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Admission Criteria

Practical Nursing

If applying to the Moberly PN program, return forms to the Health Sciences Office. If applying to the Mexico PN program, return forms to the Nursing Administration Office at the Mexico Higher Education Center. If applying to the Columbia PN program, return forms to Julie Kiefer, PN coordinator, at the Columbia Area Career Center building on Providence road. These must be in your file prior to May 1.

The following prerequisites are required for admission into the PN program and must be completed prior to starting the program:

  1. Completion of college level Human Anatomy/Lab with a “C” or above and Fundamentals of Math or equivalent or higher with a minimum grade of “C” or have a placement score for Intermediate Algebra or higher.
  2. Application forms completed for Moberly Area Community College (online) and the Practical Nursing Program.
  3. Official high school transcript or GED transcript, if applicable, on file in Student Affairs. It is the responsibility of the student to check on the status of their transcripts in Student Affairs.
  4. Official college or university transcripts on file in Student Affairs. (This includes transcripts from any nursing schools attended, if applicable.) It is the responsibility of the student to check on the status of their transcripts in Student Affairs.
  5. Submit a criminal background form. Go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website at www.machs.mshp.dps.mo.gov and complete a name based criminal record check by entering the name search portal and click to get started with an account. You will be asked to pay with a credit/debit card. The cost is $15.25 currently, subject to change by the state. Print your results and submit them with your application packet.
  6. A ATI TEAS exam is required with a minimum score of 58%.
  7. Three reference forms must be submitted. The individual score on each category must be no higher than a 2.0. These may not be completed by a personal friend or relative. If the student has attended MACC ADN program within the last two years, one of the references must be obtained from an ADN faculty member or the Dean of Health Sciences. (NOTE: The reference forms CAN NOT be hand delivered by the
    applicant to the Health Sciences Office. Reference forms should be mailed or faxed from the person providing the reference to the Health Sciences Office.)
  8. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 from high school or college. All university or college coursework attempted will be considered when determining a student’s cumulative grade point average. College transcript supersedes high school transcript.
  9. Admissions is contingent on maintaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  10. A TOEFL score of 560 on the written exam or score of 86 on the TOEFL IBT exam, ACT English score of 20 or greater, or a “C” or better in Composition I for students for whom English is a second language.
  11. Health insurance is required for all nursing students.

A weighted admission process is utilized to select qualified candidates for acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program. Students earning at least 10.5 points on the MACC Practical Nursing Admission Process Score Sheet and meeting all other minimum admission requirements will be automatically admitted, pending seat availability. In the event there are more students scoring 10.5 points or greater than available seats, students with the highest points will be admitted. Those students not meeting automatic admission criteria will go to the Practical Nursing Admissions Committee for a competitive selection process.

Students are selected for admission into the program via a weighted admission process. Applicants whose records indicate the greatest potential for successful achievement will be admitted to the program. Qualified applicants not admitted for the current academic year will be placed on an alternate list. If no position becomes available, these applicants must reapply for the next academic year.

In the event of an unusual situation concerning an applicant, an admissions committee will make the decision to accept or decline admission. The committee will consist of the Dean of Health Sciences, the Dean of Student Services, the Director of Health Sciences, the Practical Nursing Coordinator, Nursing faculty, and a member of the health care community.
Applications will be reviewed and selected without consideration of sex, age, disability, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital or parental status.

These are minimum application criteria for this program and do not guarantee admission.