Admission Statement

Guided by the mission statement of the Trinity Health System School of Nursing, the Faculty Organization selects applicants for admission to the School who best meet the Specific Pre-admission Educational Requirements.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The School of Nursing strives to maintain an environment in which all are treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity.  The School of Nursing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, or disability in the admission of students, employment of individuals, or in activities conducted by the School in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The School will not tolerate conduct by any person, which constitutes sexual harassment, including sexual violence of any student/employee. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Melissa Hassan MSN, RN, Director of Trinity School of Nursing, 380 Summit Ave, Steubenville, Ohio 43952, 740- 283-7275, mhassan@trinityhealth.com

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), Trinity Health System School of Nursing will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. All applicants to the School must be able to complete the Essential Functions and Abilities of a Nursing Student with or without reasonable accommodations. For a more detailed description of this Act/Policy on Students with Disabilities, contact the Office of Student Affairs.

 

Inquiries concerning Title IX may be referred to the Director of the School or to the:     

 

Office of Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

600 Superior Avenue East

Suite 750

Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2611

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Admissions Contact

All inquiries or correspondence for admission should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at the School of Nursing between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (740) 283-7467. The E-mail address is jduska@trinityhealth.com. Fax # 740-283-7461.

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Admission Policies

 Applicants are admitted to the school on a rolling basis until the class has been filled.

 Only one class is admitted annually.

PRE-ADMISSION EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

1. Graduation from High School or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Certificate

 

2. GPA Requirement- All accepted applicants must meet the GPA (grade point Average) 

    requirement in one of the following ways:

              • Most recent cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above (at the time of acceptance) OR

              • Successful completion of college level Anatomy and Physiology or  

                Microbiology with a B or above

 

3. Preadmission Course Requirements-

              • Algebra I in high school (1 credit) with a C or above (or college course   

                equivalent)

              • Chemistry I in high school (1 credit) with a C or above (or college course 

                equivalent)

 

4. Standardized Test Requirement- All accepted applicants must meet the 

    Standardized Test requirement in one of the following ways:

              • An American College Test (ACT) score within the last five years with a  

                composite score of 18 or above and a minimal Reading score of 13  OR

              • A scholastic aptitude Test (SAT) score within the last five years with a 

                combined score 870 or above (Critical Reading + Math; prior to 2016) or 950

                or above (EBRW + Math; 2016 and beyond) OR

              • Kaplan Admissions Test score of 55 in Reading (Kaplan Test is not available

                for the high school applicant. Applicants that graduated from high school at

                least one year prior to admission may opt to take the Kaplan Admission Test if

                required ACT or SAT score has not been achieved. OR

              • Bachelor's Degree within the last 5 years

 

    APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Submit $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit Official high school transcript or, if applicable a G.E.D. certificate.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (unofficial transcripts may be accepted with official transcripts to follow).
  4. After application, application fee, high school transcript, and college transcripts have been received, the admission file will be reviewed. Admission file will not be reviewed until all admission materials have been received.
  5. If Kaplan Admissions Testing is required, the applicant will be notified by mail. The letter will contain scheduling information and specific details.
       The Kaplan Admissions Test will be administered at Trinity Health System  
         School of Nursing. 
       • Available Admissions Test dates will be posted on the main page of the  
         School's Website. The test should be scheduled at least one week in advance  
         of the testing date.
       • There is no fee for the test.
       • The online test consists of 91 multiple choice questions that evaluate the basic 
          reading, math, writing, and science skills of applicants. A minimum score of 55 
          in the Reading Section is required. First-time failure to obtain a 55 in the 
          Reading Section requires self-directed remediation and a subsequent 
          opportunity to repeat the examination one time.
     
    The School of Nursing reserves the right to schedule personal interviews with eligible applicants or request references ( a relative may not give a reference).
     
    All documents become the permanent property of the School. If an applicant does not enter the program in the year for which they are applying for admission, the submitted documents will be retained for one year. After one year, the documents will be destroyed, unless the applicant requests that the file be kept for admission consideration in a subsequent year.
     
