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Additional Applicant Information

Transfer Credit Policies

Academic Forgiveness Policy

Last 48 hours of completed coursework

Lakeview College of Nursing understands that students may have had difficult times in their lives resulting in sub-standard academic performance at previous institutions. 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 calculated 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.

Time Limitations

Science Course Time Limit

There is a time limitation on the 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, unless the student is currently a licensed RN.

Note: If one of the two-part courses (Anatomy & Physiology Part I, Anatomy & Physiology Part II, Chemistry I and Chemistry II) is completed within the last 5 years, then credits for the other part of the course will be recognized as long as it meets other transfer guidelines.

Students with prerequisite science courses that are not recognized due to time limitation will need to either repeat the course or pass a college proficiency test. For more information regarding the proficiency options please contact the admissions office. Note: There is a cost associated with proficiency exams.

Auditing Courses

Students planning to audit a class may register on a space-available basis before the scheduled start date of the class. Auditing is for theory coursework only and students will still be expected to take the exams. 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 before the first class meeting 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 agencies may deny a students participation in the clinical rotation 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.

Students who question their qualification for licensure in the State of Illinois 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 board of nursing to verify qualification for licensure.

Basic Knowledge, Attitudes, and Technical Standards

Professionalism - is expected from all nursing students at all times while in the nursing program. Professionalism is reflected by life-long learning, appearance and demeanor, respectful communication, punctuality in attendance and assignments, providing service to the community, and engaging in activities that promote nursing.

Punctuality - is consistently demonstrating promptness when meeting scheduled class, clinical, lab, and simulated learning experiences. It reflects initiative, enthusiasm, and active engagement in learning assignments and clinical experiences. Students are expected to attend class regularly. Specific requirements for class attendance and consequences for tardiness/absences can be found in the Student Handbook. The clinical, lab, and simulated learning experiences, attendance as scheduled is required and tardiness is unacceptable. A reasonable expectation is to arrive at the clinical site a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the assigned clinical time. Tardiness necessitates a plan of action initiated by the clinical instructor or preceptor that requires the student’s commitment to be punctual for subsequent scheduled activities. A pattern of tardiness may result in a failing grade for the class, lab, clinical, or simulated learning experience since a lack of personal accountability is inconsistent with professional nursing and safe patient care.

Conflict Management - Demonstrates collaborative problem solving skills in the event or conflict relevant to the course, clinical, lab or simulation experience occurs. Conflict management skills include: engaging in timely and constructive dialogue with the immediate participants to clarify the issue; consulting in a timely fashion with advisor, clinical scholar/instructor, or preceptor; accurately identifying the negotiable and non-negotiable issues; and determining an effective strategy to achieve mutual goals, and follow through respectfully with the decision.

Constructively uses opportunities throughout the course to communicate questions and concerns relevant to course/assignment outcome competencies. Comments on course, faculty, and preceptor evaluations are specific, and include constructive feedback on effective teaching and learning strategies, as well as recommendations for improvement.

Disrespectful behaviors, including making demands, blaming others for one’s own mistakes, or demeaning others, are considered unprofessional and are unacceptable in the context of a collaborative and positive learning environment. Unprofessional conduct will be referred to the Dean, who will consult with faculty, Lakeview College of Nursing administration, and representatives from the affiliating clinical agency, as appropriate, to determine subsequent action, which may include referral to the Student Affairs Committee.

Students of Lakeview College of Nursing are guests in affiliating clinical agencies or practice sites. A positive working relationship between the College and affiliating clinical agencies is imperative to assure quality placements in sufficient numbers for all students across clinical courses. Unprofessional communication or behavior reflects poorly on the Lakeview College of Nursing student body and jeopardizes future clinical placements. Deceleration, suspension, withdrawal are options for students who determine that clinical placements/schedules are unacceptable to them. Students are accountable for all information sent by the Lakeview College of Nursing email, and must commit to checking for updated information as frequently as needed to identify new and changing information.

Respect - Courtesy, consideration, respect and positive regard are conditions for learning. It demonstrates attentiveness, politeness, consideration for others in all learning environments and with patients, peers, health care providers, faculty, and staff. Respect is displayed by:

  • Refraining from intruding, interrupting, distracting, or otherwise limiting the opportunities for learning.
  • Interacting with all others with demonstrations of respect, tolerance, and caring. Body language, nonverbal behaviors, including voice tone, and personal opinion must at all times demonstrate professionalism and collegiality.
  • Demonstrating respect for diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation, gender, age, socio-economic status of patients, peers, and other care providers.

A student may be removed from the class, clinical, lab, or simulated learning experiences for disrespecting the learning or working environment and interfering with the learning or work of others. The ability to return to the class, clinical, lab, or simulated learning experience is dependent on commitment to demonstrate civility.

