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Practical Nursing Program Admission Policy

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    Practical Nursing Program Admission Policy

    Section I. Introduction

    The Practical Nursing Program offers a full-time day, part-time day (starting odd years), and part-time evening program (starting even years).

    The full-time day program is a forty (40) week program. This program begins yearly in August and finishes in mid-late June. Classes meet Monday through Friday with hours generally between 7:45AM – 2:45PM. Clinical hours vary starting as early as 6:30AM until as late as 3:00PM. Some evening rotations may be required to meet course objectives.

    The part-time day program meets three to four (3-4) days per week. Days vary from term to term based on instructor/affiliating agency availability. Class times are normally 7:45AM – 1:45PM. Clinical hours vary starting as early as 6:30AM until as late as 3:00PM. Some evening rotations may be required to meet course objectives.

    **The part-time evening program is subject to adequate enrollment in order to be offered. When approved, the part-time evening program meets three to four (3-4) days per week. Evenings vary from term to term based on instructor/affiliating agency availability. Class times are normally 3:45PM – 8:00PM. Clinical hours vary starting as early as 2:30PM until as late as 10:00PM. In order to offer students a comprehensive curriculum that considers care of clients and families across their lifespan some specialized clinical experiences may be scheduled during daytime hours.

    The Practical Nursing Program has “Approval with Warning” Status from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing;

                            What does “approved with warning” mean?

    The board of Registration in Nursing has reviewed the LPN program and has asked the program to hire a qualified Nurse Administrator for the program. 

    Does “approved with warning” affect my ability to take the NCLEX to become a licensed practical nurse?

    No. The Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) continues to approve the Licensed Practical Nursing program, which permits all students who successfully complete the program to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

    When will the Board of Registration lift the “approved with warning” status?

    Evidence of Compliance must be submitted to the BORN by October 18, 2017 (or earlier) before Full Approval status can be reinstated.

    Any further questions, please feel free to contact the Superintendent, Thomas Aubin.

    The Practical Nurse Program is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

    The curriculum combines lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Classroom content includes biological and social sciences, nursing theory, and laboratory practice.

    The faculty supervises care to multicultural and diverse human beings across their life span from birth to death. While the curriculum concentrates on caring for the older adult, new technologies, healthcare issues and community nursing needs are also addressed.

    The Program curriculum is designed to prepare program graduates to pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).

    Upon completion of the Program, graduates receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN. Graduates anticipating licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must comply with the Good Moral Character for Licensure requirement. See www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn for more details. Program graduates who pass the NCLEX-PN are prepared to begin entry-level Licensed Practical Nurse careers in a variety of settings or have the opportunity to continue their nursing education.

    All applicants for the Program are evaluated using the selection criteria outlined in the admissions policy. All completed applications for the nursing program are reviewed and receive a response.

    Section II. Equal Education Opportunity

    It is the policy if the Greater Fall River Vocational School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness in its educational policies. Enforcement of this law advances efforts to ensure that all students can attend school in a safe, supportive environment that is conducive to serious learning.

    Students with disabilities may voluntarily self-identify for the purpose of requesting reasonable accommodations during the application/admission process. Information on disability submitted voluntarily by the applicant for the purpose of receiving assistance and accommodations during the entire application/admission process will not affect the applicant's admission to the Program.

    Section III. Eligibility

    Applicants from in-district or out-of-district towns are eligible to apply to the Program on a rolling admissions process. Contact Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing for current enrollment dates. This information is also available on the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School website (www.dimanregional.org).

    Candidates for admission to the Practical Nurse Program are required to submit the following:

      1. A completed application form and essay along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.
      2. Official High School transcript with evidence of graduation (or GED/HISET passing scores). Foreign country diplomas must be translated into English, and a certified equivalency to a U.S. education must be provided by the Center for Educational Documentation. An average of a C or better in high school is preferred with consideration for trends demonstrating improvement and motivation.
      3. Work experience in healthcare is preferred.

