Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Admission Requirements

Apply for spring 2020 through August 1, 2019 at nursingcas.org.

Step One
You may start the application if you:
  • Have at least 36 of the 63 prerequisite credit hours. 
  • Have completed two of the four required natural science courses (Anatomy with lab, Chemistry with lab, Microbiology with lab, Physiology with lab) with a minimum of four credit hours in each science course.
  • Have the required science courses that are no older than five years
  • Have not repeated required natural science courses more than one time
  • Have a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite coursework
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in all prerequisite coursework
  • Have graduated from an accredited high school  (GED and HiSET also accepted)
  • Are U.S. citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident

Step Two 

Apply Today

Apply at nursingcas.org. The following items are required to complete the application:
  • A $50 NursingCAS and $35 Saint Luke’s College application fees are required to complete application.
  • Up-to-date transcripts should include Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits. Home-schooled students must provide proof of a GED or HiSET exam.
  • A resume reflecting qualifications and work and volunteer experience.
  • If you have been enrolled in another nursing program, you must provide a letter from the Dean/Nursing Program Director on official college letterhead verifying reasons for withdrawal/dismissal and eligibility for readmission.

Step Three - To be completed after acceptance and prior to semester start. If you are accepted, you must provide the following to the admissions office prior to your orientation date through CastleBranch. Your login information will be provided to you upon your acceptance.
 
Immunization Documentation
All immunization documentation must show your name, date, and be verified by a medical provider. 

What do you do if you can’t find your records? Vaccinations may need to be repeated and documentation obtained. It is not harmful to receive additional vaccine doses. For a few vaccines, blood tests can help determine if you are already immune to certain diseases.
 
Measles (Rubeola)
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Rubeola

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
 
Mumps
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Mumps

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
 
Rubella
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Rubella

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
 
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Varicella

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, an alert it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
 
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDaP)
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Documentation of a TDaP booster within the past ten years OR
2) Evidence of one dose of TDaP and a TD booster within the past ten years

TB Skin Test
You must submit proof of the absence of active Tuberculosis (TB). An initial two-step TB skin test (TST) or IGRA (blood test for TB) will be required before starting the BSN program. TB testing is required annually and students must remain in compliance throughout the BSN program.

TB Testing for incoming students: 
  1. Complete an IGRA (blood test for TB) OR
  2. Two-step screening as follows:
  •  If the first TB Skin test (TST) is positive (+)—an individual is considered infected.
  • You will then need to have a chest x-ray and signs/symptoms questionnaire to rule out active Tuberculosis.
     
  • If first TST is negative (-)—complete a second TST 1-3 weeks later. If the second TST is completed more than three weeks after the first TST, the student will have to restart the 2-step screening.
     
  • If a second TST is positive (+)—an individual is considered infected.
  • You will then need to have a chest x-ray and signs/symptoms questionnaire to rule out active Tuberculosis.
  • If the second TST is negative (-)—considered a negative (-) baseline.
Note
  • Be aware if receiving a live virus immunization (such as Varicella, MMR or Flu), you will need to have your TST done either at the same time or wait four weeks.
  • TB Screening compliance must remain current throughout the nursing program. 
  • Chest X-ray is not permitted instead of TB Screening. 
  • Refer to the College’s policy for documentation of TB Screening.
 
Hepatitis B
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Documentation of Immunization: A series of three vaccines over six months followed by a post-series surface antibody titer at least 4-8 weeks after the last vaccine is given.

  • If Hepatitis B titer is negative after the initial series of three vaccines:
  • Receive one additional vaccine
  • Complete a surface antibody titer within 4-8 weeks.
  • If the titer is positive, no further action is needed.
     
  • If the titer is still negative, receive the 2nd and 3rd vaccines in the second series and receive a Hepatitis B surface antigen test to determine if an infection is present.
  • After the 3rd dose of the second series, re-titer within 4-8 weeks, and if still negative, an individual is considered a “non-responder.”

2) Hepatitis B Declination Waiver: Although not recommended, you have the option to decline Hepatitis B. The declination is available to download from the CastleBranch website. The signed declination form must be submitted to CastleBranch.

3) If you are in the process of Hepatitis B series vaccination, you must submit the Hepatitis B Declination Waiver.

 
Influenza
  • Documentation of a flu shot must be submitted yearly by the due date defined by the College.
  • Documentation must be dated and signed by a medical professional.
  • Vaccination is required annually and individuals must remain in compliance throughout the nursing program.
    Students do not have the option to decline a flu vaccine.
Other REQUIRED Documentation
All documentation must show your name, be dated, and be legible.
 
Alcohol and Drug Testing
It is the College’s policy to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace. Students will be tested for illegal substances after an admissions offer is made. Students who test positive on their drug screenings are not allowed to participate in any clinical rotations at any Saint Luke’s Health System affiliated institutions and the admissions offer will be rescinded.
 
