Admission Requirements


General Requirements for Admission:


  • General NWACC admission criteria requirements
  • Non-native Speakers of English students: required to take ESL Listening test on Accuplacer and have a score of at least 110
  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.
  • Pre-nursing General Education requirements:
    • English Composition I and II
    • College Algebra
    • General Psychology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Electronic Health Records
    • 3 credit hour elective


Meet the minimum requirements of 75% or greater in each sub-category of the HESI A2 for Track I and II and the LPN HESI for the LPN to RN Entrance Exam


Admission Stages:

Acceptance into the nursing program is by application only - conducted three times per year:

  • April 1 - May 1                      Track I
  • November 1 – December 1  Track II
  • August 1 – September 1       LPN/RN 

Students looking to apply to the nursing program are encouraged to refer to the following information for guidance during the process. This information is not a replacement for academic advising. Please make an appointment to see the Health Professions advisor once per semester.


The NWACC nursing program application process is divided into four stages:

  • Stage 1 – APPLY
    • The nursing program application is available online. Students should submit application during the respective timelines given above for their preferred track.
  • Stage 2 – HESI   ENTRANCE EXAM

HESI A2 for Track I and II and the LPN HESI for the LPN to RN Entrance Exam

  • will be taken as part of the application process, and after the application period closes. The specific dates and times for the exams are subject to change by the nursing department. Eligible applicants will be sent the registration form via NWACC email once the testing dates and times have been finalized by the nursing department. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the HESI entrance exam registration form has been completed and turned in to the nursing department by the designated deadline. If the applicant does not meet this deadline, and a registration form is turned in after this time period, the form will not be accepted. The HESI entrance exam may only be taken once per application period.
  • Stage 3 – REVIEW SHEETS
    • After the HESI entrance exam, review sheets will then be sent to all applicants. During this time, the applicant will be able to evaluate the information that has been populated from their record. Applicants will have one week to contact the nursing department to discuss any discrepancies that they find. (NOTE: Courses that are currently in-session will not populate onto this review sheet, given that the grade for this course will not post until the end of the current semester.) Review sheets are automatically generated and will only be sent to applicants once.
  • Stage 4 – INTERVIEW
  • Top scoring eligible applicants will be contacted by the nursing department to schedule an interview with the nursing department Selection Committee. Interview scores will be populated as part of the applicant's overall points. The nursing program Selection Committee and Administrative Specialist will contact eligible applicants concerning their placement in the program. Please do not contact the nursing department or Health Professions Division concerning your application.

Considerations during the Nursing Program:

  • Nursing students should plan to devote at least 40-50 hours per week outside of class and clinical times to the Nursing Program sequence.
  • Nursing students are admitted conditionally upon a clear background check and must submit to a urine drug screen.
  • The Nursing Department strongly encourages all pre-nursing students to attend a pre-nursing advising session within 2 semesters of application into the Nursing Program. Please refer to the Pre-Nursing Advising Schedule icon, located on the nursing web page for current pre-nursing advising session dates and times.

Essential functions required of the nursing profession and nursing school:

The Federal American with Disabilities Act (ADA) bans discrimination of person with disabilities. In keeping with this law, NWACC makes every effort to ensure quality education for all students. However, we feel obligated to inform students of the functional abilities demanded by the nursing occupation.

Students should have the ability to:

Gross Motor Skills:

  • Move within confined spaces
  • Maintain balance in multiple positions
  • Reach above shoulders/overhead (IV poles, monitors, etc.)
  • Reach below the waist (electrical plugs, etc.)
  • Reach in front (assist patient with arms out)

Fine Motor Skills:

  • Pick up objects with hands
  • Grasp small objects with hands (IV tubing, pencils, electrode patches, etc.)
  • Write with pen
  • Use computer (type)
  • Pinch/pick or otherwise work with fingers (use syringe, etc.)
  • Twist at waist
  • Twist wrists/hands (turn objects/knobs using hands)
  • Squeeze with fingers (eye droppers, bulb syringes, ear bulb, etc.)

Physical Endurance:

  • Walk long distances (transfer patient, etc.)
  • Stand (at patient's side during surgery or therapeutic procedure, etc.)
  • Sustain repetitive movement (CPR compressions, bagging, etc.)
  • Maintain physical tolerance (stand/walk/work on your feet for 8-12 hours at a time with minimal breaks)

Physical Strength:

  • Push and pull 50 pounds (position patient, move equipment, etc.)
  • Support 50 pounds of weight (ambulate patient, assist to bedside toilet, etc.)
  • Lift 50 pounds (pick up a child, transfer a patient, etc.)
  • Carry equipment/supplies
  • Use upper body strength (CPR, physically restrain patient, etc.)
  • Squeeze with hands (operate fire extinguisher)


  • Twist
  • Bend
  • Stoop/squat
  • Move quickly (respond to emergency)
  • Climb stairs
  • Walk
  • Stand


  • Hear normal speaking level sounds (person-to-person)
  • Hear faint voices
  • Hear faint body sounds (blood pressures, lung sounds, heart sounds, placement of tubes)
  • Hear in situations when not able to see mouth (when masks are being used)
  • Hear alarms (monitors, fire alarms, code alarms, call light)


  • See information up to 24 inches away (monitors, computer screens, skin conditions)
  • See objects up to 20 feet away (patient in room)
  • Use depth perception
  • Use of peripheral vision
  • Distinguish color and color intensity (flushed, as colored, or pale skin, color of labels)


  • Feel vibrations (pulses)
  • Detect temperature (temperature of skin, IV solutions, etc.)
  • Feel differences in characteristics of skin (rash, turgor, etc.)
  • Feel difference in sizes, shapes (palpate veins, body landmarks)
  • Detect environmental temperatures


  • Detect odors (drainage, alcohol, smoke, gasses, etc.)


  • Tolerate strong soaps
  • Tolerate strong odors
  • Tolerate disturbing sounds (vomiting, diarrhea, coughing from trach)


  • Read and understand written documents (charts, orders, flow sheets, graphics)
  • Read digital displays


  • Comprehend and interpret graphic trends
  • Calibrate equipment
  • Convert to and from metric system, apothecaries' and American system (dosage calculations)
  • Tell time
  • Measure time (CPR, contractions)
  • Count rates (drip rates, pulse)
  • Read and interpret measurement tools (measure tapes and scales)
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide
  • Compute fractions and decimals (dosage calculations)
  • Document numbers in records using computerized database

Emotional Stability:

  • Establish professional relationships
  • Provide emotional support (patient and families)
  • Adapt to changing environments/stress
  • Deal with the unexpected (patient crash, death, etc.)
  • Focus attention on task
  • Cope with your own emotions
  • Multitask
  • Cope with strong emotions in others (family grieving, patient upset, etc.)

Analytical Thinking:

  • Transfer knowledge from one situation to another
  • Process and interpret information from multiple sources
  • Analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data
  • Evaluate outcomes
  • Problem-solve
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Use long-term memory
  • Use short-term memory
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills
  • Sequence information
  • Independent decision making
  • Adapt decisions based on new information

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Establish rapport with families, patient, and healthcare team
  • Respect/value cultural differences
  • Negotiate interpersonal conflict

Communication Skills:

  • Teach (patient and family)
  • Influence people
  • Direct/manage/delegate activities to others
  • Speak in English
  • Write in English
  • Listen/comprehend spoken/written work
  • Collaborate with others
  • Manage information