ADN Nursing Admission Criteria & Program Requirements

Candidates for admission to the nursing program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have a high school equivalency that is in conformity with the requirements of the Department of Education, State of Iowa. High School transcripts or high school equivalency transcripts must be on file before admission.

  2. Students are required to provide documentation that they have successfully completed and passed a state approved 75 hour Certified Nurse Aide curriculum. Challenge scores will not be accepted as proof of completion of the course. A student must be active on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry. Documentation must include a college or continuing education transcript and an Iowa Direct Care Worker registry card.

  3. Students must be statistics ready. A math ACT score of 22 OR an ALEKS score of 30. If neither of these are met, then the requirement is successful completion of one of the following: MAT 065: Math Literacy, OR MAT 066: Algebra I, OR MAT 067: Algebra II.

  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Language proficiency for non-native speakers of English must be at a score of 500 or higher. Must complete a two factor holistic system composition with a score of 80 or greater OR complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 – no sub score below 6.0.

  5. A minimum GPA of 2.75 and a grade of “C” or higher for non-nursing coursework (BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173. BIO-186, PSY-111, and PSY-121) and any previous coursework (ADN or PNN) that has been approved for transfer.

  6. Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) tests of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Students who score between 60-69% will be considered for the ADN program based on seat availability, remediation, and admission criteria. The TEAS test may only be taken twice within an admission period, maximum of five times total (the student is required to pay the fee again when retesting). The TEAS test should be completed prior to submitting the nursing application. The student needs to schedule the exam in the testing center, cost is $65.

  7. Students applying for the Evening/Weekend nursing program, must have completed all non-nursing coursework (BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, and PSY-121) with grades of “C” or higher and completed SOC-110 and ENG-105 before beginning Nursing courses.

  8. Due to the content of the courses, PSY-121, BIO-168, and BIO-173, must have been completed within 5 years prior of acceptance to the nursing program.

    • If BIO-168 and BIO-173 have been taken between 6-8 years prior to acceptance to the nursing program, BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology must be completed with a grade of “C” or above as a prerequisite or a co-requisite course in the first semester of the nursing program

  9. Priority admission will be given to students who have completed:
    • A minimum of 9 semester credit hours with EICC prior to enrolling in a nursing

    • The greatest number of required courses (excluding ADN and PNN)(ENG-105, BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, PSY-121, and SOC-110).

  10. Accepted students are required to complete a national criminal background check, cost is $56.

  11. The student may repeat only one nursing course, one time per level, per academic year. Any student enrolled in a nursing course who withdraws (after 7 calendar days) or a grade of less than C (2.0), constitutes an attempt of the course.

  12. All nursing students must be in optimum health as evidenced by the completed physical examination form.

  13. Transferring coursework and expectations:

    All students intending to transfer in coursework to EICC must have their official college transcriptsevaluated by the Registrar prior to admission. Non-nursing coursework (ENG-105, BIO-151, BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PSY-111, PSY-121, and SOC-110) are solely evaluated by the Registrar and credit is awarded based on course equivalency; All Nursing courses will be reviewed by both the Registrar and Nursing Program Director.

    Any transfer student applying for admission, who has been enrolled in a nursing curriculum other than EICC, will be required to meet with the Nursing Program Director to discuss placement in the curriculum. The transfer student must meet the requirements set forth in the EICC admission/progression policy. Course syllabi and clinical site information from the transferring institution will be required for review. The student may also be asked to provide written authorization allowing contact with instructors from the transfer institution regarding class and clinical performance. In some cases, a letter of reference regarding theory, clinical and overall student conduct may also be required from the chair of health programs at the transfer institution. Information acquired from these contacts will be considered in acceptance and proper placement into EICC nursing curriculum.

    Non-nursing coursework, excluding ENG-105 and SOC-110, must be successfully completed with a C (2.0) or above. Due to the content of the courses, BIO-168, BIO-173, and PSY-111 must completed within the past (5) years. If BIO-168 and BIO-173 have been taken between 6-8 years prior to acceptance to the nursing program, BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology must be completed with a grade of “C” or above as a prerequisite or a co-requisite course in the first semester of the nursing program

  14. Priority admission goes to those students who are academically successful, have completed the TEAS with remediation if required, completion of the CNA course, and have met all other course requirements.

Nursing courses with a clinical component:


Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person who has been denied licensure by the Iowa Board of Nursing or whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any US jurisdiction or in another country due to disciplinary action.

Nursing student expectations:


To ensure the health and safety of patients, fellow students, faculty, and other health care providers while enrolled, the following expectations are required of the nursing student. Actively participate in a very rigorous academic program; remain calm in very stressful situations on a one to one basis; work with groups of people in stressful situations; and to effectively use all sensory organs. In addition, engage in activities which require above average manual dexterity; expect to bend, squat, reach, kneel, carry, and lift 50 pounds from the floor, to shoulder height and overhead; move and turn people who weigh at least as much as he/she does. Last, one is required to be on his/her feet for six to twelve consecutive hours in the clinical area.

* For students with previous college coursework:


The Registrar will evaluate the following courses:

Must have successfully completed with a C (2.0) or above within the past five (5) years:

  • BIO: 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO: 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSY: 121 Developmental Psychology

If BIO-168 and BIO-173 have been taken between 6-8 years prior to acceptance to the nursing program, BIO- 163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology must be completed with a grade of “C” or above as a prerequisite or a co-requisite course in the first semester of the nursing program

Nursing Courses:


The Program Director and Registrar will evaluate student transcripts and supporting documents.

Prerequisite to BIO: 168 Anatomy and Physiology: One (1) year of high school biology

and chemistry with a passing grade or one (1) college semester of biology and chemistry with a passing grade within the last five (5) years.

 

Revised Spring 2022