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NURSING PROGRAM ADMISSTION CRITERIA
CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENT – REGULAR OPTION

(This category applies to high school graduates, current college students and students who have taken general education college courses.  Current LPN’s and transfer students with clinical nursing credits should refer to the section on Advanced Standing)

A total of 80% of the class will be admitted from this category.

  1. This category includes the following applicants:
    • College students attending Allegany College of Maryland or other institutions; and
    • Early placement students who are enrolled as full-time college students and who have waived the senior year of high school.
  2. These applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to apply for admission to the Nursing Program and to be considered for admission: (Note that this is a selective-admission program and not all applicants can be accepted)
    • Pass the Allegany College of Maryland Placement Evaluation or successfully complete all required courses including Math 90, Math 93, English 90, English 93, Reading 90 and Reading 93 or their equivalents;
    • A minimum overall college grade point average of 2.50 is required just for application. The last class accepted had a grade point average of 3.45.
    • Successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (Biology 207). In order to be eligible to enroll in this course, students must have completed high school chemistry and earned at least a grade of C in it. A student who does not meet this requirement must take college Principles of Biology (Biology 100), Biology 101, Chemistry 100 or Chemistry 101 and earn a minimum grade of C before enrolling in Anatomy and Physiology 207. Equated coursework from a transferring institution will be considered in meeting this pre-requisite. Current enrollment in Anatomy & Physiology I (Biology 207) will be considered in determining eligibility for admission.
    • Schedule and take the Nursing Admission Assessment Test for the Nursing Program. The test is administered each semester at various times and locations. A list of testing dates is available in the Nursing office, Admission office, and is listed on the college website (www.allegany.edu). It is the student’s responsibility to register for the exam by obtaining a Request to Schedule the Nursing Admission Assessment Test in the Nursing Office, the Admission Office at each campus or may be printed from the website. The completed form along with the designated fee must be received in the Nursing Office by the deadline listed for test payment. Payments made after the deadline will cost an additional $25.00 and will be subject to space and test availability. These payments must be made at least ½ hour before the beginning of the test. The exam may be taken more than once, but cannot be retaken more often than once every three months. Exam scores no more than two years old for the current exam will be considered for admission with the highest score being used in the ranking process. A student study guide for the exam is available in the Allegany College of Maryland Bookstore. Detailed review of the study guide is highly recommended. The exam score counts 1/3 of the weight for competitive entrance into the program. The average exam score for an accepted student in the last class was 81, and average points were 53. The last time the test may be taken for Spring admission consideration is October and for Fall admission consideration is March. Please remember, however, that the exam cannot be retaken more than once every three months. Detailed review of the study guide is highly recommended. The exam score counts 1/3 of the weight for competitive entrance into the program. The average exam score for an accepted student in the last class was 81, and average points were 53. The last time the test may be taken for Spring admission consideration is October and for Fall admission consideration is March. Please remember, however, that the exam cannot be retaken more than once every three months.

  3. Again, entrance into the nursing program is competitive. Not all applicants who apply can be accepted due to the availability of qualified faculty and clinical resources.
    • Scores on the standardized exam (weighted 1/3)
    • A point system awarding points for each required course completed and grade earned. (weighted 2/3)
      • For Anatomy and Physiology 207; Anatomy and Physiology 208; Microbiology 204; and College Algebra*
        • Each A will be worth 10 points
        • Each B will be worth 8 points
        • Each C will be worth 6 points
        • No points will be awarded for a D or F
      • For all other general education courses required for the Nursing Program (English 101; General Psychology; Human Growth & Development; Sociology; Humanities elective; and Humanities elective)
        • Each A will be worth 5 points
        • Each B will be worth 3 points
        • Each C will be worth 1 point
        • No points will be awarded for a D or F
    • A minimum grade of C is required in all science coursework; however, to improve competitive standing and thus probability of admission, grades of A or B are advisable. Laboratory science courses taken ten or more years prior to application for admission will not be considered for admission or for meeting program requirements.
  4. The previous section dealt with minimum requirements to APPLY for admission. This section relates to the competition for admission.

    Applicants will be ranked using the following factors:

    Current enrollment and mid-term grades will be utilized along with final grades earned in previous semesters in determining a student’s final points. Transcripts and mid term grades for students transferring from another college must be in the nursing office no later than March 15th for a fall admission consideration and October 15th for a spring consideration.

    In the event of a tie in the ranking process, application dates will be used to rank the tied students with the earliest application date being ranked higher.


  5. Application to the program must be submitted by the deadline date.
    Note: No late applications will be accepted!

  6. It is the applicant’s responsibility to schedule and take the standardized test by the stated deadline date. No testing correspondence will be sent to the student.

  7. Students must be CPR certified in the Health Care Provider/Course C and maintain this certification throughout all nursing courses. This certification must be completed prior to entering Nursing clinical courses.

Please note that Anatomy and Physiology 207 must be completed prior to admission to the Nursing Program.

Please use the checklist and applicant ranking sheet on the following pages as a guide to assist you with the application process.

Revised June 2004, June 2005, May 2009, January 2010, May 2010, August 2010
Approved by the ACM Board of Trustees – June 21, 2004

 

Download the Admission Checklist

Submit the Nursing Admission Application

 

 

For more information on a career in Nursing, contact Debbi Costello, Program Director at (301)784-5568.