Admission, Selection & Enrollment Of Students

Lawrence Memorial/Regis College admits academically qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. Financial need is not considered in the application process. Applicants are selected who provide evidence of academic accomplishment, work and life experience, strong motivation, and the potential to successfully complete the program. Each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis based on overall strengths according to established admission criteria.

Education

Applicants must be high school graduates or have earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) certificate. Applicants with a GED must have earned a minimum of 450 in the math and science components on the 2002 Series GED. Those applicants with a GED prior to 2002 must have earned a minimum of 45 in each of the five test areas. For high school graduates, a college preparatory course of studies with a cumulative average of B (85%) is preferred. Home schooled students must provide letter from Superintendent of Schools in their home district. Applicants that received their secondary and/or post-secondary education outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts sent to an approved educational documentation service for certification that the applicant has successfully completed a course of study equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Students that have secondary and/or post-secondary education outside of the U.S. will be required to complete an English Proficiency exam (see score requirements under International Student section of this policy) as well as an in-person interview with the Admissions Coordinator.

All applicants (except LPN/LVNs) should have completed algebra, biology and chemistry at either the high school or college level with a grade of C (75%) or better. Required high school courses in algebra, biology and chemistry may be fulfilled by taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and attaining pre-determined scores. The biology course requirement may be fulfilled by taking an approved college anatomy and physiology course. A student who has a score of 440 or above in the math component of the SAT is not required to have taken high school algebra. LPN/LVNs are required to have completed an Algebra course (high school or college level), but not Chemistry and Biology.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) is optional. For those who wish to submit them, scores of above 480 critical reading, 440 math, and 480 writing on SATs are preferred. The applicant should arrange to have the results sent directly to the Program whose CEEB code number is 3488.Applicants with previous college education must meet the Program’s admission requirements and should have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative average in post-secondary school.

Official transcripts from the applicant’s high school and all post-secondary schools are required. Applicants should mail official transcripts, in their original unopened sealed envelopes, with their application packet.

Proof of legal status for students with U.S. permanent resident status (green card) will be required after acceptance, but prior to enrollment in classes.

References

Each applicant must submit three (3) completed reference forms in original, unopened, sealed envelopes. References should be from professors and/or employers/supervisors who know the applicant and can evaluate specific traits. For recent high school graduates, two references must be academic. Transfer students from other nursing programs must have two academic references, one from the most recent nursing clinical instructor and one from the nursing program administrator. The reference form is available either online or from the Admissions Office.

Printable Reference Form

International Students

Admission policies are designed to encourage the enrollment of qualified international students. An applicant is considered international if they do not have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status. International students must meet the admission requirements of the Program. In order to process applications from international applicants, the following procedures must be followed:

International transcripts must be sent to an approved educational documentation service for certification that the international applicant has successfully completed a course of study equivalent to that normally required of a United States applicant.

International applicants must take an English proficiency test. Tests must have been taken within two (2) years. The approved tests and scored required are as follows:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 220 and/or essay score of at least 4.0 on the computerized TOEFL; an 83 on the Internet based TOEFL; or 560 on the paper administered TOEFL.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all modules
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum score of 55 and no individual score below 50
  • Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) with a minimum score of Speaking CBL 9 Reading CLB 8 and Writing CLB 7.

Additional tests may be required to insure English and Math competency adequate for successful completion of the Program.

Prior to enrollment the applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident must submit proof of financial responsibility (bank statement). The Program will issue the necessary I-20 forms required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service after the student has been accepted and has paid the required deposit.

Proof of legal status for non-U.S. citizens will be required after acceptance, but prior to enrollment in classes.

Admission Process

The program has a rolling admission process and reviews each application once all required materials are received. There is no deadline for submitting the application; however, early planning and submission of application materials facilitates placement in the desired entering class, if accepted. The application packet must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Coordinator along with the application fee. After receipt of application, fee, essay, all official transcripts, employment listing (resume) and references, the applicant’s credentials will be evaluated. A personal interview may be requested of candidates who meet admission requirements. The Admission and Progression Committee makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the Program. Applicants are notified of the acceptance decision by letter.

