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Admissions - Requirements

The school is on a moratorium on admissions from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completed Admission Application form, or Apply Online.
  • Application Fee.
  • Official high school graduate transcript or high school equivalency transcript.  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 by mail or through the National Student Clearing house directly from those institutions to Lutheran School of Nursing.  No hand carried or faxed transcripts are accepted.
  • TEAS exam scores.
    • TEAS exam scores must be within three years of application review date.
    • The most recent TEAS test score will be used. TEAS test must be taken at least 30 days apart to count as separate attempts. If TEAS test is retaken less than 30 days from prior attempt, the first attempt will be utilized.
    • TEAS test may only be taken three times within twelve months. Additional attempts will not be reviewed regardless of score.
  • Transcript with grade of C or higher or registration form for any transfer coursework. Transcript with final grades must be received prior to first day of enrollment for any prerequisite coursework.
  • Acceptable background check, drug screen, immunization, and medical forms after acceptance into the program and prior to enrollment in the program.
  • Applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. The school reserves the right to limit the class size of the program. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission.

    Applicants who have graduated from high school within the last three years and have less than 20 transfer credit hours. These students will be evaluated on TEAS test scores and high school GPA.

    Applicants who have graduated more than three years from high school must complete at least 20 college hours to apply. These students will be evaluated on TEAS test scores and college GPA.

    TEAS Percentage GPA Science and Math Grades and Attempts
    70 and higher 2.50 Preference of grades of B or higher on first attempt
    63-69.9 2.75 Preference of grades of B or higher on first attempt
    60-62.9 3.0 Preference of grades of B or higher on first attempt

    *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 REQUIREMENTS FOR LPN-RN BRIDGE TRACK

    • Copy of current valid LPN license
    • Pass the LPN Proficiency Exam within two years of date of acceptance
    • Pass the LPN Dosage Calculation Exam within two years of date of acceptance
    • LPN to RN Bridge students are granted 20 transfer credit hours for LPN program coursework.

    NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKING APPLICANTS

    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 take a Nursing Course, he or she MUST complete and receive a grade of C or better in all the following college-level classes:

    • Composition (3 credit hours)
    • Mathematics for Nursing/College Algebra or above (must be completed successfully within five years prior to acceptance to LSN)
    • 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
    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, Mathematics for Nursing, 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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