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Pre-Admission FAQs

Webpage revised 11/05/2021 (Information is subject to change without notice)


Q:  Where do I start?

A:  Review the nursing application process checklist below, apply to Jefferson College, and make an appointment with an advisor.

Nursing Application Process Checklist

Submit an online Application for Admission to Jefferson College

 Applicants are required to meet with an Enrollment Services Specialist to ensure application readiness.

 Advising appointments are available by phone, email, and virtual (i.e. Google Meet & Zoom).

  • Transfer students, please email a copy of your unofficial transcripts for review.
  • Hillsboro: (636) 481-3209 or (636) 797-3000 ext. 3209
  • Arnold: (636) 481-3597 or (636) 797-3000 ext. 3597
  • Email: advisor@jeffco.edu

Q:  What does Bi-Level Nursing Program mean?

A:  Jefferson College offers two separate nursing programs:

  • Level I/PN Certificate
  • Level II/RN Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

     Having two separate nursing programs means there will be differences in program requirements
     for both applicants & current students.

     Current Level I/PN students meeting progression requirements (i.e. maintain a cumulative 85% average in all  
     Level I/PN courses) are automatically admitted to the Level II/RN program.

     A limited number of already practicing LPN's are admitted to the Level II/RN program on a space available
     basis only as Bridge students.


Q:  Does the Nursing Program have a waiting list?

A:  The Jefferson College Nursing Program does not keep a waiting list.

Applicants not admitted into the program (or those re-applying to the program) must complete a new nursing application for the next available cohort that meets attendance needs; applicants must also pay the $30.00 application fee for each application submitted. Those who reapply are placed back into the application pool for review by the Admissions committee.


Q:  Does Jefferson College offer a RN Bridge program for EMT, Paramedic and/or Military Personnel?

A:  The Jefferson College nursing program does not offer this option at this time.


Q:  Is financial assistance available for nursing students?

A:  To explore payment and financial assistance options, please see Steps to apply for financial aid or contact Financial Aid at (636) 481-3212 or email at finaid@jeffco.edu.


Q:  Does financial aid cover the summer semester?

A:  The Financial Aid office is an applicant's best resource for financial matters; please contact Financial Aid at 
(636) 481-3212 or email at finaid@jeffco.edu.


Q:  What is the estimated cost of the Bi-Level Nursing Program?

A:  Tuition and fees

There are costs in addition to program tuition and fees, which include the following (not all inclusive): application for admission fee, HESI exam fee & study materials, state background check upon acceptance, textbooks, graduation fees, campus parking fee, nursing shoes/socks, nursing uniforms: RN Bridge students, and general education courses (i.e. nursing pre/corequisites). Tuition and fees and other costs are subject to change without notice.


Q:  What are the prerequisite courses for the nursing program?

A:  Both prerequisite and corequisite courses can be viewed in detail at Level I/PN Application Process or Level II/RN Bridge Application Process.

Level I/PN Prerequisites Level II/RN Bridge Prerequisites
BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)*          Current LPN Licensure with IV Certification
PSY101 General Psychology (3 credits) BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)* 
COL101, 136, or 101 First Year Experience BIO212 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)*
PSY101 General Psychology (3 credits)
PSY205 Life Span Human Development (3 credits)
COL101, 136, or 101 First Year Experience (1 credit)

  • *Level I/PN: Anatomy & Physiology I - completed with a grade of “C” or better within 5 years of the program start date (not the application due date) the applicant is applying for.
  • *Level II/RN Bridge: Anatomy & Physiology I & II - completed with a grade of “C” or better within 5 years of the program start date (not the application due date) the applicant is  applying for.

Q:  Do all prerequisites need to be completed before I can submit my application?

A:  Completion of prerequisite courses before application is highly preferred; however, applicants who have nursing pre/corequisite coursework in progress and have not yet completed required prerequisite courses may apply for conditional approval of application. For those students, GPA will be calculated utilizing coursework completed in preparation for the nursing prerequisites (i.e. BIO101 or CHM101 are prerequisites for BIO211).