    Candidates who have submitted the items above may schedule to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI) entrance examination offered through the Assessment Technology Institute, LLC (ATI), and they must meet a minimum adjusted score in each of the four sections shown below to be further considered for the Program.

    Reading: 69.0% or higher
    Math: 60.0% or higher
    Science: 41.0% or higher
    English: 60.0% or higher

    The TEAS test will be administered at Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing, and candidates will be given instructions for obtaining study materials. Alternative testing arrangements that are reasonable in the context of the examination and supported by documentation may be provided, upon request, to candidates who would not be able to take the test under standard conditions. Candidates who may be eligible for alternative testing arrangements include:

      1. Candidates whose religious practice does not allow them to take tests on Saturday; or
      2. Candidates with physical disabilities (e.g. visual impairments, motor disabilities, illness or injury) or cognitive or emotional disabilities (e.g. learning disabilities).

    Candidates may make a request for alternative testing arrangements when registering for the Practical Nursing Program only during the regular registration period. To ensure that there is adequate time to process all requests, candidates are required to register and submit all required documentation no later than fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the scheduled examination. The Nurse Administrator will review each request as it is received and determine on a case-by-case basis whether to grant requested alternative testing arrangements.

    In some cases, the supporting documentation submitted with a request for alternative testing may not be sufficient to make a determination, or the submitted documentation may not support the requested accommodation. In such cases, the candidate will need to submit additional documentation. The Practical Nursing Program may contact the candidate directly to discuss suitable testing arrangements.

    Candidates for the Practical Nursing Program must meet the Board of Registration in Nursing's Good Moral Character requirements when submitting an application for licensure. Information regarding MABORN (Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing) Good Moral Character is available at the Division of Health Professional Licensure's website and at the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School's website (www.dimanregional.org) on the LPN page.

    Upon receiving the above listed documentation, an interview with the Nurse Administrator (or a designee) is required. Applicant will be requested to submit three (3) professional references after the interview.

    Upon notification of acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program, the following documentation must be provided:

      1. Seat/orientation fee payment within thirty (30) calendar days of receiving a letter of acceptance.
      2. Satisfactory completion of the CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) process. All clinical facilities reserve the right to conduct additional CORI verification, Nurse Aide registry check or Federal government background check (Federal facilities only). Students who are refused clinical placement due to CORI issues will be withdrawn from the Program.
      3. Proof of in-district residency (three (3) forms are required).
      4. Proof of current health insurance form for duration of Program (which must be maintained for the entire duration of the Program).
      5. Payment of student nurse liability insurance policy.
      6. Health requirements: a. Proof of Immunizations according to the Department of Public Health (DPH) requirements: 
    1. Hepatitis B vaccine (3 doses mandatory) or positive titer
    2. Negative TB testing following two-step guidelines or negative CXR for positive converters
    3. MMR vaccine or positive titers 
    4. Varicella vaccine or positive titer 
    5. TDAP or Tetanus booster within five (5) years 
    6. Urine drug test 
    7. Proof of physical and dental exam within the past year 
    8. Proof of current CPR (BLS Healthcare Provider with AED) certification (American Heart Association) which must be in good standing for the duration of the Program*
    9. Flu vaccine for current year (may be done in fall of year of admission to program)

      *Students not able to submit proof of either certification will be required to sign up for scheduled classes at an additional fee.

    Section IV. Organizing Structure

    The Nurse Administrator and Program faculty are responsible for establishing admission policy and procedures. Responsibilities of this committee include:

    1. Determine the standards for admission
    2. Develop and implement admission procedures
    3. Processing of applications
    4. Ranking students
    5. Acceptance of students according to the procedure and criteria contained in the admission policy
    6. Establishment and maintenance of a waitlist for acceptable candidates
    7. Recruitment Process

    Diman Regional Technical Institute disseminates information about the Program using a variety of methods:

    1. Informational sessions are offered twice a month from September to April to assist interested applicants in knowing about the Program and application process.
    2. Students and faculty participate in the School Open House annually in March.
    3. The Practical Nurse Program brochure is distributed to local high school guidance offices, career centers and health care agencies in the Fall River area.
    4. The faculty and Nurse Administrator are available to attend local college career days and to speak to area agencies that may have employees or interested candidates.
    5. The Nurse Administrator meets with graduating seniors from the school Health Assisting Program in the Fall.
    6. The school website (dimanregional.org) has an LPN Program tab that contains frequently asked questions about the Program, application, test dates and preparation course dates.

