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Nursing Admission Criteria
Basic Skills Assessment
- Applicants must complete the Heartland basic skills assessment in English, math, and reading comprehension and score at the college level in all three areas
unless they have earned sufficient transfer credit or ACT scores. The required scores will show placement into the following courses: ENGL 101, MATH 106 or above, and READ 101 or above.
- Applicants whose scores are below the levels required for admission must successfully complete the courses needed to reach the college level before being deemed eligible for the program. These developmental courses are not counted in the cumulative grade point average.
- Regular Admission applicants must be listed on the Illinois
Public Health Registry (Health Care Worker Registry) by January 30,
2015. Applicants who take the State competency examination for CNA
in December 2014 may experience a delay in being posted to the Illinois
Public Health Registry and might not appear on the list by January 31,
2015; these applicants will be handled on a case by case basis.
Grade Point Average
- A grade point average of 2.5 (4 pt. scale) is required for consideration.
- Applicants with less than seven hours of college credit must have a high school GPA of 2.5 (4 pt. scale). Applicants who do not meet the minimum high school GPA must successfully complete at least seven semester hours of college-level work and achieve a 2.5 (4 pt. scale).
- For applicants with seven or more hours of college credit, all college-level work will be included in the calculation of the GPA.
Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 (4 pt. scale) will need to
successfully complete additional college-level courses to raise
their cumulative GPA to 2.5.
- Applicants who have less than seven hours of college credit and hold a GED
certificate must have a minimum score of 500 on each section of the
2002 Series test.
- Applicants who do not meet the minimum GED requirement must successfully complete at least seven hours of college-level work and achieve a 2.5 (4 pt. scale).
- Applicants who have not previously completed BIOL 181 (or equivalent) with a “C” or better must meet the prerequisite for BIOL 181. This includes: 1) one year of high school biology
or a college level biology course with a "C" or higher in the last five years, 2) BIOL 099 with a grade of "C" or higher or assessment,
and 3) completion of Math through Intermediate Algebra Level 1 or
- Applicants who are legal residents of Community College District #540 will be given preference for admission provided all admission criteria are met. Applicants will be required to show
a driver's license or State of Illinois ID proof of residency as part of the application process, and students admitted to the program will be required to show proof of residency at the time of registration each term.
Applicants who are granted the in-district tuition rate because they
work in the district or have a parent or guardian who works in the
district are not considered in-district applicants for selective
admission programs. Applicants who attend other institutions of
higher education within District #540 and live in college/university
housing are not considered in-district applicants for selective
- Out-of-district applicants will be considered for admission after all qualified and eligible in-district applicants have been offered admission. Applicants with temporary visas will not be considered until all qualified and eligible in-district
and out-of-district applicants have been offered admission.
- Official definition of residency and description of District #540 boundaries are available in
The student's health must enable him/her to fulfill the requirements and outcomes of the nursing program. The Heartland Community College Nursing Program follows the National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing Inc. recommendations of functional abilities for nurses
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If you have any questions about admission to the ADN program, please call (309) 268-8058 or send admission questions to Amanda Rambo
If you are interested in a job shadowing experience with a registered nurse, please contact Career Services.
Other questions may be answered in the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures Packet (PDF, 566 KB) or on our frequently asked questions page.
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