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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the nursing program at Elmhurst College, the following documentation must be submitted. Admission to nursing is contingent upon admission to the College

1. A completed application.

2. A signed form, verifying the applicant is aware of (1) the health requirements, functional abilities, and essential qualifications required for admission to the nursing program; and (2) where to find the requirements (detailed in the baccalaureate nursing program student handbook).

3. Completion of the Verification of Truthfulness in Application to the Nursing Program.

4. Two writing samples.
Sample 1: A one-page written personal statement. This is a word-processed personal statement answering the following questions in 250 words or less. When writing your answers, keep in mind that nursing is more than just “helping people.” It is a science-based, professional practice discipline. For further information on nursing as a professional practice discipline, read The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.

In your personal statement, address:
In what ways is nursing a science-based, professional practice discipline?
What makes you interested in a science-based, professional nursing career?

Sample 2: A one paragraph written response to a selected topic that is given to the applicant at the time of the A2 test. This will be completed, on campus, during the A2 testing time. The topic will be given during the testing time.

Both samples will be evaluated on the applicant’s ability to compose written communication at the college level.

5. Two professor recommendations, using the Letter of Recommendation form. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed envelope that has been signed across the flap by the recommender. No more than one recommendation may come from a science professor. Forms are included with the application packet. Complete the top section of the form before giving it to a recommender.

6. Copies of every college transcript from every college you have attended, including your current transcript. To be considered for admission to the nursing program, every student must meet the following requirements.

  • Eight courses completed,
  • A minimum 2.75 overall cumulative grade-point average,
  • A grade of C or better in every natural science and non-science prerequisite course completed.
  • A 2.75 or greater science combined grade-point average in the first four prerequisite science courses to be eligible for admission and maintain at least a 2.75 science combined grade-point average with the fifth required science course to continue in the nursing major.
  • Completion of three of the non-science prerequisite courses. These courses are ENG 105(Composition 1), ENG 106 (Composition 2); PSY 210 (Intro to Psych), PSY 315 (Lifespan Development); and one college-level mathematics course. Students may repeat one of these courses to remove a W or improve a grade.

7. A copy of your registration for all courses in progress.

8. A passing score on the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (A2): Reading Comprehension, Math, and Anatomy & Physiology. Scores on this nursing entrance examination must be from within one year of application. The admission exam will be offered in Daniels Hall, Elmhurst College on selected evenings and/Saturdays for a cost of $32 (subject to change). Test dates and times to be posted on the Elmhurst College website. For out-of-town applicants, arrangements can be made, through the Deicke Center for Nursing Education.

9. For transfer students only: Written recommendation(s) from the director(s) of all nursing programs attended. This applies to those who have competed or are currently enrolled in nursing courses.

Policies and Procedures for the Review of Applications

  • All required materials must be submitted for an application to be reviewed.
  • Deadline for submission of all materials is the first day of summer term. Applications are reviewed in the order received. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed at the discretion of the nursing faculty. Late applications will be reviewed until all seats are filled.
  • All materials submitted as part of the application will be reviewed during the admission decision. Acceptance into the nursing program is competitive. Admission decisions are made by the nursing faculty and are final.
  • Applicants will be informed in writing about admission decisions within four weeks of the deadline.
  • Applicants not meeting the admission requirements will be denied admission. Applicants denied admission to the nursing program at Elmhurst College may reapply once.
  • If an applicant meets the admission requirements, but space is not available in the program, the student’s name will be put on a waiting list. Once the nursing courses have begun in spring term, the waiting list is void. Those on the waiting list may apply again the following year.

Policies for Progression in the Spring Nursing Courses
To be allowed to enroll in the spring nursing courses, those admitted to nursing must first be admitted to Elmhurst College and must follow all polices in the Student Handbook for the Prelicensure Option in the Baccalaureate Program, including:

  • Maintain a combined grade-point average of 2.75.
  • Achieve a 2.75 or greater science combined grade-point average in the first four science courses to be eligible for admission to the nursing major and maintain at least a 2.75 science combined grade-point average with the fifth required science course to continue in nursing.
  • Receive a grade of C or better and a GPA of 2.75 in all non-science prerequisite courses (ENG 105, ENG 106 (Composition 2), PSY 210, PSY 315 and one MTH). Students may repeat once one prerequisite or support non-science course to remove a W or to improve a grade.
  • At the end of the spring semester, a student must have a 2.75 overall GPA, a 2.75 GPA in the five sciences and a grade of c or better in all prerequisite classes in order to progress.

Approved by DCNE faculty September 14, 2012

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