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Nursing Science

Admission Criteria

To enroll in the Nursing Science Program, a student must apply and be accepted. The following criteria should serve as a guide when applying to the program.

Beginning Track Applicants

In order to be considered as an eligible Beginning Track applicant by the Nursing Science Admissions Committee, all applicants must meet the following minimum admission criteria: 

  1. Admission to Rose State College
  2. Meet the Physical/Mental Requirements (outlined below.)
  3. Minimum of 95 total points on the Beginning Track Point Criteria (See Advisement for Beginning Track.) NOTE:  Earning the minimum points on the Points Criteria does not guarantee admission to the Program. Applicants will have better odds of getting admitted if total points on the Points Criteria are at least 115-120.
  4. Minimum score of 74 on the Writing Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation writing test.
  5. Minimum score of 81 on the Reading Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation reading test.
  6. Minimum score of 61 on the Pre-Algebra Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation math 1 test. 
  7. Minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses required for the program.
  8. Official notification of acceptance into the Nursing Science Program.
  9. Completion of required pre-requisite coursework (before enrollment in the nursing program). These required pre-requisite courses are:  ENGL 1113 English Composition I, CHEM 1114 Introduction to Chemistry, HSBC 1113 Medical Terminology, and HSNS 1011 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice Concepts. Students may be enrolled in these at the same time they submit an application to the Nursing Science Program for admission but they must be successfully completed or the student cannot be enrolled in the program and must re-apply at a later date.

Decisions for admission to the Nursing Science program are made entirely based on points.  Points are calculated for each applicant using the Beginning Track Application Points Criteria.  Eligible applicants are rank ordered by points and selections for admission begin with those with the highest points.  The criteria are as shown below.

Beginning Track Applicants

Eligible applicants are rank ordered by points and selections for admission begin with those with the highest points. In general, the higher the total number of points an applicant achieves, the more competitive he/she is for selection into the program. Total points are calculated based on the following point criteria. Total points possible are 146. NOTE:  Earning the minimum points does not guarantee admission to the Program. Applicants will have better odds of getting admitted if earned total points on the Points Criteria are at least 115-120.  Students without complete applications will not be considered for admission In order to be considered as an eligible Beginning Track applicant by the Nursing Science Admissions Committee, the applicant must meet the following minimum criteria

Minimum Admission Criteria

Minimum of 95 Total Points

Minimum score of 81 on the Reading Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation reading test.

Minimum score of 74 on the Writing Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation writing test.

Minimum score of 61 on the Pre-algebra Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation math 1 test.

Minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses required for the program

Beginning Track Points Criteria
ACCUPLACER Next Generation or COMPASS scores can be used for admission points purposes as noted below (scores must be < 3 years old at time of application)  
Writing Skills 
Reading Skills  Math Skills 
Compass   Accuplacer Next Gen Compass  Accuplacer Next Gen  Compass Pre-Algebra  Accuplacer Next Gen Math 1
 Scores Points   Scores  Points  Scores Points   Scores  Points  Scores  Points  Scores  Points
 0-73  Not eligible  200-249  Not eligible  0-80  Not eligible  200-249  Not eligible  0-60  Not eligible  200-249  Not eligible
 74-80 1  250-259 1  81-84  1  250-259 1  61-68 10  250-259  10
 81-85 2  260-269 2  85-88  2  260-269  69-76 12  260-269  12
 86-90 6  270-279 6  89-92  6  270-279 6  77-84 14  270-279  14
 91-95 16  280-289 16  93-96  16  280-289 16  85-92 16  280-289  16
 96-99 20  290-300 20  97-99  20  290-300 20  93-99 20  290-300  20
 Total points possible from Assessment Tests = 60 Points

 

*GPA   - GPA will be calculated using program courses only

*The applicant must have at least 6 hours of applicable college credit to consider college level GPA.  If the student does not have 6 hours of earned college credit, high school GPA will be utilized for tabulation of points.

 

GPA is not rounded up.