Accepted applicants are required to submit a non-refundable enrollment fee to reserve a place in an entering class. This fee is credited towards tuition upon enrollment.

Printable Nursing Application

Transfer of credit for non-nursing college courses

Accepted applicants may be exempted from taking a maximum of six (6) non-nursing courses in the curriculum if they have completed equivalent, approved courses during post-secondary education with a grade of C (2.0) or better. After acceptance, a student who has completed more than six (6) transferable courses may petition the Registrar, Medford campus, for consideration of one additional exemption. Equivalent courses in anatomy and physiology and microbiology courses will be accepted if they have been taken within the past seven years. An equivalent human development course must have been completed within seven years. There is no time limit on other equivalent required courses. Students who have taken equivalent physical science courses beyond the time limits may be eligible to take review courses. CLEP examinations and national Advanced Placement Examinations are acceptable for some courses. Course work leading to an attained baccalaureate or higher degree will be evaluated on an individual basis. Course descriptions and/or course syllabi may be required to evaluate course equivalency.

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement opportunities are available for applicants presently or previously enrolled in a professional nursing program approved by the state and accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body or licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/LVNs) who have graduated from state-approved practical/vocational nursing programs. Applicants must follow the program’s regular admission policy and procedures for acceptance prior to being advanced placed in the program. All advanced placed students must complete at least six (6) courses, including three (3) nursing courses at the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program in order to graduate. Prior to enrollment in nursing courses, students seeking advanced placement may be required to validate previous nursing knowledge through written validation testing and subsequently demonstrate clinical competency. These tests are valid for twelve months. After twelve months, a student must retest and pass all required validation tests in order to be enrolled in nursing courses. Advanced placement classes and/or a transition seminar will be required and fees will be charged. Enrollment in nursing courses is on a space available basis.

LPNs/LVNs must have completed an algebra course (high school or college level) with a grade of C (2.0 or 75%) or better but are not required to have taken high school biology and chemistry.  LPNs/LVNs must show their current LPN/LVN license for verification.  LPNs/LVNs will be tested to validate their nursing knowledge before being advanced placed.  Placement in a nursing course will be based on the results of this testing.  Prior to placement in the curriculum, LPNs/LVNs must have completed all prerequisite non-nursing courses with a grade of at least C (2.0 or 75%).

A transfer student must have successfully completed their last nursing course (with a clinical component) within 15 months prior to enrollment in nursing courses.  Nursing courses will only be considered for transfer if the passing grade of at least C+ (2.3 or 78%) in theory was achieved in addition to a passing clinical grade.  A cumulative average of 2.5 (80%) or better is required in previous nursing education.   Three references are required: (1) from the director of the previous nursing program, (2) from the most recent clinical faculty (if available) and (3) current or most recent employer.  Students transferring from another R.N. program must have their course work evaluated for equivalency by the Director, Academic Affairs prior to being placed in a nursing course in the curriculum.

Enrollment Requirements

The practice of nursing involves cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. Accepted students must be able to meet the requirements specified as Essential Functions of a Nursing Student. Along with the ability to meet these stated functions, enrollment is contingent upon completion of educational, financial, health and BLS requirements and acceptable National Background Check.

Official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary schools must be received by the Registrar prior to enrollment.

Accepted applicants are required to submit a non-refunable $500 ($100 for non-matriculating students) fee to reserve a place in the class. This fee is credited towards tuition upon enrollment. Tuition and fees must be paid prior to enrollment.

Accepted applicants must complete health and immunization requirements prior to enrollment. Health forms are sent to accepted applicants and must be completed by the health care provider including documentation of required immunizations/titers.

Current BLS (Basic Life Support) for the Healthcare Provider certification from the American Heart Association is prerequisite to clinical entry.

