Nursing Program Requirements





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. All required prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better. Before in enrolling in nursing courses, students must complete the following classes: WR 121, WR 122, PSYC 237, PSYC 201, FNUT 225, MATH095 or higher, BIOL 231, BIOL 232, BIOL 233 by the end of 2nd session of the summer term of the year they will be entering into the nursing program.  The Nursing Faculty strongly suggest completing BIOL 234 prior to beginning fall quarter of the nursing program.













BIOL   231





CHEM   104





BIOL   232





BIOL   233





BIOL   101





PSYC   237





PSYC   201





FNUT   225





BIOL   234





WR   121





WR   122





WR   123




      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. However, if you have already completed BIOL 231 or equivalent you do not need to take CHEM 104.


Phase 1 Admission Process:

 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


Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 231 & BIOL 232 or   equivalent


OR   Completion of Anatomy and Physiology Series


Prior Degree


Completion of 37-44 Pre-Requisite Credits or


Completion of all 45 or more Pre-Requisite Credits


TVCC's   Discretionary Points


CNA, LPN, EMT, Paramedic, Surgical Tech, Dental Assisting, Dental   Hygiene, Patient Care Technician , Physical Therapy   Aide, or CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) certification  and have Post-certification patient care   hours of:


>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 (Per specific verification see application)


Kaplan Pre-Nursing Test: Overall Scores

Scores between 81-89%

Scores between 73-80%

Scores between 67-72%






Phase 2 Admission Process:

The top applicants from Phase 1 of the admission process will be invited for the 2nd phase of the application process which is to sit for a proctored essay and interview.


OHSU additional year+ summer. Students don't have to be full time there are online and live class options.  


Math 243


15 credits of (300-400) upper   division coursework


9 credits of non-studio Arts and Letters   (no drawing, ceramics, photography)


Foreign Language-2 years in high school or 2 college terms (can CLEP for credits)  

Courses that must be completed by application deadline to be eligible.


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


Rubric for Scoring Nursing Applicant Essays/Short Answers

Note:  Not all bulleted items must be present to receive a particular score.

6.  Exceeds Expectations

  • Level of thinking exceeds expectations
  • Response is effective and insightful, demonstrating depth and complexity of thought, and has a clear idea that relates directly to the question
  • Response is well organized and fully developed, revealing the Writer's ability to select effective, appropriate words and phrases, and to maintain a consistent, appropriate tone
  • The response matches the qualities (given in parentheses)  that define the specific factor or essay category (i.e. for diversity questions the applicant expresses understanding, respect for, and/or experience with varied backgrounds, cultures, ethnicity, and lifestyles, etc.; see attached listing of factors)

 5.  Response is better than level 4, and although not at level 6 has some of qualities found in level 6

  • Response has an occasional glimmer of greatness
  • Written work presents with rare grammar and/or spelling errors

 4.  Meets Expectations

  • Answers question appropriately and completely; central idea relates directly to the question
  • Expresses ideas clearly and concisely, but response is not particularly insightful Word choice is generally accurate; written work presents with minimal grammar and/or spelling errors
  • Demonstrate College level of thinking
  • Response indicative of integrative thinking
  • Response indicates caring or empathy when it is appropriate to the question

 3.  Response is better than level 2 but not at the quality of level 4

  • Approaches college level response but uses worn out or occasionally uses stereotypical phrases.
  • Stayed on topic
  • Response lacks distinction (not particularly vivid)

 2.  Response is better than level 1 but not at level 3

  • Approaches college level response but failed to stay on topic (rambles)
  • Response is difficult to follow
  • Incudes distracting information

 1.  Minimal

  • Meets only basic criteria and only in a minimal way
  • Response is inappropriate and/or Insufficient or inappropriate details to support ideas
  • Answer attempted, but is nonspecific or simplistic or is completely stereotypical

0.  Responses that indicate lack of readiness for nursing classes

  • Disorganized response or incomplete development
  • Grammar and/or spelling errors make it difficult to understand response
  • Developed a response, but didn't actually answer question.
  • So brief that reader cannot judge the writer's ability
  • No answer or one sentence answer
  • Responses demonstrate task orientation or lack of integrative thinking
  • Responses lack any indication of caring or empathy when the question would seem to call for it

Scoring Instructions for Nursing Program Essay/Short Answer Session

General Directions for Scoring:

Faculty will rate each essay from zero to six points are possible for each question. No partial points are awarded for any question considered.  

Points are added for all 5 essay/short answer responses and a total score is recorded. Faculty will turn in the graded essays to the Nursing Administrative Assistant. The Nursing Administrative Assistant will take the total score from each faculty member and average the overall score for each student's essay. The final points will be the average of total points assigned (averaged to tenths of a point).

Scores should reflect the points earned for excellence in the answers that have been written in response to the questions.

Points to Consider:

  1.  Read quickly for an impression of the quality of the whole answer and score immediately; do not reread or analyze.
  2.  Read the entire answer; the writing sometimes improves dramatically as the writer goes on.
  3.  Read supportively; look for and reward what is done well, rather than what has been done badly or omitted.
  4.  Take everything in the answer into account including organization, spelling, and grammar.
  5.  Do not judge an answer by its length; some short answers are good, and some long answers are not.
  6.  Remember that the standards are set by consensus and that individual readers are expected to accept and to
     follow those standards.
  7.  Remember that to the writer of the answers, the ideas expressed are fresh and original. (Unlike the readers, the
     writer has not already read multiple answers just like the one being scored now.)
  8.  In general, higher scoring responses will have a main idea that is directly related to the selection question and will
     provide information in a coherent, logical, and non-repetitious way. They will avoid frequent or serious errors in
     grammar, word choice, and sentence structure.


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".

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.