To be considered for admission students must be college ready and prepared to show:
- Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Health Science Courses have been completed within the last 5 years
- Active CNA certificate
- Completion of the following pre-requisite courses:
- ENG 110 or equivalent
- MATH 110 or equivalent
- BIO 120 - Cellular & molecular Biology
- BIO 200 - Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO 210 - Anatomy & Physiology II
- Chemistry 100 - Basic Chemistry
- Microbiology 200 - General Microbiology
Area healthcare agencies and Instituto College School of Nursing are drug free environments. Instituto College enforces a zero tolerance policy with regards to student impairment from drugs or alcohol at the clinical site or any Instituto College facility and institution, violation will result in dismissal from the program. Drug testing is to ensure that students do not compromise the well-being and safety of patients/clients, and others.
Students are required to obtain a 0-Panel substance abuse drug screening as indicated:
- At admission
- At expiration of background check
- During the second year of the nursing program on July 1 and as required by clinical facilities
The 9-Panel drug screening must include:
- Cocaine (COC)
- Amphetamine (AMP)
- Tetrahydrocanna binol (THC)
- Methadone (MTD)
- Opiates (OPI)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Barbiturates (BAR)
- Benzodiazepine (BZD)
- Propoxphene in human urine
Nursing students are required to have and maintain record of immunizations and vaccinations.
- Titers are required to verify immunity to:
- Hepatitis B
- Two-step PPD skin test or QuantiFERON Gold, or chest x-ray is required to verify student tested negative for tuberculosis (TB)
- Tetanus diphtheria vaccination/booster received within previous ten years
Illinois prohibits healthcare employers from knowingly hiring, employing, or retaining any individuals who have been convicted of various criminal offenses in a position with duties involving direct patient care or the care of residents in long-term care facilities. Also prohibited is hiring these same individuals in positions that provide access to the medical, financial, or living quarters of a patient or long-term resident (225 ILCS 46.25).
Instituto College School of Nursing has affiliate agreements with clinical agencies and other healthcare institutions to provide clinical experiences for nursing students as part of the nursing curriculum. As a nursing student you must adhere to the following:
- Submit to a criminal background check prior to entering into the program and during the second year clinical rotation.
- Criminal background checks are required annually and as needed
- Students must submit to a criminal background as specified by a clinical agency for the student to continue their clinical rotation at that particular clinical site
- Some clinical sites may also request an expanded criminal background check, which may conflict with the student's original background check result. The expanded criminal background check will be at the student's expense
- Review Illinois State Law 225 ILCS 46/25 and Ill. Adm. Code 955 Section 955.160 for disqualifying conditions related to expanded criminal background check.
Students may not be able to participate in clinical experiences based on information obtained as a result of the criminal background information. If a clinical placement is not obtained this may lead to dismissal of the students from the nursing program.