What Are the Basic Requirements to Get Into Nursing College?


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The basic requirements to get into a nursing college include a high school diploma with courses such as biology, psychology, physics, chemistry and English, a minimum GPA and clearing of certain pre-admission exams. The specific admission requirements vary depending on the nursing course chosen.

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What Are the Basic Requirements to Get Into Nursing College?
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Aspiring candidates can choose to become a Certified Nurse Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner. Each of these courses has a different admission requirement.

To earn an associate degree in nursing, in addition to a high school diploma, candidates must have a minimum grade point average in science or general education courses. Hepatitis B vaccination and passing health screening tests is also required. For a bachelor's degree, students must meet and maintain a certain minimum GPA and complete a basic coursework in the field. A master's degree requires students to have a bachelor's degree in nursing, hold an active nursing license and submit reference letters.

To get into the CNA course, only a high school diploma is needed. To apply for the LPN course, students also need to pass certain pre-admission or ACT tests. To apply for RN courses, students must clear a background check and fulfill minimum GPA requirements in anatomy and physiology. Application for NP programs requires students to provide bachelor's degree transcripts with minimum GPA, hold an active RN license and submit recommendation letters, resume and a goals statement.

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