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Nursing Program Application Process FAQ for Fall 2024 Cohort

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the nursing program application process and acceptance including:

  • Application Schedule & Process
  • Nursing Pre-Admission Conference Dates
  • HESI A2 Pre-Admission Assessment for Nursing
  • Pre-requisite Courses
  • Background Checks, Drug Screens, and Medical Requirements
  • NSG 101 Schedule for Those Accepted

What do I need to know to apply?

  1. You will need to attend a mandatory Nursing Pre-Admission Conference which begins in February.
  2. You can only apply if you meet ALL the requirements, including the HESI A2 exam, by Thursday, May 16, 2024. Applications are due no later than Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
  3. Information on the mandatory HESI A2 exam, including how to register, what is on it, study resources, and recommended scores are listed below.

Application Schedule and Process

  • All pre-requisite classes completed before application deadline with a grade of C or better.
  • Retain active KY STNA and CPR-BLS Provider certifications.
  • Completed HESI A2 (recommended score of 75% or higher in all areas)
  • Attendance at Nursing Pre-Admission Conference
  • Submission of required application documentation
Applicants are chosen by a Selective Admission process. The decision of the Selective Admission Committee is final, and not eligible for appeal.

Prospective applicants will receive their materials after attending a mandatory Nursing Pre-Admission Conference.

  • The Conference is approximately an hour-long session and there are several of them offered throughout the 4-week period leading up to the application deadline. They are offered at different times and days. No virtual offering will be available this semester. 
This will only be sent to students who have attended the Nursing Pre-Admission Conference and RTA 1-on-1.

Yes. If you are applying for a Fall 2024 cohort, the last day to take the HESI A2 exam is Thursday, May 16, 2024.

The decision letters will be sent in late May or early June. NOTE: Application schedule is subject to change.

Nursing Pre-Admission Conference

These sessions will detail the admissions process and prepare students for success in the Nursing program. The Conference is held by current Nursing faculty and advisors and is meant to ensure that applicants understand every aspect of the admissions process and have a better understanding of what to expect in the program should they be admitted. Prospective applicants must attend at least one session.
Nursing Pre-Admission Conference Dates
Date Time Location
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12:00pm Edgewood, E101
Monday, March 25, 2024 5:30pm Edgewood, AHS 214
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 4:00pm Edgewood, E101
Friday, April 19, 2024 10:30am Edgewood, E101
Monday, May 13, 2024 10:30am Edgewood, E101

It is preferred, that you RSVP so we can plan for your attendance. Reservations are not required.

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Please make all possible effort to attend a conference. In the event that you absolutely cannot attend, please e-mail the Health Professions Division at

Students must attend a full session in order to receive credit for being there. If the student is late or leaves early, they must attend another session to obtain all of the content.

Final decisions to be made by the Director of Nursing and/or Dean of Health Professions. 

Yes, you still have to attend a session.

HESI A2 Examination

 The HESI Admission Assessment (A2) exam is a standardized and proctored entrance exam completed by Nursing program applicants.
Contact us at; financial assistance may be available. Please seek this option if you truly need it – this is a limited fund.
Pre-admissions testing is very common with nursing programs. Since admittance into the program is a selective process, the Selective Admission Committee needs all the relevant academic data for an applicant that they can get in order to assess strengths and weaknesses. Data shows that students below the recommended 75% on all components of the HESI A2 have a lower success rate in the Nursing Program. Students that score a 75% or higher on all components of the HESI A2 have better odds of being able to keep up with nursing content. Think of the data we collect as your academic resume. The better your grades, GPA, and HESI A2 scores are, and the more co-requisite classes you have completed, the more qualified you are for the role of the nursing student.

If you have taken the NLN RN PAX with Gateway since May 2023, you are welcome to use your scores if you would like. It is recommended that students strive to achieve at least an RN Percentile Rank of 50.

However, if you did not achieve a 50 or higher in the three sections of the PAX and a RN Percentile Rank of at least a 50, you are highly encouraged to complete the HESI A2 Exam.

