Nursing Admission Requirements

Nursing is a limited enrollment program. Students must complete a series of prerequisites in order to be considered for admission to the program.

The spring 2022 application cycle is now closed. We are currently accepting applications for fall 2022.

Fall 2022

  • Fall 2022 applications will be accepted October 1, 2021 - February 14, 2022.
  • Prerequisites for students entering fall 2022 must be completed by February 28, 2022.

Call 847.635.1266 with questions or for more information.

Minimum Requirements

  • High school graduation or High School Equivalency Certificate.
    Foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credits need to send English translated copies of their transcripts to Educational Perspectives, Students with foreign college credits should request a catalog match.
  • Official high school and all college transcripts (except Oakton).
  • ACT score of 18 or higher, or SAT score of 960 or higher, or 12 hours of college credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Chemistry (CHM 105 or equivalent) or one year of high school chemistry with lab or equivalent college course completed within the last five years with a minimum grade of C.
  • BIO 231, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent college course with lab, within the last five years with a minimum grade of C.
  • EGL 101 placement based on Oakton’s Writing Skills Assessment Test (WSAT), or completion of EGL 101 course or equivalent.
  • 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.
    (Register for the HESI exam (Register for the HESI exam online at Go to “Browse Programs, Health Careers, View Health Career Courses, HESI Exam” or register through the Alliance for Lifelong Learning Office at
    Call 847.982.9888 with any questions.
  • High school grade point average of 2.5 or better (or a minimum of 12 college semester credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better, whichever is most recent).
  • Complete a Basic Nurse Assistant Training (e.g., Oakton’s BNA 100) and pass the Illinois State CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Exam. (Oakton offers a 9 week or 16 week course titled Basic Nursing Training (BNAT).
  • Completion of MAT 070 or a higher level math course within the last two years or placement above MAT 070 within the last two years.

Students who complete all prerequisites by Feb. 28, 2022, 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.

Gateway Admission (fall semester only)

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.

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