The School of Nursing will admit new students into the program for the 2014-2015 school year.
Sixty-four prospective students applied for the School of Nursing this year, six more than last year’s inaugural class.
This is the second year the School of Nursing has been a part of the University.
The application process includes a basic contact information form, immunization records, Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) test scores, proof of negative outcome on a tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray, proof of health insurance, CNA certification, CPR certification, official transcript, background check and drug test.
“Prospective students are chosen by GPA, both overall and then specifically the nursing core or supplement classes,” said Becky Hammack, dean of the School of Nursing. “Also, students must take an entrance exam.”
According to Hammack, about 50 students will be admitted into the program this year.
Hammack said this year’s applicants into the nursing program reveal a bright future for the nursing program.
“It looks like we have a very good applicant pool and the number of students keeps increasing,” Hammack said.
Being in its second year, the nursing program is still ineligible for accreditation, but is working swiftly toward it.
Hammack recently returned from a conference in Washington about the future of the School of Nursing and its accreditation.
“I went to a conference to learn more about writing the study for accreditation,” Hammack said. “After a program has had students for a year, it can apply for accreditation with a national accrediting body. We are in the process of seeking accreditation. This will take about another year before it is final.”
Stacy Campos, sophomore nursing major from Garland is eager to learn if she has been admitted into the program.
“I am very anxious to see if all my hard work has paid off,” Campos said. “I have stayed an extra year at ACU to fully prepare myself for this moment. This is where it all begins, and I am ready to see what my future holds.”
Applicants will find out whether or not they have been admitted into the program this week.