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Applicants to all programs must follow program-specific criteria listed below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged to proceed with the appropriate application process.

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Entrance Requirements for Nursing Program ONLY



Nursing – AAS Degree

HS Diploma/GED

Take the HESI Exam (minimum score of 70%)

Complete Admissions Process

The following steps must be taken to complete the admissions process for AAS Nursing Program:

  1. Admissions Application
    Complete and submit the official admissions application.
  2. High School Diploma or GED
    Along with the application, present a copy of the applicant’s HS diploma/transcript, or have the applicant’s high school send a copy of his/her diploma/transcript directly to Eastern International College.
    Recipients of a State Equivalency Diploma (GED) must submit a copy of the transcript of their test results with the application. Applicants whose secondary education was in a country outside the U.S. must obtain written official evaluation of transcripts showing equivalency from their native country, using one of the approved evaluating companies, such as WES, ECE, etc.
  3. Application Fee
    Submit payment of $125 with the application; checks are not accepted for payment of enrollment fees.
  4. HESI (A2) Test
    Take the entire HESI test in a single session. The HESI Test is used to assess student competencies and readiness for entry into the nursing program. The exam has been shown to help predict the likelihood of student success in nursing programs. Specifically, the exam tests students across several academic domains, as well as results in a personality profile used to help identify each applicant’s learning style. Below is an outline of the exam:
  • Reading Comprehension – Presents reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension; tests for skills such as identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, demonstrating passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge – Posits vocabulary that is commonly used in the English language, as well as that which is specific to the healthcare field.
  • Grammar – Contains a basic grammar assessment, centering on parts of speech, common grammatical errors, etc.
  • Basic Math Skills - Centers on math skills needed for the healthcare field, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.
  • Biology– Covers basic concepts in biology, namely, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
  • Anatomy & Physiology– Includes general medical terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
  • Learning Style – Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test- taking and study tips suited to that learning style.
  1. Essay
    Submit a personal statement in response to an essay question drafted by the Chair of the Nursing program.
  2. Proof of Citizenship / Legal Status
    Submit documentation to show legal status if not a citizen of the United States.
  3. Criminal Background Check
    All students must undergo criminal history background checks and show favorable results.
  4. Resume of Work Experience
    Submit a current resume. Related work experience will be given preference in the admissions process.
  5. Health Requirements

Provide required health and immunization records, including:

  1. Physical Exam
  2. Immunization Records
  3. Proof of Health Insurance

The medical exam must be completed by a physician or other qualified health care provider (Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant). Nursing students are also required to provide:

  • Documentation of two MMR vaccines or proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Documentation of Varicella vaccination or proof of immunity
  • Documentation of Tuberculin testing (PPD) with results less than 3 months prior to the start of the program -OR- Submission of a chest x-ray and TB Questionnaire for students known to be PPD positive
  • Documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination or proof of immunity (If the student wishes to decline Hepatitis B vaccination, the student must sign the Hepatitis B Declination Form)
  • Td or Tdap results from within the past 10 years
  • Documentation of drug screening result (must be negative) less than a month prior to start of the program.

10. Interview

All applicants selected for admission based on their entire application package will have a personal interview with the Nursing Admissions Committee.

Admission Remediation Course (ARC)

(effective Fall 2016)

Students who have attempted the HESI entrance exam twice and received a cumulative score 60.00% - 69.99% are eligible for a 10 week remediation course at no additional cost. This 30 hour ARC course will strengthen fundamental knowledge necessary for success in the nursing sciences. Successful completion of ARC requires a numerical grade of 80% or higher and adequate attendance (minimum of 36.5 hours). Participation in ARC does not guarantee admission into the Nursing Program. ARC hours are for remediation purposes only and do not equate to course credits or eligible for transfer credits.

Upon ARC completion, students will have two options to continue the admissions process:

1) Students who successfully complete ARC with a final grade of 80% or higher and demonstrate adequate attendance will receive a waiver of the HESI requirement and may continue with the admission process.

2) Students who receive 79.99% or below or have failed to meet the attendance requirement of a minimum of 36.5 hours are eligible to sit the HESI exam for a third and final attempt and are subject to all admission policies regarding HESI scoring.

Please note that the ARC instructor recommendation for student admission will be considered by the Admission’s Committee. Students may contact the Director of Admissions for further information regarding ARC.

ARC Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the student’s basic foundation in Math, Anatomy & Physiology and Selected Fundamental Topics in Nursing .

Basic Math focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, conversion measures, general math facts, etc.

Anatomy and Physiology provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.

Selected Nursing topics cover the history of nursing, the theoretical foundations of nursing, the roles of the professional nurse, professional behaviors, and an introduction to the nursing process and critical thinking.

*Invasive procedures are innate in the program and include and are not limited to digital palpation of a needle tip in a body cavity or the simultaneous presence of the Heath Care Workers (HCW) fingers and a needle or other sharp instrument or object in a poorly visualized or highly confined anatomic site. The performance of exposure prone procedures presents a recognized risk of percutaneous injury to the HCW, and—if such injury occurs—the HCW’s blood is likely to contact the patient’s body cavity, subcutaneous tissues, and /or mucous membranes. This can pose a material risk to patients and students in the program should the HCW have a communicable chronic illness.

Please refer to the following website for the CDC’s MMWR for recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B Virus to Patients During Exposure Prone Invasive Procedures.

Nursing Standards and Competencies

Nursing graduate will demonstrate entry level skills, knowledge and behavior competence in procedural and clinical functions.

1. CONTENT/ KNOWLEDGE Cognitive Domain (CD)

2. COMPETENCIES Psychomotor Domain (PD)

3. VALUES (Dispositions) Affective Domain (AD)

The Nursing AAA program Graduate will be able to:

Professional Standard or Competency

Student Learning Outcome


Patient centered care

Caring interventions

Clinical decision-making

  • Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, and principles of advocacy as tools to make culturally-sensitive patient- centered clinical decisions in all health care settings (CD, PD)



Managing care

Interdisciplinary teams

  • Collaborate with patients and other members of the health care team using effective communication in the planning, coordination and provision of competent care (PD)


Clinical decision making

Teaching and learning

Patient centered care

  • Integrate the concepts of Orem’s Self Care Deficit Theory into nursing practice (CD)

Caring interventions



Quality improvement

Evidence-based practice

  • Promote patient and staff safety utilizing the process of quality improvement based on evidence based practice (PD, AD)


Clinical decision making

Teaching and learning


  • Use information and technology for communication, knowledge development, professional development and clinical- decision making (PD)

Professional behavior

Managing care

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors and professionalism when providing care to patients across the lifespan in all health care settings (AD)

Professional behavior

Teaching and learning

Managing care

  • Integrate legal, ethical, and professional standards into nursing practice (AD)