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
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:
Complete and submit the official admissions application.
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.
Submit payment of $125 with the application; checks are not accepted for
payment of enrollment fees.
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
- 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.
Submit a personal statement in response to an essay question drafted by
the Chair of the Nursing program.
Proof of Citizenship / Legal Status
Submit documentation to show legal status if not a citizen of the United States.
Criminal Background Check
All students must undergo criminal history background checks and show
Resume of Work Experience
Submit a current resume. Related work experience will be given preference
in the admissions process.
- Health Requirements
Provide required health and immunization records, including:
- Physical Exam
- Immunization Records
- 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
- 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.
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
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
- 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)
- 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
- 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)
- Demonstrate leadership behaviors and professionalism when providing care
to patients across the lifespan in all health care settings (AD)
Teaching and learning
- Integrate legal, ethical, and professional standards into nursing practice (AD)