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Admissions Standards and Regulations

 
Admission to the College
High School Standards
Transfer Students
AASN to BSN Completion: Dual Program Enrollment Option
Admission to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (pre-Licensure) Program
Admission to the RN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program
Requirements upon Acceptance
Admission to the Associate of Science in Health Science Program (ASHS)
Readmission
Orientation
Other Regulations
Ohio State Board of Nursing Requirements
Application Procedure

The College reaffirms its commitment to nondiscrimination in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; in that no otherwise qualified person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the College because of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, handicap/disability, veteran status, marital status or sex. Applicants must be legally eligible to study in the United States for the expected duration of their enrollment in the College. Any student called to active duty for the military service in the armed forces (including service of the National Guard or Reserve) will receive special LOA consideration to ensure the smooth transition into and out of the college. Service members will be promptly readmitted with the same academic status he/she had when last attending or accepted for admission to the College.

Acceptance to the associate degree programs is a selective process. Applicants will be considered based on test scores (TEAS and Critical Thinking), cumulative GPA, Natural Science GPA, and community service using a rubric.

Admission to the College

The College admits students in August and January. Admissions are selective. Applicants are evaluated based on educational background and life experiences. Application deadlines are posted on the GSC website. Enrollment is dependent on available seats. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if seats are available.

  • To study at Good Samaritan College (GSC), the student must be able to understand lectures in English from the first day of classes. If the student’s primary language is not English, the student is required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®).
    1. The TOEFL® score must be less than two years old.
    2. Proficiency is demonstrated by an internet-based test (iBT) score of at least 80, with a minimum score of 20 in each skill.
      • Computer Based Test (cBT) minimum score 213
      • Paper Based Test (pBT) minimum score 550
       
    3. The test may be waived for applicants who previously enrolled in a higher education institution at which English is the language of instruction.
  • All transcripts originating outside the United States must be translated and evaluated by World Educational Services (www.wes.org).

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High School Standards

  • High school graduates must provide records from an accredited high school.  The minimum cumulative GPA (for all courses) must be at least 2.50. The cumulative GPA in required courses must be at least 2.25.
  • Required high school courses include:
    English 4 Units
    Math (algebra required) 4 Units (2*)
    Science (chemistry required) 3 Units (2*)
    Social Studies 3 Units (2*)
    Other recommended subjects include biology, foreign language, physics, and computer technology.
    *Requirements for those who graduated from high school prior to July 2003.
  • The General Education Development Test (GED) is accepted. The minimum score must be at least 2250, with no score lower than 410 on individual sections.
  • Official scores from either the SAT or the ACT are required of applicants who graduated from high school within five years of the application date.
    1. Minimum accepted SAT score (math and verbal combined) is 870 minimum accepted score (prior to March 2016) and 950 (post March 2016)
    2. Minimum accepted ACT composite score is 18.
  • High school standards may apply to transfer students with a minimum of 12 credit hours or 15 quarter hours from an accredited institution.
  • • Official scores from the TEAS Critical Thinking tests are required.

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Transfer Students

Any applicant who attempted coursework for credit at another post-secondary institution is classified as a transfer student. However, to be considered for admission based upon prior college work, the applicant must have completed at least 12 semester hours or at least 18 quarter hours Developmental or remedial courses are not accepted in these credits. An applicant presenting less than 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours must meet all high school standards.

  • The applicant must have a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Course transfer follows current policy of 2.0 or above within ten years.
  • Prior college coursework completed with a grade of C or better will be considered for transfer if the credits were earned within the past ten years.  Official transcripts of all previous education must be provided.  Catalogs and/or course syllabi may be requested to determine transferability of credit.
  • Failure of a nursing course at a prior college will jeopardize admission to the AASN Program unless some circumstance warrants consideration.
  • Students who have failed two or more nursing courses at a prior college will not be considered for admission to the AASN Program.

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AASN to BSN Completion: Dual Program Enrollment Option

Students in the RN - BSN completion program are accepted into both AASN and BSN programs. Students who qualify may receive financial aid for the total credit hours. Individuals without an RN licensure may complete their program requirements for their RN in the AASN program while taking BSN general education courses. All students must have an AASN pre-licensure GPA of 2.5 and be licensed as a registered nurse to enroll in BSN post-licensure nursing courses. Students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA and be in good academic standing to be Dual Program enrollment status. (See Provisional Acceptance to the BSN program)

Admission to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (pre-Licensure) Program (73 credit hours)

Students who do not have an RN license will begin in the AASN point of entry. Admission to the AASN program is competitive for applicants who apply for fall 2017 and beyond. Candidates are required to submit all application documents prior to the deadline for eligibility. For an application to be considered the following items are required:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • ACT or SAT scores (if graduated high school within last 5 years)
  • TEAS and Critical Thinking test scores

To be considered, a high school student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. College transfer students (minimum 12 credit hours completed at college level) must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Applicants’ records will be evaluated and ranked based on points awarded as determined by the admissions rubrics. Admissions acceptances will be determined by ranking and notifications will be sent after the deadline has passed and all applications have been reviewed.