High school graduates applying to the program who have not yet completed required prerequisite courses may apply for conditional approval of application. For those students, their GPA will be calculated utilizing their overall high school GPA or coursework done in preparation for the nursing prerequisites (i.e. high school Biology or Chemistry are prerequisites for BIO211).


Q:  Are there time limits on prerequisite courses?

A:  Level I/PN: Anatomy & Physiology I must be taken within 5 years of the program start date (not the application due date) the applicant is applying for.

     Level II/RN: Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II must be taken within 5 years of the program start date (not the application due date) the applicant is applying for.  All other nursing pre/corequisite courses are not attached to a time-frame.


Q:  Do applicants have to complete General Biology and/or Chemistry a year prior to applying for the nursing program?

A:  Jefferson College requires BIO101 General Biology (or high school Biology) and CHM101 Intro to Chemistry (or high school Chemistry) as a prerequisite to BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology I.

BIO101 General Biology (or high school Biology) and CHM101 Intro to Chemistry (or high school Chemistry) must be completed with a "C" or better within the previous five years of Jefferson College registration date.

BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology I is a prerequisite for the Level I/PN program.


Q:  Do pre/corequisite nursing courses have to be taken at Jefferson College?

A: Nursing pre/corequisite courses do not have to be taken at Jefferson College; however, these courses must be taken at an accredited community college or university if an applicant wishes to transfer college credit. Meet with an advisor to determine which courses will transfer to Jefferson College.


Q:  Can I transfer previous coursework?

A:  An advisor is an applicant's best resource for what courses will and will not transfer to Jefferson College (scroll to the top for advising contact information).


Q:  I am currently enrolled in a nursing program at another college; can I transfer the nursing courses I have completed to Jefferson College?

A:  Nursing specific courses do not transfer to the nursing program at Jefferson College.


Q:  Is there an application deadline?

A:  Applications for Admission and HESI exam scores are due by the deadline below:

     Cohort applying for:     Deadline:
     Fall 2022 Day Program (August)     Monday, April 4, 2022 (by 4:30 p.m.)
     Spring 2023 Evening Program (January)     Tuesday, September 5, 2022 (by 4:30 p.m.)
     Fall 2023 Day Program (August)     Monday, April 3, 2023 (by 4:30 p.m.)

Q:  Is there any flexibility in the application deadline date?

A:  In order to maintain consistency and fairness among all applicants and keep to a reasonable time-frame
(i.e. announce admission decisions), we must adhere to the published deadline.


Q:  Where can I find or pickup the nursing application for admission?

A:  Beginning Level I PN:      

     Level II RN Bridge:

     Application Submission:

  • All application materials must be submitted with the application (see next question).
  • Submit PDF application by email: rlewis@jeffco.edu
  • -or- mail: Jefferson College, Attn: Nursing Dept., 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, MO 63050.
  • -or- fax: (636) 789-2047, Attn: Nursing Dept.
  • -or- in-person at the Nursing Education Office, Hillsboro Campus, Career Technical Education Building, Room 131 (campus map).

Q:  What should be turned in with the nursing application for admission?

A:  The items below are to be submitted with the nursing application (Applications will not be accepted or processed without the following):

      Please note: Applicants who submit incomplete applications or who are missing any required documents will
      automatically be ineligible.

  • Submit official copies of all transcripts (may be sent electronically) to Jefferson College, Enrollment Services, 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, MO 63050.
  • Submit $30.00 paid application fee receipt (paid to the cashier).
  • Submit a copy of HESI scores.
  • Submit a copy of course schedule (if applicable).
  • PN applicants only: Submit a copy of current healthcare occupation certification or license verification (if applicable).
  • RN Bridge applicants only: Submit a copy of LPN Licensure Verification (www.nursys.com, QuickConfirm License Verification).

