Additional Applicant Information

Academic Forgiveness

Auditing Courses

Core Performance Standards

International Students Documentation

International Students TOEFL Requirements

Non Discrimination

Other Considerations

Readmission Policy

Time Limitations on Coursework


Academic Forgiveness

Lakeview College of Nursing understands a student may have had difficult times in his/her life resulting in a sub-standard academic performance at a previous institution. This can cause the cumulative GPA to fall below the required 2.5/4.0 for admission into the college. Students who find themselves in this situation can write a statement asking the Admission's Committee to exclude this previous coursework from the cumulative GPA calculation. After the situation has been assessed and deemed appropriate, the cumulative GPA will then be figured using the last 48 credit hours of coursework, which must be a 2.5/4.0. However, any course in which a grade of "C" or better has been earned may be evaluated and accepted for transfer credit.


Auditing Courses

Students planning to audit a class may register on a space-available basis two weeks before the scheduled start date of the class. Auditing is for theory coursework only. Once the class has met, students may not change from audit to credit status or vice versa without written permission of the instructor. The fee for auditing is $50 per credit hour. If a student changes to credit status, the tuition rate in effect at the time will be assessed with no late registration fee applied.


Core Performance Standards

Nursing is an occupation which involves daily contact with individuals and requires ability to perform a wide variety of activities.  Some individuals might not be suited to perform the activities of a registered nurse.  Many hospitals require physical examination, laboratory testing and x-rays prior to hiring an individual to rule out pre-existing conditions which could cause problems in performing the expected duties.  If you have any condition which might impair your ability to perform the activities required of a registered nurse, you might wish to reconsider applying for admission to the nursing program.  Indicated below are core performance standards for admission and progression in the BSN program.

Core Performance


Examples of Necessary Activities (Not all inclusive)


Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and client responses.


Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.

Move around in client rooms, work spaces and treatment areas, administer cardio-pulmonary procedures.

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Calibrate and use equipment, position clients, administer medications orally and parenterally.


Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Hears monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.

Observes client responses; recognizes subtle physical changes.


Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and performance of skilled nursing activities.

Performs palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those activities related to therapeutic nursing interventions, e.g. insertion of a catheter or starting an IV.

International Students Documentation

All applicants must have established legal residency within the United States.  Lakeview College of Nursing does not issue I-20s for student visas and therefore requires each student to be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.  Documentation will be required at the time of application.  A naturalization certificate or a green card may be used as documentation for those born outside the United States.


International Students TOEFL Requirements

Students were born outside the United States must also have official TOEFL scores sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) with a TOEFL Score of 80 (Internet Based Test: IBT).  In addition, the College carefully evaluates the four sub-scores (listening, structure/writing, speaking and reading) on the TOEFL test.  The College may require remediation, if one or more sub-score is/are substantially low, even though the total score is acceptable. 

Applicants who feel strongly that their education meets our standards for exclusively English-based education (ideally a bachelor’s degree earned within the U.S.) may contact a recruiter well in advance of the application deadline if he/she would like to discuss their individual circumstances in consideration of exemption of the TOEFL requirement.  An electronic sample of a research paper that has been completed for a college course must be submitted and a conference call with a committee may be required.  Reporting on the authenticity of this paper may be provided by a resource outside the College (such as


Non Discrimination

Lakeview College of Nursing does not discriminate in the admission of students on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, marital status, ancestry, or disability.  Additionally, the College prohibits students discriminating against patients based upon race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, marital status, ancestry, or disability.


Other Considerations for All Applicants

  1. Registered nurses must be licensed by the state(s) in which they plan to work.  Persons making application for licensure are screened for criminal records and/or convicted felonies.  If you have a criminal record, you should consider seeking individual legal counsel as to the possibility of being ineligible for licensure and/or clinical experiences prior to applying for admission to the program.  Background check information may be shared with the College’s clinical sites.
  2. Admission to the BSN Program involves a significant time commitment.  Students should expect to spend 20-30 hours per week on course related work on campus and in clinical placements.  Students are required to be at clinical sites at 6:30 am for some clinical sites and on occasion may also be assigned afternoon, evening and Saturday clinicals.  Transportation to clinical sites is the responsibility of the student.
  3. Registered nurses are exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment and other work sites such as occasional fluctuations in temperature, latex products and electro-magnetic radiation.  Exposure to electrical hazards, loud or unpleasant noises and occasional high humidity or wetness are the norm.
  4. It is highly advisable that all prospective students participate in an RN clinical job shadowing experience prior to applying. 

