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Additional Requirements

Standardized Tests

Nursing programs require a standardized entrance exam. There are several tests that may be required: TEAS, HESI A2, KNAT, GRE, ACT or SAT.  Since each school is different, please consult the schools website and the nursing advisor, Mandy Skinner, to make sure you are taking the correct test for the schools you are wishing to apply.

References

You will be required to have 2-3 letters of references/recommendation.  You will need a letter from a nurse or nurse practitioner (not a doctor), a letter from either a major or hard science professor (doesn’t matter which one) and you may possibly need a letter from a supervisor or someone who can speak to your work ethic. NONE of these letters should be written by family members. Each letter should speak to your ability to become a nurse, your work ethic, and your personality (as it relates to becoming a nurse).

Clinical Experience

While most programs do not require a set number of hours, it is advised that you have about 100 hours of shadowing experience, in various clinical settings. Therefore, you are highly encouraged to seek out shadowing or volunteer opportunities at local hospitals and clinics to gain insight into the nursing profession.

Community Involvement

While most programs do not require a set number of hours, it is advised that you have about 100 hours of shadowing experience, in various clinical settings. Therefore, you are highly encouraged to seek out shadowing or volunteer opportunities at local hospitals and clinics to gain insight into the nursing profession.