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ADN Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

  1. Students must gain admission to the University of Charleston prior to applying for admission to the ADN Program.  The clinical facilities and the number of faculty available limit the number of students enrolled in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.  Applicants must be academically admissible or re-admissible.  
  2. Student applications will be reviewed using a point schedule that weighs GPAs, course work, and TEAS scores.      
    1. All applicants must take a standardized nursing entrance exam.
      1. If you have taken the TEAS exam within 1 year of the application date and scored in the “PROFICIENT” range you do not need to retake the test.
      2. Complete and submit a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a nationally standardized nursing entrance exam that allows students to demonstrate academic competence in Reading, Math, Science, and English.
      3. Students wanting to prepare for the TEAS exam prior to testing may order a study guide from http://www.atitesting.com.
      4. TEAS exams are scheduled by the University of Charleston – Beckley campus Testing and Tutoring Services, Wiseman Hall, Room 145.
      5. Scores below proficient level require remediation and retesting.
      6. Students may schedule a retest if needed up to three (3) total attempts. There must be at least two (2) weeks between attempts.
       
    2. Applicants who are recent high school graduates must:
      1. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all core academic subjects taken on the secondary level.  Two units of high school math are required and one unit must be Algebra I.  A minimum grade of “C” in both math units is required.  High school science classes with labs are strongly recommended.
      2. Earn a composite score of 21 or above on ACT test or a total score of 1000 or above on the re-centered SAT test.
      3. Applicants who do not meet the requirements of the high school grade point average or ACT-SAT scores may have these requirements waived when they have completed 12 college level credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above.
       
    3. Transfer applicant requirements:
      1. Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale for minimum of 12 college level credits.
      2. Credit earned from an accredited college is usually acceptable to the University of Charleston; however the ADN program reserves the right to decide what transfer credits will apply to a degree in nursing.
      3. Applicants who do not meet admission requirements may develop an individual success plan of course work under the guidance of ADN faculty.  Final decision regarding admission will be determined after requirements are met.
      4. Students who have taken nursing courses at a community college or university must have a letter of good standing from the previous institution’s nursing program director.
      5. Submit completed standardized testing requirements within accepted scoring levels.
      6. Submit a letter of good standing and official transcripts.  The department of ADN faculty reserves the right to evaluate all transfer credits.
       
    4. Foreign language requirements:
      1. Submit copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if a student for whom English is a second language.  Must achieve a minimum score of 560.
       
     
  3. Admission into the ADN Program occurs by application prior to the beginning of the Fall or Spring course sequence. 

Schedule for Consideration into the ADN Program

Fall Semester

May, 3rd Wednesday all required documents are to be in the Admissions Office in Beckley

May, 4th Wednesday all files are processed by the Admissions Office staff

June, 1st Monday – Only the complete files where the students meet the admission requirements will be sent to the ADN Program Admissions Committee for review. The committee will score each applicant and chose the candidates for fall admission. Those students chosen for admission will be notified by mail within 5-7 business days.

Spring Semester

September, 3rd Wednesday all required documents are to be in the Admissions Office in Beckley

September, 4th Wednesday all files are processed by the Admissions Office staff

October, 1st Monday – Only the complete files where the students meet the admission requirements will be sent to the ADN Program Admissions Committee for review. The committee will score each applicant and chose the candidates for fall admission. Those students chosen for admission will be notified by mail within 5-7 business days.

