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How did you get accepted into your ADN program?

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by DevinTheGirl DevinTheGirl (New) New

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I'm curious about how colleges contrast in their mandatory qualifications. My school only required you either get a top TEAS score, or have a top GPA. It was a point based application (5 points for a GPA ranging from 3.54-3.61, 1 point for being a county resident, etc). I wasn't required to take a TEAS exam, it was the student's choice to either take pre-req courses, take TEAS, or both and choose which gives you more points. Do some schools require you to take TEAS? Or require both TEAS and pre-reqs? Are there school-designed qualifying exams required? I've also heard of other requirements such as having a job in the healthcare field or being an LPN. I found that surprising for a 2 year program. I've heard of getting bonus points for completing volunteer hours in a hospital or doctors office. Anyone mind sharing the specifics of their program's application requirements and options? Thanks

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We had to complete the list of pre-reqs assigned. Once completed, you needed to take the TEAS exam which was offered once in January. Then in March you filled out an application for the program, and included your GPA, TEAS exam score and a rubic score that was points based off the grades received in all pre req classes (bio classes had more points). They take all 3 of those scores and cram them into one score. Top 62 make the program for the Fall semester. I wasn't worried as I had a high GPA, decent TEAS and high Rubic score.

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As for your other questions, no I do not have a background in healthcare. Out of 31 in my Lecture portion, there are only 10 or so LPN's. In my clinical rotation of 8 (including me) there is 2 LPN's, 2 CNA's, 1 phlebotomist, and 3 with no healthcare background.

On the rubric for my school, there were bonus points for:

Masters, Bachelors, Associates

if you were a veteran

if you were an LPN, CNA or EMT

Scored advanced on the TEAS

had a grade of C or better in Micro

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took the HESI, and had all of the prereqs except Microbiology, completed. Had a 3.6 GPA, and 90's on my HESI sections. No previous healthcare experience.

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We had to either have a high prereq GPA or a HESI score greater than 90. I got in with a 96 on the HESI, as I haven't yet finished all my prereqs! There are some students who haven't done any prereqs and will take all of them while they're taking nursing classes. Props to them because there's no way i'd be able to do that!

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Wow! I didn't have to take TEAS or HESI, just took and aced all of my pre-reqs and recommended pre-reqs for extra bonus points (and all other courses supposed to take during nursing but weren't NUR courses) and was able to get in on my first try. Compared to some friends' stories it sounds like I got away with murder just about! Luckily now that I'm in the program I only have 1-2 courses per semester for all 5 semesters (though these do meet collectively 4x/week)

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liathA has 1 years experience.

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We had to get a minimum cut-off score on the TEAS, but otherwise, admissions at my school are first-come-first-served instead of competitive. They start a new cohort every 20 weeks and the next two are already full - they're trying to figure out a way to expand. It seems to be working well - NCLEX pass rate is 100% first try so far after 7 cohorts.

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