Factors considered for admission ranking:

  • Cumulative GPA (High School or College-highest level taken)
  • GED and component scores (if applicable)
  • Natural Science GPA
  • English and Math GPA
  • Community Involvement/Health Care Experience
  • TEAS/Critical Thinking test scores
  • Failure of prior Nursing courses
  • Failure of prior Natural Science courses
  • Significant record of prior withdrawals

Evaluation is determined using rubrics.
GSC Rubric for High School Students
GSC Rubric for College Students

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Admission to the RN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (48 credit hours)

Post-Licensure BSN Completion Program Requirements

RN applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program must meet the admission requirements. All students must meet the following admission requirements before enrolling in post-licensure nursing courses:

  • Have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA for all pre-licensure coursework
  • Hold a current, valid license to practice nursing as a registered nurse.*

*The RN License must be held in the state where the practicum site is located in order to take the BSN practicum courses.

Provisional Acceptance to the RN - BSN Program

  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.0-2.49 for all pre-licensure course work may be accepted provisionally and permitted to enroll. The requirements are:  Register and complete nine credit hours of coursework from the upper division curriculum with an average GPA of 2.5 or above to be eligible for final acceptance to the BSN program.  Academic probation, as described in the Academic Standards and Regulations policy, is not an option for provisional students for the BSN upper division program.  Applicants who do not pass a course or who do not achieve a 2.5 GPA for the nine credit hours will be denied acceptance to the program.
  • GSC graduates who wish to enter the BSN program the semester following graduation, but have not yet taken the NCLEX-RN licensing examination, may be admitted to the BSN program provisionally. RN licensure is required to progress to the nursing courses.

Academic Residency Requirements – BSN

  • A minimum of 27 credits hours from the post-licensure curriculum plan must be completed on campus in order to meet the requirement for graduation.

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Requirements upon Acceptance

All new students must complete a health self-assessment and a controlled drug screen at Good Samaritan Hospital Team Member Health. The Good Samaritan Hospital Team Member Health Department reviews the health assessment, immunization record, and the drug screen. After completion of physical assessment, students requiring academic accommodations must contact Angela Liggett, Compliance Officer at 513-862-2352. There is a fee for immunizations administered in Team Member Health. Any disability that may prevent the applicant from meeting the required curriculum objectives will be evaluated to determine whether reasonable accommodations can be made. Any positive drug screen makes the applicant ineligible for acceptance. Once admitted, students must demonstrate that the hepatitis series and annual TB test are being administered on schedule. This is a requirement for registration into nursing practicum courses.

All new students must also complete a language certification form attesting to their compliance or anticipated compliance with the language standards for admissions set forth in this policy. This is a requirement for all students, regardless of whether English is or is not the student’s primary language.

Final acceptance will be granted to applicants who:

  • Meet the specified admissions standards
  • Submit payment of the nonrefundable matriculation fee
  • Complete all health requirements (Health assessment, drug screening and complete immunization history)
  • Complete all language requirements (language certification, TOEFL score, acceptable documentation of prior enrollment at institution of higher education where English is language of instruction)
  • Have a satisfactory police background check
  • Successfully complete the required courses (applies only to students who have been provisionally accepted)

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Admission to the Associate of Science in Health Science Program (ASHS)

Health Science Program Requirements

Admission to the ASHS program is competitive for applicants who apply for the fall 2017 and beyond. Candidates are required to submit all application documents prior to the deadline for eligibility of review. For an application to be considered the following items are required:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • ACT or SAT scores (if graduated high school within last 5 years)
  • TEAS and Critical Thinking test scores

To be considered, a high school student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. College transfer students (minimum 12 credit hours completed at college level) must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Applicants’ records will be evaluated and ranked based on points awarded as determined by the admissions rubrics. Admissions acceptances will be determined by ranking and notifications will be sent after the deadline has passed and all applications have been reviewed.

Factors considered for admission ranking – See Admissions ASHS Rubric (attached)

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Academic Residency Requirements

Students must meet the academic residency requirements for their program.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program: A minimum of 48 credits (36 credits in nursing and 12 credits in general education courses) at GSC to qualify for graduation from the AASN degree program. An LPN articulating into the nursing program is eligible to receive 14 nursing credits based on the Ohio Nursing Articulation Model (ONAM).
  • Associate of Science in Health Science: A minimum of 48 credits at GSC to qualify for graduation from the ASHS program

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Re-admission

General Re-admission Requirements

A student who left the College may apply for readmission. The Enrollment Management Committee will determine if a student will be readmitted to his/her program. A student may be readmitted to his/her program no more than one time. Acceptance is evaluated based on the composite record of the applicant, and the completion of the Readmission Application form. The composite record includes student GPA, test scores, recommendations from faculty, discipline record, and other information in the student’s file. Acceptance is based on the Enrollment Management Committee’s decision after considering all documentation of the time of review.

