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
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,
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.
Title IX may be referred to the Director of the School or to
Office of Civil
U.S. Department of
600 Superior Avenue
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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
Fax # 740-283-7461.
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Applicants are admitted to the school on a
rolling basis until the class has been filled.
one class is admitted annually.
Graduation from High School or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
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)
completion of college level Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology
with a B or above
Preadmission Course Requirement – All accepted applicants must
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
4. TEAS Test – All accepted applicants must meet the minimum required
score on the TEAS Test
Preferred score – 58.7%
Minimum score - 50%
ACT/SAT Recommended – For applicants that graduated from high school
within the past 2 years
An American College Test (ACT) score
with a composite score of 21 or above
A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score
with a combined score 990 or above (Critical Reading + Math; prior
or 1070 or above (EBRW + Math ;
2016 and beyond)
students can enter the program directly from high school, due to
the intensity of this very demanding program, it is recommended
that only the exceptional high school student enter our program
directly after high school.
Average high school students
would benefit from attending a year at a community college in
order to refine their study skills and test taking abilities,
acclimate to the college environment, and complete all of the
college courses that are part of our curriculum.
completed application form.
non-refundable application fee.
Submit official high school transcript
or, if applicable, a GED certificate.
Submit official transcripts from
post-secondary schools attended (unofficial transcripts may be
accepted with official transcripts to follow).
Register to take the TEAS test
(See below for TEAS test information).
application, application fee, high school transcript, college
transcripts, and TEAS test scores have been received, the
admission file will be reviewed. Admission file will not be
reviewed until all admission materials have been received.
Completed admission files will be reviewed at the end of each
month beginning in January.
BEST meet the
preadmission requirements will be offered admission to the school
first. If you are not offered admission after the initial review
of your file, your file will be reviewed again the following
If you are meeting all other
admission criteria, but your TEAS score is between 50% and 58.7%,
it is possible that you may not be offered admission until the end
of May, pending available space in the class.
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
The School reserves the right to modify
these requirements to determine eligibility as prescribed by the
Test of Essential Academic Skills
All prospective students must take the ATI
TEAS exam as part of the application process. The score received
on the TEAS will be used along with the other preadmission
requirements to evaluate a student for acceptance to the school.
What is the TEAS test?
The ATI TEAS exam is designed to assess
a student’s preparedness to enter a nursing program.
This multiple-choice exam
contains 170 test items designed to test basic academic skills in
the areas of reading, math, science, and English and language
How do I register for the TEAS test?
Students should register for and take
the ATI TEAS test after submitting an application and official
transcripts to the school. The TEAS will be offered beginning in
January 2018. Students can register for the test by calling
Melissa Flinn at 740-264-5591 ext. 1712. The TEAS is offered
Monday through Friday at 8:30 am, pending available space. Students will be asked to create an online ATI account prior to
their testing day. Instructions for creating the online account
will be available in the Office of Student Affairs when the
student pays for the test.
How much does the TEAS test cost?
The cost of the TEAS test is $58.
Students are required to prepay for the test prior to the
scheduled testing day. Students should pay in person at the
Trinity School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs located in
room 2623 in the Eastern Gateway Community College (Jefferson
can pay in cash, check, or credit card. Students should take a
copy of their receipt along with them on testing day. Cost is
subject to change.
How long does the test take and when
should I arrive?
The test will take approximately 3.5
hours. You must arrive at the testing site at Eastern Gateway
Community College by 8:15 am. Late arrivals will not be able to
What should I bring to the test?
You will need to bring a valid unexpired
state or government issued photo ID and your ATI account username
and password. You should also bring your receipt of payment for
the test. Cell phones are prohibited while testing.
What if I already have taken the TEAS
Trinity School of Nursing will accept a
TEAS test that has been completed within the last 2 years.
should I prepare for the TEAS test?
We highly recommend that you review and
prepare prior to taking the TEAS test. The ATI TEAS Study Manual
(Sixth edition) is available for purchase at the ATI online store
the Eastern Gateway Community College bookstore. Students can also
review a test preparation book at the Eastern Gateway Community
College library. These books cannot be checked out. You must use
them in the library.
