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Admission Process

Admission Process for ADN Program

Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program is on a selective basis. Because of the academic demands of a curriculum that prepares graduates to take a national licensing exam (NCLEX) and to perform safe nursing care in clinical situations, applicants must meet certain academic standards for admission.  Final acceptance of the applicant into the selected nursing program is granted based on the criteria listed below.  The applicant will be notified in writing of the decision.  The application deadline is July 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Admission Criteria 

  1. Submit formal application to Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program indicating Practical or Associate Degree Nursing.
  2. Participate in a nursing program advisement session. Information will be provided about the nursing program admission and curriculum requirements.
    a. Students can schedule an advisement session at the Emmetsburg campus by calling 800-242-5108, ext. 5337 or 712-852-5337.
    b. Students are required to attend an advising session within one year prior to admission to the Nursing Program. 

Additional ADN Admission Criteria for Spring 2014:

  1. Submit official high school transcript(s)/GED scores and college transcript(s) to Iowa Lakes Community College, Admissions Office, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.
    a. A high school diploma with minimum GPA of 2.5 or GED mean score of 550.
    b. A student who does not have the minimum high school GPA or GED score may be considered for admission if he/she completes Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Growth and Development, and Nutrition with a GPA of at least 2.5. The student is required to contact the nursing program to request a review of the student’s application and transcripts when grades have been completed. The student would still have to meet the HESI A2 exam admission criteria.
  2. Complete the HESI A2 Admission Exam.  Students must attend an advising session prior to taking the HESI A2 exam.
    a. The minimum score for ADN admission is a composite score of 75 with a minimum score of 75 in the individual Math and Reading Comprehension exams.
    b. Applicants may take the HESI A2 exam twice.  A student must wait a minimum of 30 days and have a documented meeting with an advisor before repeating the exam. 
    c. HESI A2 results are valid if taken at Iowa Lakes Community College within three years prior to beginning the nursing program.

Additional ADN Admission Criteria for Fall 2014 and thereafter:

  1. Submit official high school transcript(s)/GED scores and college transcript(s) to Iowa Lakes Community College, Admissions Office, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.
    a. A high school diploma with minimum GPA of 2.75 for ADN applicants and 2.5 for PN applicants or GED mean score of 550.
    b. A student who does not have the minimum high school GPA or GED score may be considered for admission if he/she completes Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Growth and Development, and Nutrition with a GPA of at least 2.75. The student is required to contact the nursing program to request a review of the student’s application and transcripts when grades have been completed.  
  2. Submit ACT or SAT composite score of
    a. 20 for ADN applicants 
         1) 18 if taken before 1989
         2) 1410 SAT

ADN Program Prerequisites

  1. Basic skills assessment in writing, reading and mathematics are done with every entering student at Iowa Lakes Community College utilizing one of the following:  ACT, ASSET or Compass.  Based on these scores, a student may be required to take developmental courses to strengthen academic skills.  All developmental courses must be completed before entering core nursing courses. 
  2. Students are required to provide documentation that they have successfully completed and passed a 75 hour Certified Nurse Aide, HSC-172 course.  Challenge scores will not be accepted in lieu of course completion.  Licensed Practical Nurses applying to the ADN program will not need to meet the Certified Nurse Aide prerequisite.  Students who have successfully completed an equivalent course would not be required to meet the CNA requirement.  Documentation must include a college or continuing education transcript or certificate.
  3. Students new to Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program will attend a Nursing Program orientation before the beginning of the Associate Degree Nursing programs. At this time students will meet with the nursing faculty, register for classes, and receive information about the upcoming year. 

ADN Program Additional Prerequisites:

  1. Must successfully complete two semesters of high school chemistry or a four credit college chemistry course (equivalent to College Chemistry I, CHM-151 and Lab, CHM-151B) with a grade of C or higher.  
  2. Must successfully complete Anatomy and Physiology I  (BIO-168) with a grade of C or higher. 
  3. Must successfully complete Nutrition (HSC-163 or BIO-151) with a grade C or higher.

