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Enrollment Requirements
Enrollment is defined as completion of all requirements listed below prior to the established deadline date.

Enrollment Deposit

A non-refundable enrollment deposit must be paid by the established deadline date. If the fee is not submitted by the established deadline date, the application is cancelled and the student forfeits the guaranteed space in the program.


All students must upload specific documents including health history questionnaire, physical exam by a medical professional within the past 12 months, proof of required immunizations and acknowledgement of Essential Functions and Technical Standards to by the established deadline. This process must be completed in its entirety to meet enrollment requirements.


St. Joseph's College of Nursing mandates Basic Life Support Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (BLS CPR) as an enrollment requirement. It is the student's responsibility to complete an approved BLS CPR course prior to the designated deadline.

Students must choose from the following options for initial BLS CPR certification:
  • American Red Cross ( – Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS CPR)
  • American Heart Association ( – Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS CPR)
Students enrolled in a blended learning course (online & classroom), must complete online learning content followed by classroom practice and skills demonstration in order to receive certification.

Valid cards are to be uploaded to and managed through and must be submitted by the designated deadline set in CastleBranch. Certification is valid for two (2) years. If nearing expiration, renewal is REQUIRED prior to expiration date. 

Student Background Check

St. Joseph's College of Nursing's enrollment requirements include submission of a background check for all accepted students. To ensure the safety and well-being of all patients, background checks are a standard practice for working in healthcare. Student placement in a clinical site/agency assumes that the person possesses good moral character and the ability to successfully pass the rigor of a background investigation and criminal background check. Therefore, it is required that all enrolled students obtain a background check prior to beginning clinical practice.
  • All students selected for admission will be enrolled conditionally until background check results are reviewed. The student is responsible for the cost of the background check. Students are required to obtain a background check via by an established/published deadline date.
  • Results of the background check will be made available to the student and an administrator at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. All background checks will be treated as confidential.
  • A student who refuses to obtain a background check or does not obtain a required background check by the published deadline set forth by the College will not be eligible to enroll. This student will be de-registered with no opportunity to re-apply or defer enrollment.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether or not he/she is eligible for licensure. If convicted of a crime, it is the student’s responsibility to determine if his/her background will prohibit licensure and employment in the healthcare industry. St. Joseph’s College of Nursing administration and faculty are not able to provide legal advice. If a student has questions or concerns about his/her background, he/she may contact legal counsel before enrolling in a nursing program.
  • If a background check is negative (no incidences displayed), the summary page of the report is filed in the student’s file.
  • If a background check is positive, an administrative review process is initiated. The student will be requested to validate and explain the results. Administration will review according to, but not limited to the following considerations: need for further information, nature of the crime, and Medicare/drug-related incidents. If the incident is deemed to be of no concern by administration, the student will be allowed to enroll.
  • If the incident is considered to be of concern and/or the student provides an inadequate explanation, the student will either be requested to provide further information or if the incident is sufficiently egregious that the student will not meet the College’s Essential Functions and/or be eligible for placement in clinical settings, and the student will not be eligible to enroll.


All official transcripts pertaining to transfer credit must be received by the Registrar prior to enrollment. Applicants enrolling directly out of high school must submit an official final high school transcript indicating the date of graduation.


  • All incoming students are required to take a critical thinking entrance exam prior to or during orientation. There are no study materials for this standardized exam.
  • All students will be given a basic math test during orientation to the college. If 100% is not achieved on the test, the student will be required to obtain remediation and retest.
    • Basic math competency must be achieved prior to beginning med-math calculations in Nursing 111. Students who remain unsuccessful in retesting will result in administrative action up to and including possible dismissal from the program.
    • A basic 4-function calculator is the only type that may be used for Basic Math and Medication Calculation testing. Scientific/electronic storage calculators are prohibited.
Students who fail to meet the enrollment requirements in their entirety by the published deadline set forth by the College will be ineligible to enroll.

Essential Functions/Technical Standards

Essential functions/technical standards include non-academic criteria essential to successfully complete the required nursing coursework. The following is a representative list of the essential functions/technical standards required to be achieved with or without accommodation.


Use good communication skills in interacting with peers, staff, college personnel and patients. Examples of relevant activity include, but are not limited to:
  • effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • effective utilization of the English language
  • recording all information accurately

Sensory Skills and Observation

Functional use of senses. Examples of relevant activity include, but are not limited to:
  • Must be able to assess patients in their environment in order to safely deliver nursing care. Examples of relevant activity include, but are not limited to:
    • detect changes in skin color
    • collect data from recording equipment and measuring devices
    • detect fire in a client area and initiate emergency action
    • draw the correct quantity of medication into a syringe
  • Must be able to assess patients and their environment and to implement nursing care plans that are developed from such assessments. Examples of relevant activity include, but are not limited to:
    • detect sounds related to bodily functions using a stethoscope
  • detect audible alarms, e.g., monitors, fire alarms, call bell
  • communicate clearly in a telephone conversation
  • communicate effectively with clients and with other members of the health care team
  • detect odors of bodily fluids or spoiled foods
  • detect smoke from burning materials
  • detect changes in skin temperature
  • detect unsafe temperature levels in heat-producing devices used internally/externally with clients
  • detect anatomical abnormalities such as subcutaneous crepitus, edema, and infiltrated IV fluids

Manual Dexterity and Motor Skills

Strength and mobility sufficient to perform client care activities and emergency procedures. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to:
  • perform cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • accurately place and maintain position of stethoscope for detecting sound functions
  • manipulate small equipment and containers such as syringes, vials, and medication packages to administer medications
  • safely transfer clients in and out of bed
  • lift or move clients or objects, turn and position clients as needed to prevent complications due to bed rest
  • hang IV bags at the appropriate level
  • accurately read the volumes in bodily fluid collection devices

Cognitive Ability

Ability to collect, analyze, and integrate information and knowledge to make clinical judgments and management decisions to promote client outcomes. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to:
  • process information accurately, thoroughly and quickly to prioritize tasks, perform math computations for medication dosage calculations
  • demonstrate skills of recall using both long- and short-term memory, inferential reasoning, predicting possible outcomes, and applications of knowledge, and evaluation of predicted outcomes at appropriate times for point of program
  • learn to use Nursing Process in a systematic way
  • critical thinking in the process of delivering care and comfort to clients

Emotional Stability, Behavioral/Social Attributes

Student is expected to have the emotional stability required to provide safe nursing care. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to:
  • exercise sound judgment, complete assessment and intervention activities, and develop sensitive interpersonal relationships with patients/clients/families and others responsible for health care
  • demonstrate flexibility to function effectively under stress and adapt to multiple situations
  • handle strong emotions
  • demonstrate compassion
  • establish therapeutic relationships in a caring manner
  • focus and maintain attention on tasks

Professional Behavior

Professional behaviors involve a specialized skill set essential to the performance of a unique and professional role. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to:
  • convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude towards others
  • demonstrate professional communication, appearance and behavior that shows respect for clients and self
  • demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client
  • handle multiple tasks concurrently
  • perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in a caring context
  • maintain the confidentiality of medical information
  • understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
  • understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct
  • accept responsibility, accountability and ownership of one's actions
  • function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing nursing care
  • adapt to changing environments and situations
  • remain free of chemical dependency
  • report promptly to all clinical experiences