    The School reserves the right to modify these requirements to determine eligibility as prescribed by the Faculty.
     
    ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE:
     

    1.  Applicants are notified of their acceptance into the program by mail.  

         Admission  decisions are not made until all application materials are received 

         and evaluated (application, official high school transcript, Official college transcripts (if 

         applicable) standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, Kaplan, or evidence of Bachelor 

         Degree within 5 years).

     

    2.  Submit updated transcripts, if applicable.

             If applicant was a High School senior at the time application to  

          the School of Nursing was filed, a  final official transcript must  

          be submitted after graduation

             If applicant attended a post-secondary school completing coursework after application to the School of Nursing was filed, official transcripts of all completed course work must be submitted

     

    3.  Submit Essential Functions and Abilities of a Nursing Student Form.

     

    4. Submit Transfer of Credit Request Form – If a student would like to request transfer of 

        credit for any previously completed course work, a Transfer of Credit Request    

        form should be submitted as soon as possible after acceptance.

        See Course Equivalency Chart

    5.  Attend Pre-enrollment information session – Pre-enrollment information  

        sessions will be held with groups of accepted applicants in order to share  

        pertinent information and answer any applicant questions. Sessions are held   

        monthly.

    6.  Final enrollment requirements will be sent in June to accepted students

             Required Health Work – due August 1

             Health History and Physical Exam

             Immunizations

             Urine Drug Screen – Negative urine drug screen is required for entrance into the program. Drug screen must be completed at Trinity WorkCare. If student has a positive drug screen, they will not be permitted to enter the program (see Pre-Admission Drug Screening Policy).

          Current CPR Certification - BLS (Basic Life Support- American Heart

          Association) or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers  (Red Cross)  

             Information related to financial aid, uniforms, orientation, etc.

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Advanced Placement - LPN to RN

Trinity Health System School of Nursing offers a unique and dynamic

LPN-to-RN articulation track. The accepted LPN student completes a 6 week non-credit Transition Course in October-November prior to entering the program in the Spring Semester. The LPN student will graduate after successfully completing five semesters/sessions after entrance. No pre-admission entrance testing is required.

LPN to RN Pre-Admission Educational Requirements:

1. Graduation from High School or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) certificate 

2. Graduation from an approved LPN program.

3. Completion of each practical nursing course with a C or above

4. Current licensure as an LPN (at the time of acceptance)  

5. Chemistry I in high school (1 credit) with a C or above (or college course equivalent)

6. College Anatomy and Physiology with a C or above

 

Trinity School of Nursing will grant credit to the LPN student for:

N200 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

Credit may be granted for the following courses if coursework has been successfully completed with a C or above and is comparable in content/practicum as those offered by Trinity School of Nursing. If credit is not granted, these courses must be taken as part of the curriculum:

BIO 103 Microbiology

PSY 101 General Psychology

PSY 205 Human Growth and Development

SOC 101 Sociology

In addition to the successful completion of the Transition Course (and above non-nursing courses, if applicable), the student must successfully complete the following coursework to be a candidate for graduation:

N201 Nursing Care of the Adult I

N202 Nursing Care of the Adult II

N203 Maternal-Child Nursing

N204 Nursing Care of the Patient in Crisis

N205 Transition to Professional Practice

The School establishes the same graduation requirements for basic and articulation students.

LPN to RN APPLICATION PROCESS:

1.     Submit completed application form.

2.     Submit $25.00 non-refundable application fee.

3.     Submit official high school transcript or, if applicable, a GED certificate.                  

4.     Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (unofficial           

        transcripts may be accepted with official transcripts to follow).

 

5.     After application, application fee, high school transcript, and college transcripts have  

        been received, the admission file will be reviewed. Admission file will not be reviewed 

        until all admission materials have been received.

 

         LPN to RN ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE:

1        1. Applicants are notified of their acceptance into the program by mail. Admission

             decisions are not made until all application materials are received and evaluated

             (application, official high school transcript, official college transcripts)

    

        2.  Submit updated official transcripts, if applicable (if coursework was completed after application for   

             admission was filed).

