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.
Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
Apply at Hawkeye.
Meet basic skill competencies in reading, writing, and math; and have completed one year of high school biology or the equivalent with a "C" grade or higher in each semester.
Basic skill competencies assessment provides information about your academic skills in reading and writing. This information will be used to determine your acceptance, course selection, and registration.
For admission into the Practical Nursing program, you must score at least the following sub scores on the ACT or the COMPASS assessment:
|ACT sub scores ||COMPASS scores |
- 19 - Math
- 19 - Reading
- 19 - English
- 42 - Algebra
- 82 - Reading
- 65 - Writing
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
- MAT063 Elementary Algebra
- RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
- BIO042 Prep. Science for Health Careers
Any combination of the above that fulfills the requirements in reading, writing, math, and biology.
Complete the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a composite score of 64% or higher.
Applicants are not allowed to retake the Test for Essential Academic Skills once a minimum composite score of 64% is achieved.
A fee is assessed at Hawkeye for the TEAS test.
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.
Applications will be processed for admission for the Fall and Spring semester.
Send your credentials (official transcripts, assessment scores, and TEAS scores) as required by the program’s admission requirements to the Admissions office.
- Completed applicant files (we have your application, official transcripts, assessment scores, and TEAS scores) will be processed as follows:
Applicants who do not meet the program's admission requirements in Step 1 and Step 2 will be inactivated and will be sent an Admissions Inactivation Letter.
Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete the admission requirements will be candidates.
Applicants who meet the program's admission requirements under Step 1 and Step 2 will be acceptable for admission and placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list based on the highest point total earned.
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