Confidentiality – Demonstrates respect for patient confidentiality within and outside the agency. Students must maintain patient confidentiality in all communication, including use of electronic media. Extreme caution must be exhibited in relaying information about clinical experiences in any social networking media (e.g. blogs, Facebook) by never referencing clinical information that identifies people, place, or specific events. Well-intentioned reflection can jeopardize patient rights and your professional standing if perceived as violating ethical and legal parameters of confidentiality, patient privacy rights, and health privacy laws.

Technical Standards

Lakeview College of Nursing is committed to diversity and to attracting and educating students who will make the population of health care professionals representative of the national population. Our core values Adaptability, Caring, Excellence, Integrity, and Service translate into our work with all students, including those with disabilities. Lakeview College of Nursing actively collaborates with students to develop innovative ways to ensure accessibility and creates a respectful, accountable culture through our confidential disability support. Lakeview is committed to excellence in accessibility; we encourage students with disabilities to disclose and seek accommodations.

Lakeview College of Nursing provides the following sample descriptions/examples of technical standards to inform incoming and enrolled students of the performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to complete the requirements of the nursing curriculum and provide effective and safe health care. To matriculate (enroll) the student must meet technical standards outlined below with or without reasonable accommodations and maintain related satisfactory demonstration of these standards for progression through the program.

If you had sufficient education would you be able to perform the following technical standards:

Acquire Information:

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in nursing courses such as lecture, group and physical demonstrations.
  • Review and collect information from written documents and computer systems (e.g., literature search & data retrieval).
  • Identify information presented in images from paper, slides, videos, and transparencies.
  • Recognize and assess patient changes in mood, activity, cognition, verbal, and non-verbal communication.

Use and Interpret:

  • Collect and analyze information from assessment techniques/maneuvers such as those involved in assessing respiratory and cardiac function, blood pressure, blood sugar, neurological status, etc.
  • Gather and explore information related to physiologic phenomena generated from diagnostic tools (i.e., sphygmomanometer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope) during a comprehensive examination of a client or patient.


  • Possess psychomotor skills necessary to provide holistic nursing care and perform or assist with procedures, treatments, and medication administration.
  • Practice in a safe manner to provide care in emergency and non-emergency situations,  implement life support procedures and perform universal precautions against contamination.


  • Communicate effectively, respectfully and sensitively with patients and families.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with faculty, preceptors and all members of the healthcare team during practicum and other learning experiences.
  • Accurately elicit information including a medical history and other information from a patient and family or other support to adequately and effectively evaluate a client or patient's condition.

Intellectual ability:

  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize data related to patient condition.
  • Exercise proper judgment and complete responsibilities in a timely and accurate manner according to the advanced generalist nursing role.
  • Synthesize information, problem solve and think critically to evaluate the most appropriate theory or assessment strategy.
  • Ask for help when needed and make proper judgments of when a nursing task can or cannot be carried out alone.


  • Maintain mature, sensitive, effective relationships with clients/patients, families, students, faculty, staff, preceptors and other professionals under all circumstances.
  • Exercise skills of diplomacy to advocate for patients in need.
  • Possess emotional stability to function under stress and adapt to changing environments inherent to the classroom and practice settings with or without accommodations.


  • Concern for others, integrity, accountability, interest, and motivation, are necessary personal qualities.
  • Demonstrate intent and desire to follow the ANA Standards of Care and Nursing Code of Ethics.

Lakeview College of Nursing endeavors to ensure that access to its facilities, programs, and services are available to students with disabilities. The College provides reasonable accommodations to students on a nondiscriminatory basis consistent with legal requirements as outlined in the Americans with Disabiliteis Act (ADA) of 1990, the American with Disabilities Act Amendments ACT (ADAAA) of 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to an instructional activity, facility, program or service that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to participate in all student activities. To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The ADA, the ADAAA and Section 504 all define disability as (a)  a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; (b) a record of such impairment; or (c) being regarded as having such a condition.

The College uses a case by case, interactive decision-making process to determine reasonable accommodations taking into consideration each student's disability-related needs, disability documentation and program requirements. While Lakeview College of Nursing will make every effort to work with students with disabilities to accommodate their disability-related needs, Lakeview College is not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter or waive essential program requirements.

After reviewing the technical standards, students who determine that they require accommodations to engage in the program should contact the Disability Services to discuss their accommodation needs, confidentially. Given the clinical nature of our programs, additional time may be needed to implement accommodations. Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore, timely requests are essential and encouraged.

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 12 noon the Friday of the second week of class. Students will be dropped from all clinical courses if not submitted by the stated deadline. Students should make a copy of all health records, LCN will charge a $5 fee for copies.