Admission Application Documents  

In order to be considered for admission, admission documents have to be submitted in entirety.  Applications will not be reviewed until all the following have been received: 

  1. Proof of admission to the University of Charleston: Admission letter.
  2. Submit official high school or college transcript demonstrating a grade point average of 2.75 or above.
  3. Complete and submit a Nursing Application for Admissions;
  4. Successfully complete and submit a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).  Scores below proficient level require remediation and retesting.  Students may schedule a retest as needed and are limited to a total of three (3) attempts.  If TEAS exam I is failed, it is expected that the student will remediate deficit areas prior to taking TEAS exam II.
  5. Submit a copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if you are a student for whom English is a second language with a minimum score of 560.
  6. Submit official transcripts & score reports to the following: 

    University of Charleston Beckley
    609 S. Kanawha St.
    Beckley, WV 25801
    ATTN: Admissions Processing

    Advanced Placement (AP) Score Report Requests: 

     https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/score-reporting  

    West Virginia Earn a Degree Graduate Early (WV EDGE): 

    https://www.wvhepc.org/survey/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=51Mmo312l641G  

    CLEP Exam Score Report: 

     University of Charleston Beckley Code: 5054 

     http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/clep/clep-transcript-request-form.pdf  

    DANTES/DSST Exam Score Report: 

    University of Charleston Beckley Code: 8887 

     http://getcollegecredit.com/images/uploads/documents/DSST_transcript.pdf  

Transfer Nursing Students 

  1. Submit proof of admission to the University of Charleston: Admission letter.
  2. Submit official transcripts and standardized test scores.
  3. Submit a copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if you are a student for whom English is a second language with a minimum score of 560.
  4. Take and pass the TEAS entrance exam/scoring proficient or better. Successfully complete and submit a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a nationally standardized nursing entrance exam that allows students to demonstrate academic competence in Reading, Math, Science, and English.  Students wanting to prepare for the TEAS exam prior to testing may order a study guide from http://www.atitesting.com.  Scores below proficient level require remediation and retesting.  Students may schedule a retest as needed and are limited to three total TEAS Exam attempts.  If TEAS exam I is failed, it is expected that the student remediates deficit areas prior to taking TEAS exam II.
  5. Submit a letter of good academic standing from the nursing program director. 
  6. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale and a 2.75 GPA in nursing.
  7.  Have  completed  nursing courses with a “C” or better in nursing theory and a “C” or “P” or better in nursing lab or clinical. Students with prior “D”s or “F”s in nursing courses from other nursing programs will not be considered for admission.
  8. The Nursing Program has to be accredited by a State Board of Nursing.
  9. Have completed standardized testing requirements within accepted scoring level of the University of Charleston’s ADN program.
  10. The ADN Department has to have a transfer equivalency of course work completed by the registrar.  The ADN department of nursing reserves the right to evaluate all transfer credits.  Additional departmental testing may be required to determine student retention level and placement. The ADN faculty will assess competency levels for placement in the program.

The admissions process will not begin until all completed materials are submitted to: 

Admissions Processing
University of Charleston - Beckley
609 South Kanawha Street
Beckley, WV 25801
 

After Admission:  Clinical Readiness Documents  

After official admission to the ADN program, the student must submit the following documents in entirety prior to the semester of enrollment: 

  1. American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Card.
  2. Negative PPD tuberculosis test result or chest x-ray result.
  3. Laboratory results for mumps, rubella, Rubeola,   Varicella, and Hepatitis B serum titers demonstrating immunity.  If any titer shows non-immunity then also submit evidence of receiving vaccination against that specific disease.  Students accepted with the initial vaccine in the series, who do not have titers indicating immunity, will be accepted conditionally.  Those conditionally admitted are expected to present evidence of continuing the series of vaccines required to establish immunity on schedule and subsequently to present the evidence of a titer confirming immunity.  Students who do not meet these continuing responsibilities are not eligible for clinical labs in the University’s collaborating agencies and thus cannot pass the nursing classes required.
  4. Verification of the DTaP Vaccination.
  5. Certified background check from www.CertifiedBackground.com.

AND: 

  1. Submit a copy of a current documented flu vaccination. 
  2. Attend the annual ADN orientation to be held:  Actual date, time and location will be announced. 

If you have any questions or need to set up an appointment to discuss the ADN program, please contact Duane F. Napier, MSN, RN Program Director, at duanenapier@ucwv.edu.

 

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