National background checks are required of all accepted applicants. Many clinical learning sites require this of all patient care providers including nursing students. Furthermore, in keeping with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing Good Moral Character policy, certain conduct and convictions may delay or preclude licensure as a registered nurse in Massachusetts..

 

Non-matriculating Students

A non-matriculating student is one who either does not wish to become a candidate for a degree at the time of application or an applicant whose admission packet has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the committee requests more evidence of math and science strength. Such applicants may be accepted as non-matriculating students and will be enrolled in two concurrent non-nursing courses for credit at Regis College. Non-matriculating students will be enrolled on a space-available basis. After successful completion of these courses the student may petition the Admissions Committee for acceptance as a matriculating student.

Students and/or graduates from state-approved schools of nursing are eligible to become non-matriculating students. Graduates of foreign nursing schools needing to take selected nursing courses, identified by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, are also eligible to become non-matriculating students.

A non-matriculating student may take nursing courses for credit (theory and clinical) or may audit the theory component or selected theory classes only. Non-matriculating students may take non-nursing courses for credit or may audit the course(s). Auditors normally do not participate in class discussions, submit papers, take exams, or perform any other function for which credit is given. Clinical experiences may not be audited.

For students who audit theory only, some admission requirements, tuition and fees may be modified. Tuition and applicable fees are based on the charges for the school year in which the course is taken.

An individual may take no more than two courses as a non-matriculating student. To matriculate into the nursing program, the student must petition the Admission and Progression Committee for acceptance as a matriculated student and must have met all admission criteria and have a grade point average of at least 2.5 as a non-matriculated student.

Accepted non-matriculating students are required to submit a non-refundable $100 deposit. This deposit is credited towards tuition upon enrollment. Tuition and fees must be paid prior to enrollment.

Readmission of Students

Readmission polices are designed to encourage the re-enrollment of academically qualified students. The applicant will be readmitted if, after review by the Admission and Progression Committee, the Director, Academic Affairs, believes that the applicant has a reasonable expectation of successful completion of the program. Applicants for readmission must submit a new application with essay, transcripts and references, along with the application fee. A personal interview may be required with the Admission and Progression Committee.

Students who left the program due to academic failure may not be considered for readmission for at least one semester and must provide explanation for previous failures with evidence of effective interventions for change. Applicants who failed two nursing courses, or the same nursing course twice, will not be considered for readmission.

Prior to re-enrollment, a student who has successfully completed or exempted out of any nursing course(s) may be required to validate previous nursing knowledge through validation testing. Nursing courses completed more than 15 months ago must be repeated. Fees will be charged for testing and clinical evaluation.

A student who does not pass validation testing, either written or clinical, will be given the opportunity to remediate and re-test once for each nursing course using an alternate final exam or clinical experience. A student will be re-enrolled upon successful completion of written and clinical validation testing and space availability.

Admission Deferral/Change of Division Prior to Enrollment

Accepted students may request to be deferred to a later class prior to enrollment or may request to change to another division prior to enrollment. Such requests must be made at least one month prior to the start of the semester. Requests will be determined on an individual basis.

A student wishing to defer enrollment or to change to another division must submit the request in writing to the chair of the Admission and Progression Committee. The Committee will decide whether to grant the request and will notify the student. If granted, the Committee will notify the student in writing of the new enrollment class or division. The notice will state a date for the student to confirm in writing acceptance of the new class or division. An accepted student who does not confirm acceptance in writing by the date indicated will be administratively withdrawn and the deposit forfeited. If the request is denied, the student’s original enrollment class and division remains. Failure to enroll will result in administrative withdrawal and loss of deposit.

Change of Division

Enrolled students may request to change from one division to another. Division changes will not be made after the start of a semester. Space will not be reserved in incoming classes for such changes. Students must complete a Change of Division Request form and submit it to the Director, Student and Alumni Services.