Nursing Program Requirements

Program admission occurs once a year in fall term.

Program admission occurs once a year in fall term. The application deadline is February 15 or the first business day thereafter. Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the nursing program after completing 30 credit hours of courses from the Required Prerequisite courses listed below. The 30 credits must include BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I and MATH 095 (or higher) by the application deadline. Each individual prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of C or better. All required prerequisite course must be completed with a C or better. Before enrolling in nursing courses, students must complete a minimum of 45 credits. This includes all of the #1’s and #2’s listed below and co-requisites (#3, #4, #5) and/or electives to equal 45 credits.

Prerequisites/Required Preparatory Courses

(Only the following courses are used to calculate the GPA for entry into the Nursing Program)

Course No.                        Course Title                                                                                                                 Credits

BIOL101                Gen. Biology I w/lab4 or College Biology4                                                                             4

BIOL231                Human Anatomy & Physiology w/lab1                                                                                   4

BIOL232                Human Anatomy & Physiology w/lab2                                                                                   4

BIOL233                Human Anatomy & Physiology w/lab2                                                                                   4

CHEM 104            Survey of Chemistry (Health)5                                                                                               4

BIOL234                Microbiology w/lab3                                                                                                               4

MATH095            Intermediate Algebra or higher level math1                                                                             5

FNUT225              Nutrition2                                                                                                                                4

PSY201                 General Psychology2                                                                                                             3

PSY237                 Seasons of Life2                                                                                                                    4

WR121                 English Composition2                                                                                                             3

WR122                 English Composition2                                                                                                             3

WR123                 English Composition4                                                                                                             3

                                                                                                                 Total:           49 Credits

  1. Courses that must be completed by application deadline to be eligible.
  2.  Courses that must be completed before student can enroll into a nursing course
  3.  Must be completed by the end of the first term of the nursing program
  4.  Required before entering into the 2nd yr. of the nursing program
  5. Science department requires Chem. 104 be completed before BIOL 231 if not completed within past 5 years.


Admissions Point System

Eligible applicants will be assessed according to the following point system:

Type of Points

Maximum Points

OCNE Points


Nursing Pre-Requisite GPA (GPA X 24) - 56 = Points 40
Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 231 & BIOL 232 or equivalent 3
Completion of Anatomy and Physiology Series (Includes BIOL 233) 5
Prior Degree 1
Completion of 37-47 Pre-Requisite Credits or 3
Completion of all 48 Pre-Requisite Credits 5
TVCC's Discretionary Points  
CNA or other Health Care Certification; EMT, CMA (Certified Medical Assistant), Surgical Tech, LPN, Paramedic with documented patient care hours (post-certification):
>400 practice hours = 6 points
300-399 practice hours = 5 points
200-299 practice hours = 4 points
100-199 practice hours = 3 points
0-99 practice hours = 2 points
Resident 8
Pre-Nursing Test: Overall Scores
Scores between 81-89%
Scores between 73-80%
Scores between 67-72%
Per Invitation  
Proctored Essay/Interview 30


  1. Nursing Pre-Requisite GPA: A maximum of 40 points will be awarded. All nursing pre-requisite courses for the application must be earned with a letter grade of "C" or better and applicant must have a pre-program GPA of 3.0 or higher with completed nursing pre-requisite courses.
  2. Completed full sequence of Anatomy and Physiology will be awarded 5 additional points. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 231 and BIOL232 will be awarded 3 points.
  3. Prior degree: Applicants who hold a prior degree, Associates or higher, will be awarded 1 point.
  4. Completion of all pre-requisites: 3 points will be awarded for 38-44 pre-requisite credits completed by the end of the fall term prior to application. 5 points will be awarded if all pre-requisites classes have been completed by the end of fall term prior to application as determined by submission of official transcripts.

  5. a. Health care certification in Idaho or Oregon will be awarded up to 6 points based on documented post-certification patient care hours.
    b. Applicants with residency within Malheur County or within 30 fly miles of the college will be awarded 8 points.  (Per specific verification see application)
    c. Performance on Kaplan Pre-Nursing test for those scoring above the 50th percentile in the Overall Score. 5, 3, or 1 Point will be awarded accordingly.
  6. Proctored Essay/Interview: Students who are invited to the proctored essay and interview will be awarded a maximum of 30 points. Essay questions may include situations of:
    a. Diversity
    b. Personal Values
    c. Communication
    d. Motivational Fitness
    e. Tolerance for Stress
  7. In the event of a tie for total points, the applicant with the highest pre-requisite GPA (points) will break the tie.

TVCC and OCNE reserve the right to change or update the areas to be assessed as necessary.

Kaplan Pre-Nursing Testing

In order to be considered for admittance into the program, the nursing department must receive the results of the Kaplan Pre-Nursing scores by the application deadline, February 16, 2015.

Kaplan Pre-Nursing score needs to be above the 50th percentile in the "overall correct". The "overall correct" score is the number that will be used to determine the points awarded as shown on the Admissions Point System. 

Students who score above the 50th percentile may choose to take the test once more. The highest score will be used to generate the Pre-Nursing Test points on the student's application.

Kaplan Study Guide, Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your Complete Guide to Getting into Nursing School is available in the TVCC Bookstore, Kaplan website, or

The nursing department offers the test Fall and Winter quarters. The winter quarter test date will be offered before February 15th, which is when the application for the program is due. The cost for the test is $35.00 (non-refundable) and shall be payable to TVCC Nursing.  Money is due the week before the test. Please bring your money order to the Nursing Department secretary located at the Ontario Campus.

The Kaplan Pre-Nursing test is administered in the Nursing Department's computer lab, WTC 3. The test administration may be arranged at a local testing center for those individuals not located in the Ontario area.

The test is schedule for a 3 hour block of time. The potential applicant is provided a user name and password. Once inside the Kaplan Pre-Nursing examination there is a short pre-test tutorial provided. Each section of the test is timed by Kaplan. The test covers the subjects of Math, Science, Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking. The Kaplan program provides a calculator during the test.

For further information, call the nursing department, 881-5940. TVCC reserves the right to change requirements without notice.

Admission to Treasure Valley Community College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

*Refer to "Technical Standards for Nursing" (website).

NOTE: It is the policy of the Treasure Valley Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and non-discrimination should contact the Human Resources Director located in the Student Services Center on the south side of the Four Rivers Cultural Center Building. Telephone (541) 881-5835.

Post-Acceptance Admission Requirements

All admitted TVCC Nursing Students must meet the following requirements before they can begin any Nursing courses:

  • Return "Intention to Enroll" form to the Nursing department.
  • Attend Mandatory Orientation. Students will be informed of orientation date, time, and location in their acceptance letter.
  • Submit Physical Examination form completed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner*.
  • Successfully complete any outstanding nursing pre-requisite course with a grade "C" or better.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check through the agency designated by TVCC*.
  • Successfully pass a urine drug screen through the agency designated by TVCC*.
  • Submit proof of current immunizations*.
  • Submit proof of current CPR for Health Care Providers certification from the American Heart Association*.

*Applicants should not pursue meeting these requirements prior to being admitted into the nursing program. Admitted students will receive specific directions from TVCC's Nursing department on how to fulfill these requirements.

Still have questions? Contact Us, and a member of our nursing department staff will be happy to assist you.