Practical Nursing Admission Requirements
Admission into the Practical Nursing program is a four step process. Applicants must complete each step for full admittance into the program.
Applicants must be a high school graduate or have earned their high school equivalency diploma.
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
Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.
Step 2—Complete TEAS Test
Complete the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) at Hawkeye Community College with a composite score of 64% or higher.
The TEAS must be taken at Hawkeye Community College. We will not accept TEAS score reports from any other institution.
The TEAS can be taken at Hawkeye a maximum of five times. If the applicant does not successfully complete TEAS with 64% or higher after five attempts, the applicant will not be eligible for admission to the program at Hawkeye and will be removed from the nursing list.
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.
Prepare for a successful TEAS V test.
Step 3—Complete Coursework
Complete all of the following courses, or the equivalent, with a "C" grade or higher:
- ENG105 Composition I
- BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions
Successfully complete a state approved Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) course through an accredited college. Applicants will need to provide an official transcript providing proof of successful CNA completion.
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 Step 1 and/or Step 3 will become candidates.
Upon completion of Step 1, 2, 3, and 4, 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.
If applicants share the same number of points, the second criteria used will be the Practical Nursing application date. The earliest application date will take priority over a later application date.
Applications are processed for admission in the Fall and Spring semester.
Practical Nursing Point System
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