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Nursing Admission Requirements

Nursing Admission Requirements

Nursing is a limited enrollment program. Students must make an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Enrollment Center.

Fall 2016

  • Fall 2016 applications will be accepted October 1, 2015 - January 29, 2016 by appointment only.
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  • Prerequisites must be completed by February 29, 2016.

To schedule your appointment, call 847.635.1700.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED completion (submit official high school and all college transcripts except Oakton).
  • Overall 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • ACT composite of 18 (within the last three years) or 12 hours of college credit.
  • BIO 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent with grade of "C" or higher (completed within the last 5 years)
  • One year of high school chemistry or one semester of college (completed within the last five years) or CHM 105 or equivalent, or higher level chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • English 101 placement based on Oakton’s Writing Skills Assessment Test (WSAT), or completion of English 101 course.
  • Completion of the HESI admission exam with a science and English composit score of 75 or higher and a math score of 75 or higher.
  • Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program and a passing mark on the Illinois State Certification Exam. Note: Oakton offers a 10- or 16-week course, Basic Nurse Assistant Training (BNAT).
  • Completion of Mathematics for Allied Health (MAT 102) with a grade of “A” or a score of 90 percent or higher on the proficiency test (within the last two years).

Students who meet the above requirements are ranked for acceptance into the program by the following criteria:

  • In-district residency
  • Science and English composite score on HESI exam
  • Math score on HESI exam
  • Cumulative college GPA (or high school if no college credit is earned). After 12 credit hours at Oakton, the Oakton GPA will take precedence.


Gateway Admission

Students meeting all other nursing minimum requirements, but having lower than the specified scores on the English composite section of the HESI exam, may be admitted as “conditional students,” with priority given to in-district students. Space is limited to 20. Conditional students must complete BIO 232 and have an English composite score of 65 – 74. Students are admitted by ranking and must complete an eight-week summer program prior to entering the fall nursing program.


LPN to RN Bridge Admission (Spring Semester Only)

Spring 2016 applications are accepted April 1 - July 28, 2016 by appointment only. File completion date is Aug. 31, 2016.

Licensed practical nurses (LPN) who meet the requirements for admission are eligible for the LPN to RN Bridge program and will be considered for admission by meeting the following prerequisites:

  • High school graduate or GED completion.
  • Overall 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Chemistry (CHM 105) or equivalent, or higher level chemistry, with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 231), Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 232), Basics of Nutrition (BIO 113), and Human Development (PSY 120) or Child Psychology (PSY 211) or equivalents with a grade of “C” or better.
  • English 101 placement based on Oakton’s Writing Skills Assessment Test (WSAT) or completion of English 101 course.
  • Completion of MAT 102 (Mathematics for Allied Health Students) with a grade of “A” or a score of 90 percent or higher on the proficiency test (within the last two years).
  • Letter of LPN experience from supervisor on hospital letterhead. (Applicant must have at least two years of current LPN work experience in a clinical setting.)
  • Copy of current LPN license.
  • NLN Challenger Nursing Profile Exam for LPNs with a decision score of 65 percent or better.

Students who complete all prerequisites by August 31, 2016, are ranked and accepted based on their NLN Challenger test results.

Other Requirements

  • Current physical exam
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Meet physical, communicative/cognitive, emotional/psychological criteria

Students who refuse a criminal background check and/or drug screen will not be considered “clear” and will not be authorized to participate in the clinical component of the health career program, necessitating withdrawal from the program at that time. Individual results of student background checks and drug screens are considered confidential. Determination of whether or not a student can participate in the clinical component of a particular health career program will be communicated to the respective program chairs by the background check/drug screen vendor. Students may view their personal results on the vendor’s website.

For more information contact Margaret Gas, nursing chair, at


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February 14
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record*.

February 15
Presidents Day holiday, College closed.

February 16
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

February 28
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

March 11
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

March 14 -20
Spring Break

March 21
Classes resume after Spring Break.

March 23
Registration opens for summer 2016 semester.

March 27
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 6
Registration opens for fall 2016 semester.

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