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PN Readmission

  1. Readmission to the nursing program is NOT guaranteed.

  2. The number of unfilled spaces for each class is determined by availability of faculty and clinical facilities.

  3. Students who apply for readmission are those who were previously enrolled in a nursing course at PCCUA, but failed to progress to the next level (W, EW, or failing grade) or those who separated from the program for one year or less.

  4. Students admitted for the first time to Level I of the Practical Nursing Program are allowed a maximum of one readmission to the program. No required nursing course may be repeated more than one time.

  5. All students who repeat a required practical nursing course also must repeat all required co-requisite nursing courses regardless of a previously earned grade of "C" or better in the co-requisite nursing courses. A grade of “C” or better is required in all repeated nursing courses to progress to the next level or graduation.

  6. Applications for readmission may be obtained from the PN Program Coordinator on the DeWitt campus.

  7. The completed application must be received in the office of the Practical Nursing Program on the DeWitt campus no later than June 1st to be considered for readmission to the fall semester or October 1st to be considered for readmission to the spring semester. Applications will only be accepted by mail, and no late applications will be accepted.

  8. Applicants will not be considered for readmission unless:

    • Their Exit Interview is on file;

    • A current Health Statement, proof of current immunizations, and TB skin test is on file in the Nursing Department Office

    • A current American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR card that remains current throughout enrollment in Level I, II, and III. Electronic recertification will not be accepted.

  9. Since a limited number of space(s) may be available for readmission, the date and time of receipt in the Nursing Department on the DeWitt campus will be noted on each application.

  10. Students applying for readmission will be ranked according to the following criteria:

    • The numerical average of the nurse course(s) at the time of separation.

    • When a student does not have a numerical average at the time of separation from the nursing course(s). The student will be given a 78.00 for ranking purposes.

    • Students will be ranked for readmission from the highest numerical average to the lowest numerical average for the required nursing course(s).

    • When two or more applicants have equal numerical averages, priority for readmission will be given to applicants according to the date and time the application was received in the Nursing Department Office on the DeWitt campus.

  11. The Drug Dosage Calculation Competency Exam is a prerequisite for students seeking readmission to Level II or III. Exam times are scheduled with the PN Program Coordinator and are posted on the PCCUA program webpage. The applicant must pass the Drug Dosage Calculation Competency Exam within three months of re-enrollment. A maximum of three (3) opportunities are offered to score 90% or above on the exam. Only a basic calculator with the capacity to add, subtract, multiply, and divide can be used. No calculators with advanced functions are allowed.  Any missed exam will be counted as a fail. Applicants who fail to score a minimum of 90% on the Drug Dosage Calculation  Competency Exam will not be eligible for enrollment.

  12. Demonstration of skill competency is a prerequisite for students seeking readmission to Levels II and III. Skill competency evaluation times are scheduled with the PN Program Coordinator and are posted on the PCCUA program webpage. Students seeking readmission to Level II must demonstrate proficiency in taking a complete set of vital signs (BP, P, RR, and temperature). Students seeking readmission to Level III, must demonstrate proficiency in taking a complete set of vital signs BP, P , RR, and temperature), administration of oral and parenteral medications, and catheterization. The applicant must pass the skill-check-off within three months of re-enrollment. A maximum of three (3) opportunities are offered to demonstrate competency. Any missed skill competency evaluation will be counted as a fail. Applicants who fail to demonstrate skill competency will not be eligible for enrollment.

  13. Applicants will be notified of admission status at least one week before regular fall or spring registration.

  14. Applicants not selected for readmission, or who elect not to re-enroll, must repeat the entire readmission application process to reenter in a subsequent semester. This process includes submission of a new application for all students, as well as the Drug Dosage Calculation Competency Exam and skills exam for Level II or III within the required time frame.

  15. Readmitted students are ineligible for pre-registration and must register during regular registration.

  16. Rare exceptions to the Readmission Policy can be made by the Faculty Committee. The student must submit a timely written request to seek an exception.