Nursing Selective Admission Requirements
The Nursing program at the UC Blue Ash College admits students through a selective program admission process. Students who meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply to the Nursing program. Note the following:
- Confirmed admission to the University of Cincinnati is required.
- Students may apply to the program via selective program admission two times only.
- Application to the Nursing program does not guarantee admission to the program.
Nursing, RN Technology Selective Program Admission Minimum Criteria
These are the minimum criteria that must be met to be considered for the program. If you do not meet these requirements, you should not submit a selective program admission application. By enrolling in pre-health professions, you are able to work towards these requirements at UC Blue Ash College, and apply once they are met. The pre-health professions advisor can assist with putting together a plan.
- Biology: One year of high school Biology with lab and a grade of C or higher completed within 6 years of application or a college biology course as indicated below is required.
- If high school Biology grade was C, but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I (BIOL1051C) with a grade of C or better.
- If high school Biology was not taken or if the student earned a grade below C, the student must complete Biology for Health Professions and Technical Programs I and II (BIOL1051C and BIOL1052C) with grades of C or better.
- College Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 2001C) completed with grade of C or better within the 6 years prior to application will also meet this biology requirement.
- Chemistry: One year of high school chemistry with lab with a grade of C or better completed within 6 years of application or CHEM 1030 (General, Organic, and Biochemistry I) and CHEM 1030L (Gen/Org/Biochemistry Lab) with grades of C or better is required.
- If high school Chemistry grade was a C but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete General, Organic, and Biochemistry (CHEM 1030 and CHEM 1030L) with grade of C or better.
- If high school Chemistry was not taken or if the student earned a grade below C, the student must complete General, Organic, and Biochemistry (CHEM 1030 and CHEM 1030L) with grade of C or better.
- Math: Eligibility for college level math is required. Students may meet the math requirement via Math Placement Test (MPT) with a score of 420 or higher OR with a 25 or higher on the ACT Math sub-test OR an SAT math sub-score of 650 or higher.
- English: English Placement test: Eligible for English Composition (ENGL 1001). student must achieve a score of 5 OR ACT English score of 18 or higher OR an SAT writing score of 430 or higher.
- TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language): students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL examination.
- Minimum GPA: Students must meet the requirement of (A) un-weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or (B) 2.8 GPA in college courses with a minimum of 12 credit hours. Note: The GPA of the most recent college attended will be the one used for selective admission.
Additional Requirements for Nursing, RN Technology
In addition to the minimum qualifications, there are some additional requirements that you must complete as a part of the application process for the Nursing, RN Technology program. Here are the additional requirements:
When completing the Selective Admission application, you will be asked to respond to the following two prompts in one essay of 300 words or less.
- Briefly describe (3-5 sentences) why you have chosen to become a Registered Nurse.
- Provide the top three characteristics that will make you successful as a nursing student and describe how they will help you become a good Registered Nurse.
- Essay must be in Times New Roman, size 12 font
- Must be 300 words or less
- Double-spaced with one inch margins on all sides, with the text aligned to the left only
- The file name for the essay should include the following information: Last Name, First Name – Essay
- Upload the essay as Word Documents where indicated on the online application.
Nursing Kaplan Admission Test
The student is responsible for scheduling and completing the Admission test during the published dates. There is no cost for the test to the student. Students taking the admission test will be evaluated in mathematics, reading, writing and science. Not taking the admission test will result in an incomplete application for Nursing Technology, and will not be considered.
Students who complete a selective program admission application for the Nursing program will be given access to a link to complete registration for the Kaplan Admission Test.
Preparation for the Test
Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exams: Your All In One Guide to Getting Into Nursing School (2016) 7th Edition
Please note, the text is for all nursing entrance exams and includes more information than is on this specific admissions test.
Overview of the Test
The test consists of 4 sections, a total of 91 questions, requiring a testing time of 165 minutes.
Reading - 22 questions; time allotted - 45 minutes. Candidates read four passages and answerquestions that measure the essential skills required for reading:
- Determining the logic of a passage
- Comprehending details
- Drawing basic inferences
- Identifying the purpose of a passage
Math - 28 questions; time allotted 45 minutes. The test measures the candidate's ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:
- Word problems
Writing - 21 questions; time allotted 45 minutes. Candidates read nine passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing:
- Assessing passage development
- Assessing paragraph logic
- Assessing mechanics of writing
Science- 20 questions; time allotted 30 minutes. The test measures the candidate's knowledge of physiology in the following areas:
- Cardiovascular system
- Renal system
- Hematologic system
- Gastrointestinal system
- Immune system
- Renal system
- Hematologic system
- Respiratory system
- Sensory system
Program Admission Selection Process:
The program admission committee will review the academic records, the reflective essay, and the admission test scores. Students who meet minimum qualifications by the first week of May will be considered for regular decision admission and will be notified of acceptance by the end of May. Students must return their acceptance letter by the date stated in their Admission letter to ensure a space in the class. Students who do not return the acceptance form by that date will be removed from the admission list.
Additional Requirements Upon Acceptance for All Nursing Students
- Attend the mandatory First Year Student Nursing Orientation session. Review the online orientation checklist.
- Complete the Essential Functional Abilities for Nursing Students
- Complete critical requirements, which include background checks, by the third Friday in July. Not completing the critical requirements by the due date may result in losing a seat in the nursing program.
- Purchase a laptop to meet the Nursing Program requirement.
Following acceptance to the health programs, students must meet the following requirements:
- Purchase appropriate uniforms, supplies, and educational materials.
- Document current immunizations.
- Document Basic Life Support for health care provider CPR certification.
- Arrange for personal transportation to and from clinical sites.
- Undergo background checks and drug testing as required by the program or the clinical site.
- Meet any additional program specific requirements.
Walters Hall | Room 289
Nursing Advisor Contact Information:
Muntz Hall 125
Preferred Method of Contact: Schedule via Starfish or by calling 513-745-5753.