At my school, you are required to have Biology, Algebra, and Chemistry from high school, or take these courses as developmental courses. You have to take a placement test when you start to school, to see what courses that you have to take for developmental purposes. I had none of these under my belt, because I didn't finish high school twenty some years ago. My nursing adviser said that if I took A&P 1, that they would count this as my Biology, and I would have to take Algebra and Chemistry. I went ahead and finished A&P 2 also, because it comes in sequence behine A&P 1, and is only offered in the spring. Chemistry was also pretty tough on me, because I had never taken any Chemistry.
Anyway, you have to have the courses mentioned above finished before you can apply for the ADN program. The requirments for LPN are not quite as tough. They don't require Algebra or Chemistry (go figure). When you finally get you prerequisite courses in order, then you fill out your application, along with two personal references and your college transcipts. THEN, you have to wait until June to take the PSB nursing entrance exam (for ADN), or a lesser test for LPN. There are 14 spots available for ADN, and 24 for the LPN each year. After taking the test, your scores are calcualted, and if are in the top 25 of the ADN students, they call you back for an interview. This took a week, and I was just about ready to accept defeat in my mind. I was almost sick! You'll go in for the interview, the nursing staff will go over your PBS test, your GPA, and ask you a lot of questions. Finally, after waiting another week you either get the good news, or the bad news. I was well blessed to have gotten the good news, for I made it through! It's not as difficult to get into the LPN class, and most people take both tests in case they don't make the ADN program. I chose to just go for the ADN. My school does not maintain a waiting list, and people who don't make it in, have to go through this same procedure again until they make it. There were a lot of people taking the test along with myself, that had already taken it two and sometimes three times. There is a school in the next county (20 miles away), that has a waiting list, but you may have to wait a year just to get into the top 70+ people taht they admit each year. That number is narrowed down by at least half, by the end of the first year of ADN school. It's tough to get in around where I live, and they only accept the best students. If a student just goofs around, they won't make it far where I live. Sorry to be so wordy, but I hope this helps to answer your question. PEACE. Darby