Q:  How do I check to see if my application packet was received?

A:  To verify if an application packet was received, call the nursing education office at (636) 481-3406 or email rlewis@jeffco.edu.


Q:  When will the applicant selection be announced and how will the applicants be contacted?

A:  It is our goal to have admission decisions made and communicated by the end of the application deadline month.

     For example:

  • The spring deadline is the first Tuesday in September (unless otherwise specified); therefore, applicants will be notified by September 30th.
  • The fall deadline is the first Monday in April (unless otherwise specified); therefore, applicants will be notified by April 30th.
  • If an application deadline extension has been posted to the nursing website, the applicants will be notified of their status by the end of the deadline month.

Applicants will be contacted through their Jefferson College student email and by postal mail; please be sure to have a correct address on file with the nursing education office.


Q:  How long is an applicant on the alternate status list?

A:  An applicant's alternate status expires on Monday, the week before college classes begin in the fall or spring semesters.

     If the applicant wishes to reapply, the applicant may follow the application process located on the nursing website.


Q:  What can I do to make my application more competitive?

A:  The nursing selection committee looks at the HESI exam score, GPA and pre/corequisite course completion rate.

  • An applicant can raise their GPA by retaking nursing pre/corequisite courses to improve a grade; too many "C" grades will lower the required 2.8 GPA.
  • An applicant can retake the HESI exam for a higher score.
  • An applicant can take nursing pre/corequisite courses that have not yet been completed to improve the course completion rate.

Q:  Where can the HESI exam be taken?

A:  The HESI exam may be taken at the Jefferson College Hillsboro and Arnold Testing Centers:

  • Hillsboro Testing Center: email jchtc@jeffco.edu or call 636-481-3147 or 636-481-3148 
  • Arnold Testing Center: email jcatc@jeffco.edu or call 636-481-3592 or 636-481-3593

Q:  Are there study materials for the HESI exam?

A:  HESI exam study guide information (i.e. ISBN, Title, etc.) for both the Level I/PN (PN HESI A2 Study Resources) and the Level II/RN Bridge programs (RN HESI Mobility Study Resources) may be found at the Jefferson College nursing website.

  • The HESI exam study guides are available on reserve at the Jefferson College Hillsboro and Arnold Libraries.
    • HESI study guides may be checked out from the college library for a period of one (1) week.
    • The library currently has three (3) HESI study guides for each program level (i.e. Level I/PN and Level II/RN Bridge).

Q:  Is there a cost for the HESI exam?

A:  The PN HESI A2 exam fee is $50; the RN Bridge HESI Mobility exam fee is $60.


Q:  Is a minimum score required on the HESI exam?

A:  HESI A2 (Level I/PN): 

  • To be considered for admission, a candidate must earn a minimum of 85% (or higher) in three of the four tested areas and a minimum of 80% (or higher) in the fourth area to be eligible for application to the PN program.
    • There are 100 points possible in each tested section.
  • The required minimum (or higher) percentages for each section must be met (no exceptions).

     HESI Mobility (Level II/RN Bridge):

  • To be considered for admission, a candidate must earn a minimum of 850 (or higher) to be eligible for application to the RN Bridge program.
    • HESI Mobility scores range from 0 - 1,000 and can be as high as 1,500 (depending on difficulty level of exam). HESI's recommended level of performance is 900 and above.
  • The required minimum (or higher) score must be met (no exceptions).

Q:  How long are HESI scores good for?

A:  HESI scores are valid for two (2) years prior to the program start date (not the application due date) the applicant is applying for.

     For example:

  • The evening nursing program begins in January XX, 2023; the HESI exam must have been taken no earlier than January XX, 2021.
  • The day nursing program begins in August XX, 2022; the HESI exam must have been taken no earlier than August XX, 2020.

Q:  When is the HESI exam offered?

