Admission Requirements for Nursing Program ONLY| ADN

Applicants to all programs must follow program-specific criteria listed below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged to proceed with the appropriate application process.




Nursing – AAS Degree

  • Minimum high school Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Take the HESI Exam with a minimum score of 75 (effective Fall 2018 semester)
  • Complete Admissions Process

The following steps must be taken to complete the admissions process for the AAS Nursing Program:

1. Admissions Application

Complete and submit the official admissions application.

2. High School Diploma or GED

Along with the application, present a copy of the applicant’s high school diploma/transcript, or have the applicant’s high school send a copy of his/her diploma/transcript directly to Eastern International College.

Recipients of a State Equivalency Diploma (GED) must submit a copy of the transcript of their test results with the application. Applicants whose secondary education was in a country outside the U.S. must obtain written official evaluation of transcripts showing equivalency from their native country, using one of the approved evaluating companies, such as WES, ECE, etc.

3. HESI (A2) Test

Take the entire HESI test in a single session. The HESI Test is used to assess student competencies and readiness for entry into the nursing program. The exam has been shown to help predict the likelihood of student success in nursing programs. Specifically, the exam tests students across several academic domains, as well as results in a personality profile used to help identify each applicant’s learning style. The HESI A2 may be repeated once. A second attempt may not take place for at least 45 days after the last attempt. Below is an outline of the exam:

  • Reading Comprehension–Presents reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension; tests for skills such as identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, demonstrating passage comprehension, making logical inferences,
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge–Posits vocabulary that is commonly used in the English language, as well as that which is specific to the healthcare field.
  • Grammar–Contains a basic grammar assessment, centering on parts of speech, common grammatical errors,
  • Basic Math Skills-Centers on math skills needed for the healthcare field, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts,
  • Anatomy & Physiology–Includes general medical terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
  • Learning Style–Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test – taking and study tips suited to that learning style.

Elementary Algebra Requirement for Nursing Students

A student who scores < 70 in the HESI (A2)-Math (80 in the HESI (A2)-Math  effective Spring 2019)– Math will be required to take and pass Elementary Algebra (MAT 099). A student who completed and passed College Algebra or any Calculus course within the last ten years from an accredited college but scored < 70 in the HESI(A2)- Math will be exempt from taking Elementary Algebra (MAT 099). (80 in the HESI (A2)-Math effective Spring 2019)

The following courses can be accepted for Math transfer credit if the student scores at least 70 in the HESI (A2) – Math (80 in the HESI (A2)-Math effective Spring 2019) :

College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Differential or Integral Calculus, Differential Equations

4. Essay

Submit a personal statement in response to an essay question drafted by the Chair of the Nursing program.

5. Proof of Citizenship/Legal Status

Submit documentation to show legal status if not a citizen of the United States.

6.Certified background (Castle Branch) that verifies a negative criminal background check.

7.Drug Screen

Students must undergo drug screening that verifies negative results.

8. Interview

All applicants selected for admission based on their entire application package will have a personal interview with the Nursing Admissions Committee.

A student who failed a nursing course or was dismissed from another nursing school will NOT be accepted in the Nursing program.

Health requirements

Students admitted to the program must have a physical examination and health clearance done by their Healthcare Provider. The student is required to submit a health clearance form signed by their Healthcare Provider indicating their health clearance status and ability to participate in clinical rotation without limitation to the department of nursing designee. Students are eligible for advisement and registration after Certified Background verifies negative drug screen and a negative criminal background check. The student will not be allowed to register for Nursing 102 and subsequent classes until ALL requirements for clearance are met. This includes required immunizations such as the first two injections of the Hepatitis B vaccine and an initial two-step PPD test.

If the Healthcare Provider determines that regular monitoring of a pre-existing condition or chronic illness is required, evidence of compliance will be necessary for continuation in the program.

Clinical Requirements: Must be completed to register for NUR 102 (Fundamentals of Nursing).

  • Physical examination and health clearance completed by a physician or other qualified Health Care Provider (Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant)
  • Immunization records
  • Quantitative titers (bloodwork) indicating immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B. Those who have not had immunization to hepatitis B must start the immunization process within 1 month of receiving the conditional acceptance letter or sign a declination. Some clinical facilities will not accept students who have not demonstrated immunity to hepatitis B.
  • Td or Tdap if more than 10 years
  • Documentation of negative 2-step PPD (TB test), or single PPD with documentation of negative PPD within the past 12 months. QuantiFERON tests are not acceptable.
  • For those with positive PPD: Documentation of test result and negative chest x-ray, documentation of negative chest x-ray within past 6 months, documentation that there is no evidence of active tuberculosis infection; if latent tuberculosis infection, documentation of adequate treatment.
  • CPR healthcare provider course certification (American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider ONLY)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • NSNA membership

Please note: Current EIC Nursing students MUST have all required documentation maintained in order to register for classes. If a student is pregnant, the Nursing faculty must be notified immediately and a medical clearance form from the healthcare provider must be submitted. This form will be placed in the student file. The clinical setting might be hazardous to a developing fetus.

*Invasive procedures are innate in the program and include and are not limited to digital palpation of a needle tip in a body cavity or the simultaneous presence of the Heath Care Workers (HCW) fingers and a needle or other sharp instrument or object in a poorly visualized or highly confined anatomic site. The performance of exposure prone procedures presents a recognized risk of percutaneous injury to the HCW, and—if such injury occurs—the HCW’s blood is likely to contact the patient’s body cavity, subcutaneous tissues, and /or mucous membranes. This can pose a material risk to patients and students in the program should the HCW have a communicable chronic illness.

Please refer to the following website for the CDC’s MMWR for recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B Virus to Patients During Exposure Prone Invasive Procedures.

Nursing Standards and Competencies

Nursing graduate will demonstrate entry level skills, knowledge and behavior competence in procedural and clinical functions.

1. CONTENT/ KNOWLEDGE Cognitive Domain (CD)

2. COMPETENCIES Psychomotor Domain (PD)

3. VALUES (Dispositions) Affective Domain (AD)

The Nursing AAA program Graduate will be able to:

Professional Standard or Competency

Student Learning Outcome


Patient centered care

Caring interventions

Clinical decision-making

  • Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, and principles of advocacy as tools to make culturally-sensitive patient- centered clinical decisions in all health care settings (CD, PD)


Managing care

Interdisciplinary teams

  • Collaborate with patients and other members of the health care team using effective communication in the planning, coordination and provision of competent care (PD)

Clinical decision making

Teaching and learning

Patient centered care

  • Integrate the concepts of Orem’s Self Care Deficit Theory into nursing practice (CD)
Caring interventions



Quality improvement

Evidence-based practice

  • Promote patient and staff safety utilizing the process of quality improvement based on evidence based practice (PD, AD)

Clinical decision making

Teaching and learning


  • Use information and technology for communication, knowledge development, professional development and clinical- decision making (PD)
Professional behavior

Managing care

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors and professionalism when providing care to patients across the lifespan in all health care settings (AD)
Professional behavior

Teaching and learning

Managing care

  • Integrate legal, ethical, and professional standards into nursing practice (AD)