ADN Program Requirements

  1. In order to be assigned to a clinical rotation documentation must be submitted and approved by CertifiedBackground.com before the final week of the previous semester.  Failure to comply will result in not being assigned to a clinical rotation.  It is the student’s responsibility to stay current throughout the nursing program.  Students may not attend clinical experiences until all documents have been submitted, approved and remain current.
    a. Students are required to provide documentation of a physical exam including completed and up to date immunizations.
    b. Students are required to hold a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card.
    c. Students are required to complete a Criminal Record/Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Registry Checks and be approved for clinical.
  2. Students must have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet while in the nursing program to access electronic books (eBooks) and to access courses that have an online format (eCompanion).

Admission Process for LPN Applicant to Bridge Course

For prospective students who are currently licensed as a LPN, the following admission criteria will be used to determine admission to the Summer 2014 Bridge to ADN Program.  Students will complete Bridging into the Associate Degree Nursing Program, ADN-129 in the Summer 2014 and will transition into the ADN program at the 3rd semester.  The application deadline is January 1st for the Summer 2014 semester.

Admission Criteria:  

  1. Submit formal application to Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program indicating Associate Degree Nursing. 
  2. Submit official high school transcript(s)/GED scores and college transcript(s) to Iowa Lakes Community College, Admissions Office, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.
    a. Submit transcript showing completion of a Practical Nursing program with a GPA of a 2.5 or greater. 
    b. Students not meeting the core Practical Nursing program GPA requirement may take Microbiology and Pathophysiology and may be granted admission if the student achieves a GPA of 2.5 in these two courses. 
  3. Participate in a nursing program advisement session.  Information will be provided about the nursing program admission and curriculum requirements.
    a. Students can schedule an advisement session at the Emmetsburg campus by calling 800-242-5108, ext. 5337 or 712-852-5337.
    b. Students are required to attend an advising session within one year prior to admission to the Nursing Program. 
  4. Submit ACT or SAT composite score of
    a. 20 for ADN applicants
    1) 18 if taken before 1989
    2) 1410 SAT
  5. Submit evidence of a current LPN license.

ADN Program Prerequisites:

  1. Basic skills assessment in writing, reading and mathematics are done with every entering student at Iowa Lakes Community College utilizing one of the following:  ACT, ASSET or Compass.  Based on these scores, a student may be required to take developmental courses to strengthen academic skills.  All developmental courses must be completed before entering core nursing courses. 
  2. Students are required to provide documentation that they have successfully completed and passed a 75 hour Certified Nurse Aide, HSC-172 course.  Challenge scores will not be accepted in lieu of course completion.  Licensed Practical Nurses applying to the ADN program will not need to meet the Certified Nurse Aide prerequisite.  Students who have successfully completed an equivalent course would not be required to meet the CNA requirement.  Documentation must include a college or continuing education transcript or certificate.
  3. Students new to Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program will attend a Nursing Program orientation before the beginning of either the Practical or Associate Degree Nursing programs. At this time students will meet with the nursing faculty, register for classes, and receive information about the upcoming year. 

ADN Program Additional Prerequisites:

  1. Must successfully complete two semesters of high school chemistry or a four credit college chemistry course (equivalent to College Chemistry I, CHM-151 and Lab, CHM-151B) with a grade of C or higher.  
  2. Must successfully complete Anatomy and Physiology I  (BIO-168) with a grade of C or higher. 
  3. Must successfully complete Nutrition (HSC-163 or BIO-151) with a grade C or higher.

ADN Program Requirements:

  1. In order to be assigned to a clinical rotation documentation must be submitted and approved by CertifiedBackground.com before the final week of the previous semester.  Failure to comply will result in not being assigned to a clinical rotation.  It is the student’s responsibility to stay current throughout the nursing program.  Students may not attend clinical experiences until all documents have been submitted, approved and remain current.
    a. Students are required to provide documentation of a physical exam including completed and up to date immunizations.
    b. Students are required to hold a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card.
    c. Students are required to complete a Criminal Record/Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Registry Checks and be approved for clinical.
  2. Students must have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet while in the nursing program to access electronic books (eBooks) and to access courses that have an online format (eCompanion).
Questions or comments? Please email us at info@iowalakes.edu or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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