What LPN schools look at for acceptance

  1. Just curious, when you applied to LPN school in your area, what were they looking for that helped them decide who they would accept? GPA, experience, interview, etc.?

    I'm applying to 2 private LPN schools, but the only requirement is to have an interview, have a HS diploma, and take a pre-entrance test. There are no pre-reqs, which is why I was wondering what they go by to accept people since there are probably a lot of applicants? Were any of the schools that you applied to on a first come, first serve basis?

    Thanks for any info.
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  3. by   Cherry2
    I found it very easy to get into my LPN program.

    I have been doing pre req's this year b/c I thought I wanted to go into RN, but changed my mind after struggling with getting my 2 year old to school everyday and back on the bus, and never having time for homework b/c of that.

    All I really needed was the proper math, bio and chem, which I did not have from high school (most do have it). Other than that, it was a very simple test to write.

    I wrote it on a saturday and by monday morning I got my acceptance. Easy as that.. and I am not much of a student by any means, so if I did it that easily, any one can!
  4. by   starbabyfive
    the private school that i applied for was looking for higher scores on the net test & how well you did on the interview. a lot of applicants seem to have problems with the reading portion of the net. my school had no requirements for prereqs either. which worries me coz i'm thinking that there will be that much more to study. yikes!!!
  5. by   Trophywife81
    I will be attending nursing school beginning in June to become an LVN. In my experience, the acceptance wasn't difficult (got in on first try), but there are many hoops to jump through in order to complete the process. For example, the NET-PN admission test that I took was just basic reading and math skills...anyone with SOMETHING between their ears could pass it. After taking the NET-PN I had to send in transcripts, obtain immunizations, take CPR, get a criminal background check, etc....with so many trifling tasks to complete, I think if you complete the process, that shows the admissions council that you are serious enough for them to accept you.
  6. by   Sensoria17
    Trophywife81- What school will you be attending?
  7. by   lpnstudent40
    I go to a community college in FL and I had to take a test called the TABE first, then I took the NET. I had to have a physical, TB test, high school diploma, transcripts. A&P, Intro to Healthcare and CPR. The program is 11 months and I just have the summer semester to go. I'll graduate in August. The course is very fast paced and very stressful. I'll be glad when it's over! Good luck to you
  8. by   Hoping LVN2BSN
    Quote from Trophywife81
    For example, the NET-PN admission test that I took was just basic reading and math skills...anyone with SOMETHING between their ears could pass it.
    I don't know, I know quite a few pwople that had a hard time getting past the NET. That's the only way I got into my program, the woman that took hers before me failed and I got the last spot.
  9. by   OgopogoLPN
    I will be attending a community college in September for LPN. (I'm in Canada though)

    The requirements were 70% minimum on English 12, 60% minimum on Math 11 or their nursing math equivilancy exam and 70% on Biology 12. No interviews or entrance essays.

    However, don't let those numbers fool you. They recieve over 300 applications per year for around 50 spots. So, if you have those minimums, you are not getting in. They take the top 50 GPA's between the above 3 pre reqs and those people get in. The advisor told me that ON AVERAGE, if you have 86% or higher average on the 3, you make it in. Some intakes, the average might be 87-90%, depending on how many people applied and if 40/50 appicants are sitting at 90% or higher, those with 86% won't even make it in.

    Hope that makes sense.
  10. by   Trophywife81
    Sensoria17--I will be attending Temple College, which is located in Temple, TX--about an hour's drive north of Austin.
  11. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    I went to a Jr. College and we had to have a GPA of 3.0 (if I remember right) A&P, Chem, Micro, Soc, Psych, Algebra, CPR, physical, TABE test, and an interview. I got in on my first try.
  12. by   Trophywife81
    I apologize if my comment on "anyone with something between their ears could pass the NET-PN" offended anyone; it was not intentional. I have a bachelor's degree already with a major in English, minor in Mathematics (loved calculus, so I must be nuts)--since I have a strong background in the areas tested, it was rather easy for me.

    However, I will say that for the reading portion, the questions and their respective answer options were quite slippery, with more than one answer seeming correct. I could easily understand why people might have trouble...in fact, I did score higher on the math portion than the reading!
  13. by   Sensoria17
    Quote from Trophywife81

    However, I will say that for the reading portion, the questions and their respective answer options were quite slippery, with more than one answer seeming correct. I could easily understand why people might have trouble...in fact, I did score higher on the math portion than the reading!
    Same here. I have a BA and did a lot better on the math than the reading. Math isn't something I've ever been terribly good at (majored in Sociology). I thought for sure I would have aced the reading portion but only scored around 70%

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