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Important! Please read and follow directions carefully.

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 Period

September 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. Two transcripts are required for applicants taking CCRI courses that have prerequistes.
  5. Proof of Chemistry course successfully completed *See above Prerequisite Chemistry Requirement
  6. Typed essay
  7. Three letters of reference submitted on official School forms. (Printable Reference Forms/.PDF Format)
  8. Official results of TEAS (V) provided directly to school by ATI
  9. Official CCRI Accuplacer placement test results if all mathematical, biological, and social sceience courses have not been successfully completed.
  10. 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 science must be in Chemistry. One unit of math should be Algebra. Both must be completed with a final grade of "C" or better. If the applicant has not taken a Chemistry course in high school, one must be successfully completed prior to beginning the nursing program. 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 (One unit must be Chemistry)
Mathematics 3 Units (One unit of Algebra strongly suggested)
Social Studies 2 Units  
Electives 6 Units  
Total = 18 units  

Prerequisite Chemistry Requirement

A High School chemistry course is a requirement for admission. All applicants who have NOT taken or have not successfully passed Chemistry in high school (final grade of "C" or better) must show proof of taking and passing a basic Chemistry course (final grade of "C" or better) via an official college transcript as part of the application. NO applicant is considered for admission unless this requirement is fulfilled at the time of application.

Any one of the following courses may be taken to meet the chemistry prerequisite.

  • Bristol Community College
    • CHM 10
    • Introduction to Chemistry
    • 4Cr
  • Community College of Rhode Island
    • CHEM 1000
    • Chemistry of Our Environment
    • 4Cr
  • Rhode Island College
    • CHM 103
    • General Chemistry I
    • 4Cr
  • Bristol Community College
    • CHM 101
    • General Chemistry Lecture
    • 3Cr
    • CHM 102
    • Laboratory for Chemistry 101
    • 1Cr


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 indivdual 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 and Accuplacer scores are over 2 (two) years old. The Admissions Committee recommends acceptance or rejection of the applicant. Readmission is granted only one time.

Transferable Nursing Credit

Transfer credit may be granted for nursing courses taken at an NLNAC accredited and state approved Diploma Program within (5) five years prior to admission. The course must have a final grade of 'C' or better, and the applicant must show evidence that the content of the nursing course(s) is/are comparable. Official transcript must accompany application. The School of Nursing does not automatically grant credit for courses taken elsewhere. A minimum of one academic year at St. Joseph School of Nursing is required for graduation.

Transferable Non-Nursing Credit

Transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning are assigned for comparable courses (see website) provided they are less than seven (7) years old and passed with a final grade of 'C' or better. Similar courses from other institutions may be considered for transfer only when a course description and syllabus is provided by the applicant and included at the time of application.

Entrance Examination (TEAS)

TEAS (V) (Test of Essential Academic Skills must be taken by all candidates applying for admission to the School of Nursing. Prior versions of the TEAS are not accepted. The examination may be taken twice during an application period. 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 or higher in the ATI Academic Preparedness Category.

Proficient is defined as: Overall: 58.7%

  • Overall: 58.7%
  • Reading: 69.0%
  • Math: 63.3%
  • Science: 45.8%
  • English and language usage: 60.0%


How to Register for the TEAS Test

The cost is $80.00 - subject to change. To register and obtain further information about the test, go to

Accuplacer Placement Testing

All *applicants must take this placement examination and include official test results (including placement indications) with their application. This standardized test (Accuplacer) is issued by Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). Applicants must contact the Office of Advising and Counseling to schedule an appointment. CCRI charges a fee for this test. The scores must be less than 2 years old.

*Applicants who have successfully completed their (Dosage and Calculations, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, General Psychology, General Sociology, and Developmental Psychology) requirements do not need to take Accuplacer.

Applicants who have not successfully completed their biological, mathematical and social sciences are required to do so at Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). CCRI requires all students to take an Accuplacer placement test which encompasses math, english and writing before taking courses.

Reading Comprehension

Competency score of 90 or above is required. If 90 is not attained, the student must complete ENGL 0890 and receive a B or better prior to beginning the program.


Competency score of 65 or above is required. If 65 is not attained, the student must complete MATH 0500 and receive a B or better prior to the beginning the program.

College Level Examination Program Policy (CLEP)

St. Joseph School of Nursing accepts qualifying scores of selected College Level Examinations Program tests (CLEP) only when successfully passed and official results are sent to the School of Nursing prior to beginning the program. Intention to CLEP courses must be indicated in the admission applicaiton.

Approved CLEP General Examination

  • General Chemistry
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Growth and Development

The applicant is responsible for securing arrangements to take the examination(s) by contacting:

Community College of Rhode Island / Flanagan Campus - Warwick, RI 
Admissions Office - Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


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 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 Defribrilator).

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 Director 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.

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 a course description with the transcript. A second official transcript is required for students taking CCRI courses that have prerequuisite course requirements*.

Bristol Community College

BIO 20 Introductory Nutrition 3 cr
BIO 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr
BIO 234 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 cr
BIO 39 Elements of Microbiology 4 cr
HLT 124 Basic Pharmacology for Health Sciences 3 cr
PHIL 52 Ethics 3 cr
PSY 51 General Psychology 3 cr
PSY 52 Child Development 3 cr
SOC 11 Principles of Sociology 3 cr

Community College of Rhode Island

BIOL 1010 Human Anatomy 4 cr
* BIOL 1020 Human Physiology 4 cr
* BIOL 2210 Microbiology 4 cr
* HEAL 1060 Dosage Calculation Med. Administration 3 cr
* PSYC 2010 General Psychology 3 cr
* PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology 3 cr
* SOC 1010 General Sociology 3 cr

University of Rhode Island

NFS 207 General Nutrition 3 cr
MIC 201 Introductory Medical Microbiology 4 cr
BPS 333 Nursing Pharmacology 4 cr
PHIL 212 Ethics 3 cr
PHIL 314 Ethical Problems in Society and Medicine 3 cr
PSY 113 General Psychology 3 cr
PSY 232 Developmental Psychology 3 cr
SOC 100 General Sociology 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
HED 221 Nutrition 3 cr
PHIL 250 Ethics 3 cr
PSYCH 110 General Psychology 3 cr
PSYCH 230 Human Development 4 cr
SOC 200 Society and Social Behavior 3 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