Admission Requirements for Nursing Program | AAS

Applicants to all programs must follow program-specific criteria listed below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged to proceed with the appropriate application process.



Nursing – AAS Degree

  • Minimum high school Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Take the HESI Exam with a minimum score of 75 (effective Fall 2018 semester)
  • Complete Admissions Process
The following steps must be taken to complete the admissions process for the AAS Nursing Program: 1. Admissions Application

Complete and submit the official admissions application.

2. High School Diploma or GED

Along with the application, present a copy of the applicant’s high school diploma/transcript, or have the applicant’s high school send a copy of his/her diploma/transcript directly to Eastern International College.

Recipients of a State Equivalency Diploma (GED) must submit a copy of the transcript of their test results with the application. Applicants whose secondary education was in a country outside the U.S. must obtain written official evaluation of transcripts showing equivalency from their native country, using one of the approved evaluating companies, such as WES, ECE, etc.

3. HESI (A2) Test

Take the entire HESI test in a single session. The HESI Test is used to assess student competencies and readiness for entry into the nursing program. The exam has been shown to help predict the likelihood of student success in nursing programs. Specifically, the exam tests students across several academic domains, as well as results in a personality profile used to help identify each applicant’s learning style. 

  • Reading Comprehension–Presents reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension; tests for skills such as identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, demonstrating passage comprehension, making logical inferences,
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge–Posits vocabulary that is commonly used in the English language, as well as that which is specific to the healthcare field.
  • Grammar–Contains a basic grammar assessment, centering on parts of speech, common grammatical errors,
  • Basic Math Skills-Centers on math skills needed for the healthcare field, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts,
  • Anatomy & Physiology–Includes general medical terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
  • Learning Style–Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test – taking and study tips suited to that learning style.
Elementary Algebra Requirement for Nursing Students A student who scores < 70 in the HESI (A2)-Math (80 in the HESI (A2)-Math  effective Spring 2019)– Math will be required to take and pass Elementary Algebra (MAT 099). A student who completed and passed College Algebra or any Calculus course within the last ten years from an accredited college but scored < 70 in the HESI(A2)- Math will be exempt from taking Elementary Algebra (MAT 099). (80 in the HESI (A2)-Math effective Spring 2019) The following courses can be accepted for Math transfer credit if the student scores at least 70 in the HESI (A2) – Math (80 in the HESI (A2)-Math effective Spring 2019) : College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Differential or Integral Calculus, Differential Equations 4. Essay

Submit a personal statement in response to an essay question drafted by the Chair of the Nursing program.

5. Proof of Citizenship/Legal Status

Submit documentation to show legal status if not a citizen of the United States.

6.Certified background (Castle Branch) that verifies a negative criminal background check. 7.Drug Screen

Students must undergo drug screening that verifies negative results.

8. Interview All applicants selected for admission based on their entire application package will have a personal interview with the Nursing Admissions Committee. A student who failed a nursing course or was dismissed from another nursing school will NOT be accepted in the Nursing program.
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