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Admissions Requirements

practical nursingAdmissions Steps

1. Apply to Columbus State

Online Application

2. Academic Advising

In order to ensure you are receiving the most up to date information students considering the PN program are strongly encouraged to Make an appointment with an Advisor.

View the Plan of Study.

3. Apply to Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Application form

Students may complete the online application form prior to completing all  requirements however, all requirements must be met in full prior to a student receiving acceptance into the program.

Deadlines for full-time evening and full-time day program:

  • September 30th for the full-time evening Spring 2018 semester (evening program)
  • February 28th for the full-time day Summer 2018 Semester 

* Please note there is not a autumn program start at this time*

Program Requirements

Students take 28 semester hours of nursing courses and 11 semester hours in arts and sciences for a total of 39 credits. Students will participate in clinical in a variety of health care settings under the direction of a registered nurse. 

The program admission requirements include:

The successful completion of NURC 1001 with a grade of C or better

Placement into CHEM 0100 or higher

Placement into BIO 0100 or higher

Placement into ENGL 1100

A GED or High school transcript

Current GPA of 2.6 or higher along with Good Academic Standing.

            Successful completion of The HESI A2 exam with a score of  75% or higher 

Please be aware that students have two attempts to take the HESI A2 to pass.  This test must be completed at Columbus State Community College.  For information concerning the  HESI A2 exam please call 614-287-5750. 

Standards Essential for Nursing Students are required in order to be considered for admission into a nursing program.

4. Acceptance

Once admitted to the program, you will receive an acceptance letter which will be sent two weeks after application acceptance deadline. Complete a health records form with the Health Records office.