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Student advisement

The Director of the Nursing Program or a Nursing Faculty member will meet with prospective nursing students to advise them in a plan of study.  To accomplish this, the student MUST have available his/her ACT scores and previous college/university transcripts.  Course descriptions for classes completed with a grade of “C” or better at previously attended colleges/universities, other than NEO A&M College, are also helpful. This will allow advisement on any potential deficiencies that must be removed prior to admission into the program.  Once admitted to the program, students will be assigned to a nursing faculty advisor for the length of the program.  It is recommended that students make an appointment to meet with their advisor prior to every semester and as needed.


Selection criteria

Students are selected by the numerical rank of their academic profile score. Applicants must have an Academic Profile score of 65 points (effective with 2019 admission cycle) or higher in order to be considered eligible for admission. The class is selected by the Nursing Admission Committee composed of the Director of Nursing and nursing faculty and reviewed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision is communicated in writing to each applicant. Enrollment in nursing courses is limited due to available lab and clinical facilities.

The Academic Profile is computed using the following seven (7) criterion:

  1. Grade point average (GPA) of required pre-requisites for the Nursing Program
  2. Number of credit hours completed of required general education and technical support courses
  3. ACT composite score
  4. Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) TEAS score*
  5. Completion of Anatomy & Physiology
  6. Completion of Microbiology
  7. Deduction of points for repeat or withdrawal of required science courses

*Fast Track LPN/Paramedic applicants

Fast Track applicants
  • ATI TEAS examination
  • All pre-requisite courses by the summer before the accelerated nursing courses begin each fall
  • Pass the ATI Fundamentals and Maternal/Newborn examinations at a level II upon acceptance to the Fast Track LPN/Paramedic program option to be eligible to begin the program.

Contact the Fast Track Coordinator for information about admission with advanced standing as a licensed practical nurse.

Advanced Standing for Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Licensed practical nurses may receive advanced standing credit through a state-wide articulation agreement with the career technology centers and/or by achieving the required level on ATI examinations in Fundamentals of Nursing and Maternal-Child Nursing.
  • Contact the Fast Track Coordinator for information about admission with advanced standing as a licensed practical nurse.

Advanced Standing for Licensed Paramedics

  • Licensed paramedics may receive advanced standing credit by achieving the required level on ATI examinations in Fundamentals of Nursing and Maternal-Child Nursing.
  • Contact the Fast Track Coordinator for information about admission with advanced standing as a licensed paramedic.

Transfer Courses

  • All nursing courses must be taken at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Below is a detailed explanation of the seven (7) criterion:

Explanation of criterion

Grade point average (GPA) of the required pre-requisites for the Nursing Program

  • For a listing of the required pre-requisite courses for the Associate in Applied Science Nursing Degree, please check the NEO Catalog or Nursing program office.
    • Students may apply to the program having not completed all courses, but must be enrolled or have completed at least one of the required science courses to be eligible to apply. If currently enrolled in any pre-requisite courses, student must have a grade of “C” or higher at mid-term in those courses to be eligible for points. A grade of “D” or “F” on any pre-requisite course must be repeated and is not calculated for application purposes.
    • The GPA is calculated by multiplying the applicant’s GPA by 10 (example: GPA 3.0 x 10 = 30 points). GPA is based on a scale: A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D or F = 0 points.
    • Student must maintain an overall 2.5 GPA in the required pre-requisite courses to be eligible to apply.
      • A student must maintain an overall cumulative/retention GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to graduate from NEO A&M College. Thus, an applicant must meet this minimum criteria as part of the selection process.
      • Student must maintain a 2.33 GPA in the required pre-requisite Science courses (Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, and Microbiology) to be eligible to apply.
    • Students with a cumulative GPA in pre-requisite courses of 2.75 receive 3 points on their application. Students with a GPA of 3.00 or higher will receive an additional 3 points for a total of 6 additional points.

