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As a student who is interested in pursuing admission to the Nursing AAS-T program at LWTech, it is important that you have all of the information you need to be the most competitive applicant to this selective admission program.
The online information session includes important program details, admission requirements and timelines, as well as preparation resources. The information session is available as a downloadable PDF.
Program Mission: The Nursing AAS-T (Associate of Applied Science –Transfer) degree prepares students who are highly educated, technically advanced, competent and caring individuals to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings and participate in lifelong learning.
The Nursing AAS-T is a competitive admission program with pre-requisite requirements and application deadline unique to the program.
The amount of students interested in the Nursing program exceeds the spots available, therefore the program is very competitive. It is important that any student interested in pursuing Nursing admission is well-prepared for the admission process.
There is no waitlist for this program. Applicants who are not admitted must apply again to be considered for admission.
The Nursing AAS-T degree prepares students to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
What is accreditation?: Accreditation is a form of quality control, ensuring that institutions of higher education satisfy certain standards.
The Nursing AAS-T application and information is available from the main Nursing page at LWTech.edu/Nursing.
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Students interested in applying to the Nursing AAS-T program are required to have the following completed at the time of application:
Up to 40 Pts Science GPA:
Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Each course must be completed with a 2.0 or better. Science courses must have been completed in the past 7 years.
(Note: Starting for Fall 2024, BIOL&260 will be included in this calculation).
Up to 20 Pts Non-Science GPA:
Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA . Each course must be completed with a 2.0 or better. Science courses must have been completed in the past 7 years.
0 Pts BIOL&260, NUTR&101, CMST&(210, 220, 230) or CMST 280 (or equivalent) must be completed at time of application
Up to 20 Pts TEAS test (less than 2 years old., minimum score of 70 required)
80 Possible Points after stage 1 of the application process
Up to 20 Pts On-Campus Essay
Total Possible Points: 100 Points
The following courses must be completed to apply to the Nursing program.
The TEAS test is the Test of Essential Academic Skills. It is required to apply to the Nursing program.
Applicants must have a minimum score of 70 to be considered for admission. Applicants with a score of under 70 will not be considered.
The TEAS is divided into the following sections:
Please submit your highest TEAS score that is no older than 2 years from the application deadline. Minimum score of 70 required.
Go to the LWTech Assessment page and fill out the web form to schedule your TEAS test.
Sending Official Transcripts
Verifying LWTech Received your Transcript
Unofficial Transcript Evaluation
For selective admission healthcare programs, LWTech does not accept transfer credits from colleges that do not provide a decimal or letter grade for completed classes. Classes from any college that are graded only as a “pass” or “satisfactory” or credits earned via CLEP, AP, IB, or other testing process will be converted to a 2.0 in the admission process which may make you ineligible for admission.
Advisors cannot guarantee that a course from another institution will count towards the pre-requisites for a competitive admission program.
ALL students must submit an official transcript to the college for evaluation to receive official confirmation that the course they are transferring in meets the requirements.
Nursing applicants with further questions can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The average GPA for the sciences and non-sciences is a 3.8. The fall admission cycle is typically the most competetive with the highest GPAs. Winter and spring have historically had less applicants and lower GPAs. Students are encouraged to re-apply if they are not admitted the first time they apply.
Students who earn grades lower than this may want to consider retaking courses for a higher grade to be more competitive applicants.
LWTech's nursing program does not have a policy about course retakes, you can simply report the course with the highest grade if you retake a course.
Please note that course retakes in cases where you have passed the course (2.0 or higher) and wish to retake it for a better grade are not typically covered by financial aid. Please contact Financial Aid for to inquire about their retake policy.
Not all other schools allow students to retake classes or accept classes that have been retaken for Nursing admission. It is important you do your own research to be aware of how retaking courses will impact you if you are applying to other programs. LWTech Advisors cannot advise on other colleges policies.
All official transcripts must be received by the published deadline for consideration.
If your transcript is not received by the published deadline, it will not be considered for admission and you are encouraged to apply again in a future admission cycle.
You will undergo a background check for the program. This is your access to clinical facilities. If you don't pass the background, you will not be able to complete the program of study.
Washington State Department of Health does background check prior to issuing license. Their website gives a list of felonies and misdemeanors that are not acceptable for licensure. It is the student's responsibility to follow up with the Department of Health.
Upon admission to the Nursing AAS-T, all students are required to submit a Clinical Passport. Background check, Immunizations, and AHA BLS Provider CPR card are due week 1 of the quarter. All immunizations are required.
Before pursuing Nursing students are strongly encouraged to reflect on the following question:
Why am I choosing Nursing?
