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Eligibility to enter the Nursing Program will be determined by a “composite score” which is a combination of (a) overall college GPA in the last five years, (b) English GPA, (c) core biology (anatomy, physiology, and microbiology) GPA, and (d) core biology repetition. Course repetition is defined as repeating a course due to a previous grade of “D”, “F”, NC, No Pass, or “W”. Students will be required to have a score of at least 72% to be admitted to the program.
1. The 2014-2015 catalog states that all applicants are bound by any new Nursing Program admission requirements. All applicants to the program will follow the new selection process regardless of when they began working on prerequisites for the program.
2. In the event that there are more qualified applicants (those with a score of 72% or higher) than spaces in the program, enrollment will be based on computerized random selection. The top ten eligible applicants (the ten with the lowest numbers) from the prior year will be offered a space in the program the following year prior to filling openings with first time applicants.
3. Prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Fall semester prior to submission of the application to the program for the following fall admission.
4. Applications will be accepted from January 2 through February 1 each spring for fall admission.
5. The Prerequisite Validation study from the Chancellor’s office identified that the greatest predictors of success in RN Programs are overall GPA, English course GPA, Core biology GPA, and core biology repetitions. The formula weighs overall college GPA in the most recent five years the heaviest, next is English, and the third is core biology GPA. Repeating core biology courses lowers the score.
6. The overall GPA will be calculated using the five most recent years on your transcripts. GPA is calculated the usual way. Divide grade points by units (30/13=2.31) The five most recent years are counted using 10 semesters of coursework (Fall and Spring). Summer is not counted as an individual semester but course work in summer will count for calculation of GPA and course repetition.
7. English grade point will be calculated using English 150 or its equivalent from another school.
8. Core biology GPA will be determined using the last grade from each of the following core biology classes: Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. GPA is calculated as above using all courses taken (BIOL 120, 224, 240) or their equivalents.
9. Core biology repetition will be calculated using the total number of course repetitions for core biology classes- anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. Course repetition is defined as repeating a course due to a previous grade of D, F, W, or NC. Five years or 10 semesters (Fall and Spring) are used to calculate core biology repetitions. Summer is not counted as an individual semester but course work in summer will count for GPA and calculation of course repetitions.
10. Credit grades- A letter grade of “C” will be assigned to biology and English course work with a grade of “Credit” to calculate the composite score if letter grades are unavailable. Letter grades of C will be assigned to credit classes to compute overall college GPA only if the college system awards all grades with Cr/NC. If the college uses a system of letter grades and credit, the Cr grades are not computed in the overall college GPA. From this date forward, since English GPA and biology GPA are needed for the formula, these courses must be taken for a letter grade.
*11. ATI TEAS Test V
Applicants will be required to successfully pass the "Test of Essential Academic Skills" (TEAS) prior to entry into the program. For information on this test click here: Test of Essential Academic Skills 10-2014
The TEAS V Study Guide ($48) and online practice testing ($109 + S/H & tax for both the study guide and online practice) may be ordered from ATI from their website: ATITESTING.COM.
College of Marin will be using the 5.0 version of the ATI TEAS Test.
In the event that the applicant does not pass the test they will need to successfully complete remediation course work prior to entry into the program.
What does Line out of courses mean? When is it used? Can a “W” be lined out?
Can courses be taken more than once?
2. A course may not be designated as repeatable unless the course content differs each time it is offered, and the student who repeats it is gaining an expanded educational experience for one of the following reasons:
3. A student may not register for or be placed on a waiting list of a non-repeatable course for more than one section of the same course per semester.
4. A student may petition to repeat a non-repeatable course after the second attempt based on one of the following circumstances listed below:
5. A student who has received the symbol “W” after with-drawing from a course may re-enroll in the course. The student may not enroll in that course more than four times for units and a grade. This applies to repeatable and non-repeatable courses.
6. A student may petition for academic renewal without course repetition to alleviate previously recorded substandard grades. The petition may be approved if the District determines that the recorded substandard grades are not reflective of the student’s demonstrated ability. If the petition is approved the original substandard grades shall be disregarded in the computation of the student’s grade point average, and the student’s permanent academic record shall be annotated in such a manner that all work remains legible, insuring a true and complete academic history. Courses granted Academic Renewal would not be included for course repetition limits. (See Academic Renewal Policy for specific requirements.)
What is Academic Renewal?
How will academic renewal and line out affect my GPA and course repetition in the formula?
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Content Responsible: Roz Hartman, RN, MS, Interim Dean of Health Sciences, 415.485.9326