C” or higher and completed SOC-110 and ENG-105 before beginning Nursing courses.
- Due to the content of the courses, PSY-121, BIO-168, and BIO-173, must have been completed
within 5 years prior of acceptance to the nursing program.
- If BIO-168 and BIO-173 have been taken between 6-8 years prior to acceptance to the nursing program, BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology must be completed with a grade of “C” or above as a prerequisite or a co-requisite course in the first semester of the nursing program
- Priority admission will be given to students who have completed:
- A minimum of 9 semester credit hours with EICC prior to enrolling in a nursing
- The greatest number of required courses (excluding ADN and PNN)(ENG-105, BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, PSY-121, and SOC-110).
- Accepted students are required to complete a national criminal background check, cost is $56.
- The student may repeat only one nursing course, one time per level, per academic year. Any student enrolled in a nursing course who withdraws (after 7 calendar days) or a grade of less than C (2.0), constitutes an attempt of the course.
- All nursing students must be in optimum health as evidenced by the completed physical examination form.
- Transferring coursework and expectations:
All students intending to transfer in coursework to EICC must have their official college transcripts evaluated by the Registrar prior to admission. Non-nursing coursework (ENG-105, BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, PSY-121, and SOC-110) are solely evaluated by the Registrar and credit is awarded based on course equivalency; All Nursing courses will be reviewed by both the Registrar and Nursing Program Director.
Any transfer student applying for admission, who has been enrolled in a nursing curriculum other than EICC, will be required to meet with the Nursing Program Director to discuss placement in the curriculum. The transfer student must meet the requirements set forth in the EICC admission/progression policy. Course syllabi and clinical site information from the transferring institution will be required for review. The student may also be asked to provide written authorization allowing contact with instructors from the transfer institution regarding class and clinical performance. In some cases, a letter of reference regarding theory, clinical and overall student conduct may also be required from the chair of health programs at the transfer institution. Information acquired from these contacts will be considered in acceptance and proper placement into EICC nursing curriculum.
Non-nursing coursework, excluding ENG-105 and SOC-110, must be successfully completed with a C (2.0) or above. Due to the content of the courses, BIO-168, BIO-173, and PSY-121 must completed within the past (5) years. If BIO-168 and BIO-173 have been taken between 6-8 years prior to acceptance to the nursing program, BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology must be completed with a grade of “C” or above as a prerequisite or a co-requisite course in the first semester of the nursing program
- Priority admission goes to those students who are academically successful, have completed the TEAS with remediation if required, completion of the CNA course, and have met all other course requirements.
Any student who exits the program at any time must submit a request in writing for readmission. Priority will be given to those students who have been academically successful pending space availability and date of request.
The student may repeat only one nursing course per year. Any student enrolled in a course which results in a withdrawal (after the 7th calendar day) or a grade of less than C (2.0), constitutes an attempt of the course.
All nursing students must be in optimum health as evidenced by the physical examination
Any student who exits the program at any time will be required to submit to criminal background check upon being readmitted.