ADN Nursing Admission Criteria & Program Requirements

Candidates for admission to the nursing program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or high school equivalency in conformity with the requirements of the State of Iowa Department of Education. High School transcripts or high school equivalency transcripts must be on file before admission.

  2. Successful completion of a state approved Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) curriculum and proof of active status on the Iowa Direct Worker Registry.
  1. Must demonstrate college level reading, writing, and math. Developmental course work must be completed if below college level. Students must be eligible to enroll in MAT-156 Statistics.

  2. 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 –OR- Complete the ESL Placement Test with a score of 85 or greater in each section. Must complete a 2 factor holistic system composition with a score of 80 or greater-OR-Complete the IELTS: International English Language Testing System with a minimum score of 6.5 – no sub score below 6.0.

  3. A minimum GPA of 2.75 and a grade of “C” or higher for non-nursing coursework (ENG-105, BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, and PSY-121) and any previous nursing coursework (ADN or PNN) that has been approved for transfer.

  4. 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 be repeated up to a total of 5 attempts (2 attempts can be made per each admission period and the student is required to pay the testing fee with each attempt).

  5. Students applying for the Evening/Weekend nursing program, must have completed all prerequisite (HSC-172) and non-nursing coursework (ENG-105, BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, and PSY-121) with grades of “C” or higher before beginning Nursing courses.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 course.

    • 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 to the nursing program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete a national criminal background check and drug screening.

    • Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person who has been denied licensure by the Iowa Board of Nursing or whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any US jurisdiction or in another country due to disciplinary action.

  2. May only repeat one nursing course per 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.

  3. Must be in optimum health as evidenced by the physical examination form.

    • To ensure the health and safety of patients, fellow students, faculty and other health care providers while enrolled, the nursing student will be:  required to achieve in a very rigorous academic program; involved in very stressful situations on a one to one basis; called upon to work with groups of people in stressful situations; required to use effectively all sensory organs; engage in activities which require above average manual dexterity; expected to bend, squat, reach, kneel and be able to carry and lift 50 pounds from the floor, to shoulder height and overhead, move, and turn persons who weigh at least as much as he/she does; required to be on his/her feet for six to twelve consecutive hours.

  4. Note for Transfer Students:

    • 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.