In order to be considered for the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) or Practical Nursing (LPN) program, students must provide the Admissions office with official documents showing completion of all requirements. These documents must show:
- Updated assessment scores. -AND/OR-
- A transcript or academic evaluation showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).
It is the student’s responsibility to:
- Monitor their progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
- Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
- Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements.
Apply at Hawkeye
Apply for admission at Hawkeye.
Send official transcripts to Admissions.
If you are a graduate of an accredited Practical Nursing program, please see the Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Graduates then skip to Step 5.
Demonstrate College Readiness
In order to be eligible for the Nursing program, students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.
||ACCUPLACER Next Generation
||Success Course *
||85 Elementary Algebra
||259 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
||MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
||RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III
||82 Sentence Skills
||ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.
* Success course credits do not apply towards graduation requirements.
Students who do not have a Practical Nursing degree must successfully complete the following:
All program prerequisite courses with a minimum C- grade with the exception of BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab which require a minimum grade of B-.
Two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry with a minimum C- grade.
While Hawkeye Community College is accepting Pass/Fail grades as an institution, due to accreditation, Hawkeye is not accepting College or High School Pass/Fail grades for any admission criteria.
Nursing program applicants must successfully pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam with a composite score of 64% or higher. This exam must be taken at Hawkeye Community College and students will have a maximum of five attempts at the exam.
Applicants who have completed all admissions requirements in steps 1–4 will be accepted into the next available seat to the program.
If the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats, students will be accepted in the following order:
- Completion date of all required prerequisite coursework.
- Eligibility date — Determined by either:
- The date the student registered for their final prerequisite course at Hawkeye OR
- The date the Admissions office received transcripts showing completion of prerequisite courses at another accredited institution.
- Grade Point Average — Determined by grades in prerequisite courses.
Students accepted to the Nursing program must:
- Complete a nursing program orientation session where they will register for program courses with faculty advisors.
- Be Healthcare Provided CPR certified.
- Have a physical exam in Hawkeye Community College format prior to the first day of clinical coursework. Admission to the Nursing program is not based on the physical examination.
Changes are taking place within healthcare facilities nationally. These changes directly affect all health programs at Hawkeye Community College. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), which accredits healthcare facilities across the country, enforced background screening September 2004 and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees. As a Health student of Hawkeye Community College, you will be required to complete a criminal background check which includes fingerprinting that searches the following databases of sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry, and Medicare/Medicaid Fraud. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting
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Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Program Graduates
Students who have graduated from a Practical Nursing program will need to inform the Admissions office as well as meet the following admission requirements in order to be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program:
Provide proof via an official transcript of successful completion of an accredited Practical Nursing program.
Complete, with a minimum grade of C-, either two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry or equivalent.
Complete, with a minimum grade of B-, BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab.
Applicants who meet all three of the above criteria will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list.
Placement on the list is determined by the GPA attained from BIO-168 and BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II. If applicants share the same GPA, the second criteria used will be a file completion date, which is the date the applicant registered for their last prerequisite course (BIO-168, BIO-173, or CHM-122) or provided documentation of these courses being met from another accredited institution.