 

        3.  Submit Essential Functions and Abilities of a Nursing Student Form.

 

        4. Submit Transfer of Credit Request Form – If a student would like to request transfer of  credit for

            any previously completed course work, a Transfer of Credit Request form should be submitted

            as soon as possible after acceptance. See Course Equivalency Chart

 

        5.  Attend Pre-enrollment information session (depends on timing of acceptance) – Pre-

            enrollment information sessions will be held with groups of accepted applicants in order to   

            share pertinent information and answer any applicant questions. Sessions are held monthly  

            February through July.

 

        6.  Final enrollment requirements will be sent to accepted students

          Required Health Work – due December 1

               Health History and Physical Exam

              Immunizations

               Urine Drug Screen – Negative urine drug screen is required for entrance

          into the program. Drug screen must be completed at Trinity WorkCare. If

          student has a positive drug screen, they will not be permitted to enter the

          program in January (see Pre-Admission Drug Screening Policy).

         Current CPR Certification - BLS (Basic Life Support - American Heart Association) or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers  (Red Cross) 

         Information related to financial aid, uniforms, orientation, etc.

       7. Complete Transition Course - $400 plus textbook

Readmission Policy

A readmitted student is defined as an individual who was previously enrolled in the program and has withdrawn from the program either voluntarily or involuntarily. The readmitted student must meet the curriculum requirements effective at the time of readmission.  All requests for readmission are referred to the Faculty Organization for review/consideration. A final decision is based on individual evaluation and availability of space. The Faculty will review the previous Academic File including but not limited to: reasons for leaving, length of time since leaving, past performances in theory, clinical, and standardized testing, number of times placed on academic/clinical probation, number of times Comprehensive Final Exams were repeated, Code of Conduct Violations, and/or attendance while in the program. The Faculty may stipulate specific individualized requirements that must be met prior to readmission. When repeating any course within the curriculum, the grade earned during the re-take of the course is the grade used to determine progression and calculation of GPA.
 
There is no guarantee of readmission. A student may be readmitted to the program only once, and therefore, must complete the program in its entirety as planned, once readmitted.
Readmission Application Process:

1.  Submit a completed Application for Admission.

2.  Submit $25.00 non-refundable application fee.

3.  Submit transcripts of any/all courses taken between enrollments.

4.  Submit Transfer of Credit Request form if requesting credit for courses completed since last admission.

5.  Personal interview is optional.

Registration Fee

A registration fee of $200 is to be paid within 30 calendar days of notification of acceptance for admission/readmission. This is applied to the first term tuition, but is not refunded if the student withdraws.

Essential Functions and Abilities of a Nursing Student

Students accepted into this program will need the cognitive ability, emotional stability, and physical endurance to complete the program and practice professional nursing. When determining professional suitability for the practice of professional nursing, the nursing student must be able to do the following: exercise safe judgments based on assessment data, remain visibly calm in emergency situations, interact in a caring manner with others, follow directions, be flexible, and demonstrate honesty, integrity, commitment, cooperation, respect and accountability. The student must not pose a significant risk to the health and safety of himself or others.

The following are essential functions, abilities, and physical requirements for the nursing student:

  • Critical thinking ability sufficient to collect, analyze, integrate, and generalize information and knowledge to make clinical judgments and management decisions that promote positive patient outcomes. Ability to identify cause/effect relationships and clinical situations, develop nursing care plans, and apply mathematical skills for calculating safe drug dosages

  • Interpersonal ability sufficient to provide safe care to populations, as well as safety to self. Ability to establish a therapeutic relationship with patients, families, and health care team, maintain a positive relationship with instructors and peers, demonstrate self-control, and accept constructive criticism for professional development.

  • Communications skills sufficient to speak, comprehend and write (print and cursive) in English at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear effective communication. Ability to explain procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses, and complete assignments and exams within specified time frames.

  • Physical abilities sufficient to perform required patient care activities in a safe and effective manner for the entire length of the clinical experience. Ability to move around in clinical environment, administer cardio-pulmonary procedures, and walk/stand, twist, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull for extended periods.

  • Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe, effective nursing care. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, turn, reposition/ambulate patients, and manipulate small equipment and containers (i.e. syringes, vials, ampules, and medication packages to administer medications.

  • Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patient health needs. Ability to hear faint body sounds, auditory alarms and normal speaking level sounds (i.e. blood pressure sounds, monitors, fire alarms, call bells, cries for help and person-to-person report).

  • Visual ability sufficient to observe and assess patients and their environments. Ability to detect changes in physical appearance, color and contour, read medication labels, syringes, manometers, and written communication accurately.

  • Tactile ability sufficient to perform physical assessment. Ability to palpate (i.e. pulses, changes in skin temperature, and anatomical abnormalities). and provide therapeutic interventions needed for examinations and procedures.

This description of the essential abilities of the nursing student is meant to include the major areas of responsibility and is not intended to be limited to the above information.

Disclosure of a Disability

After acceptance into the nursing program, a copy of the form "Essential Functions and Abilities of the Nursing Student" is mailed to each new student to review, sign, and return to the School within two weeks of receipt. This information is outlined in the School Catalog/Website/Student Handbook. Disclosure of a disability prior to the program start date will allow the student time for their individual evaluation and submission of the written documentation to the School.

For reasonable accommodations to be considered, it is first necessary for the student to obtain a current (within 5 years) evaluation of the disability from a licensed/certified psychologist (with experience in the disability identified) or if appropriate, a medical doctor. The specific disability and recommendations should be described in the documentation submitted. The "Essential Functions and Abilities of the Nursing Student" serve as a guide for the written recommended accommodations.

Students who disclose a disability and request accommodation after the educational program begins, may experience a delay in the progress of their program until all required documentation is submitted and processed.

Pre-admission Drug Screening Policy

Purpose - To provide guidelines for pre-admission drug screening for all accepted applicants. To assure the safety and well-being of patients, students, faculty and staff in the academic and clinical environments.

Philosophy - Trinity Health System School of Nursing is committed to maintaining a health and substance-abuse free environment that promotes the welfare of students, patients, employees and the community. We believe the use of illegal drugs causes harmful physical, mental and psychosocial effects, and may render an individual unable to perform the essential functions of a student nurse in a safe and competent manner.

Procedure

1.  All accepted applicants must obtain a 10 panel urine drug screen prior to August 1st of the year they intend to enter the program. If drug screen results are not received by the School prior to the first day of the Fall Semester, the applicant will not be eligible to begin classes.

2.  Drug screening will be done through WorkCare Occupational Health Clinic adjacent to Trinity Medical Center West (740-264-0087). WorkCare uses occupational Med Program Drug and Alcohol Testing Services, a federally certified laboratory, and a strict chain of custody.

3.  Arrangements for the drug screen appointment and the cost of the drug screen (approximately $50.00) are the responsibility of the accepted applicant.

4.  A driver's license or other photo I.D. must be presented for verification of identity at the time of the drug screening. Applicants will sign a consent for the results of the drug screen to be released to the School of Nursing. If the accepted applicant is a minor, parental permission will be required.

5.  Refusal to consent to drug screening will result in denial of enrollment in the program.

6.  A Medical Review Officer (MRO) who is a trained and certified physician will review all results. The screening results are transmitted confidentially from the laboratory directly to the MRO's office. In accordance with Trinity Health System's policy (HR.EH-33), cut off levels are used to determine when an individual has enough of a certain drug in his/her system that it should be considered a positive test. The drug cut-off levels are derived from federal guidelines.

7.  Information of a positive drug screen will be provided to the Director of the School. These drug screening records will be kept on file in the Director's office for one (1) year from the collection date and will then be shredded.

Confidentiality: The handling of all records and subject information will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access. Any breach of confidentiality will be considered serious and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

Outcome

Accepted applicants with a positive result that has been verified by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) certified referral lab and verified by the MRO will be contacted by the MRO. The candidate may provide evidence of a valid prescription for the presence of the substance in his/her system to the MRO. The MRO is an expert in substance abuse; the School of Nursing will recognize the validity of the MRO's findings.

