Admission Requirements Checklist
Please check the following minimum admission criteria BEFORE submitting your application.
- Unconditional admission to the college. Application must be updated if student did not attend Bishop State the previous semester/term.
- Original transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be in and evaluated by the Admissions Office (Central Campus, Room 106) by the nursing application deadline.
- Receipt of completed application received in the Nursing Office, Suite 210, by the stated deadline.
- A minimum of 18 composite score on the ACT National or Residual. Residual only accepted if ACT taken at Bishop State. (Writing component not required). ACT results MUST be attached to this application. There is NO expiration date for the ACT score.
- A minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for nursing required academic core courses which are ENG 101 , MTH 100 or higher, BIO 201 , and BIO 202 .
- A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA required for high school students without prior college courses (GED will be acceptable).
- Eligibility for OR completion of ENG 101 , BIO 201 and MTH 100 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Good standing with College (Bishop State). Letter of good standing clearing from any legal, moral or ethical issues, from the Dean or Director of Nursing (on official school letterhead) from any previously attended nursing program.
- Meeting the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing.
- Name on application is current legal name and matches copy of photo ID and name in Bishop State’s system.
- Current picture ID (driver’s license or student ID only) attached to application.
- If applying for the Career Mobility Program (LPN to RN), you must present evidence of a current, unencumbered Alabama LPN license.
- The required number of hours per week varies with each nursing course. The program is a daytime course with set meeting times. Course times are not scheduled around rotating shifts.
Deadline Date: June 1st for the Fall Semester
October 1st for the Spring Semester
Revised June 2017
Points for Selection
After meeting minimum admission requirements, applicants are rank ordered using the following point system:
- An ACT composite score with a minimum of 18 to apply. There are 36 total possible points. The writing component is not required or used for calculation. There is no time limit on when the exam was taken in order to be used. ACT results must be attached to the application.
- Points will be awarded for a passing grade of “C” or higher in English Composition I, Intermediate College Algebra ( MTH 100 or higher), Anatomy and Physiology I, and/or Anatomy and Physiology II. A=3 points, B=2 points, C=1 point.
- Four points are possible, one point each, for completion of Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Fundamentals of Speech, and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Philosophy, Ethics, Religion or foreign language) with a grade of C or higher.
- Four points will be awarded for a passing grade of “C” or higher for Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Finite Math or Statistics.
- One (1) point will be awarded for each semester in the Nursing Learning Community. (Total possible points = 2).
- One-half point (1/2) will be awarded for each semester the student has attended Bishop State. (Total possible point=1).
A total of 58 points is possible with the above selection criteria.
||Maximal Possible Points
|English 101, Math 100, Biology 201, Biology 202
(12 points are possible, three points each)
|Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Fundamentals of Speech, and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Philosophy, Ethics, Religion or foreign language) with a grade of C or higher.
(4 points are possible, one point each)
|Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Finite Math or Statistics (4 points are possible)
|1 semester in Nursing Learning Community
|2 semesters in Nursing Learning Community
|1 semester at Bishop State
|2 or more semesters at Bishop State
If there is tie in points in relation to the number of available spaces, then the higher cumulative GPA will be considered. High school students may obtain points for college courses through dual enrollment grades.
Total: 66 Credit Hours
|Academic & Nursing Theory Contact Hours
|Academic & Nursing Lab Contact Hours
|Nursing Clinical Contact Hours
|Total Program Contact Hours
Students are eligible to take the PN NCLEX after successful completion of the third semester.
- Go to www.actstudent.org to register for the test. The cost for test is $39.50 (all fees are non-refundable).
- Bishop State is an ACT testing site. Test dates are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
- Test Prep is available online or locally in face-to-face formats. A study guide can be purchased on line for $32.95.
The English test is a 75-question, 45-minute test, covering:
- grammar and usage
- sentence structure
The mathematics test is a 60-question, 60-minute test designed to assess the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
The reading test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures your reading comprehension. The test questions ask you to derive meaning from several texts by:
- referring to what is explicitly stated
- reasoning to determine implicit meaning
The science test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
- You are not permitted to use a calculator on the science test.
- TAKE NOTE The test assumes that students should be in the process of taking the core science course of study (three years or more) that will prepare them for college-level work and have completed a course in Earth science and/or physical science and a course in biology.