A:  The HESI exam may be taken one (1) time during the testing period of January 1–June 30, and one (1) time during the testing period of July 1–December 31, for a maximum of twice per calendar year (no exceptions). 

If an applicant does not make the minimum required passing score (or higher), the applicant will need to wait until the next testing period to retake the exam (no exceptions).


Q:  Is there a deadline for the HESI exam?

A:  HESI scores are due on the application for admission due date; scores must be turned in with the completed application.


Q:  How long is the PN program?

A:  The Level I/PN is offered as a full-time day program with completion in approximately 12 months.

     The Level I/PN is offered as a part-time evening/weekend program with completion in approximately 24 months.


Q:  Can I skip Level I/PN and start at Level II/RN?

A:  Applicants who are not already practicing LPN's will start at Level I/PN (Level I/PN is a prerequisite to becoming a RN).


Q:  How long is the RN Bridge program?

A:  The Level II/RN is offered as a full-time day program with completion in approximately 10 months.

      The Level II/RN is offered as a full-time evening/weekend program with completion in approximately 12 months.


Q:  How many seats are available for the RN Bridge program each semester?

A:  The number of RN Bridge seats available each semester is based on the number of current PN students who meet progression requirements for Level II/RN. The selection committee does not make known the number of seats available for upcoming semesters.


Q:  How long are clinicals and when are they held?

A:  The Level I/PN day and evening/weekend clinicals are held during day hours (8-hour shifts). 
        - Level I PN Day / Level I PN Evening/Weekend


     The Level II/RN day and evening/weekend clinicals are held during day hours (12-hour shifts).
        - Level II RN Day / Level II RN Evening/Weekend


Q:  Will I have to travel for my clinical experiences?

A:  Yes. Clinical sites are within a 60 mile radius of the Jefferson College Hillsboro campus. All clinical shifts are day hours and usually begin around 06:30-07:30 a.m.


Q:  Am I responsible for setting up my own clinical sites?

A:  Clinical sites and assignments are prearranged by the nursing department's Clinical Coordinator.


Q:  When are classes held and at what times?

A:  Level I/PN Day classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
      Level I/PN Evening/Weekend classes are held on Tues., Weds., and Thurs. evenings from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

      Level II/RN Day classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday  8 a.m.-3 p.m.
      Level II/RN Evening/Weekend classes are held on Tues., Weds., and Thurs. evenings from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.


Q:  Are classes online or face-to-face?

A:  The Bi-Level Nursing Program uses a blended approach to optimize learning and to meet the needs of the students. The majority of the courses are face-to-face with a few structured in the hybrid format.

  • Hybrid: set class times will meet in-person with additional online coursework to be completed on the student's own time, while meeting submission deadlines set by the instructor.
  • Face-to-Face: set class times will meet fully in-person. At the present time, Jefferson College
  • Split Model: class meets partially in-person and will also have Google Meet sessions that are accessed at specific times.

     Fall 2021: all nursing classes will be held face-to-face at the Hillsboro campus with social distancing implemented and face-masks to be worn in classes and service areas. A few nursing courses are structured as Hybrid courses.


Q:  Is it possible to work while being enrolled in the nursing program?

A:  That depends on the student and their support team. It also depends on the student's ability to fulfill work and personal commitments while successfully completing academic requirements (i.e. course work/assignments/exams, study time, and clinical experiences).


Q:  What textbooks are required for for my program?

A:  Textbook lists (PN and RN Bridge cohorts are listed).


Q: Some textbooks are required and some are recommended but optional; what does this mean?

A:  Required textbooks are those the instructors use in class and are necessary for the student's success in the course.

     Recommended but optional are those that faculty believe will assist a student in learning but are an optional resource. Recommended but optional may contain additional information or present information in a different way.


Q:  I have a question that isn't covered here; who do I contact?

A:  Please feel free to contact the Nursing Education Office at (636) 481-3406 or email rlewis@jeffco.edu.


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