1.  When a drug screen reveals a negative result, the enrollment procedure will proceed.

2.  In any case where a drug screen result is positive and no authorized prescription is produced to validate the presence of the drug in the individual's system, enrollment will be denied. A certified letter will be sent to the applicant indicating the presence of a controlled substance in the urine specimen and the denial of enrollment into the program.

3.  Applicants denied enrollment to the School of Nursing due to a positive drug screen may reapply for the next academic year.

The School reserves the right to modify these requirements to determine eligibility as prescribed by the Faculty.

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Transfer of Credit

          Non-Nursing Courses:

Request for transfer of credit for non-nursing courses must be made to the Coordinator of Student Affairs using the Transfer of Credit Request Form that is mailed to the student at the time of acceptance. Courses accepted for transfer of credit must be of comparable content/practicum as those courses offered within Trinity Health System School of Nursing. Course descriptions/outlines may be required to determine course comparability. Transferred coursework must have been successfully completed with a course grade of C or above, verified by transcripts. Calculation of credits is determined by course content/practicum comparability and granted according to the program's Curriculum plan. Transfer credit hours will not be included in qualitative GPA calculations.
 
Nursing Courses:
 
Applications from students who wish to transfer from an approved professional school of nursing will be considered on an individual basis. Acceptance of transfer students is dependent on completion of all admission requirements, demonstration of ability to attain the standards of achievement in our School, relevancy of course(s) and available space in the class.
 
Request for transfer of credit must be made to the Coordinator of Student Affairs using the Transfer of Credit Request Form accompanied by official transcripts and course descriptions/outlines. Courses accepted for credit must be of comparable content/practicum as those offered by Trinity Health System School of Nursing. Transferred coursework must have been successfully completed within the past 5 years (final course grade of "C" or above). Calculation of credits is determined by course content/practicum comparability and granted according to the Program's Curriculum Plan. Additionally, transfer students are required to successfully complete a 6 week non-credit Transition Course which is held in October - November prior to the  Spring Semester start date each year. Transfer credit hours will not be included in qualitative GPA calculations.
 
Transition Course Fee: $400.00 plus textbook
 
The student requesting to transfer from an approved professional school of nursing must submit a letter of recommendation from the Director of the previous school. Trinity School of Nursing reserves the right to test any transfer applicant prior to admission. Once the required materials have been received, the Faculty Organization will review the applicant's materials and determine final acceptance. A processing fee of $25.00 is required.

Military Experience:

For individuals with experience in the armed forces of the United States, or in the national guard or in a reserve component, upon request, the School will review the individual's military education and skills training records. Request for transfer of credit must be made to the Coordinator of Student Affairs using the Transfer of Credit Request form. If the course work/skills training has been successfully completed and is comparable in content/practicum to courses offered within Trinity Health System School of Nursing, transfer credit will be awarded. Calculation of credits is determined by course content/practicum comparability and granted according to the program's Curriculum plan. Transfer credit hours will not be included in qualitative GPA calculations.

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          Felony Convictions

Applicants should be aware of the following policy of the Ohio Board of Nursing regarding felony convictions:

Section 4723.28 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Law Regulating the Practice of Nursing, states that the Board may deny a convicted felon a license or the privilege of sitting for the licensing examination. The Board will not approve applications for admission to the licensing examination of persons incarcerated or on parole as a result of having been convicted of a felony .The following crimes are automatic bars to licensure for applicants who enter a pre-licensure education program on or after June 1, 2003:
Aggravated Murder
Murder
Voluntary Manslaughter
Felonious Assault
Kidnapping
Rape
Aggravated Robbery
Aggravated Burglary
Sexual Battery
Gross Sexual Imposition 
Aggravated Arson
 
Further, the Ohio Board of Nursing may propose to deny an application for the following:
Any Felony
A Crime Involving Gross Immorality or Moral Turpitude
A Misdemeanor Drug Law Violation
A Misdemeanor Committed in the Course of Practice
 
If an applicant has a criminal history, the Board conducts a thorough investigation of any grounds that may exist for licensure denial at the time that the application is filed. 

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