RN PRELICENSURE ASSOCIATE DEGREE
Basic Program Requirements: Minimum 17 years of age and 12th grade education. Must show ID such as driver’s license, and original diploma or official transcript of high school or GED. International transcripts must be accompanied by an academic evaluation of equivalency to US courses.
Entrance Test (RN PL): Proctored entrance test using HESI’s online admission screening (A2) for Science, Reading, English and Math. Applicants are responsible for the testing fee; limited to 2 attempts and pass with a minimum score of 75% in each section.
How to apply: Applicants for the Associate Degree in Nursing must complete an application form and submit a non-refundable application fee of $100.
LVNs who want to transition to RNs may apply as advanced placement students and submit official transcripts of required general education and science courses (see list found under “Programs”) completed with minimum grade of “C” for each course, official VN transcript, original VN diploma, LVN licensure, evidence of 6 months recent LVN experience, and 3 letters of reference (2 nursing professionals and 1 personal). Advanced placement students who passed basic requirements will be eligible to attend an LVN to RN Transition Course to be considered for the RN PL program. The “Transition” course is designed to prepare the LVN to enter a prelicensure RN program and focuses on expanding nursing knowledge and skills to facilitate the LVN’s assumption of the distinctly different role of an RN. Speak with the admission staff for additional information and fees for the Transition course.
LVNs may also inquire about the 30-unit option. Students must meet program requirements for the RN AD Nursing degree and complete the LVN to RN Transition Course to be considered for the RN PL program. The enrollee who becomes at risk of or is failing in the program shall not be able to change from the “30-unit option” to the regular RN PL program. The option may pose limitations in future employment and plans for advancement in nursing education.
VOCATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM
Basic Program Requirements for the VN PROGRAM: Minimum 17 years of age and minimum 12th grade education. Must show ID such as driver’s license, and original diploma or official transcript of high school or GED. An equivalency review of international transcripts is required.
Entrance Test (VN): Proctored entrance test using ATI’s online admission screen for Science, Reading, English and Math with a cumulative adjusted score of 60. Applicants must pay for the testing fee and may have up to two attempts to pass.
How to apply: Applicants for the VN program must complete an application form and submit a non-refundable application fee of $75. International transcripts must be accompanied by an academic evaluation of equivalency to US courses.
HEALTH RECORDS & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH RN AND VN PRELICENSURE PROGRAMS:
- Submit evidence of CPR Certification current through the duration of the program; negative TB test (skin or chest x-ray) and updated immunizations including Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, Varicella Zoster, Tdap, Hepatitis B screening and influenza vaccine. Students must demonstrate absence of evidence of controlled substances use: cocaine, barbiturates, amphetamines, cannabinoids, opiates, benzodiazepines, phencyclidine.
- Submit a report of physical examination completed not earlier than 90 days from the first day of the program, and show medical certification that they are able to stand, walk, sit, bend, stoop and lift at least fifty (50) pounds, discriminate sounds and have normal (or corrected) visual acuity to perform the required clinical laboratory and practice. The physician or provider must certify that the applicant does not have physical or psychological disorder(s) that may pose potential harm to self or others.
- Negative result of Covid-19 test and completed screen for symptoms and recent travel outside the US.
What happens after applicants pass the entrance test? After passing the entrance test and submitting required health and physical requirements, the faculty and Program Director will review applications, determine the students qualified to be admitted for each class, and schedule applicants for interview.
Tuition cost and other charges for year 2020: Application fee and cost of entrance tests are the applicant’s responsibility and are non-refundable. Total tuition for the 4-semester RN Prelicensure program is $47,000, which includes $10,000 for general education and $37,000 for nursing core courses. The LVN to RN Transition course fee is $2,750, is separate from the cost of the RN Prelicensure program, and is non-refundable once it starts. Total tuition for the VN program is 27,000.
Tuition includes the cost of books, online final exams and learning resources, uniforms and background screens. Applicants with histories of criminal, drug, and violent sexual offense must review the RN and LVN boards’ websites for guidance before applying to the nursing programs.
Financial Aid: Xavier College is approved for federal student financial aid. Eligible students must complete FAFSA online prior to submitting an application.