Practical Nursing Admission Requirements
Admission into the Practical Nursing Program is a three step process. Applicants must complete each step for full admittance into the program.
Step 1 – Basic Skill Competencies Requirements
Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:
Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.
Complete all of the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:
- ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
- RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
- MAT063 Elementary Algebra
- BIO042 Prep. Science for Health Careers
Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, writing, and biology.
Step 2 – Complete TEAS Test
Complete the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a composite score of 64% or higher.
Applicants are not allowed to retake the TEAS once a minimum composite score of 64% is achieved.
A fee is assessed at Hawkeye for the TEAS test.
Step 3 – Practical Nursing Point System
Upon completion of Steps 1 and 2, applicants are placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Applicants will be prioritized on the list based on the total number of points awarded. Applicants with the highest points will be given priority admission to the program.
Apply for admission.
- Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
Applicants not meeting the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.
Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete Option II or combination of I and II, in Step 1 will become candidates.
Upon completion of Step 1 and Step 2, applicants will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by the highest point total earned from the Nursing criteria.
We accept approximately 64 applicants each Fall and Spring Semester.
If necessary, alternates will be contacted to fill unconfirmed positions in the program. Alternates will be given priority for the next term.
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