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Apply for Admission to the Program


A Registration Fee MUST be sent to the School in order for an Application to be accepted for review. No Application will be reviewed without a Registration Fee. All fees must be mailed to the School’s address.

Failure to follow directions will result in your application and potential admission being delayed/deferred. Applicants must completely fill out all four pages of the application and supply three letters of reference using the documents below:

Application PeriodSeptember 1st - April 15th - Annually

Applicants are considered for admission to the Fall Semester once all required application information is in his/her record.

Applicants are selected in accordance with nondiscriminatory practices.

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 A2 Admission Assessment for Nursing provided directly to school by Elsevier-Evolve
  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 or General Education 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. The School of Nursing uses the same listings of established agencies that translate foreign credentials to English as CCRI. Learn more.

Eighteen (18) units of secondary school credits are required. One unit of math should be Algebra. Both must be completed with a final grade of "C" or better. Preference is given to candidates who graduate in the upper half of their high school class. The college preparatory course of study is strongly recommended to be competitive in the admissions process and should include the following:

English 4 Units  
Science 3 Units  
Mathematics 3 Units  
Social Studies 2 Units  
Electives 6 Units  
Total = 18 units  

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 learing are accepted for credit. Similar courses from other institutions are considered only when an official transcript, course  descriptions description and syllabus is provided by the appliant 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.
Human Anatomy 4 cr
  Human Physiology 4 cr
  Microbiology 4 cr
  General Psychology 3 cr
  Developmental Psychology 3 cr
  Basic College English 3 cr
  Basic College Math 3 cr
  Elective: Examples of suggested electives:
Basic College, Chemistry or Fundamental Nutrition
3 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, approved by the Admissions Committee 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 admissions process and meet all admission requirements. Readmitted students must adhere to all school policies.

Applicants may be asked to re-test if their Entrance Examination scores are over 2 (two) years old. The Admissions Committee recommends acceptance or rejection of the applicant. Readmission is granted only one time.


Entrance Examination  - HESI A2 Admission Assessment for Nursing

The current HESI A2 Admission Assessment for Nursing must be taken by all candidates applying for admission to the School of Nursing. The test is divided into two major categories: English and Math. The categories are further divided into three English tests and one Math test. The English tests include Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary/ General Knowledge and Grammar. Applicants must complete all sections

The test is approximately four hours in duration; however it is not a timed test.  A drop down calculator is provided within the exam.

A score of 80% on each test is required.  If the applicant does not achieve a score of 80% on one or more of the tests, the necessary tests may be retaken ONCE within the next 12 months. A minimum of two weeks between exams is required by HESI.

Applicants are limited to two attempts within a 12- month period and the results are applicable for one year from the original test date.

Test Description - All tests contain 55 questions; 50 scored and 5 piloted questions.

Reading Comprehension:

Vocabulary and General Knowledge:



The HESI Admissions Assessment Exam Review Book, 3rd Edition (ISBN 9781455703333) is the preferred resource for those preparing for the exam. This is also available as an e-book.

How to Register for the HESI A2 Examination
To register and obtain further information about the test, go to 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.

Download a Printable Reference Form

NOTE: References from family / relatives are NOT accepted and will be rejected. Examples of a personal reference contact could include a member of the clergy, a co-worker, and/or a family physician.


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

Basic Computer Competence

All applicants must have access to a computer and possess basic computer skills, as these are required for success in the program.

Personal Interview

The Admissions Committee may request an interview with an applicant.

Financial Aid

Available to all students. Applicants are urged to contact the Financial Aid Advisor 
(401-456-3057) for assistance. Learn more about financial aid.

Acceptance Procedure

A completed application must be received on or before April 15. The Admissions Committee will NOT review any application that is not complete.


Applicants are notified in writing of the committee's decision by May 1st. 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, payable by certified bank check, money order, or Visa, only. No personal checks or cash.

Health Requirements

Applicants should be in good health and be able to perform clinical student nurse duties. The student will be required to schedule an appointment 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 Automatic External Defibrillator)

Criminal Background Check

Accepted Students are required to pass a criminal background check prior to beginning clinicals. 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. The State Board of Nursing also has restrictions on candidates NCLEX-RN eligibility. A student with a criminal record must contact the Dean to arrange for review.

Please Note: All admission requirements are subject to change. The School reserves the right to revise or amend, in whole or in part, at any time.

Pre-Requisite Transferable Credit

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 51 General Psychology 3 cr
PSY 52 Child Development 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

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

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

New England Institute of Technology

BIO 103 Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture 4 cr
BIO 104 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 2 cr
BIO 124 Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture 4 cr
BIO 125 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 2 cr
BIO 122 Microbiology 4 cr