 

GPA Range

Points

GPA Below 2.0

Not eligible

GPA – 2.0 – 2.39

0

GPA – 2.4 – 2.79

15

GPA – 2.8 – 3.19

25

GPA – 3.2 – 3.59

35

GPA – 3.6 – 4.0

40

Total Points Possible from GPA = 40 Points 

Course Completion - Points are awarded only if the course is

completed at the time of application.

Points Possible

 

Required

Coursework

ENGL 1113 English Composition I

1

Highest Grade earned in each course will be used in GPA calculation

ENGL 1213 English Composition II

1

CHEM 1114 Introduction to Chemistry

5

BIOL 2114 Human Anatomy

5

BIOL 2424 Human Physiology

10

HIST 1483 US History to 1877  or

HIST 1493 US History since 1877

1

HSBC 1113 Medical Terminology

3

HSBC 1224 Introduction to Microbiology

5

HSNS 1011 Intro to Professional Nursing Practice Concepts

1

POLS 1113 American Federal Government

1

PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology

1

Total points possible from Required Coursework = 34 Points

 

Course Completion-- points are awarded only if the course below is completed at the time of application with a grade of “C” or better

Optional

Course-

work

HES 2323 Nutrition

1

NOT used in GPA calculation

PSYC 2213 Developmental Psychology

1

Total points possible from Optional Coursework = 2 Points 

Health Care Experience or Training**

**Training and experience must be recent (within the last 5 years). Work experience should be documented on company letterhead, contain a description of the type of duties performed, period of time employed, and number hours worked/week.  Points are awarded in one category only based on the highest level of achievement for which official documentation is provided.

Points Possible

Completion of a Health Care Training Program (e.g. EMT, EMT-P, AUA, CNA, CMA, RT, XRT, Phlebotomy, etc) or Healthcare  Experience < 1 yr

4

Health Care Experience with Limited Scope of Patient Care > 1 yr (Such as XRT, RT, CLT, UnitSecretary/Receptionist/Medical Records, Physical Therapy Aid).

6

Health Care Experience Which Includes Extensive Scope of Patient Care > 1 yr (Such as AUA, Nurse’s Aide/Home Health Aide, Paramedic/EMT, Military Medic.

8

Maximum points possible from Health Care Experience or Training = 8

Residence

Points Possible

Earns points if applicant has completed at least 15 credit hours of the Program coursework at Rose State College

2

Total Possible Points For Beginning Track Applicant = 146
Minimum Points For Consideration = 95
NOTE:  Earning the minimum points does not guarantee admission to the Program.

Career Ladder Track Applicants

In order to be considered as an eligible Career Ladder Track applicant by the Nursing Science Admissions Committee, all applicants must meet the following minimum admission criteria: 

  1. Admission to Rose State College.
  2. Meet the Physical/Mental Requirements (outlined below.)
  3. Minimum of 32 total points on the Career Ladder Track Point Criteria (See Advisement for Career Ladder Track.) NOTE:  Earning the minimum points on the Points Criteria does not guarantee admission to the Program. Applicants will have better odds of getting admitted if your total points on the Points Criteria are at least 50-60.
  4. Minimum score of 74 on the Writing Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation writing test.
  5. Minimum score of 81 on the Reading Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation reading test.
  6. Minimum score of 61 on the Pre-Algebra Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation math 1 test.
  7. Minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses required for the program.
  8. Official notification of acceptance into the Nursing Science Program.
  9. Completion of required pre-requisite coursework (before enrollment in the nursing program).  These required pre-requisite courses are:  ENGL 1113 English Composition I; CHEM 1114 Introduction to Chemistry; HSBC 1113 Medical Terminology; PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology; BIOL 2114 Human Anatomy; BIOL 2214 Human Physiology; BIOL 1224 Introduction to Clinical Microbiology or BIOL 2035 Principles of Microbiology; and HSNS  1214 Concepts for Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. Students may be enrolled in these at the same time they submit an application to the Nursing Science Program for admission but they must be successfully completed or the student cannot be enrolled in the program and must re-apply at a later date.

