The purpose of this admission policy is to provide a record of the requirements and procedures necessary for an applicant to be considered qualified for admission to the Ralph R. Willis School of Practical Nursing. The requirements will be in accordance with the admission requirements recommended by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses.
- Applicant must have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Test (GED) prior to August 1st and be 18 years old prior to start of clinical. High School Equivalency Test verification may be obtained from DiplomaSender.com.
- Communicate effectively in English. Provide proof of English literacy via:
BEST Literacy, BEST Plus 2.0, or CASAS as standardized assessment. CASAS Life and Work Reading; or Citizenship Tests Scale Score in the high intermediate ESL range of 211-220. Students will be exempt from providing proof of English proficiency:
- if they graduated from a high school where instruction was given in English or
- successfully completed a full-time curriculum at another post-secondary institution for at least 2 semesters/terms/quarters where the primary language of instruction was English or
- obtained an ACT composite score of 19 or above or
- SAT composite score of 1350 or above
- Applicants must take the TABE and score a minimum score established by program administrators prior to taking the pre-entrance exam.
- Remediation may be completed through the Adult Education Center Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm and on Thursday from 12pm-7pm.
- Applicant must develop a study regimen with the Adult Education Instructor.
- Applicants must complete a pre-entrance exam Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum score determined by the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center School of Practical Nursing Program.
- Applicants who are unsuccessful at meeting the bench mark score can return to the Adult Education Center for a minimum of 10 hours to upgrade skills before re-testing.
- Students will be permitted to take the test TWICE*
- The Program may accept passing tests scores from other testing sites when space is available.
- Official transcripts from secondary and postsecondary schools attended must be provided and on file in the school office.
*Due to COVID-19 and inability for in class TEAS preparation we will allow a 3rd attempt.
- Immunizations as recommended by the Center for Disease Control for healthcare personnel, the Logan County Health Department, local health care employers, this may include: PPD, Tetanus and diphtheria vaccine (Tdap), MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, etc. The influenza vaccine after admission is also required.
- Pre-entrance dental examination and clearance by family dentist.
- Pre-entrance physical examination clearance by a licensed healthcare provider including a drug screen.
- This information must be in the students file prior to starting class.
Three professional reference forms must be completed and submitted. Appropriate individuals to complete these reference forms include teachers and/or employers who have known the applicant for three years.
Applicant may have a personal interview. The applicant will be rated by interviewer(s) on promptness, appropriate dress, grooming, effectiveness of oral expression, overall attitude and manner and ability to follow instructions. Additional points are earned for individuals who hold a current certification relating to a healthcare profession or have completed a medical terminology, or computer class.
Criminal Background Check:
Applicant must complete a state and federal criminal back ground check.
Please note: THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO ADMIT APPLICANTS TO THE LICENSURE EXAMINATION WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, ARE HABITUALLY INTEMPERATE, ADDICTED TO THE USE OF HABIT-FORMING DRUGS, OR ARE MENTALLY INCOMPETENT. THE APPLICANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF A CRIMINAL CONVICTION ON THE APPLICATION AND LICENSURE PROCESS, PRIOR TO APPLICATION.
- Interested persons contacts the school by phone or email.
- Application is completed and returned to the school. ($100.00 application fee)
- Applicant contact adult education to schedule the TABE.
- Applicant works with adult education to prepare for the pre-admission exam.
- When the pre-admission test results are returned:
- Applicant who did not make acceptable score is notified and referred back to adult education. (May retest one time)
- Applicant with satisfactory score is notified and an interview is scheduled.
- Applicant has three professional reference forms and official high school/HSE/college transcripts mailed to the school.
- Applicant completes state and federal criminal background searches.
- Applicant makes an appointment for an interview.
- Applicant interviews with the coordinator, member of faculty, advisory committee member, or other selection committee members.
Please Note: If the applicant is a no call/no show for the interview appointment, the applicant will not be interviewed for that year. The school does not send reminders.
- Selection committee evaluates the applicant’s information.
- Applicant is notified of the selection committees’ decision.
- Applicant submits payment of $100.00 seat holding fee. This payment is non-refundable and is applied as payment toward the student’s tuition.
- Those recommended for admission will receive the following forms:
- Physical Examination – requires the following diagnostic tests: Complete blood count, RPR, Urine Drug Screen testing, immunity titers, and any other tests or x-rays that may be necessary to clear health status. The exam is to be completed by the applicant’s primary care provider and must be returned by the date requested by the school.
- Immunization/Titers form-to be completed by the applicant’s primary care provider and must be returned by the date requested by the school.
- Dental record to be completed by the applicant’s dentist and must be returned by the date requested by the school.
- Required to obtain a criminal background check.
- Acceptance into the program is contingent upon documentation of physical/immunization/dental requirements, the results of the criminal background checks, and successful completion of the Practical Nursing-bridge program through adult education.
- Applicant attend orientation meeting.
