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RN Program Admission Information

General Requirements

The following requirements are utilized to evaluate each applicant to the School of Nursing:
  1. Completion of the Application for Admission form and submission of the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcript from High School or a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) including completion of the following courses:
        a. Chemistry - 1 year
        b. Biology - 1 year
        c. Mathematics (Algebra/Geometry) - 2 years
        d. English Reading & Comprehension - 4 years
  3. Results of College Boards (SAT) - a score of 480 or above in math and verbal is preferred.
  4. Results of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) - a score in the 70th percentile or above in all areas is preferred.
  5. Official transcripts of all previous college courses where applicable, regardless of length of attendance. Science courses are acceptable within a five-year period. Official transcripts from all schools attended after high school must be submitted as a part of your admission packet.
  6. Two professional references, i.e., teacher, guidance counselor, employer, to be submitted on the form provided by the School.
  7. Evaluation of educational transcripts by World Education Services for students educated in a foreign country.
  8. Personal interview of prospective candidates after meeting required admission standards.
  9. Students must be physically capable of fulfilling the objectives of the nursing program. Students should have sensory function adequate for patient assessment and care and must possess the physical status to provide all aspects of nursing care in a safe manner.
  10. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the School of Nursing will make reasonable accommodations for students with learning disabilities. These accommodations may include allowing students additional time to complete examinations. The need for special accommodations must be known during the admission interview and the student must provide evidence of same in writing prior to the beginning of the program.
  11. After acceptance, all college courses are to be taken at Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing.
Classes start annually in mid-August. The admission procedure includes:

Application Form

Submission of a completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee.

Pre-Nursing Entrance Examination (TEAS)

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a standardized pre-nursing entrance examination, is administered to measure general academic ability. Essential math skills, reading comprehension, test-taking skills and learning styles are included in the examination. Candidates will be pre-registered for the examination. The fee for the examination is paid with the registration and is non-refundable. A need for special accommodation for the TEAS must be made known at the time of application. The TEAS entrance exam may only be taken once in two years.

CLEP - College Level Examination Program

Students may receive college credits through CLEP only for Introduction to Sociology (S0121), provided a score of 50 is presented to the School Office at least two weeks prior to the first day of the semester where the course is offered.


Applicants should request that an official copy of their high school transcript, and where applicable, their college transcript, be forwarded to the Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing. Applicants who possess a high school equivalency diploma should have an official copy of their certificate, together with the scores obtained, forwarded to the School of Nursing. Transfer credit from other accredited institutions, validated by an official transcript and carrying a letter grade of "C" or numerical grade of "2.0" or better, may be applied to specific college courses to meet the curriculum requirements offered by Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing.

Personal Interview

The applicants will receive notification regarding an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. Completed applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. Applicants are notified in writing of the decision of the Admissions Committee.

Health Requirements

A complete physical examination-including 2-step Mantoux Test, CBC, urinalysis and dates of immunizations-is required before actual admission to the School of Nursing. All necessary forms are forwarded to the applicant soon after notification of acceptance to the School. Health forms and proof of immunizations must be submitted to the School before the first day of class. We strongly advise all students to have health insurance, proof of which must be brought to the School of Nursing Health Officer, who will file it with the student's health record. The School does not provide insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance

All students are required to carry current liability insurance.

Criminal Background Check Information

Pursuant to The Joint Commission Standard (HRT-20), it is now a mandatory requirement that a criminal background check be completed on all students before acceptance into the School of Nursing. The School informs the student that a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, is a prerequisite to licensure.
Articulation for the Licensed Practical Nurse to the Registered Nurse Program
  1. A licensed practical nurse may apply to Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing, which offers a diploma in nursing, and an Associate of Applied Science in Health Sciences from Saint Peter's University. The licensed practical nurse receives credit for the first nursing course (Fundamentals of Nursing). The applicant will be required to take the LPN STEP exam and achieve a score of 75% or higher.
  2. Applicants must bring their LPN license with them to be accepted into the STEP exam.
  3. Applicants are required to have successfully completed (grade of C or better) the following courses at an accredited college: English Composition (3 credits), Intro to Psychology (3 credits) and Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) before acceptance to Holy Name's Articulation Program. Other college courses taken and successfully completed (grade of C or better) that are in our curriculum may be transferred. Transfer of college credits will be awarded based on the similarity in content to Saint Peter's University course descriptions.
  4. Applicants are required to audit Health Assessment and Pharmacology I in the fall semester of the academic year they enter the program.
  5. Applicants are required to complete at least five semesters of study at Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing in order to become eligible for graduation.
  6. An interview with a member of the Admissions Committee is required.
  7. Applicants will be required to take a transition seminar to assist in orientation to the RN program.
  8. Acceptance into the LPN to RN program is based on limited availability.
Transition Seminar For LPN, Transfer And Returning Students Only

LPN and transfer students will be oriented to Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing and Holy Name Medical Center. This seminar will be given at the beginning of Parent-Child Health Nursing.

The seminar is designed to introduce the LPN to the role of an RN student, as well as to emphasize to the transfer student the School's policies and procedures. The philosophy, goals, objectives, policies and procedures of Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing are presented. The student is introduced to Orem's Conceptual Framework and its application to the nursing process utilizing the Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing format.

Medical Center policies pertaining to charting and other procedures are reviewed. Skills are evaluated and, when necessary, simulated experiences are provided to improve performance. Six (6) hours are allotted for the completion of this seminar.


At the completion of the seminar, the student will:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Nursing Process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing format and procedures for written patient care plans.
  • Have been introduced to the Holy Name Medical Center format for documentation of patient care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of test-taking skills and study techniques.
A math worksheet must be completed. Individual remediation is offered to the student who may have difficulty with math. Skills are evaluated and, when necessary, simulated experiences are provided to improve performance.

Matriculation Requirements

Upon acceptance to the School of Nursing, all courses must be taken at the School according to the Curriculum Organization Plan. Eligibility for the AAS in Health Sciences requires that students take 36 liberal arts and science credits, of which 27 must be Saint Peter's University credits and 9 may be from colleges attended prior to acceptance to Holy Name School of Nursing. Students must attain a grade point average of 2.0 in each Saint Peter's University course. In addition, all students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each course of the nursing program.

All correspondence (transcripts, references, applications) and questions should be directed to:

Admissions Office
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
690 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: 201-833-3005
Fax: 201-833-7209