In consideration of the above items and the Non-Discrimination and Core Performance Standards, Lakeview College of Nursing may review individual cases and provide feedback as to medical and/or legal suitability.   The College recommends that applicants seek professional legal advice regarding the previously mentioned items.


Readmission Policy

A student who has academically been dismissed or who has withdrawn from the nursing program may apply for readmission. The readmission policies are:

  • A student who is academically dismissed is encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Dean of Nursing and complete an exit interview at the time of dismissal or withdrawal along with proper documentation.  Failure to complete the exit interview process may hinder the readmission process.
  • A student must request in writing to the Registrar to be considered by the Admission Committee according to the following schedule:
    • apply by July 1 for readmission into the fall semester;
    • apply by November 1 for readmission into the spring semester;
    • apply by April 1 for readmission into the summer semester.

Students will be notified by letter of the date their file will be reviewed by the Admission Committee. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the nursing program has the correct mailing address.

  • A student’s application for readmission may be reviewed by the Admission Committee no more than two (2) times. If readmission is not granted after the second application, the student becomes ineligible for readmission.
  • If health concerns are a factor for the student leaving the College, then documentation for ability to continue in the program must be provided with readmission paperwork.
  • A student may only be readmitted into Lakeview College of Nursing once.
  • A student must meet all current admission criteria.
  • A student repeating a clinical nursing course must repeat both the theory and clinical components of the course.
  • The Admission Committee must approve any exceptions to the above policies.

A student who has failed a nursing course or who has withdrawn from the Nursing Program must submit the following documents to the Registrar to be considered by the Admission Committee for readmission:

  • Letter addressed to the Admissions Committee requesting readmission into (semester, year).
  • Recommendations from
    • Two (2) Lakeview Nursing Faculty who have taught the student in class or clinical and
    • One (1) additional professional recommendation.
    • Follow instructions on the attached Faculty Reference forms and submit them to the Registrar by due dates.
  • Develop a written action plan for success consisting of
    • Description of the reason(s) you left the program
    • Analysis of factors that lead to this outcome
    • Goals to be accomplished during your remaining time at Lakeview College of Nursing   
    • Plan of action to meet your goal(s); be specific.

A student that is readmitted into Lakeview College of Nursing is required to meet the readmission course progression requirements. Any LCN classes that are being repeated due to a previous failure or withdraw must be passed with a "C" or higher. In order to remain in the program a student cannot withdraw or fail one of these courses.

A readmitted student is allowed to withdraw from one class that has not previously been taken. The remainder of the coursework must be passed with a "C" or higher. Graduation requirements must also be met as stated in the student handbok.

Readmission into Lakeview College of Nursing will be dependent on the clinical space available to accommodate additional students. If the number of applicants exceeds available space, the decision will be based on LCN GPA, admissions GPA, admissions science GPA and HESI (A2), and applicants may be deferred to a subsequent semester.

Re-admitted students will be required to update their criminal background check and drug screen before the first day of class. Check with the Records office regarding currency of immunizations, TB skin test, and CPR certification.

All clinical courses in Lakeview College of Nursing program must be taken within a six year period. Those courses taken more than six years prior to a student's graudation must be repeated. This rule applies to ALL students of Lakeview College of Nursing including those readmitted to the program after a dismissal, withdrawal, or leave of absence.


Time Limitations on Coursework

Science Course Time Limit

Prerequisite science courses needed for the nursing program (Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Chemistry I & II, and Microbiology) MUST be taken no more than 5 years prior to the start of the nursing program. Courses taken prior to the 5 year time limit must be repeated. The College does offer proficiency examination for these courses if taken after 5 years.  For more information regarding the costs of these exams, please look within our tuition, fees and expense information. (RN-BSN students will be exempt).

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