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Pre-Admission FAQs

Webpage revised 01/14/2021

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 (typically Google Meet, but some use 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:

Q:  Is financial assistance available for nursing students?

A:  To explore payment and financial assistance options, please contact Financial Aid at (636) 481-3212 or email at

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 the Admission Progression Retention (APR) committee to review for admission.  

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:  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:  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 Practical Nursing is a prerequisite to becoming a RN).

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 there an application deadline?

A:  Applications and HESI exam scores must be turned in by the deadlines below:

     Fall 2021 Day Program (August)   Monday, April 5, 2021 (by 4:30 p.m.)
     Spring 2022 Evening Program (January)   Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (by 4:30 p.m.)
     Fall 2022 Day Program (August)   Monday, April 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

     High School Biology and Chemistry or the college equivalent BIO101 (General Biology) and CHM101 (Intro Chemistry) must be completed with a "C" or better within the previous five years of 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 college/university if an applicant wishes to transfer college credit.

    An advisor is an applicant's best resource for what courses will and will not transfer to Jefferson College (see above 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:  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 application by email:
  • -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).
    *Please note: Face-masks are required for all employees, students and guests while on campus (COVID  Procedures).
  • 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 printed copy of HESI scores.
  • Submit a printed copy of course schedule (if applicable).
  • PN applicants only: Submit a printed copy of current healthcare occupation certification or license verification (if applicable).
  • RN Bridge applicants only: Submit a printed copy of LPN Licensure (, QuickConfirm License Verification).

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

A:  Applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of the application deadline month (i.e. by the
     30th or 31st).

     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.

     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 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:  Where can the HESI exam be taken?

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

     *Please note: Testing Centers are allowing walk-ins for the HESI exam; however, due to the inability to maintain
       social distancing (6 feet apart) while in the Testing Center, face-masks are required for testing (COVID Procedures).

  • Hillsboro Testing Center: or 636-481-3147/636-481-3148 or 636-797-3000 or 636-942-3000, ext. 3147/3148
  • Arnold Testing Center: or 636-481-3592/636-481-3593 or 636-797-3000 or 636-942-3000, ext. 3592/3593

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.
  • The HESI exam study guides may also be purchased online through the publisher, Elsevier.

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:  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 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:  How long is the RN 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 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:  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.

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