Placement in the program will be subject to the curriculum in place at the time of readmission. A readmitted student must adhere to the policies and curriculum in place at the time of readmission. An individual who was dismissed or has withdrawn is not guaranteed re-admission to the program they were dismissed or has withdrawn from, and must meet the current admission criteria and procedures. Re-admission Procedures:

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Readmission form.
  2. Provide written documentation for withdrawal or failure and indicate the actions the student has followed and/or will follow to ensure success in the program if readmitted. This documentation must be submitted before a student will be considered for readmission.
  3. If accepted for re-admission to his/her program, the individual may register once that individual has met with the learning specialist and has a written success plan in place and/or has met with the compliance officer for disability related situations if appropriate. Other conditions for re-admission, such as random drug testing may be imposed at the discretion of the College.
  4. A student who is academically dismissed and readmitted will develop an individualized academic recovery plan with the Learning Specialist in place of taking the CSP099 course.
  5. Any unsettled debts to the College must be paid before readmission.
  6. Any student called to active duty will be promptly readmitted with the same academic status he/she had when last attending. The student must give notice of his/her intent to return to the college within 3 years after the completion of the period of service.

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New Student Orientation

All new and readmitted students are expected to participate in the New Student Orientation. There are two orientations: 1) Online Orientation and, 2) New Student Orientation (combined with Nursing orientation after the fall 2016 semester). Students will complete an online Orientation module prior to attending the in person New Student Orientation is held one week prior to the first day of classes.

Note for Fall 2016 only - Students entering nursing courses in the Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing program are also required to attend the Nursing Orientation in the fall 2016 semester.

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Other Regulations

Please see Safeguarding Consumer Information at http://www.gscollege.edu/consumer-information/safeguarding-consumer-information/ that describes protection of student information and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Files of applicants who withdraw their application or are rejected for admission will be held for one year.

Applicants who have served in the Armed Forces must submit a copy of their discharge papers.

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Ohio State Board of Nursing Requirements

The Ohio Board of Nursing makes all eligibility decisions for registered nurse licensure in the State of Ohio.  Prospective pre-licensure nursing students are advised that, when applying for state licensure examinations, they will be required to indicate whether or not they have ever:  (1) been convicted of a felony or other crimes, including illegal use of chemical substances or controlled drugs, and , (2) been diagnosed with or treated for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoia or any other psychotic disorder in the last five years or since reaching the age of eighteen (whichever period is shorter).  A positive response to these questions may disqualify the candidate for licensure.  All candidates for licensure examination will be required to submit their fingerprints to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) to process a civilian background check, and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for identification and a criminal background check.

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Application Procedure

Good Samaritan College employs an electronic application system. Applicants must complete the application at www.gscollege.edu under the Apply Now link. The online application process requires the creation of a login. The applicant will then use that login to access the information section of the application. Once the application has been completed and submitted, the non-refundable application fee must be paid. Applicants who are team members of TriHealth, alumni of GSC, or relatives of a GSC alumni, may request an application fee waiver from the admissions office. Other requirements include the following:

AASN and ASHS Programs

  1. Request an official high school transcript, showing GPA and all standardized scores (SAT or ACT within last 5 years), be sent to the College. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must also be sent.
  2. Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS) and Critical Thinking Assessment: Entrance test scores officially submitted from ATI (can be scheduled through www.atitesting.com).
  3. Applications are only considered and evaluated when all application materials have been received by the Admissions Office. The application materials include: the application form, application fee, all official high school transcripts, all official post-secondary education transcripts, and official results of standardized tests (including TEAS/Critical Thinking). Additional information or clarification may be requested.
  4. Acceptance to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and the Associate of Science in Health Science is competitive. Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline. Eligible applicants will be ranked and offered admission at the end of the application period.
  5. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable matriculation fee payable to Good Samaritan College is required to reserve a place in the next incoming class. This fee includes the Health Assessment.

RN-BSN Completion Program

  1. Request official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended to be sent to GSC directly from those institutions.
  2. Applications are only considered and evaluated when all application materials have been received by the Admissions Office. The application materials include: the application form, application fee, all official high school transcripts, and all official post-secondary education transcripts. Additional information or clarification may be requested.
  3. Acceptance to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is selective. Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline. Acceptance is limited based on available spacing.
  4. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable matriculation fee payable to Good Samaritan College is required to reserve a place in the next incoming class. This fee includes the Health Assessment.

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