Selection Process for Nursing Program

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Admission to the Nursing program is on a competitive basis due to the limited number of spaces available in courses that require clinical practice in hospitals and other health care settings. The number of spaces can vary from year to year. Selection of students is made once a year at the end of the spring semester. The deadline for applying to the Nursing program fall semester is June 1 of that year. All students who meet the admission criteria are ranked according to the TEAS V score and the prerequisite GPA. The highest ranking students are offered the available program seats. 

Applicants who meet the stated admission criteria will be offered admission based on the number of seats available and the applicant’s ranking on June 1. Acceptance by the Nursing program assures the student can enter the program in September of the year in which they applied. Students who are not accepted into the fall class will need to reapply to the Nursing program the following year and may retake the TEAS V test or any prerequisite courses to improve the likelihood of success in the competition for admission. 

Atlantic and Cape May County residents are given priority consideration in the selection process. Residents of other counties are admitted on a space-available basis.

Post Selection Process

Students who are admitted to the program must begin the program in the class to which they are admitted and must have met the Nursing program course requirements at the time of admission. A student who is unable to do so must reapply for a future class. The program must be completed within a five-year period.

Students who are admitted must meet the health requirements of the state of New Jersey and the clinical agencies that are used for clinical practice. Health forms will be mailed so that requirements can be met before entrance to the first nursing course in the fall. Students who are admitted will be required to complete an Assumption of Risk and Release form, which indicates an understanding of hazards inherent in the health care field.

All Nursing students are required to undergo a criminal background check prior to being assigned to clinical facilities. If an individual fails to pass the criminal background check or is refused by a clinical facility due to results of his/her criminal background check, that individual will be unable to continue in the Nursing program.

A physical examination, rubella screening, tuberculin test (PPD) and other health requirements must be completed prior to beginning any clinical courses. A PPD must be updated annually. Information and health requirement forms may be obtained from the College Health Office on the Mays Landing Campus.

CPR certification is required before entering the Nursing program. The only acceptable CPR certification program for admission to the Nursing program is Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider offered by the American Heart Association.

Questions?
For more information on Allied Health programs, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Health Career Planning Session or contact Glenda Stogel, College Recruiter, at (609)343-5048, (609)463-4774, ext. 5048 or email stogel@atlantic.edu.

You may also contact the Admissions Office, (609)343-4922 or (609)463-4774 ext. 4922 for more information or e-mail accadmit@atlantic.edu