Selective Requirements for Nursing and Allied Health

Admission procedure for Nursing and Allied Health programs:

  1. Submit to the Office of Admission
    1. A completed Triton College Application.
    2. An official transcript of high school graduation or GED certificate. Neither a high school diploma or GED certification is required for admission into the Nurse Assistant program.
    3. An official transcript of completed college course work.
    4. Documentation of completed program prerequisites for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing and Radiologic Technology program(s).
  2. Attend an information session for the program of interest is highly recommended.
  3. Take college placement tests for math, reading and writing; except when college transcripts show successful completion of college-level Math (within the last five years) and English courses. Take the pre-entrance test for Nursing. The Admission Committee of the specific program determines acceptable scores.
  4. Receive acceptance letters from the Admission Committee of the specific program chosen. Priority is given to qualified in-district residents. The Admission Committee of each program establishes criteria for program acceptance. Admission is based on completion of program prerequisites, when required, and ranking on a rating scale. Points are given for grades in completed course work for prerequisites, general education and support courses, and Science courses taken in high school or college. For admission into selected Allied Health programs points may also be given for documented/related health care experiences. The Nursing program requires a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for college-level program prerequisites (RHT 101◊, PSY 100◊ and BIS 136◊ or BIS 240◊). Points for admission into the Nursing program are based on GPA for college-level program prerequisites, pre-nursing admission test scores completed prior to Jan. 1, 2012 within five years and admissions test scores completed after Jan. 1, 2012 within three years of admission, and previous college academic history. We now accept TEAS scores within three years of admission into the program. The ASSET will remain five years.
  5. Attend orientation and registration session.
  6. Students who are unsuccessful in completing the PN or RN standardized comprehensive nursing exam may enroll in NUR 095 for Practical Nurse certificate or AAS degree completion.
  7. Part-time students may complete program prerequisites and general education requirements before seeking admission into Nursing or Allied Health programs. Students are expected to seek advising to plan course work each semester.
  8. Students who were admitted to the Practical Nursing or Associate degree Nursing program(s) prior to fall 2000 and were later terminated may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Nursing program provided they have completed all program prerequisites. The Nursing department, in collaboration with the student, will develop a remediation plan prior to admission. The plan will include completion of NUR 105◊ with a grade of "B" or better. Ongoing remediation may be required if admission is granted into NUR 130. No advanced placement will be offered.
  9. Submit a completed physician’s history and physical form with required documentation of functional physical condition and required immunizations, and proof of valid health insurance to the college Health Services prior to the first clinical course. (The Nursing and Nurse Assistant program(s) require that all documentation be complete prior to the first day of the first class.) Nursing and selected Allied Health students must meet CPR requirements prior to entry into the clinical setting. Continued health insurance coverage and documentation of valid health status is the responsibility of the student and must be maintained throughout the period of enrollment in any Health Career program. Students are responsible for any incurred medical expenses. Additional health requirements, and other requirements, such as criminal background checks, may be needed to comply with clinical agency policies.

    Note: Any applicant to the clinical portions of Health Career programs who is afflicted with epilepsy or any other condition that causes loss of consciousness or otherwise may impair his/her ability to perform will furnish the office of the Dean of Careers programs with a verified statement from a licensed physician to the effect that the applicant’s condition does not pose a direct health or safety threat or significant risk to the student, patients, hospital staff or others in the Health Career program or clinical facility. In addition, the applicant will agree to remain under the care of a physician and follow treatment as prescribed.

Furthermore, each applicant’s physician must report immediately to the college any change in the applicant’s ability to function safely in the clinical portion of the program. Any default in this agreement will constitute cause for the removal of the student from the clinical portion of the program.

Advanced Placement

  1. Proficiency examinations, if available, for beginning courses, must be taken before enrollment in the course according to specific departmental or program requirements and subject to approval by the dean.
  2. Clinical proficiency examinations may be required prior to acceptance of credits for clinical courses.
  3. All program requirements for acceptance to selective admission programs will be required of the student applying for advanced placement.
  4. The Admission Committee of the specific program, using established program criteria, will evaluate requests for advanced placement on an individual basis.
  5. Advanced placement students are admitted only after currently enrolled students have been placed.

Transfer Students

  1. Transfer students must complete admission procedure for Health Career programs no later than 30 days prior to the semester in which they seek admission.
  2. All required Math and Science courses and courses in program majors will be considered only if completed within the last five years with "C" grades or better. Comparable achievement in terms of course objectives and content must be documented.

Progression and Retention

  1. A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 is required for progression in all programs.
  2. A "C" grade or better within five years of the start of the program is required for progression in all required Science, Math and major Health-Career courses to count towards graduation requirements.
  3. All clinical components or clinical courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "P," "C" or "S," regardless of theory grade.
  4. Students admitted to the Nursing program are allowed to repeat only one course in each of the 100 and 200 level NUR courses following withdrawal or earning a failing grade ("D" or "F"). A failing grade, or withdrawal from a repeated course, or any subsequent NUR course in the same level (100 or 200) will result in termination from the program making the student ineligible for readmission or graduation from the same program. Students in the Nursing program achieving a "D", "F" or "W" (withdrawal) in any Nursing course and who are seeking readmission will develop a remediation plan in collaboration with the Nursing department and meet with the Triton Nursing counselor prior to being considered for readmission. The remediation plan may include completion of NUR 105◊.
  5. Students who are unsuccessful in completing the PN or RN standardized comprehensive nursing exam may enroll in NUR 095 for Practical Nurse certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) completion.
  6. A failing grade ("D" or "F") in a repeated Allied Health program course or Public Service program course will result in dismissal or termination from the program, making the student ineligible for readmission or graduation from the same program.
  7. Students returning to the clinical following a major illness or delivery must provide written documentation from their physician stating that they may be involved in all clinical activities without physical restrictions.
  8. Requirements stated in the catalog at the time of admission or readmission to a Health Career/Public Service program must be met for graduation.
  9. Nursing students are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in all general education courses.


(for students who withdrew, are repeating a course or were terminated prior to program completion)

  1. All students seeking readmission should submit completed "Request for Readmission to a Health Career program" form to the Health Careers information specialist no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester in which they are seeking readmission. The timeframe may vary by program. Please check with the program coordinator. Students seeking readmission to a nursing course should submit completed ‘Request for Re-Admission’ form to the nursing chairperson no later than 30 days prior to the semester for which readmission is sought.
  2. All students petitioning for readmission will be evaluated and readmitted depending on availability of seats or clinical spaces after currently enrolled students have been placed.
  3. Any student who has withdrawn ("W") and/or was terminated twice in a single Health Career/Public Service course will be subject to individual review of academic performance by the program Admission Committee prior to granting of permit to register for the same course.
  4. Students seeking readmission into Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Ophthalmic Technician, Radiologic Technology and Surgical Technology who for any reason have not taken any program specific courses in the two years prior to the readmission date, will be required to retake all previously completed program specific course requirements.
  5. Students must complete the nursing program within five years of admission to NUR 130 and within four years of admission into NUR 185.

Policy # 5101.3; last updated: 01/23/01