PLEASE NOTE:  Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the Program.

Additional Requirements For Career Ladder Track Applicants:   
  1. LPNs: If graduated from an ACEN accredited LPN program <1 year prior to time of application, must provide documented proof of current employment as an LPN in a direct client care setting at the time of application.  If graduated from an ACEN accredited LPN program >1 year and <5 years preceding application, must provide proof of completion of the equivalent of 1 year of full-time experience (2000 hours) as an LPN in a direct client care setting within the last 5 years prior to application. All graduates from non-ACEN accredited LPN programs and/or those who graduated >5 years preceding application must provide proof of having completed 1 year of full-time equivalent experience as an LPN in a direct client care setting within the last 5 years at the time of application, and successfully complete the LPN/Paramedic challenge exam (given once in February and once in September) prior to enrollment.  All LPNs must provide proof of a current license in good standing to be eligible for admission. Overview.
  2. Paramedics: Current national registry as an EMT-P or current Oklahoma state certification as an EMT-P; proof of completion of the 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; and successful completion of the LPN/Paramedic challenge exam (given once in February and once in September) prior to enrollment. Overview.
  3. Military Medics: Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of full-time (2000 hours) experience as a military medic (reviewed on case-by-case basis) in a direct client care setting within the last 5 years prior to application, approval of the Nursing Program Director, and successful completion of the LPN/Paramedic challenge exam (given once in February and once in September) prior to enrollment. Overview.
Career Ladder Track Applicants 

Eligible applicants are rank ordered by points and selections for admissions begin with those with the highest points.  In general, the higher the total number of points an applicant achieves, the more competitive he/she is for selection into the program. Points are calculated based on the following point system.  Total number of points possible is 104.NOTE:  Earning the minimum points does not guarantee admission to the Program. Applicants will have better odds of getting admitted if your total points on the Points Criteria are at least 50-60.  Students without complete applications will not be considered for admission. In order to be considered as an eligible Career Ladder Track applicant by the Nursing Science Admissions Committee, the applicant must meet the following minimum criteria:

Minimum of 32 total points

            Minimum score of 81 on the Reading Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation reading test.

            Minimum score of 74 on the Writing Skills Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation writing test.

            Minimum score of 61 on the Pre-algebra Compass test or 250 on the Accuplacer Next Generation math 1 test.

            Minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses required for the program

Career Ladder Track Points Criteria
ACCUPLACER Next Generation or COMPASS scores can be used for admission points purposes as noted below (scores must be < 3 years old at time of application)  
Writing Skills 
Reading Skills  Math Skills 
Compass   Accuplacer Next Gen Compass  Accuplacer Next Gen  Compass Pre-Algebra  Accuplacer Next Gen Math 1
 Scores Points   Scores  Points  Scores Points   Scores  Points  Scores  Points  Scores  Points
 0-73  Not eligible  200-249  Not eligible  0-80  Not eligible  200-249  Not eligible  0-60  Not eligible  200-249  Not eligible
 74-80 1  250-259 1  81-84  1  250-259 1  61-68 10  250-259  10
 81-85 2  260-269 2  85-88  2  260-269  69-76 12  260-269  12
 86-90 6  270-279 6  89-92  6  270-279 6  77-84 14  270-279  14
 91-95 16  280-289 16  93-96  16  280-289 16  85-92 16  280-289  16
 96-99 20  290-300 20  97-99  20  290-300 20  93-99 20  290-300  20
 Total points possible from Assessment Tests = 60 Points

*GPA   - GPA will be calculated using program courses only

* Applications will not be considered for students with a calculated GPA less than 2.0 in program required courses.

 

GPA is not rounded up.

 

GPA Range

Points

GPA Below 2.0

Not eligible

GPA – 2.0 – 2.39

0

GPA – 2.4 – 2.79

15

GPA – 2.8 – 3.19

25

GPA – 3.2 – 3.59

35

GPA – 3.6 – 4.0

40

Total Points Possible from GPA = 40 Points 

Optional Support Coursework- Points are awarded only if the courseis completed with a grade of “C” or better at the time of application.

