Additional Applicant Information

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. Applicants in this situation can write a statement asking the Admission Committee to exclude this previous coursework from the cumulative GPA calculation. The cumulative GPA will then be figured using the last 48 credit hours of coursework, which must be a 2.5/4.0.  Students requesting academic forgiveness will not qualify for an early admission decision.

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.

Background Checks

All nursing students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check. Students will receive the appropriate information to complete this requirement once admitted. Clinical rotations that require a criminal background check may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction. As participation in clinical experiences are a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the nursing program.

Furthermore, if a student questions their qualification for licensure in the State of Illinois the student should go to and complete and submit the Non-Binding Advisory Opinion form (currently no fee required).  This is a pre-application process to verify licensure qualifications.  If you plan to seek licensure in another state please refer to that state’s department of regulations to verify qualification for licensure.

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.

Health Record Requirements

Health records are mandatory for all students.  A copy of the following physical/immunization records are required to be on file by December 1st  to start in the spring semester and July 1st to start the fall semester.  Students will be dropped from all clinical courses if not submitted by the stated deadline.   Students should make a copy of all health records as there will be a $5 fee for any copies made by Lakeview after submission.


  •    Current Physical Examination (To rule out infections or contagious disease)
  •    Tetanus Booster (Tdap) –Current within the last 10 years.
  •    Hepatitis B Series
  •    Influenza Vaccine
  •    1 Varicella Titer  - Required even if you have been vaccinated or had the disease in the past.
  •    1 MMR Titer – A titer for Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required even if you have been vaccinated in the past.
  •    Two-Step Tuberculosis (TB) or TB Quantiferon
  •    10 Panel Urine Drug Screen
  •    Current CPR Card –Only 2 courses accepted are: The American Heart Association-Basic Life Support (CPR & AED Program) –OR– The American Red Cross-Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.  
  •    Hepatitis A and Meningococcal vaccines are highly recommended due to the high at-risk population and occupation (CDC, 2011), but is not required.

Additional information regarding health requirements is provided within admission packet.

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.


Student Orientation is mandatory for all new incoming students. Orientation will occur the week prior to the start of a semester. Failure to attend will prevent a student from starting any clinical course.

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.