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Requirements for Nursing School

If you want your nursing application process to run smoothly and without any hitches, you must be prepared to comply with the requirements for nursing school. Like any other college course, nursing school usually requires the following:

1. Application that is filled out and submitted on or before the deadline.

2. An application for federal student aid (FAFSA) if the student needs it, filled out and submitted by the deadline.

3. Not all nursing schools have the resources to interview every single student,

so if you have the opportunity, you should visit the campus and participate in an admissions interview.

4. All pertinent transcripts must be collated and included.

5. Make sure you have accurate information on all exams you have taken, such as SAT, Nursing School Entrance Exam, etc.

6. A High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (or any accredited equivalent).

7. GPA that meets the requirement for nursing schools that you’re trying to enter.


Things to Keep in Mind

  • Attend various activities, such as nursing workshops, open houses, admission seminars, and informational sessions that become available at the nursing school you’re interested in. Besides getting first hand information, you’ll also be able to meet admissions officers and be acquainted so that you won’t be nervous the next time you meet.
  • Keep track of the application deadline and make sure you don’t miss it. Nursing schools are very strict about deadlines, and missing it will be an indication of your motivation, commitment, and ability to do the job of a nurse. If you miss the deadline, don’t expect to be given a leeway.
  • Most nursing schools rely on merit instead of charm or personality, which means you can’t expect to get by on simply impressing admissions officers during the interview. Leave nothing blank on your application, and make sure you answer all essay questions to the best of your ability.
  • Don’t take your science and math subjects for granted. Nursing schools prefer students with above average scores
  • Establish your network. When you apply for a college degree, several recommendation letters will be requested from you. These recommendation letters must be verifiable. It would be better and easier for you to ask it from someone whom you can trust and someone you have worked with. This will make it easier for you to tell them that they might receive a call from a school you applied to.

Nursing Exam Requirements

Not all nursing schools require you to pass an entrance exam, but if your school requires one, you should be prepared to pass the following tests:

1. Pre-Admission Exam for RN students, or PAX-RN.

2. Test of Essential Academic Skills or TEAS.

3. Nurse Entrance Test or NET.

4. Health Education Systems, Inc. or HESI exam.

At the end of the day, you should be aware that Nursing schools are very strict and will not give you any leeway during the application process, so it is best to do your research beforehand and prepare all the requirements.