Nursing Science - Career Ladder Track

Program Admission and Application

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Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only during an application period and can be turned in to the Nursing Program Office in the Health Sciences Center, room 152, or the Health Sciences Division Office, room 101.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions? Join us during the application period each Tuesday at 10:00 -10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Meeting ID: 853 111 0099
Passcode: 9hnur5


February 1-March 1 for fall program entry

August 1-September 1 for spring program entry

If the above date falls on a holiday or weekend, applications are due

the last working day preceding the deadline date.



  1. Apply to Rose State College (if not currently enrolled).
  • Applicants must be admitted to the college through the Admissions office before application to the Nursing Science Program can be made.
  • Official college transcripts(s) of coursework not completed at Rose State College must be submitted to the Admissions office.
  • Submit a request for a degree audit for the Nursing Science Program. (Only required if student has out-of-state credits) Information regarding the degree audit and how to submit can be accessed online.
  1. Submit the Nursing Science application to include:
  • College Transcript copies - All Transcripts must be on file in Admissions in order to receive credit for any pre-requisites taken.
  • Next-Generation Accuplacer test results: Writing, Reading, and Pre-Algebra. All applicants must take the Accuplacer exams within three (3) years prior to application. Obtain official copies of your scores from the Admissions office.
    Information about Accuplacer testing can be found at:
  • Letter from your employer documenting sufficient work experience as an LPN or paramedic.
    LPNs: Graduates of an ACEN accredited LPN program <1 year prior to time of application must document current work as an LPN in a direct client care setting at the time of application.  Graduates of non-ACEN accredited LPN programs or those who graduated an ACEN accredited LPN program >1 year preceding application must document 1 year of full-time equivalent experience (2000 hours) as an LPN in a direct client care setting within the last 5 years at the time of application.
    Paramedics: must document equivalent of 1 year of full-time (2000 hours) experience as a paramedic in a direct client care setting within the last 5 years at the time of application. 
  • Official transcripts for completed practical nursing or paramedic program.
  • Copy of current license/registry.
  • If applicable, letter of recommendation from director of previously attended nursing program.
  • If applicable, letter explaining reasons for the request of transfer from another nursing program.

The applicant pool consists of all applicants who meet minimum admission criteria and can complete any remaining pre-requisite requirements prior to enrollment in the program. Candidates are numerically ranked based upon the point criteria below. Selections for admission begin with the candidate with the highest points and continues down the applicant pool list until all available spots for that class are filled. 

Graduates of non-ACEN accredited LPN programs, those that graduated from an LPN program >5 years preceding application, and paramedics are required to take the HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam.  This exam is given once in January and once in August and students must be signed up by the first working day of the preceding month. Challenge Exam (PDF)

ACCEPTANCE:  Applicants are notified of acceptance around the first week of May and December.