It can be helpful for prospective Nursing applicants to review the statistics of the students recently admitted to the program. Comparing your scores to the admission statistics can provide a better understanding of how competitive of an applicant you are.
The Nursing AAS-T program at LWTech, like programs across the country, is very competitive. Grades are weighted heavily in our admission process.
Careful pre-requisite planning is strongly encouraged.
Ask yourself the following questions as you plan to take the pre-requisite courses:
What are your life obligations?
How much time do you have to dedicate to each class you’re taking?
Can you get a 3.8 or higher (the average grade for the required courses) if you take these classes together?
Do you enjoy and understand the pre-requisite class content?
Below are two example plans for completion of pre-requisites. There are many different timelines and combinations to take your pre-requisite courses. Individual circumstances will determine which plan is best for you.
Example of plan for student who has few outside obligations and wishes to complete pre-requisites quickly:
Example of plan for student who has outside obligations and wishes to take a reduced course load:
The Advising Department and the Science Department strongly recommend students consider the following:
Prospective Nursing applicants who are taking pre-requisite coursework at other colleges who have admission questions are encouraged to email email@example.com for assistance after thoroughly reviewing the online information session linked above.
If you are planning to take pre-requisite coursework at LWTech, you may make an appointment with an academic advisor for support with course planning and registration. You can find directions for how to do this on the advising webpage.
Advisors cannot guarantee that a course from another institution will transfer to LWTech or that it is equivalent to a course LWTech requires.
ALL students must submit an official transcript to the college for evaluation to receive a final decision on whether or not a course will transfer.
After thoroughly reviewing the online information session linked above, current LWTech students who are pursuing pre-requisites for Nursing may meet with an advisor for support with course planning and registration. Further information is available on the Advising Webpage.
Current students are encouraged to see if they meet the qualifications for the following support programs, which offer intensive one-on-one advising assistance to eligible students:
Students with advising questions or needs, such as registering for classes, can also access drop-in advising. Schedule and information are available at LWTech.edu/advising.
Students are highly encouraged to utilize LWTech's free tutoring resources in their pre-requisite coursework.
LWTech offers many resources to assist students who are interested in pursuing the Nursing program with paying for college.
Visit out Paying for College webpage for more resources:
The Nursing AAS-T program is a competitive entry program. If you have not been admitted to the Nursing AAS-T program, you are not eligible to receive Financial Aid for it.
Students interested in using financial aid while pursuing pre-requisites for the Nursing program are strongly encouraged to review information about Health Sciences AAS-T or Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP for more information on how this program may be the best fit to help you reach your goals.
Unlike the Nursing AAS-T, these programs are not competitive entry, but open to all. They embed all of the pre-requisites to the Nursing AAS-T program and provide a financial aid benefit to students as well as degree progression in the case they are not admitted to the Nursing program.
If you wish to update your program of study to either of these programs, you can do so through our online change of program form
The Health Sciences AAS-T is a program that embeds all of the pre-requisites for the Nursing program. It also requires the Nursing Assistant Certificate which will provide students the opportunity to learn hands on skills related to their nursing goals.
There are numerous benefits to this option:
The Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP pathway offers a broad selection of academic courses that prepares students for upper division coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science, Nursing Degree (Entry-to-practice/basic BSN). It also embeds all of LWTech's Nursing AAS-T pre-requisites.
Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP graduates are prepared to apply to BSN programs at various institutions across Washington state including the following baccalaureate institutions offering an entry-to-practice/basic BSN program and the community and technical colleges system:
There are numerous benefits to this option:
The final decision status will be available on your online account. You can check decision status by logging into your Self-Service Center.
The decision status will be available approximately 4 weeks after the application deadline.
If you are accepted to the Nursing program, you will need to accept or deny the offer of admission.
Students accepted into the Nursing Program are required to complete a mandatory Nursing Orientation.
Failure to complete the nursing orientation will result in the student’s withdrawal from the Nursing cohort.
The Nursing Program admits 24 students per cycle. There is an average of 160 applicants per cycle. Unfortunately, this means that even a very strong candidate may not be admitted to the program.
The denial letter will contain your scores and provide averages for the admitted applicants. You are encouraged to review this and glean where you scored lower than those who were admitted.
If you have questions or concerns about why you were denied, you may contact Nursing@lwtech.edu. Please note that it may take 2-3 weeks for them to reply with this information.
Students who are denied from the Nursing program who meet the pre-requisites for healthcare related BAS programs at LWTech may be offered admission to those programs, such as Public Health.
To be eligible for employment, graduates must also take and pass the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) State Exam.
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