Application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program requires:
- Application and current admission to a Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) campus.
- Complete the four prerequisite courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher on those specific courses. All courses must have a C or better grade.
- Completion of designated sections of the HESI A2 Test Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Math, Vocabulary/General Knowledge, and Anatomy/Physiology (combined “English” sections) with a minimum score of 75% on each of the required sections. Applicants who complete the Critical Thinking section of the HESI A2 will be awarded points on the following scores 700-749 = 1 point, 750-799 = 2 points, 800 plus = 3 points.
- Submission of a complete application packet to the Nursing Department Office during the designated filing period.
1. General Admission Requirements to the College
Applicants to the Associate Degree Nursing program must meet college admission requirements in the Dallas County Community College District as outlined in the official Mountain View College Admission website (http://www.mountainviewcollege.edu/studservices/enrollment/admissions). Applicants must have earned either a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) in addition to complying with Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements before they will be eligible to apply to the program. Students should consult the college advising office to determine their TSI status prior to application to the Nursing program.
Once student is admitted to a Dallas County Community College, the student may apply for the nursing program after the student has completed the following requirements:
2. Prerequisite Courses
Applicants must complete the four prerequisite courses listed below with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher to submit an application to the nursing program. Prerequisite courses include:
- MATH 1314 ----------------------------- College Algebra
- ENGL 1301------------------------------ English Composition
- PSYC 2301 ----------------------------- General Psychology
- BIOL 2401 or SCIT 1407 -------- Anatomy & Physiology 1
- Science courses including SCIT 1407 and BIOL 2401 must be completed less than 5 years prior to anticipated program entrance. BIOL 1406 is the prerequisite for BIOL 2401. NOTE: SCIT 1407/1408 may not transfer to four-year universities.
- MATH 1414 – College Algebra is also recognized as the math prerequisite course and is calculated as a three credit hour course for ranking purposes only. Higher level math courses such as Calculus may be evaluated for possible substitution if a student did not complete a college algebra course.
3. Official College Transcripts
Prior to application to the nursing program, potential applicants must have submitted all of their official transcripts to the Registrar/Admissions Office at one of the seven Dallas County Community College District campuses. The transcripts must be current with the print date no earlier than three years of the applicant’s anticipated admission to a health occupations program. If the official transcripts have not been submitted, the individual’s application to the program will be voided.
4. Meet physical and mental standards for admission (see Nursing Application form).
5. Schedule an appointment with admissions advisor for pre-evaluation and transcript review.
6. Complete the HESI-A2 admissions examination at Mountain View College or any Dallas Community College District Campus. Student must earn a minimum score of 75 on each subject content area to be eligible to apply for admission (Must provide HESI A2 score sheet with application packet)
7. Complete all required immunizations & TB testing.
8. Hold a current CPR for “Health Care Provider” level certificate.
9. Has a negative background check and negative drug testing (Conducted once student has been approved for program but before classes are started).
10. Complete and submit all required paperwork.
Other Considerations for Admission:
In addition to completing the above requirements and application, the student should consider the rigorous physical and mental demands of a nursing career which are needed in order to accomplish the objectives of the nursing program. The nursing applicant must possess:
- A valid social security number.
- Visual acuity with or without corrective lenses. This is needed for but is not limited to patient assessment, reading small print, visualizing and interpreting monitors, and equipment calibrations.
- Hearing ability with or without auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face. This is needed for but is not limited to hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, and call bells from patients, and stethoscopic sounds originating from the patient’s blood vessels, heart, lungs, and abdomen.
- Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time and a reasonable ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. This is needed for but is not limited to performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, safely lifting patients, moving from room to room, maneuvering in small spaces, and completing twelve hour shifts.
- Ability to communicate effectively in orally, aurally, and in writing. This is needed for but is not limited to the ability to speak clearly and understandably to members of the health care team, patients, and families. The student must possess the ability to write legibly and professionally in the patient’s chart or legal documentation and the ability to use effective listening skills.
- Manual dexterity, strength, and fine motor skills. This is needed for but is not limited to utilization of sterile technique, the preparation and administration of medications, and performing other nursing procedures and/or skills.
- Reliable personal transportation and ability to attend all classroom and clinical experiences, both on and off campus.
- A normal level of health and immunity. Has ability to tolerate immunizations and to work with a wide variety of potentially contagious patients.
- Eligibility to meet Texas Board of Nursing Licensure Requirements. This includes but is not limited to passing a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. (Please be aware that some criminal history or psychiatric illnesses may preclude an individual from licensure eligibility.) Some clinical sites or health care facilities may have more stringent rules regarding citizenship, which may preclude non-citizens from completing those clinical experiences.
- Ability to function safely and professionally under various stressful conditions.