Our program had a pre-entrance exam that was not focused solely on nursing. It was comprehensive and revolved around mathematics, spelling
, reading comprehension, and basic science. There are pre entrance exam study guides. I used Barrons and found it to be immensely helpful. The first step for admittance to our program was having one of the 34 highest scores on this test. Those people were then invited to interview. After that it was a physical, and making sure all your vaccinations were up-to-date. The test at that time could be taken up to 3 times before the start of the next class. They have since reduced it to 2x. This is 2x per year when it is offered. So if you really wanted to be in the program you could take it 2x a year forever or until you were accepted. The year I went to school, 185 people tested, I heard last year it was closer to 250. This year several of the CNA's I work with are taking the test. I want all of them to pass!!!!! They would be awesome nurses.
Almost forgot, our program was 11 mos from July of one year till June of the next. 5 days a week. Usually 3 days in clinicals and 2 in the classroom. Awesome instructors. We became a family, highly dysfunctional but a family none the less.