What is the content of the exam? How is the test scored, and what is the recommended score? How can I prepare? How do I register?

If you want to know the answers to these questions and more, please refer to HESI A2 Pre-Admission Assessment for Nursing.


  • BIO-137 (Anatomy and Physiology I) - must be completed in the last 5 years
  • PSY-110 (General Psychology)
  • MAT-150, MAT-151, OR STA-210/220 (College Algebra or Statistics)
  • NAA 100 (Nursing Assistant Skills I) or active status on the KY Nurse Aide registry
  • CPR 100 (CPR for the Healthcare Provider or active CPR Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider certification)

Yes! As long as all of your pre-requisites are completed by May 15, you are good to go.


Nursing Application Periods
NSG 101 Start Pre-requisite Completion Deadline
Fall 2024 May 15, 2024
Spring 2025 October 15, 2024
Fall 2025 May 15, 2025
Spring 2026 October 15, 2025

BIO 137 and BIO 139 can be no older than five years by the start of NSG 101.  Here is a guide to help you determine the status of your BIO course:

BIO 137 and 139 course table
NSG 101 Start Last Completion Date BIO 137 and 139 are acceptable.
Fall 2024 Fall 2019
Spring 2025 Spring 2020
Fall 2025 Fall 2020
Spring 2026 Spring 2021
Fall 2026 Fall 2021

No, applicants are not penalized for renewing BIO 137 after they have already passed it. Likewise, if a student is retaking BIO 137 for a better grade even though they have already earned at least a C in a previous attempt, the higher of the two grades will be taken and no points will be docked.

Points are only deducted if the student had an unsuccessful attempt in BIO 137 and are retaking it for application eligibility.

Background Checks, Drug Screens, and medical requirements

Yes, instructions are given to students accepted into the program.
No. Only students that are accepted into the Nursing Program are required to have this done. Specific instructions are provided to the students once they are accepted.
Yes, you may reuse the background check from one of Gateway’s Health Professions programs, if less than one year old. However, a fresh drug screen is required specifically for the Nursing Program. Results from a previous background check or drug screen from another organization will not be accepted by our Nursing Program.
It could. Students are held to the same standards to which our clinical facilities hold their employees. Typically, the type of charges that prevent student enrollment into the program are anything to do with theft, drugs, violence, and recent DUIs.  All adverse results are reviewed confidentially on an individual basis.

Some charges are eligible for expungement. For more information about this option, visit the Department of Public Advocacy.

Our Nursing Program completes work-based learning (clinicals) at a variety of healthcare facilities; therefore, our program MUST follow the expectations of all facilities.

  • Immunizations/Vaccinations
    • Hepatitis B Vaccinations or Titer (required)
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccinations or Titers (required)
    • Varicella Vaccinations or Titer (required)
    • Tdap Vaccination (no titer options) (required)
    • Covid-19 Vaccinations (no titer options) (recommended)
    • Season Influenza Immunization (required)
  • Tuberculosis 2-Step Screening or TB QuantiFERON (TB Gold) Blood Test (required)
  • Physical Examination and Medical History (required)

Because these are requirements for the clinical institutions and not for attendance at Gateway, neither Gateway, nor the Nursing Department, is offering exemptions from these requirements. The items listed above are mandatory for all students. *Subject to change

Yes, students are responsible for paying for the background check and drug screen. The cost is $61.20.  *Subject to change

In addition, students are responsible for paying for the Compliance Tracker, to help maintain immunization records, certifications, and other program requirements. 
The cost is $35.00 *Subject to change

NSG Schedule for those accepted

This schedule is subject to change, but here is what is currently being planned for: (These are tentative dates)
Tentative Scheduled Dates
Component Days Times
Mandatory Orientation TBD TBD
Lecture/Lab Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
Clinical Fridays 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

No, the core nursing (NSG) courses have a set schedule. Sometimes there are lab and clinical time groups that the students may be able to choose from. However, those options are presented to accepted students when applicable.