Nursing Program Application Process FAQ for Spring 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?
- You will need to attend a mandatory Nursing Pre-Admission Conference which begins in September. You will receive a link to schedule a Ready-to-Apply (RTA) 1-on-1 with Jennifer Wong, which will begin in October.
- At the RTA with Jennifer, you will review your application requirements, grades, GPA, and points awarded based on each criterion while completing a portion of the application (Part 1).
- You can only apply if you meet ALL the requirements, including the HESI A2 exam, by Friday, October 20, 2023. Applications (including Part 2) are due no later than Monday, October 23, 2023.
- After the RTA 1-on-1 with Jennifer Wong, you will gather your materials and submit them to the live the online application (link provided at 1-on-1), where you will complete a checklist and finalize your application. The link for part 2 of the application will be provided during the meeting. The Applications are due no later than Monday, October 23, 2023.
- 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 and RTA 1-on-1 with Pre-Nursing Enrollment Specialist, Jennifer Wong.
- Submission of required application documentation, part 1 and part 2.
Prospective applicants will receive their materials after attending a mandatory Nursing Pre-Admission Conference and the mandatory Ready-to-Apply 1-on-1 with Jennifer Wong.
- 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.
Yes. If you are applying for a Spring 2024 cohort, the last day to take the HESI A2 exam is Friday, October 20, 2023.
Nursing Pre-Admission Conference
|Thursday, September 7, 2023||1:30 pm||Student Services Building at Edgewood, Room E101|
|Monday, September 11, 2023||6:30 pm||Student Services Building at Edgewood, Room E101|
|Tuesday, September 19, 2023||4:15 pm||Student Services Building at Edgewood, Room E101|
|Friday, September 29, 2023||12:00 pm||Student Services Building at Edgewood, Room E101|
|Tuesday, October 17, 2023||1:30 pm||Student Services Building at Edgewood, Room E101|
It is preferred, that you RSVP so we can plan for your attendance. Reservations are not required.
To RSVP for an upcoming session, register here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
HESI A2 Examination
If you have taken the NLN RN PAX with Gateway since October 2022, 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 October 15, you are good to go. If you are taking a full 16-week course, you will not be eligible.
|NSG 101 Start||Pre-requisite Completion Deadline|
|Spring 2024||October 15, 2023|
|Fall 2024||May 15, 2024|
|Spring 2025||October 15, 2024|
|Fall 2025||May 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:
|NSG 101 Start||Last Completion Date BIO 137 and 139 are acceptable.|
|Fall 2023||Fall 2018|
|Spring 2024||Spring 2019|
|Fall 2024||Fall 2019|
|Spring 2025||Spring 2020|
|Fall 2025||Fall 2020|
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
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.
- 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
|Lecture/Lab||Mondays & Thursdays||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.