  • Current Physical Examination - must be within the last year
  • Tetanus Booster (Tdap) Booster must be within the last 10 years (Tetanus Toxoid (TT) not acceptable).
  • Hepatitis B Titer
    If non-immune to Hep B, series of immunizations must be started or a declination waiver must be signed. You can obtain a waiver from Lakeview College of Nursing. You must submit documentation of each shot as you receive.
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccination (required annually)
  • 1 Varicella Zoster (chicken pox) – Required even if you have been vaccinated or had the disease in the past.
    If titer indicates low or no immunity, two boosters of Varicella vaccine 4 weeks apart followed by a titer 4-6 weeks after second booster shot is required. You must submit documentation of each booster and titer.
  • A MMR Titer – A titer for Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required even if you have been vaccinated in the past.
    If titer indicates low or no immunity, two boosters of MMR vaccine 4 weeks apart followed by a titer 4-6 weeks after second booster shot is required. You must submit documentation of each booster and titer.
  • Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) - (required annually) A 2 step TB test must be done first, prior to annual testing with a single step technique. TST reading must be done within 48 hours after first injection. Second test is to be done 7 days from first test per CDC recommendations. A student may elect to have a TB Quantiferon drawn in lieu of the skin test. 
  • 10 Panel Urine Drug Screen - (must be dated within 3 months from date of admission)
  • CPR Certification – Only two courses accepted are: The American Heart Association-BLS Healthcare Provider –OR– The American Red Cross-CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.
  • Proof of Meningococcal Vaccine
  • Hepatitis A is highly recommended but is not required.

Additional information regarding health requirements is provided within admission packet.

Non-discrimination Policy

Lakeview College of Nursing does not discriminate in the admission of students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, ancestry, or disability.  Additionally, the College prohibits students discriminating against others based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, veteran 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, along with the non-discrimination policy and the 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.

Student Orientation

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

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:

  1. A student who has been academically dismissed must sit out for one semester (summer included).
  2. A student is only eligible for for readmission if the date the student desires to resume the program is less than two years form the date the student withdrew or was academically dismissed. If a student desires to return more than two years from the date the student withdrew or was academically dismissed, the student must apply to the College through the standard admissions process.  
  3. 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.
  4. If health concerns were a factor for the student leaving the College, then documentation for the ability to meet the technical standards with or without accommodations to continue in the program, must be provided with readmission paperwork.
  5. A student may only be readmitted once (1) into Lakeview College of Nursing.
  6. A student repeating a clinical nursing course must repeat both the theory and clinical components of the course.
  7. A student readmitted into Lakeview College of Nursing is required to meet the readmission course progression requirements. Any LCN courses that are being repeated due to a previous failure or withdrawal must be passed with a “C” or higher, with the exception of N210: Foundations of Professional Practice that must be passed with an “A” or “B”.  To remain in the program, a student cannot withdraw or fail any course in which he/she has been previously enrolled.
  8. 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 with the exception of N210 Foundations of Nursing Practice, which must be passed with an “A” or “B”, and must follow the guidelines included within the Student Academic Progression (SAP) policy.
  9. Must meet graduation requirements at the time of graduation.

Readmission Criteria

In order to be considered for readmission a student must meet the following readmission criteria:

  1. Must have successfully passed all 200 level courses.
  2. Minimum cumulative LCN GPA of a 2.00 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Must be able to meet  the standards as outlined in the Student Academic Progression Policy in order to maintain enrollment and graduate and meet all graduation eligibility.
  4. Documentation of remediation strategies to ensure success upon return.
  5. Must apply for readmission within 2 calendar years of leaving the college.

Steps for Readmission

A student seeking readmission who has been academically dismissed or who has withdrawn from the Nursing Program must submit the required documents to the Director of Enrollment by:

February 1st June 1st September 1st

The committee will meet the 3rd or 4th week of the month deadline.

The following items will be required when applying for readmission:

  1. A completed readmission application form.

  2. A letter addressed to the Admissions Committee requesting readmission with the following points: Description of the reason(s) for being dismissed or withdrawn from the program;

    1. Identify the behaviors for the dismissal or withdrawal;

    2. Steps the student took during the period of absence to prepare her/himself to return to the program; 

    3. Plan for implementation of changes that will promote success.

  3. Release of "I understand that this form and the information contained within it, once submitted to Lakeview College of Nursing, is considered confidential and I waive my right to review it" form.

  4. Payment of readmission fee

The student will be notified by e-mail the date they will need to meet with the Admission Committee. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure Lakeview has the correct contact information.  

Readmission into Lakeview College of Nursing will be dependent upon the availability of clinical space. If the number of applicants exceeds available space, applicants may be deferred to a subsequent semester. Readmission to the College is not guaranteed. The decision of the Readmission Committee cannot be appealed.

Approval of a readmitted student is considered an appeal approval for Federal/State student aid in regards to the students Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status.

Re-admitted students will be required to update their criminal background check and drug screen by the due date for health records. If readmitted, requirements will be provided at the time of the committee's decision.