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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 2015 applications are accepted October 1, 2014 - January 30, 2015
    by appointment only.
  • Prerequisites must be completed by February 27, 2015.

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 National League for Nursing RN Pre-Admission Test with a composite score of 60 or higher and a verbal score of 60 or higher in the ALL section of the NLN report.
  • 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
  • Composite score on NLN test
  • Verbal score of NLN test
  • 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 verbal section of the NLN Pre-Admission Test, 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 NLN verbal score of 30 – 59. 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 30, 2015. File completion date is August 31, 2015.

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.
  • Letter of LPN experience from supervisor on hospital letterhead. (Applicant must have at least six months of 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, 2015, 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

Participation in the clinical education component of the program requires a criminal background check and drug screening.

For more information contact Lynn Dykstra, nursing advisor, at


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