• Admission Details

  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Winter 2019 admission which is now closed. It is provided as an example to guide potential applicants on the admission process and application requirements which may be subject to change as program criteria can change for each new application year. The next time this program is expected to be offered would be in the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) and offers a competency-based curriculum jointly developed by nursing faculties from the eleven community colleges and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) consortium partners. Acceptance to the program allows for co-admission to MHCC and OHSU nursing programs. The core competencies address the need for nurses to be skilled in clinical judgment and critical thinking; evidence-based practice; relationship-centered care; interdisciplinary collaboration; assisting individuals and families in self-care practices for promotion of health and management of chronic and acute illness; end-of-life care; and teaching, delegation, leadership and supervision of caregivers.

    The MHCC Nursing program will accept up to 4 students into the Advanced Placement RN program for the 2019-2020 school year. Advanced Placement students will be admitted to the third (3rd) term of the RN program after completion of all the admission requirements.

    Admissions into the Program

    Applicant and Point Selection Process

    Requirements to Apply

    To be eligible to apply for admission, applicants must meet the requirements described below by the application deadline of October 12, 2018, 5pm. Classes in progress do not count toward prerequisites or points.

    1. Complete the HESI LPN-ADN ENTRANCE EXAM or the HESI EMS-ADN ENTRANCE EXAM. The student is responsible for the cost of the test to the Elsevier company at the time the exam is taken. The test is approximately 2 hours in length and payable with a debit or credit card. The cost is $56.00. Tests will be administered at the Bruning Center for Allied Health on September 27, 2018 and October 5, 2018. Appointments for the test will be made through Paula Wilson 503- 491-6730. Government issued photo ID is required to take the test.

    2. LPN Applicants: Submit a current unencumbered LPN license and 1000+ hours of LPN work experience within the past 5 years. The LPN License verification can be printed from the Nursing Licensing Board from which you have a current license. Students who did not graduate from the MHCC Practical Nursing program must submit transcripts and course descriptions from the Practical Nursing program attended to be reviewed by the MHCC Dean of the Nursing.

    3. Military Corpsman or Medic Applicants must submit their Joint Service Transcript showing all courses approved by the American Council of Education and documentation of Military Experience and Training and a summary record of active duty medial work experience and certificates. A military DD214 must be submitted with documentation. These documents must be submitted and will be reviewed by the MHCC Dean of Nursing.

    4. Completion of all nursing program prerequisites listed below with a minimum grade of “C” or better with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 6 credits of Arts and Letters and 6 credits of Social Science in the Nursing program before the application deadline. The required mathematics; Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III; Nutrition; and Microbiology must be completed within the last seven years (not taken prior to Winter term 2012). All coursework must be documented on official transcripts (sealed in an envelope from the issuing institution where the credit was earned or via secure electronic delivery to ar@mhcc.edu).
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI231 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
    BI232 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
    BI233 Anatomy & Physiology III 4
    FN225 Nutrition 4
    BI234 Microbiology 4
    BI102/112/212 Biology for Allied Health or other biology course with genetics 4-5
    MTH095 or MTH098 Intermediate Algebra/Quantitative Reasoning II or higher math 4-5
    WR121 English Composition I 4
    WR122/WR227 English Composition II/Technical Report Writing 4
    PSY237 Human Development 4
    Social Science Elective 6 credits 6
    Arts and Letters Elective 6 credits 6

    For extra points and before officially entering the program, the rest of the general education courses below will also need to be completed:

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Social Science Elective 3 credits 3
    Arts and Letters Elective 3 credits 3
    HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life (or any 3 credits in HE, HPE or PE) 3
    General Education Nursing Electives Electives may be any Arts and Letters, Social Science, Mathematics or Natural Science course from the AAOT General Education list EXCEPT for those used as Nursing program prerequisites. 9

    Academic Eligibility Notes

    • Mathematics: Students who have placed into MTH105 (or higher) in the pre-admission process and have not completed a mathematics course must take at least MTH095/98 (or higher) to meet graduation requirements. Students who plan to continue to earn a BSN should select MTH105 or MTH111. Students who do not plan to continue to OHSU and who have completed MTH095/MTH098 or higher must take any humanities, social science or science/mathematics/computer science distribution requirement.
    • Biology Course with Genetics: Introduction to Genetics (a course or a module within a course). Any human biology course that includes a human genetics component in the course and indicates this inclusion in the college catalog course description. This requirement may not be met through the Microbiology or Anatomy and Physiology courses.
    • Social Sciences: Select from any college-level social science distribution course as listed under the AAOT requirements: https://www.mhcc.edu/AAOT-degree
    • Arts and Letters: Select from any college-level arts and letters distribution course as listed under the AAOT requirements: https://www.mhcc.edu/AAOT-degree. First year, non-conversational languages will also count. Note: We recommend if you plan to get your BSN to find out what courses the school you plan to transfer to will accept for arts and letters.
    • For purposes of OCNE academic policies, letter grades are used/recognized without +/- designation. Therefore, a C- would be recognized as a “C” and therefore be an accepted grade for a prerequisite course.
    • Credits taken as pass/no pass (if accepted by the college as meeting requirements) may be considered only if the “pass” is equivalent to a “C” or better.

