Program Application

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Apply for Admission to the Program

Application DeadlineJanuary 15 - Round One
April 15 - Round Two

A Completed Application Includes the Following

  1. An Application - (Printable Application Form / .PDF Format)
  2. Certified bank check or money order for $100. This is non-refundable
  3. Official high school transcript or official transcript showing proof of successful completion of GED
  4. Official sealed transcripts from any and all colleges/universities attended.
  5. Typed essay
  6. Three letters of reference submitted on official School forms. (Printable Reference Forms/.PDF Format)
  7. Official results of HESI or TEAS (V) provided directly to school. Please note: TEAS and HESI scores do not expire.
  8. Mail the completed application to:
    St. Joseph School of Nursing - Marian Hall
    200 High Service Avenue
    North Providence, RI 02904

Admission Criteria

The applicant must be a graduate of a state accredited high school or have a high school equivalency diploma, General Educational Development (GED). Transcripts of secondary education received outside the United States must be evaluated to be equivalent to U.S. secondary school completion prior to submission of application. 

While primary consideration will be given to applicants who have completed all required prerequisite coursework at the time of application, applicants who are in the process of completing prerequisite courses will be considered for admission on an individualized basis. If accepted for admission, all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a “C” or better prior to beginning the program. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to provide the School with an updated official transcript.

Prerequisite Required Non-Nursing Courses

Courses from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning are accepted for credit. Similar courses from other institutions are considered only when an official transcript, course description and syllabus is provided by the applicant and included at the time of application. These courses must be completed before beginning the program. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved and the courses cannot be greater than seven (7) years old. An official transcript must accompany the application.

Approved Prerequisite Courses

The following courses from local institutions of higher learning are transferable provided the student achieves a final grade of "C" or better and the course is less than seven (7) years old. Similar courses from other accredited institutions not listed below will be considered for transfer by the Curriculum Committee when the applicant includes an official transcript course description and syllabus with the application.

Bristol Community College
BIO 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr
BIO 234 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 cr
BIO 39 Elements of Microbiology 4 cr
PSY 101 General Psychology 3 cr
MATH 125 Modern College Mathematics 3 cr
MATH 152 College Algebra 3 cr
ENG 101 Composition l 3 cr
Community College of Rhode Island
BIOL 1010 Human Anatomy 4 cr
BIOL 1020 Human Physiology 4 cr
BIOL 2210 Microbiology 4 cr
PSYC 2010 General Psychology 3 cr
PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology 3 cr
MATH 1025 Introduction to College Mathematics 3 cr
ENGL 1005 College Writing 3 cr
ENGL 1010 Composition 3 cr
University of Rhode Island
MIC 201 Introductory Medical Microbiology 4 cr
PSY 113 General Psychology 3 cr
PSY 232 Developmental Psychology 3 cr
BIO 121 Human Anatomy 4 cr
BIO 242 Human Physiology 3 cr
BIO 244 Human Physiology Lab 1 cr
MTH 101 Introduction to College Algebra 3 cr
WRT 104 Writing to Inform and Explain 3 cr
WRT 106 Introduction to Research Writing 3 cr
Rhode Island College
BIO 231 Human Anatomy 4 cr
BIO 335 Human Physiology 4 cr
BIO 348 Microbiology 4 cr
PSYCH 110 General Psychology 3 cr
PSYCH 230 Human Development 4 cr
MATH 010 Basic Mathematic Competency 4 cr
MATH 553 Topics in Pure Mathematics 3 cr
FYW 100 Introduction to Academic Writing 4 cr
Salve Regina University
MTH 170 Concepts in Mathematics 3 cr
ENG 150 What it Means to be Human 3 cr
New England Institute of Technology
BIO 103 Anatomy & Physiology l Lecture 4 cr
BIO 104 Anatomy & Physiology l Lab 2 cr
BIO 124 Anatomy & Physiology ll Lecture 4 cr
BIO 125 Anatomy & Physiology ll Lab 2 cr
BIO 122 Microbiology 4 cr


An applicant seeking readmission must submit a new application complete with the $100.00 application fee during the open admission period.  A letter requesting readmission to a specific level of the program and relating the reason(s) the withdrawal/dismissal occurred must be included.  In addition, the letter must contain information as to specific steps that have been taken to address these issues.

