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Admissions - Requirements

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completed Admission Application form.
  • Application Fee.
  • Typed two-page, double spaced essay, using 12-point font, in Standard English, indicating why you are interested in attending Lutheran School of Nursing and becoming a registered nurse.
  • Official high school graduate transcript or GED equivalency certificate.  These must be sent directly from the high school to Lutheran School of Nursing.  No hand carried or faxed transcripts are accepted.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.  These must be sent directly from those institutions to Lutheran School of Nursing.  No hand carried or faxed transcripts are accepted.
  • Passing score on a reading comprehension assessment (waived for minimum ACT score of 20 or bachelor's degree)
  • Passing scores on the Math Entrance Exams (waived for ACT math subcore of 18 or better).
  • Three Estimate of Suitability Forms completed by someone other than a direct family member who has known the applicant for a minimum of six months.

    *High School graduation is determined by the following criteria:  High school must be recognized as a secondary school in the state where it is located; the transcript must include an official date of graduation.

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIRMENT FOR REGISTERED NURSE (RN) TRACK

  • ACT score of 20 or comparable SAT score or 2.5 cumulative college grade point average with a minimum of 20 college level hours completed.
  • Complete pre-requisites (see below).

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIRMENTS FOR LPN-RN BRIDGE TRACK

  • ACT score of 20 or comparable SAT score or 2.5 cumulative college grade point average with a minimum of 20 college level hours completed.
  • copy of current valid LPN license
  • Pass the LPN Proficiency Exam and LPN Dosage Calculation Exam. Upon achieving the required score on these exams, the LPN is granted 21 transfer credit hours.

Applicants whose native language is not English must document their English language proficiency at the time of application. Applicants may satisfy this requirement by submitting current and official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, score must be no more than two years old. Lutheran School of Nursing's TOEFL requirement for applicants is:

  • 210 on the computer-based test
  • 550 on the paper-based test
  • 78 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT)

This requirement is subject to change.

Nonnative speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand) may be exempt from the TOEFL.

PRE-REQUISITES

Before a student can be officially admitted to Lutheran School of Nursing, he or she MUST complete and receive a grade of “C” or better in all the following college-level classes:

  • Composition (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours with a lab) (must be completed successfully within five years prior to acceptance to LSN)

These prerequisite courses can be completed one of three ways:

  1. Lutheran School of Nursing offers these classes each spring and fall semester on our campus. Applications are accepted for both Spring and Fall enrollment.
  2. Transfer from a regionally accredited college or university
  3. CLEP or AP credit – LSN accepts College Level Examination for Proficiency (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP) scores for prerequisite courses (Composition, Introduction to Sociology, or Introduction to Psychology) if a student achieves the passing score recommended by the American Council on Education.

All admission requirements are subject to change.

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