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Admission Requirements

We are happy to learn of your interest in our Nursing program. Ellsworth Community College offers a Practical Nursing Diploma program and Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program.

Admission into either the Practical or Associate Degree Nursing program is separate from admission to the College. The first step students must take is to complete your Nursing Admissions Folder; the following items must be submitted to the ECC Admissions Office:

Practical Nursing admission requirements

1. Application for College admission completed.

2. Application for the Nursing program completed.

3. Official high school transcript or high school equivalency diploma required (send to ECC Admissions Office).

4. Official transcripts from other colleges you have attended, if applicable (send to ECC Admissions Office).

5. The Iowa Core Performance Standards for Health Career Programs Form must be reviewed, signed, and returned to Jan Sauerbrei in the ECC Health Occupations Office. Applicants unable to meet the standards must discuss the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the program coordinator at 641-648-8648.

6. All students must earn an ACT composite score of 18 or higher, OR pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version V Exam prior to acceptance into the Practical Nursing program. The TEAS testing requirement will be waived for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. To register for the TEAS-V Exam, please contact Jan Sauerbrei (ECC Nursing) at 641-648-8647. Students must have completed and passed BIO168 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) before taking the test.

Minimum TEAS-V Scores Required
Content Area % Required
Reading 47.6%
Mathematics 46.7%
Science 33.3%
English & Language Usage 40%

NOTE: ACCUPLACER scores will assist advisors in the placement of students in developmental courses, as needed, in order to enhance their chances of meeting the entrance requirements for the nursing program.

7. All applicants are required to complete the following prerequisite courses:

  • BIO151 Nutrition (3 credits)
  • BIO168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIO186 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • EDU160 Human Growth & Development (3 credits)

8. Nurse Aide Requirement: Effective Aug. 22, 2017, documentation to verify successful completion of the Iowa CNA Written and Skills Certification Exams is REQUIRED for entrance into the program. Valid documentation can either be a transcript, copy of test results, or currently listed on the State of Iowa’s Nurse Aide Registry.

9. Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher. All science courses must have been completed within the past 10 years.

10. As an applicant for the Nursing program, you are responsible for turning in all required documentation to Jan Sauerbrei in the ECC Health Occupations Office.

While working on the above requirements, all students are considered Pre-Nursing Liberal Arts majors. If officially admitted into the Nursing program, a student will then be a Practical Nursing major.

Applications for the Practical Nursing Program are accepted throughout the year with a new class beginning each fall at ECC. Your Nursing Admissions Folder must be complete by March 15 for Fall admission. However, qualified applicants with completed admissions folders will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis after this deadline.

Associate Degree Nursing admission requirements

  1. Application for college admission completed.
  1. Application for the Nursing program completed
  1. Official high school transcript or high school equivalency diploma required (send to ECC Admissions Office).
  2. Official transcripts from other colleges you have attended, if applicable. Transcript from your successfully completed Practical Nursing program is also required (send to ECC Admissions Office).
  3. Copy of current Iowa Practical Nursing license. NOTE: Summer graduates must submit copy of PN license no later than the start of the fall semester Associate Degree Nursing program classes. Failure to do so will be grounds for administrative withdrawal from the program. Extenuating circumstances will be subject to approval by the nursing program director.
  4. All applicants are required to complete the following prerequisite courses:
  • BIO151 Nutrition (3 credits)
  • BIO168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIO186 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • EDU160 Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  1. It is also highly recommended that applicants have the following graduation requirements completed prior to entrance:
  • PSY111 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC110 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • ENG105 Composition I (3 credits)
  1. The Iowa Core Performance Standards for Health Career Programs Form must be reviewed, signed, and returned to Jan Sauerbrei in the ECC Health Occupations Office. Applicants unable to meet the core performance standards must discuss the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the program coordinator at 641-648-8648.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.7 in all nursing and required general education courses is mandatory for entry. All science courses must have been completed within the past 10 years.

Applications for the program are accepted throughout the year, with a new class beginning each August. Your Nursing Admissions Folder must be completed by March 15 for full consideration. However, qualified applicants with completed admissions folders will be accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis after this deadline.

Contact

Jan Sauerbrei

Jan Sauerbrei

ADMISSIONS OFFICE

641-648-4611
800-322-9235
eccinfo@iavalley.edu