Points Possible

HES 2323 Nutrition

1

PSYC 2213 Developmental Psychology

1

Total points possible from Coursework = 2 Points

 

Residence

Points Possible

Earns points if applicant has completed at least 15 credit hours of the Program coursework at Rose State College.

 

2

Total Possible Points For Career Ladder Track Applicant = 104
Minimum Points For Consideration = 32

For all Applicants 

Physical and Mental Qualifications

 

The following minimal physical and mental qualifications are necessary to be considered for admission into and progression through the Rose State College Nursing Science Program:

    1. The ability to lift weights of up to 35% of recommended body weight independently.
    2. The motor ability necessary to ambulate independently in client’s rooms and in work.
    3. Visual acuity sufficient to observe and assess client behavior, prepare and administer medications, and accurately read monitors.
    4. Auditory acuity sufficient to hear instructions, requests, monitoring alarms, and to auscultate heart tones, breath sounds and bowel sounds.
    5. The motor ability necessary to manipulate equipment and supplies and to utilize palpation and percussion in client assessment.
    6. The ability to speak, write, and comprehend the English language proficiently.
    7. The ability to communicate in a professional manner and establish rapport with clients and colleagues.
    8. The ability to think critically and use problem solving skills.
    9. The ability to resolve conflicts appropriately and function effectively under stress.
    10. Physical and mental status must not pose a threat to the health or safety or the student or to others.

Rose State College will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities in order for students to have access to educational programs and services.  Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should make the initial request for accommodation to the Counselor for Students with Disabilities in the Student Development area.  See Rose State College Student Handbook for further details. 

Clinical Affiliate Requirements 

Applicants are conditionally accepted into the Nursing Science Program and will not be enrolled until the following requirements are met. 

  1. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Applicants who are accepted must provide copies of the following information prior to enrolling in nursing courses. Original documents will not be returned or copied.

    a. Rubeola titer indicating immunity or proof of two MMR immunizations received after the age of one year.

    b. Rubella titer indicating immunity or proof of two MMR immunizations received after the age of one year.

    c. Mumps titer indicating immunity or proof of two MMR immunizations received after the age of one year.

    d. Varicella titer indicating immunity or proof of two varicella immunizations. If you choose to have the vaccine, the vaccinations must be given at least one month apart.

    e. PPD testing indicating negative findings or current negative chest X-ray. Two separate skin tests must be completed at least one week apart; but not more than one year apart. Applicants must provide proof of the two most recent PPD dates and results of testing. PPD must remain current through the semester.

    f. Hepatitis B titer indicating immunity, or a series of three immunizations, or a signed declination statement.

    g. Influenza vaccination will be required on or after admission.


  2. CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: An extensive background check, including criminal history, Social Security check, and employment history, is required by all clinical affiliates.  Further information will be provided when the student is accepted for admission to the Program.  The student is responsible for the cost of this check.  Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements.
  3. DRUG SCREEN: Students who are initially selected as a candidate into a Health Science Division Program will be required to pass a NIDA 11 panel test for drugs, including amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, PCP and opiates, before final acceptance into the program will be granted.  Further information will be provided when the student is accepted for admission to the Program. The student is responsible for the cost of this test.
  4. LIABILITY INSURANCE: This is purchased at Rose State College at an estimated expense of $15.00 for the calendar year. Payment must be made to the Business Office after enrollment and prior to beginning class.
  5. CURRENT CPR CERTIFICATION: The only acceptable level is “CPR for Health Care Providers” from the American Heart Association.  CPR certification must remain current through the semester.  A student will not be allowed to enroll unless CPR certification is current through the semester in which he/she is intending to enroll.
  6. PRE-REQUISITE COURSEWORK: Proof of satisfactory completion of any remaining pre-requisite coursework must be provided to the Nursing Program Office prior to enrollment.