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Associate of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Associate of Science in Nursing Program, applicants must be admitted to Mercy College and meet the criteria listed below. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a professional program. Upon being granted general College admission, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students are encouraged to take LAS courses at Mercy College to meet any unmet program requirements below.

  1. Provide evidence of successful completion of the content of a 150-hour or greater nursing assistant course taught within the past five years to beginning nursing courses. Completion of the 150-hour nursing assistant course outside of Iowa will be reviewed by the Nursing Assistant Course Coordinator to determine similarity of course content and skilled competency.

  2. Students seeking admission into the ASN Program must meet academic standards and prerequisite
    standards. If the 2.7 GPA standard is achieved, the prerequisite standard is considered separately from the academic standard.

  3. Academic Standards: Candidates for admission will be considered for admission under the most recent of
    the following academic standards. Once the GPA Academic Standard or a 2.7 for admissions is satisfied, the candidate for admission must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

    1. First-time College Students:
      1. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7; AND
      2. Minimum ACT composite score of 20 or higher; OR
      3. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) composite score of at least 950.
    2. Transfer Students:
      1. Complete nine (9) college credit hours specific to the Mercy College ASN curriculum, achieve a grade of “C” or higher (not “C-”) in each course, AND
      2. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the last college attended (minimum of nine (9) credits).
    3. Students enrolled at Mercy College who seek admission into the ASN program will be considered for admission under the following guidelines.
      1. Complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours at Mercy College
      2. Earn a cumulative 2.7 GPA at Mercy College.

  4. Prerequisite standards:
    1. Demonstrate completion of one year of high school or one semester of college-level work with a grade of at least 2.0 (“C” not “C-“) on a 4.0 scale in each of these required courses: English, Biology and Chemistry.
    2. Math requirement:
      1. one year of high school Algebra I; or
      2. one semester of college-level Pre-Algebra or Algebra I.
      3. Students who need to meet this requirement at Mercy College will need to take either Math 095 or Math 105.

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