Students who test positive for an illegal substance and are therefore not allowed to start the program may reapply for the next available start date. A new drug screening will be administered after an admissions offer is made. 
 
Applicants who provide an abnormally diluted sample will be required to repeat the drug test (retest).
 
The College and clinical sites reserve the right to reject the participation of any student based on the results of the screenings, immunizations, or background check.
 
Color Blindness Screening
  • Submit documentation of a color blindness screening dated and verified by a medical professional.
  • Screenings must be completed using a Color Blindness test that is approved by an Ophthalmologist (i.e. Ishihara’s Test).
  • This can be performed at the College. Please ask at the Front Desk 
 
CPR Certification
  • Submit documentation of Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health care Professionals through the American Heart Association.
  • Courses for lay rescuers such as “Heartsaver” are not acceptable.
  • Certification must be renewed every two years. Individuals must remain in compliance throughout the nursing program.
  • Please note: eCards are acceptable.
  • To find an American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Professionals course, go to www.cpr.heart.org, and click on “find a course.” Then select “courses for health care professionals,” and choose BLS.
 
CNE/KCANE Confidentiality Statement
  • Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and submit a signed copy of the CNE/KCANE Confidentiality Statement.
  • This must be updated annually while enrolled in the nursing program.
 
CNE Clinical Examination
The student will be provided information on how to access the CNE Clinical Examination through D2L.
  • Students must achieve a score of 90% or above.
  • The certificate provided upon successful completion of the CNE Clinical Examination must be uploaded.
  • The documentation must show the student’s name, the date the test was taken, and the score achieved.
  • This must be updated annually while enrolled in the BSN program.
 
Criminal Background Check Information
The background check is conducted by a qualified agency. All costs related to the background checks are the responsibility of the student.

The background check shall include the following:
  • Family Care Safety Registry
  • Caregiver Background Screening (which authorizes a criminal background check from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, aDMH Employee Disqualification Registry Report and DHSS Employee Disqualification List Report) or another clinical partner, which completes the three agency check.
  • Missouri Highway Patrol Criminal Background Check
  • Kansas Criminal Background Check
  • Other State Criminal Background Check (previous residences other than MO/KS in the past ten years)
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Employee Disqualification List
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health Disqualification Registry Report
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • General Services Administration/Excluded Parties List System
  • Missouri Sex Offender Registry Nationwide Record Indicator Alias with SOI
  • Kansas Bureau of Investigation Registered Sex Offenders List Nationwide Record Indicator Alias with SOI
  • Other State or National Sex Offender List (previous residences other than MO/KS) Nationwide Record Indicator Alias With SOI
  • Name, Social Security Number and Address Verification Social Security Alert
  • United States Treasury — SDN and Blocked Persons List Web Site
  • Employment Verification Separation and Re-Employment Verification Employment
After conducting the background check, students who have been involved in any of the following activities in the seven years before applying for the program may not be allowed access to clinical sites. Consequently, the prospective student’s admissions may be rescinded if:
  1. The student has been convicted of any felony or
  2. The student has been convicted of any misdemeanor involving violence, sexual misconduct, theft or computer crimes, fraud or financial crimes, drug distribution, or crimes involving unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.
The College can initiate a criminal background check for any student at any time. Refusal by the student to submit to the background check may result in the student’s dismissal from the program.
 
Health Insurance
Submit one of the following requirements:
1) A copy of your health insurance card showing your name. 
  • If your name is not listed on the card, verification of coverage from the insurance company is required. Contact your insurance company for documentation of verifying coverage.
  • By submitting a copy of your health insurance card, you acknowledge and understand that you are responsible for the cost of medical treatment related to injuries at the College or in the clinical setting.
2) Signed Health Insurance Waiver.
  • Please meet with the Clinical Readiness Coordinator to obtain this form.
  • The Health Insurance Waiver form must be signed, dated, and uploaded to CastleBranch.
  • By submitting the Health Insurance Waiver form, you acknowledge and understand that you are responsible for the cost of medical treatment related to injuries at the College or in the clinical setting.

 

Latex Allergy Form

  • Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and upload a signed copy of the Latex Allergy Policy form.
  • Please immediately contact the Clinical Readiness Coordinator and the Director of the program for further required documentation if you have an allergy to Latex.
Student Clinical Site Consent Form
Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and upload a signed copy of the Student Clinical Site Consent Form.
 
Saint Luke’s Health System Confidentiality Statement
  • Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and upload a signed copy of the Saint Luke’s Health System Confidentiality Statement.
  • This must be updated annually while enrolled in the program.

Step Four
Once you have been accepted, you will be required to complete all other onboarding requests as outlined in your acceptance packets.