- Applicants are required to have random drug screens. The drug screens are done at the office of Quality Drug Testing. A photo ID is required at the time of the screening. The results of the drug screen will be sent directly to the Coordinator of the Ralph R. Willis School of Practical Nursing The presence of any illegal drug or prescription drug for which the applicant has no valid prescription will be grounds for immediate dismissal. Refusal to submit to a drug screen will be grounds for dismissal from class participation. Drug screening can occur any time after students receive their acceptance letter and randomly throughout the course year. Faculty reserves the right to screen with urine dipstick or cups and alcohol screening with saliva. Any positive result will be confirmed though additional testing with Quality Drug Testing.
NOTE: When we have more applicants meeting the educational requirements than we can accept, those not offered a position are notified and will be considered for the next class.
Upon completion of the voluntary withdrawal form an individual who voluntarily withdraws from the program may request re-admission. The individual for re-admission will be considered by the same standards as any other applicant to that class, except he/she will not need to retake the Pre-Admission Test if he/she has taken the test within one year. Students who have been dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons and those who have withdrawn from the program a second time are not eligible for readmission.
READMISSION WITH ADVANCED STANDING POLICY
An individual who desires advanced standing will be considered if space permits and the following criteria are met:
- Successfully completed the foundations courses during the previous year.
- Tuition, fees, and all other financial responsibilities of previous enrollment year have been met.
- Enrollment must be at the beginning of a trimester, and in the time span of the curriculum. A student must be enrolled a minimum of ninety (90) days before a diploma may be granted.
- Written record of reason for withdrawal and the desire to be readmitted with advance standing is submitted or on file.
- Transcript of previous enrollment shows:
- Acceptable grades
- Satisfactory clinical performance
- Evidence of the required hours, subject knowledge, and skills prerequisite to the term of placement.
- Completion of criminal background checks as outlined in admission policy.
- Interviews with the coordinator.
- Completion of competency examination of program courses previously completed to demonstrate knowledge and skill of course content with a minimum grade of “C” as defined in the grade policy. If a student is unable to demonstrate this level of competency, he/she will be required to repeat the course requirements by attending lectures and passing the examinations of the course with a minimum of 80%.
- Applicant submits completed paperwork by the date requested by the school:
- Physical Examination Form, which states applicant is physically and emotionally able to participate in all classroom and clinical experiences (includes drug screen);
- Immunizations/Titers Form, which indicates that immunizations are up to date/titers are positive; and
- Dental Form, which indicates that dental health is satisfactory or that repairs are scheduled.
An individual who is actively enrolled in a nursing program and desires to transfer to the Ralph R. Willis School of Practical Nursing will be considered if space permits and the following are met.
Applicant must have on file in the school office:
- Evidence of good health
- Official transcript of high school grades
- Evidence of completing the 12th grade or results of the High School Equivalency exam showing satisfactory performance
- Evidence of completion of a medical terminology class within five years with a grade of B or higher
- Evidence of passing a pre-admission examination as part of program’s preadmission standard
- Official transcript from original nursing school showing:
- Acceptable grades
- Satisfactory clinical performance
- Evidence of the required hours in theory and clinical performance for each subject
- Copies of written clinical evaluations indicating satisfactory performance of clinical skills
- Evidence of knowledge and skills prerequisite to the term of placement
- Written recommendation from the director/coordinator of the nursing program
- Interested person applies to the school by phone or letter.
- Application form will be mailed to the individual.
- Applicant will submit to the school:
- Completed application form
- Official transcript of high school grades with evidence of completing the 12th grade or copy of passing results on the GED/TASC; and official transcript showing completion of a medical terminology course within five years with a grade of B or higher.
- Results of pre-admission examination from current nursing program.
- Official transcript from current nursing school.
- Health record from current school of nursing.
- Written recommendation from the director/coordinator of the nursing school.
- Completion of criminal background checks as outlined in admission policy.
- Applicant interviews with the coordinator or faculty member.
- Physical examination, if records indicate last physical was done more than 12 months earlier. Physical examination/immunization/dental components are the same as for enrollment to program.
- Completion of competency examination of program courses previously studied to demonstrate knowledge and skill of course content with a minimum grade of “C” as defined in the grade policy.
- Enrollment must be at the beginning of a trimester. A student must be enrolled a minimum of ninety (90) days before a diploma may be granted.
- Applicant will be notified in writing of acceptance or rejection.
NOTE: Failure to meet criteria will constitute standards for rejection.
Acceptance will be at the discretion of the admission committee.
Transfer students are expected to abide by all Program Policy and Procedures set forth by the school.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICY
Credit being submitted from a college or another nursing program for the purposes of meeting requirements of the foundational courses (Pharmacology, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, and/or Fundamentals of Nursing/Skills) of the program must meet the following criteria:
- The course must have been completed within 2 years of the date of enrollment in the Ralph R Willis School of Practical Nursing (RRWSPN).
- The final course grade must be a B or better.
- If requested by the RRWSPN coordinator, the applicant must submit a copy of the course syllabus to RRWSPN.
- The applicant must have an official transcript mailed to RRWSPN.
- The applicant must complete the Competency Examination Form and submit it to the RRWSPN coordinator by 1 of the year preceding enrollment.
- The applicant understands that this transfer of credit does not affect the RRWSPN tuition rate; the cost of the program will remain the same.