ADMISSION WITH ADVANCED STANDING
CURRENT LPN’S & TRANSFER STUDENTS
- This category includes Licensed Practical Nurses who have graduated from an approved Practical Nurse program and have an active, unencumbered Maryland license or eligible for licensure in the state of Maryland OR applicants who are transferring from another clinical nursing program.
- These applicants must meet the following requirements to apply and be considered for admission:
- Must have graduated from or have terminated in good standing from the respective school of nursing with a minimum grade of C or better in each course.*
- Meet the current admission requirements for the nursing program. Please refer to requirements for college students on page 7.
- Must have an overall college GPA of 2.50 or higher.
- Successfully complete all required general education requirements listed in the curriculum prior to the semester of the nursing program in which the student is seeking admission. A minimum grade of C is required in all science courses. It is recommended that all general education classes required in the curriculum be completed.
- LPN students must complete a nursing theory assessment exam comparable to the first year of the nursing program. Students must score 800 or higher to be considered for the second year of the nursing program. Students scoring less than 800 will be considered for admission to the second semester of the nursing program. The applicant will be advised of areas in need of improvement and encouraged to remediate.
- Students transferring from a diploma program will be considered for placement within the program based on previous nursing coursework completed. As assessment of nursing theory exam will be required.* Students must score 800 or higher to be considered for the second year of the nursing program. Students scoring less than 800 will be considered for admission to the second semester of the nursing program. The applicant will be advised of areas in need of improvement and encouraged to remediate.
- Students transferring from an approved nursing program in which they received college credit for nursing coursework completed will be considered on an individual basis.*
- Satisfactory completion of the Nursing Bridge Course (Nursing 298). This must be completed within two years before entering the nursing program and will be offered only one time a year in the summer. The course is a minimum of two credits for admission to the second semester and a minimum of three credits for admission to the second year of the program. For those applicants who did not receive intravenous therapy content in their basic program will be required to complete a four-credit course. A review of basic nursing skills is included in the Nursing Bridge Course. Applicants are expected to be competent in the following skills upon entering the second year of the program:
- Basic hygiene and assisting with activities of daily living
- Care and maintenance of peripheral IV's
- Medication administration including oral, intramuscular, sub-cutaneous, and intravenous secondary and piggy back
- Sterile technique including catheterizations, dressings, and tracheotomy care
- Care of nasogastric and peg tubes
- The Nursing Bridge Course is waived for those graduates of Allegany College of Maryland's Practical Nursing Program who begin the second year nursing clinical courses within two years of graduating from the certificate program.
- All students who have met the advanced standing criteria are admitted on a space available basis, ranked according to GPA.*
- Students interested in pursuing advanced standing status should submit the Advanced Standing Application to the Nursing Department by the February 28th deadline. See page 25. Students will be notified about the nursing theory assessment test date by mid-late April.
- Once admitted to the Nursing Program, students will follow curriculum schedule for Associate of Science Degree Daytime or Evening, as appropriate.
- 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.
* Students who have been terminated from another nursing program will be given last priority in ranking for admission to the program..