Nursing Admission Requirements
Nursing is a limited enrollment program. Students must make an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Enrollment Center.
- Fall 2017 applications will be accepted Oct. 3, 2016 - Jan 31, 2017 by appointment only.
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- Prerequisites must be completed by Feb. 28, 2017.
To schedule your appointment, call the limited enrollment assistant at 847.635.1702 or the health career advisor, at 847.635.1266.
- 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.
- HESI Admission Exam taken within the last two years;
HESI cumulative score: Minimum 75;
HESI English composite score: Minimum 80;
HESI math score: Minimum 75;
HESI science composite score: Minimum 80;
Students may take the HESI exam once every 6 months.
- 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 complete all prerequisites by Feb. 28, 2017, are ranked and accepted by the following criteria:
- In-district residency;
- HESI Admission Assessment Exam cumulative Score (minimum 75);
- HESI Admission Assessment Exam English composite score (minimum 80);
- HESI Admission Assessment Exam math score (minimum 75);
- HESI Admission Assessment Exam science composite score (minimum 80);
- Cumulative college GPA. After 12 credit hours earned at Oakton, the Oakton GPA takes precedence.
Students meeting all other nursing minimum requirements, but having lower than the specified scores on the English or science composite section of the HESI exam, may be admitted as “conditional students,” with priority given to in-district students. Space is limited. Additional requirements are completion of BIO 232 and an English or science composite score between 70 - 79. 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 2018 applications are accepted April 3 - July 28, 2017 by appointment only. File completion date is Aug. 31, 2017.
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. Clinical settings include skilled care, rehabilitation center, home health and hospice.)
- Copy of current LPN license.
- Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE 1) for LPNs with a decision score of 65 percent or better. Test can be taken twice each application period.
Students who complete all prerequisites by August 31, 2016, are ranked and accepted based on their Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE 1) test results.
- 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 email@example.com.