    Section VI. Application Process

    Applicants interested in applying for admissions must:

    1. Obtain an application by downloading the packet from the website at www.dimanregional.org or by picking up a packet in the Practical Nurse office.
    2. Submit a completed application form and the $25.00 application fee by mail or in person to the Practical Nurse Program office.
    3. Select an entrance exam test date for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI) examination. Pre-registration and payment is required prior to the testing date. Testing dates and times may be found on the school website. The test is given at DRSOPN.
    4. Applicants are required to bring a valid photo ID or passport, and Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) paper/pencil ID number on the day of the test. In order to obtain this ID number, visit www.atitesting.com TEAS VI covers reading, math, science, and English. The test takes approximately four (4) hours. Students are requested to arrive at DRSOPN at least one (1) hour before the scheduled start time. Students are advised to prepare in advance for the exam. TEAS VI study manuals may be purchased at the school or online from ATI (1-800-667-7531 or go to atitesting.com). Preparation courses are also offered at Diman in October, November, January and February for an additional fee. Information regarding this course may be found on the school website one (1) month before the course start date.
    5. Only official TEAS VI scores from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) will be considered for review. Students testing at a site other than DRSOPN may have their scores forwarded through ATI for an additional fee. No student copies will be accepted. Applicants must wait thirty (30) days between retakes.
    6. Completed applications must include:
      1. The application to Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing
      2. $25.00 Application Fee
      3. Official high school transcript with evidence of graduation or GED/HISET pass scores
      4. Application Essay addressing "Why I want to be a Practical Nurse" and "Why am I choosing Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing?" The essay will be reviewed as informational only.
      5. Three (3) professional references: immediate supervisor (past or present), an employer (past or present), teachers or counselors, or a person with whom you have collaborated on a completed project or community service are suggested. Immediate family, friends or coworkers will not be considered. Reference forms will be given at time of interview. Do not send generic references in with application.
      6. At time of interview a spontaneous 100 word maximum handwritten essay will be required. The essay is carefully reviewed for content and format.
    7. It is highly recommended that applicants attend an informational session prior to applying/testing. Informational sessions begin in September. Information regarding these sessions may be found on the school website. Pre-registration is required by calling 508-672-2970 or emailing rblanchette@dimanregional.org

    Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and/or Program Administrator with priority given to in-district, qualified candidates.

    Section VII. Selection Process

    Applications are reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:

    TEAS VI Score Rubric …………………25 points

    Three (3) letters of reference……............5 points

    Interview Rubric………………………..30 points

    Essay Rubric…………………………... 10 points

    Note: Final admission is also contingent upon satisfactory results of the Criminal Offender Record Information Release (CORI) if 18 years or older, health requirements, and CPR requirements.

    Applicants will be ranked and accepted by the Admissions Committee and/or Program Administrator according to the procedure and criteria contained in this policy. A wait list will be established by the Committee. The wait list is valid for the current academic year. In-district applicants will be given priority when scores are equal. All applicants will be notified of their status.

    __ Accepted               __ Placed on wait list               __ Not Accepted

    Section VIII. Review Process

    The applicant, upon receipt of a letter from the Program indicating that the applicant was not accepted or was placed on a wait list for admission, may request a review of this decision by requesting an appointment with the Nurse Administrator. The Nurse Administrator will respond in writing to the findings within thirty (30) days. If further review is necessary, the applicant may send a letter requesting a review to the Superintendent-Director. The Superintendent-Director will respond in writing to the letter with findings of the review within thirty (30) days.

    Rev 2/14, 4/17, 6/17