Number of credit hours completed of required general education and technical support courses

  • The pre-requisite credit hours, including those in which a student is enrolled during the spring semester in which they apply or have completed, are totaled for a maximum of 30 points.
  • Students who have a GED certificate must complete at least 12 hours of the required general education hours (excluding noncredit, developmental courses) prior to application to the Nursing Program.
  • All required courses which are in process or completed will be calculated into the academic profile score. The Credit hours for spring mid-term grades are counted in the credit hours if they are a “C” or higher to allow for contingency admission, with final grade(s) verified at the end of the spring semester.

ACT Composite score

  • For an ACT taken after October 1989 (Enhanced ACT):
    • 26 or higher = 4 points
      23-25 = 3 points
      21-22 = 2 points
      19-20 = 1 point
      Any score < 19 = 0 points
  • For ACT taken prior to October 1989:
    • 25 or higher = 7 points
      22-24 = 5 points
      19-21 = 3 points
      16-18 = 1 point
      Any score < 16 = 0 points

Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) TEAS score

  • The ATI-TEAS score is calculated based on the following levels of achievement:
    • Exemplary = 12 points
      Advanced = 8 points
      Proficient = 4 points
      Basic = 0 points
      Developmental = 0 points

TEAS Sub-Scores (if benchmarks met)

  • Science = 2
    English = 2
    Math = 2

Completion of Anatomy & Physiology

  • Students who have completed (or are enrolled during the spring semester in which they apply) receive 2 additional points.

Completion of Microbiology

  • Students who have completed (or are enrolled during the spring semester in which they apply) receive 3 additional points.

Deduction of points for repeat or withdrawal of required science courses

  • One point will be deducted for repeat or withdrawal of required science courses up to a maximum of three (3) points.

Revised 11-16-18

See Application for other information.


Program entrance conditions

Conditions of Entrance into the Nursing Program
  • Students must complete one of the required biological science courses with a grade of “C” or above prior to entry into NURS 1116 Introduction to Nursing.
  • See current application for TEAS and TOEFL requirements.
  • Students must meet one of the following criteria in math prior to admission to the program:
    • ACT Math subscore of 19 or higher
    • Computerized Placement Test (CPT) Math score of 72.9 or higher
    • COMPASS Algebra score of 48 or higher
    • COMPASS College Algebra score of 21 or higher
    • Successfully complete MATH 0123 Intermediate Algebra
  • Students must meet one of the following criteria in reading prior to admission to the program:
    • ACT Reading subscore of 19 or higher
    • Computerized Placement Test (CPT) Reading score of 88 or higher
    • Nelson-Denny Reading Test score of 13 or higher
    • COMPASS Reading score of 84 or higher
    • Successfully complete CIED 0133 Improved Reading and achieve the required score on the Nelson-Denny, ACT, CPT, or COMPASS
    • Minimum GPA 2.5 in all required prerequisite courses to be eligible to apply
    • Minimum GPA of 2.33 in required Science courses (Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, and Microbiology) to be eligible to apply.
    • Students must remove all academic deficiencies as defined by NEO College, except history, no later than the spring semester in which the student is making application to the program. Any history deficiency must be removed prior to graduation.
Upon acceptance into the nursing program, students must:
  • Have a physical exam completed by an approved health care provider (physical exam form will be provided)
  • Submit proof of required immunizations (pdf)
  • Submit proof of certification in American Heart Association (Health Care Provider) CPR that does not expire before end of program
  • Purchase malpractice insurance through the Nursing Program at the beginning of each year
  • Have a criminal background check conducted in accordance with the Nursing Program policy
  • Submit to a drug screen in accordance with the Nursing Program policy
Technology requirement

A computer or tablet will be required for nursing examinations. A mobile device/smart phone or tablet is optional for electronic resources, which include a drug reference guide, IV drug reference guide, laboratory values guide and medical dictionary. Some assignments may require access to the online learning management system (Canvas), ATI and EHR Tutor. You are responsible for having access to a reliable internet source. You may ask about computer recommendations at the NEO Helpdesk. 


Application

Applications to the Nursing Program for the next year will be available by mid-December. You may access the application online at the link below or you may pick up the application in the NEO Nursing Office, Nursing Science Building. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee.

Applications for Spring are available in mid-December. Completed applications are due by March 1.

Completed applications for the Fast Track ADN program offered at NEO Kansas are due mid-September for the Spring program start.


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