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Associate Degree Registered Nurse

Admission Process

Applications are accepted July through early October.

Admission to the ADRN Program is annually in October for the cohort beginning spring semester the following year.

Students meeting the minimum qualification will be invited to take the Kaplan (or other selected placement exam) within 30 days after application deadline.

Admission is competitive and criteria are based on:

  • GPA
  • Normed Scoring on Nationally Standardized Testing in Reading, Math, English and Science (Kaplan company currently provides testing)
  • Years of experience working as an LPN
  • Reference from employer/ instructor

Selection Process

The selection process consists of scores in each category (GPA, test results, years of experience, and reference) placed on a Likert Scale of 0-5 and this number is multiplied by the percentage that the category is prioritized. In general GPA, test scores, years of experience are prioritized respectively. The actual percentages may differ slightly each year based on the performance of students on NCLEX and coursework. These numbers are then added together for a total score between 0 and 5.0. Students must receive at least a 2.25 on the scale to be considered as an alternative or conditionally accepted student in the program.

Class size each year is dependent on clinical site availability but usually consists of 30-35 conditionally accepted students 8-10 alternates. Alternates who are not accepted into class, may apply the following year and will be given additional points for alternate status.


Pre-Program/Prerequisites occur during the first 3 semesters; see an example Course Sequence.  Please note actual plans for individual students will vary based on advisor recommendations and academic needs.