RN Program Admission Procedure

Classes start in mid-August

General Requirements

Submission of an application form with a non-refundable application fee is required.

Pre-Nursing Entrance Examination (TEAS)

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a standardized pre-nursing entrance examination, is administered to measure general academic ability, including math skills, reading comprehension and test-taking aptitude. Candidates must pre-register and pay the non-refundable exam fee at the time of registration. If special accommodations are needed to take the TEAS, candidates should alert the school office at the time of registration. Holy Name's School of Nursing allows applicants to sit for the TEAS two times in a calendar year with 30 days between each attempt. The waiting time provides applicants additional time to prepare for the exam.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Candidates in the College Level Examination Program may receive college credits if they achieve a score of 50. Introduction to Sociology (SO121), Introduction to Psychology (PS151) and College Composition (Cm 120) are accepted for CLEP credit. Scores must be presented to the school office at least two weeks prior to the first day the course is offered.


Applicants should request that an official copy of their high school transcript, and where applicable, their college transcript, be forwarded to the Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing. Applicants who possess a high school equivalency diploma should also have an official copy of their certificate and scores forwarded to the School of Nursing.

Transfer credit from other accredited institutions, validated by an official transcript with a letter grade of "C" or numerical grade of "2.0" or higher, may be applied to specific college courses to meet the School of Nursing's curriculum requirements. See below:

Health Requirements

Each applicant is required to have a complete physical examination, including a 2-step Mantoux test, CBC, urinalysis and dates of immunizations for admission to Holy Name's School of Nursing. Health forms and proof of immunizations must be submitted to the school office before the first day of class. Students are encouraged to have health insurance and bring proof of insurance to the school nursing health officer. Holy Name's School of Nursing does not provide insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance

All students are required to carry current liability insurance.

Criminal Background Check

Pursuant to the Joint Commission Standard (HRT20), all students must undergo a criminal background check before acceptance into Holy Name's School of Nursing. A criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, is a prerequisite to licensure.

Drug Screening

Holy Name's School of Nursing is a drug-free environment. Every candidate is required to submit to a drug test prior to admission and if requested, additional tests once enrolled.