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As with all programs of study, Hiram College reviews nursing program applicants in a holistic manner. A professional, and often a committee, reads each file individually. As with all of Hiram's successful applicants, reviewers look for a record demonstrating better-than-average to superior academic attainment in the college preparatory core curriculum.  Standardized test scores that correlate to this level of achievement are sought, as are co-curricular involvement and an essay indicating writing skill.

Recommendations for admission to the nursing major

For nursing admission decisions, particular attention will be paid to academic achievement in life science, chemistry, and mathematics courses, and the standardized testing composite, science and math sub-scores (the ACT is the test of choice). In addition to the general Hiram College admission requirements, it is recommended that students interested in the nursing major have:

  • A minimum high school GPA of 2.75
  • An ACT composite score of 22, with a math and scientific reasoning sub-score of 22 or higher
  • Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra I and II with a grade of "B" or better in each

Students meeting the above guidelines are admitted directly into the nursing curriculum that prepares them for the clinical sequence. Clinical sequence participation will be determined by the level of academic achievement at Hiram College. All students are required to submit background check results prior to beginning clinical practice.

As with all prospective Hiram students, nursing students are advised individually throughout their Hiram education.  Students meeting Hiram general admission requirements, who do not entirely meet the additional recommended nursing requirements, will be offered individual academic advisement during the application review process, to increase success in the program.

Yearly Progression

Many nursing courses have a didactic as well as a laboratory and/or clinical component. Students must satisfactorily complete both components of the course. An unsatisfactory grade in the clinical component will result in failure of the course.

Progression from Nursing Major to the Nursing Clinical Sequence

Students must individually declare their desire and intention to progress from the nursing major to the nursing clinical sequence. Each student will be required to complete a Declaration of Major form early in the spring semester, prior to fall course registration, and prior to beginning the nursing clinical sequence. In addition, the following criteria will be necessary for admission to the nursing clinical sequence:

  • A satisfactory application
  • Completion of all first-year biology and chemistry courses, or their equivalents, with a minimum 2.0 average GPA in these courses
  • Achievement of a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Progression to the Junior Nursing Sequence

A student must meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 each semester to continue in clinical nursing courses
  • Successful completion of all science course requirements with a minimum grade of C (2.0)
  • A minimum grade of C (2.0) in each sophomore nursing course
  • NURS 101: Introduction to Professional Nursing I is generally completed prior to entry into the nursing clinical sequence, but must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher to enroll in any junior-level nursing course

Progression to the Senior Nursing Sequence

A student must meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 every semester to continue in clinical nursing courses
  • A minimum grade of C (2.0) in each of the junior nursing courses to progress to the senior nursing courses
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Graduation Requirements

  • Each of the senior nursing courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
  • All college core and elective requirements must be completed with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Completion of all coursework as outlined in the nursing curriculum requirements