3.41.1 – Procedure

Nursing program admissions

Due to high student interest and demand in the LSC nursing programs, first you must apply and be accepted as an LSC student. Then you must apply separately for admission to the nursing program. Note: this does not apply to the CNA / nursing assistant / home health aide program. Apply here for the nursing assistant certificate.

All applicants who complete minimum admission requirements by the program application deadline will be considered for admission to the nursing program.

Part 1: Before applying to a nursing program:
  1. Apply to become a student at Lake Superior College. Important: the application includes a section titled “Majors / programs / degrees”. You must specify the program you intend to pursue:
  2. Complete all “pre-program” courses and requirements, this includes a minimum grade point average (GPA) on pre-program courses, as specified on the program guide. You’re welcome to apply to the program if you’re currently attending class. However, you’ll need to provide updated transcripts and supporting documentation to the admissions and records office before your application can be processed.
  3. Set up your LSC email. We will use this email to communicate with you throughout the application process. It is also the only way you will receive a receipt of your online nursing program application form. Paper copies of online applications are not accepted.
Part 2: How to apply to a nursing program:
  1. Complete all requirements described in part 1 of this document.
  2. Complete the nursing program application form online (which will after this be referred to as the “application”). After completing the application you will receive confirmation of your application submission in your LSC student email. Save the confirmation email. No paper copies of online applications will be accepted.
  3. Complete the most current Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), standardized Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). You must take the test prior to application deadlines and allow your test scores to be released to LSC.
    1. You are allowed two (2) attempts per year to take the TEAS V exam.
    2. Your best score is used.
    3. You must achieve a minimum TEAS V score of 58.6% to be considered for nursing program entry.
    4. If you’ve taken your TEAS V test at another institution, please have the transcript sent electronically to LSC through ATI. LSC will not accept any paper copies of TEAS V scores.
  4. To register for the TEAS V exam: a. Create an account at www.atitesting.com. Once an account has been created, click the following link http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/
  5. Program application deadlines are listed below.
  6. Meeting the minimum admission requirements to be placed into the candidate pool for admission consideration does not guarantee admission to any nursing program.
Part 3: Selection Criteria for Acceptance to Nursing Programs

Ranking of applicants will be based on the following criteria:

  1. TEAS V composite score divided by a factor of 10 (Ex: Composite score of 72% = 7.2). TEAS V test needs to be completed by the application deadline date.
  2. Pre-requisite GPA (refer to program planner).
  3. The combined total TEAS V composite score and GPA will be utilized to rank applicants for order of acceptance.
  4. In the event of a tied combined total TEAS V composite score and GPA, the applicant with the highest TEAS V science sub-score will advance in rank order for acceptance. If a further tie exists, the applicant with the highest TEAS math sub-score will advance in rank order for acceptance.
  5. Applications of students not accepted into the program each round will remain on file through that admission cycle only. If a student chooses to reapply for the next admission cycle, the student must resubmit the entire application.
Part 4: Timelines for Nursing Program Application and Notification of Admission Status

Fall Program Start

  1. Applications will be accepted January 20 through February 15. Application deadline is February 15 at 4:00pm (or the Friday before should this date fall on a weekend or holiday).
  2. Notification to applicants by LSC:
    1. March 15: Applicant will be notified of acceptance, denial or alternate list status via mail. Admission is conditional pending all program requirements are met as stated in IV below.
    2. April 15 (or the Friday before should this date fall on a weekend or holiday): Applicant must notify LSC of acceptance as directed in acceptance letter. Failure to notify LSC of acceptance by this date will result in student forfeiture of seat in nursing program.
    3. May 1: Applicant must register for classes as directed in acceptance letter. Failure to register by this date will result in student forfeiture of seat in nursing program.
    4. The following information must be turned in to the nursing department by the date stated in the acceptance letter.
      1. Signed acknowledgment which was included in your acceptance letter
      2. $50.00 non-refundable deposit which will be applied toward your first semester tuition
      3. All information listed as stated in Post Acceptance Additional Requirements below.
      4. Students must submit the required documents in one complete file. Failure to complete all steps required for a complete file will result in student forfeiture of seat in nursing program.

Spring Program Start

  1. Applications will be accepted September 1 through September 22. Application deadline is September 22nd at 4:00pm (or the Friday before should this date fall on a weekend or holiday).
  2. Notification to applicants by LSC:
    1. October 15: Applicant will be notified of acceptance, denial or alternate list status via mail. Admission is conditional pending all program requirements are met as stated in IV below. Letter will be mailed on October 15th.
    2. November 15 (or the Friday before should this date fall on a weekend or holiday): Applicant must notify LSC of acceptance as directed in acceptance letter. Failure to notify LSC of acceptance by this date will result in student forfeiture of seat in nursing program.
    3. December 1: Applicant must register for classes as directed in acceptance letter. Failure to register by this date will result in student forfeiture of seat in nursing program.
    4. The following information must be turned in to the nursing department by the date stated in the acceptance letter.
      1. Signed acknowledgment which was included in your acceptance letter
      2. $50.00 non-refundable deposit which will be applied toward your first semester tuition
      3. All information listed as stated in Post Acceptance Additional Requirements below.
      4. Students must submit the required documents in one complete file. Failure to complete all steps required for a complete file will result in student forfeiture of seat in nursing program.
Part 5: Post Acceptance Additional Requirements

After notice of acceptance into the nursing program, the following information is required to be submitted to the nursing department by deadline stated in acceptance letter. Information requested must be received in accordance with said deadlines and remain current throughout the program.

Requirements include, but may not be limited to:

  1. Signed acknowledgement of accepting seat in program
  2. $50.00 non-refundable deposit receipt
  3. Copy of Current CPR/First Aid. This requirement is filled only by either the American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid ALTH1430
  4. Completion of current Minnesota Human Services Background Check Students can complete background check at the following site: https://bgs.dhs.state.mn.us/a/Login.asp
    Disclaimer
    Prior to the start of the program and each academic year all students must have a clear criminal background check with no unresolved disqualifying convictions. For more information about the background study process and disqualifying crimes, contact the Licensing Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, at (651) 296-3802.
    If the applicant refuses, or is disqualified as a result of the background study, the applicant will result in student forfeiture of seat in nursing program.
  5. Completed health exam and immunization record, including current immunizations and tuberculosis testing, and/or requirements as defined by the clinical partners
  6. Proof/copy of CNA registry, CMA registry, Military Medic or other as approved by the Director of Nursing Programs
  7. Advanced standing LPN Track applicants, Licensed Practical Nurses must provide proof of an unencumbered LPN license from the state of MN. The LPN license remain unencumbered throughout the program

Date Implemented: February, 14, 2014

Date Updated: July 13, 2016