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How to Apply – Practical Nursing Program Checklist

Applications are open January 1 to February 15, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor listed below.

The following must be completed and documented in the applicant’s file before being considered for admission to the PN program. Please check that each area is complete upon application submission.

  •  Complete a Utah State University (USU) Admissions Application and be accepted (if not currently enrolled or returning from a Leave of Absence). There is a $50 application fee.
      • Submit all official college transcripts (if transfer student); or high school or GED verification to USU Admissions.
      • TOEFL score is required for non-native English-speaking students.
  •  Prerequisite course requirements must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better. Three course attempts for any one course will be accepted, with a maximum of 10 total repeats, including transfer or equivalent courses.
      • BIOL 2320 Human Anatomy
      • BIOL 2420 Human Physiology (within 5 years of admission date)
      • Chemistry
        • CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry or
        • CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I and CHEM 1115 General Chemistry I Laboratory*
          • CHEM 1115 not required, if not offered where CHEM 1110 was completed.
      • ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose
      • HDFS 1500 Human Development Across the Lifespan
      • Statistics
        • STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics or
        • STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra or
        • STAT 2000 Statistical Methods
  •  Complete online PN application.
      • Submit copy of receipt for non-refundable $30.00 application fee in PDF format.
      • Successful completion (75% or better) of the HESI A2 exam. Applicants are allowed two attempts per application cycle. Two weeks in between attempts is required. HESI A2 scores older than two years will not be accepted. 
          • The HESI A2 may be taken at a USU testing center. Instructions for registering with a USU testing center.
          • Or, the HESI A2 may be taken online using these ProctorU instructions. You will be asked for a Department ID: 204370 and a Department name: UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY-PN-A2-RPECOM to complete the schedule for your test. You must remember your username and password for both Elsevier and ProctorU at the time of your exam.
          • All students are required to complete all sections of the HESI A2 exam, except for the Physics section.
          • Elsevier offers a study guide to prepare for taking the HESI A2.
      • Submit Personal Statement, 2-page, double spaced, 12-point font in PDF format. Answer the following questions:
        • Why do you want to become a nurse?
        • What are your short term and long-term goals in nursing?
        • What are specific strategies that you will use to be successful in the nursing program?
      • Submit Professional Resume in PDF format.
  •  Letters of acceptance/non-acceptance will be sent 6-8 weeks after application close date.
  •  If you accept a position in the PN nursing program, you will be required to abide by certain policies and procedures found in the Student Handbook.

Upon Admission:

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