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Admissions Procedures

***Application Deadline for Fall 2016 admission is February 26, 2016***


Application Process

Step 1: Submit to the SCC Admissions Department:

  • Completed St. Catharine College admission form.
  • An official high school transcript or official GED scores.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university previously attended.
  • Complete all other admission requirements as requested by St. Catharine College

nurse Step 2: Completion of the following courses:

HSC 110  Medical Terminology
BIO 204   Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
BIO 205   Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
ENG 101  English Composition I
ENG 102  English Composition II
MAT 105  College Mathematics (or higher)
PSY 100  General Psychology
PSY 150  Developmental Psychology
  • The student must have at least a C or better in all pre-requisite courses.
  • The student must have a minimal cumulative GPA of 2.75.  The cumulative GPA is calculated only on pre-requisite course grades required by the Department of Nursing for admission.
  • Students may repeat one of the two Anatomy & Physiology courses (BIO 204 or 205) one time only to be considered for admission.
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed by May 15 for fall admission cycle and October 15 for spring admission cycle.
  • Individuals are encouraged to meet with a nursing advisor to develop a pre-nursing academic plan.  For individuals who seek to transfer credit, the Registrar at St. Catharine College will determine if transfer courses meet course descriptions.

Step 3:

  • Attend a mandatory application session.  Application session dates are October 23 and January 15 at Noon in Pettus Auditorium. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the October session.
  • Schedule to take the Admission HESI examination. The Admission HESI exam dates and times TBA. Admission HESI scores are evaluated as part of the selection process. A $40.00 fee is due when the exam is scheduled. The exam may be scheduled by contacting the Department of Nursing.
  • Complete an ADN Program application and return it to the Nursing Office. Applications are due Feb 26 for Fall admission.

Admission Policy

  1. A student must achieve a minimal Assessment Cumulative Score score of 77 on the Admission HESI Exam.
  2. A student may take the HESI exam only one time every 6 months.
  3. Admission will be granted to students based on the Assessment Cumulative Score on the HESI Exam. The students with the highest Assessment Cumulative Scores will be granted admission to the program.
  4. In the event of a tie on the Assessment Cumulative Score; ties will be broken based upon the Prerequisite GPA.
  5. The number of students admitted each admission cycle will be based upon faculty and clinical site availability.

Admission HESI and Application Session Schedule


October 16

12:00 p.m. Pettus
January 15 12:00 p.m. Pettus


November 6

1:00 p.m. 

HS 117

Registration Deadline October 30

January 20

9:30 a.m.

HS 117 

Registration Deadline January 13

February 12

 1:00 p.m.

 HS 117

Registration Deadline February 5

  • Registration for application sessions is required by noon on the dates listed above.
  • The admission exam will be administered in the Hamilton Health & Science Building room 117 (space is limited).
  • All afternoon Admission HESI sessions will be held as scheduled.  Morning sessions will be canceled if fewer than 5 students register and there are slots available in the afternoon.   
  •   Fee for HESI is $40.00, due at registration. Payment must be made with the Cashier in the Business Office located in Lourdes.
  • Receipt of payment is due to Melissa Newcomb in the Hamilton Health & Science Building Room 09 on the ground floor by the registration deadline to register for an exam.
Upon Admission
1.  Submit Physical Examination form, including documents of MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and HepB immunization, 2 step Tb skin test, and Flu vaccine through CertifiedBackground.com
2.  Provide verification of current Health Insurance and Healthcare Provider CPR certification through CertifiedBackground.com
3.  Provide verification of completion of SRNA certification through CertifiedBackground.com.
4.  Submit background check and 5-panel urine drug analysis through CertifiedBackground.com
Keypoint - The Kentucky Board of Nursing shall have the authority to deny access to completing  the RN licensure examination to anyone who has been convicted of a felony misdemeanor.
5.  Remit all remaining program fees to include the costs of the background check and drug analysis.

Nursing Assistant (SRNA) Requirement

One of the admissions requirements for entry into the program is successful completion of a state certified course or documentation of an active certificate. 
Financial Assistance Information
Please contact ext. 1214 in the Financial Aid Office for information.
It is the policy of St. Catharine College not to discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, or other school administered programs on the basis of age, race, color, disability, gender, religion, or national origin.