What is a passing score?
All accepted applicants must meet the
minimum required score on the TEAS Test
Preferred score – 58.7%
Minimum score - 50%
Students that achieve the preferred
score of 58.7% or above will be given priority consideration for
admission. Students that score above the minimum score of 50%, but
below 58.7% may be considered for acceptance if space is
How will I get my
TEAS scores will be available to students immediately following
Test scores should also be available online at
after completing the exam. You must log in to the ATI website to
obtain your test scores. If you cannot remember your
username/password or if you do not see your test scores, you must
contact ATI at the phone number listed on their web site.
I didn't do well on the test. Can I take
If you take the test once and feel you
could improve your score, you may retake the test again one time
during the admission cycle. You are required to pay for the test
each time you take it. You can only take the test 2 times in any
given admission cycle. You must wait at least 30 days before you
can take the test a second time.
the desired score is not achieved, it is recommended that students
utilize the ATI TEAS Focused Review that is available through your
The Focused Review will
highlight areas for improvement and provide feedback to increase
scores for future attempts.
if I have additional questions?
contact Trinity School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs at
740-283-7467 with any additional questions.
applicants will receive an acceptance letter in the mail.
Additional forms and guidance will be included with the acceptance
letter. 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,
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
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 – 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
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.
- Health History and Physical Exam –
forms and requirements will be sent out in June
- Immunizations – forms and
requirements will be sent out in June
- Background Screening – Fingerprinting
and FBI/BCI background checks are required. A satisfactory
background check is required for entrance into the program. If
a student has an unsatisfactory background check, they will
not be permitted to enter the program. Students will receive
more information regarding the background check with the
- Urine Drug Screen – Negative urine
drug screen is required for entrance into the program. If a
student has a positive drug screen, they will not be permitted
to enter the program (see Pre-Admission Drug Screening
Policy). Drug screen must be completed at Trinity WorkCare.
Additional information regarding the urine drug screen will be
sent out in June.
- Current CPR
Certification - BLS (Basic Life Support - American Heart
Association) or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health
- 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)
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
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
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
Submit completed application form.
Submit $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
Submit official high school transcript or, if applicable, a GED
Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary
schools attended (unofficial
transcripts may be accepted with official transcripts to follow).
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. Applicants are notified of their acceptance into the program by mail.
not made until all application materials are received
(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.
Transfer of Credit
Request Form – If a student would
like to request transfer of
any previously completed course work, a Transfer
of Credit Request form
should be submitted
as soon as
possible after acceptance.
Course Equivalency Chart
5. Attend Pre-enrollment information session (depends on timing of
acceptance) – Pre- enrollment
sessions will be held with groups of accepted applicants in order to
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
Urine Drug Screen – Negative urine drug screen is required for entrance
program. Drug screen must be completed at Trinity WorkCare. If
student has a
positive drug screen, they will not be permitted to enter the
January (see Pre-Admission Drug Screening Policy).
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
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. Any readmission applicant who withdrew from
the program due to academic and/or clinical failure, if
reaccepted, will re-enter the program at the beginning
regardless of the point at which he or she withdrew. 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.
Submit a completed Application for Admission.
Submit $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
Submit transcripts of any/all courses taken between enrollments.
Submit Transfer of Credit Request form if requesting credit for
courses completed since last admission.
Personal interview is optional.
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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).
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
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
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
Disclosure of a
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
School reserves the right to modify these requirements to determine
eligibility as prescribed by the Faculty.
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transfer of credit for non-nursing courses must be made to the
Coordinator of Student Affairs using the
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
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
demonstration of ability to attain the standards of achievement
in our School, relevancy of course(s) and available
space in the class.
transfer of credit must be made to the Coordinator of Student
Affairs using the
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.
Course Fee: $400.00 plus textbook
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.
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
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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:
the Ohio Board of Nursing may propose to deny an application for
Crime Involving Gross Immorality or Moral Turpitude
Misdemeanor Drug Law Violation
Misdemeanor Committed in the Course of Practice
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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