Additional information may be required as appropriate.  Each applicant seeking readmission will be evaluated on an individual basis.  Decisions concerning readmission requests are based on a student’s academic record, review of reasons for withdrawal/dismissal and any intervening events.  An Academic Plan of Study will be devised by the Level Chairperson and signed by the student.  Failure to adhere to Academic Plan of Study will result in immediate dismissal with no option of readmission at any time.  If reaccepted, the individual will follow the current admission process and meet all admission requirements.  Readmitted students must adhere to all school policies.  Readmission is allowed only once.

Applicants may be asked to re-test if their Entrance Examination scores are over two (2) years old.  The Dean of the School is the final authority on readmission.

Entrance Examination

TEAS (V) (Test of Essential Academic Skills) or HESI (A²) (Health Educational System Incorporated) must be taken by all candidates applying for admission to the School of Nursing.

TEAS (V) – Test of Essential Academic Skill

This is a 170 multiple-choice computerized assessment of basic academic knowledge questions in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Language usage.  Applicants must complete all sections.  It takes approximately 4 hours to complete.

The TEAS Examination is not a pass or fail test.  Individuals completing the TEAS are encouraged to earn a Proficient of higher in the ATI Academic Preparation Category.  The examination may be taken twice during an application period.
Proficient is defined as:  

Register for the TEAS (V) Examination:  

The TEAS (V) Exam is not currently being offered in Rhode Island.  To register for an exam at a Massachusetts site, please use this link:

HESI (A²) – Health Educational System Incorporated

HESI is a 4-part (web-based) supervised scored assessment.  All sections contain 55 questions and take approximately 4 hours to complete.

The Math section covers basic math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, and general math facts that are useful, for example, when calculating drug doses and solutions. (Recommended time: 50 minutes)

The Reading Comprehension section covers scenarios that are not health related.  This section also provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, including: identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc. (Recommended time: 60 minutes)

The Vocabulary and General Knowledge section contains basic vocabulary that is often used in health care fields. (Recommended time: 50 minutes)

The Grammar section contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses in grammar and commonly occurring grammatical errors. (Recommended time: 50 minutes)

An overall HESI score of 80 is required for consideration of entrance into St. Joseph School of Nursing. Section scores of 80 are preferred. Students are limited to two (2) attempts within a 12 month period.

Register for the HESI A2 Examination: 

The HESI A2 Exam may be taken at CCRI if you are enrolled there.  It is also offered at Prometric Testing Centers, for which you may register at the following link:  https://evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife/hesi.html


Three (3) references are required to complete the application procedure.  These must be printed legibly and submitted on official School of Nursing reference forms.  Accepted references include one (1) employer, one (1) academic, and one (1) personal.  NOTE: References from family/relatives are NOT accepted and will be rejected.  Example of a personal reference contact could include a member of the clergy, a co-worker, and/or family physician.

Download a Printable Reference Form



A typed double-spaced (12 pt. font) essay is part of the application and must clearly address stated questions asked of the applicant.

Personal Interview

The Admissions Committee may request an interview with an applicant.


Applicants are notified in writing of the committee’s decision.  Once accepted, the applicant must send confirmation of acceptance in writing by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter, along with a non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 payable by certified bank check, money order or Visa only.  No personal checks or cash accepted.

Health Requirements

Applicants should be in good health and be able to perform clinical student nurse duties.  The student must schedule an appointment with Employee Health Services for a personal health assessment prior to enrollment.

Mandatory Medical Insurance

Students are required to submit proof of current medical insurance at the School’s orientation and on a yearly basis until graduation.  NO student may attend nursing class or clinical without proof of valid medical insurance.

CPR Requirement

Prior to the first day of school, students are required to possess a current CPR certification.  The School only accepts American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider course (includes AED).

Criminal Background Check

Students are required to undergo a criminal background check.  Details will be provided upon acceptance.  In today’s world this is standard practice and it is especially true in health care.  Felonies and some misdemeanors will preclude a student’s availability to be placed in agencies.  State Boards of Nursing also have restrictions on candidates NCLEX-RN eligibility.  A student with a record must contact the Dean and a decision will be made at that time about entrance into the program.