    Point Assessment

    Applicants will be reviewed by the following point system after they meet the above admissions criteria.

    Basic Point Assessment
    Item Description My Points/Out Of
    Prerequisite GPA

    A maximum of 25 points will be awarded. The applicant must provide transcript(s) for all prerequisites. Only the prerequisites will be calculated in the GPA for assignment of points in the selection process.

    Anatomy and
    Physiology I Grade
    Points will be awarded to the grade point for Anatomy and Physiology I as follows: A = 5 points, B = 3 points. /5
    Prior Degree Applicants who provide official transcripts as proof of a prior degree will be awarded 1 point for an Associate Degree or higher. /1
    Not Repeating
    A & P
    Up to three points for not repeating a prerequisite A & P course within the past 7 years (including audits and withdrawals). /3
    National Standardized Test HESI proctored exam. /10
    Discretionary Points
    Residency Consideration In MHCC district= 2 points; Out of MHCC district (with no Advanced Placement for LPN program) = 2 points; Out of district = 0 point; Out of state = 0 point. /2

    LPN or Military Medic/CorpsmanWork experience

    All work experience hours must be within the last 5 years:

    • 2,701+ hours of work experience = 6 points
    • 2,041 to 2,700 hours of work experience = 4 points
    • 1,548 to 2,040 hours of work experience = 2 points

    Completed LPN coursework at MHCC or
    US Military Service

    Earned their LPN certificate at MHCC or Served in the US Military as a Corpsman or Medic within the last 7 years = 2 points

    Completed all electives required in the Nursing program 9 credits of Arts and Letters & 9 credits of Social Sciences and 6 additional electives (Arts and Letters; Social Science or math and Science) /3

    Tie Breakers

    In the event that two or more applicant scores cluster at the same cut-off point, MHCC will use tie breakers in the following order:

    1. Date and time of completed application
    2. HESI exam score
    3. Graduate of the MHCC LPN program

    Interview and Proctored Essay

    All application packets that are considered complete (submitted all required materials) by the application deadline will be evaluated and awarded points to determine the top 10 candidates to be interviewed.

    • The top 10 applicants will participate in an interview and proctored essay according to a 48-point scale.
    • Applicants who interview will also be awarded up to 10 points on the Skill Assessment Checklist (see application for specific skills).
    • Points awarded prior to the interview are not carried forward once the applicant is invited to the interview and proctored essay.
    • The points awarded in the interview, proctored essay, and skill assessment are the final determining factor for selecting the final applicants.

    Pre-admissions coursework

    The top 4 applicants will be approved to register for Clinical Pharmacology I and II courses (NRS230 & NRS231) and Pathophysiological Processes I and II courses (NRS232 & NRS233).

    First Term (Winter 2019) Second Term (Spring 2019)
    NRS232 Pathophysiology I NRS233 Pathophysiology II
    NRS230 Pharmacology I NRS231 Pharmacology II

    After successfully completing the coursework listed above, the final 4 applicants will be admitted into the LPN to RN program. It's important to note that students are not officially admitted into the program until all 4 courses list above are completed with a “C” grade or higher.

    Demands of the Program

    It is important to understand the mental and physical demands of the nursing program and the career of the nurse. Please read through the Essential Functions of Nursing before applying. Applicants to the Nursing program must be able to cope with the rigors of the curriculum and the demanding nature of the health professions with or without reasonable accommodations. Nursing students must be able to grasp scientific concepts, set up and answer basic math and algebra problems, and communicate well verbally and in writing.

    Requirements after Acceptance to the Program

    Proof of Immunizations – Accepted students must submit proof of the following immunizations by the stated deadline. You must provide evidence of:

    • Immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chicken pox)
    • Current Tuberculin Skin Test or a chest x-ray
    • Tetanus-Diptheria-PertussisToxiod within the last 10 years
    • Hepatitis B — The series must be started by the stated deadline and can be completed during the first quarter of the program.
    • Current CPR Card — Each accepted and alternate student must provide a current Health Care Provider Level CPR card approved by the American Heart Association.

    Criminal Background Check: If accepted into the Nursing program, your acceptance will be provisional until you pass a national criminal background check which is conducted through a national standardized tracking system the Nursing program has a contract with. Information for accessing the system will be available to students once they have been accepted into the Nursing program. (Please note: The accepted applicant pays for the background check, and the background check process requires a social security number.)

    All admitted students are required to complete a Drug Screen prior to starting the nursing courses. Please note, this drug screening may also check for prescription drugs that contain amphetamines, barbiturates, opioids, benzodiazepines and marijuana. If you are taking any prescribed medication that may contain these drugs you will need to meet with the program director before completing the drug screen.

    Accepted nursing students must complete all general education credits and provide an official transcript to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration by September 6, 2019 or they will forfeit their acceptance.