Admission Criteria

The admission criteria include elements that evaluate an individual’s potential to complete the practical nursing program. 

With that in mind, in order for an applicant to be considered for admission into the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center - School of  Practical Nursing, he or she must:

Be at least 17 years of age.

Be a high school graduate or have passed the GED examination. Home schooled applicants are asked to provide:

A plan book, diary, daily log, or other written record indicating the subjects taught and the activities engaged in with the student. 

  •  A portfolio containing samples of the student’s academic work.
  •  A record of evaluation of the student’s academic progress.
  •  Other written or credible evidence equivalent to the above.

Note: Home schooled applicants are highly encouraged to complete the GED as a part of the application process due to 

Provide official copies of all educational transcripts (high school, college, etc.) GED test scores, and other health related certificates (CNA, CMT, EMT, etc.).

Successfully pass the computerized pre-entrance test, ATI TEAS. Applicants may take the pre-entrance test twice but are required 58%. There is a 30-day waiting period between testing  dates. The cost for testing is $75.00 each time; payment for test fees must be paid upon scheduling the test. 

Minimum of a 58% Adjusted Individual Total Score is required.

Provide names and addresses for three (3) professional references. Upon passing the pre-entrance test, three (3) professional reference forms will be mailed out to these people.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the same general admission requirements as other applicants. These applicants must show English proficiency by scoring in the high level for reading and listening and in the good level for speaking and writing on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). These applicants may postpone taking the TOEFL until they have passed the TEAS and/or have been accepted into the practical nursing program.

Employment or experience in a health care setting is not a mandatory requirement, but will be noted as a positive aspect when considering application for admission.

Completion of the TEAS preparation course offered by the Adult Education & Literacy Center is also viewed as a positive factor in the applicant's folder.

 Individuals entering this program shall also be made aware of the “standard to apply for licensure.” Section 335.046 RSMo

1.  An applicant for licensure to practice as a licensed practical nurse shall submit to the board a written application on forms furnished to the applicant. The original application shall contain the applicant's statements showing the applicant's education and other such pertinent information as the board may require. Such applicant shall be of good moral character, and have completed at least two years of high school, or its equivalent as established by the state board of education, and have successfully completed a basic prescribed curriculum in a state-accredited or approved school of nursing., earned a nursing degree, certificate or diploma and completed a course approved by the board on the role of the practical nurse. Each application shall contain a statement that it is made under oath or affirmation and that its representations are true and correct to the best knowledge and belief of the person signing same, subject to the penalties of making a falseaffidavit or declaration. Applicants from non-English speaking lands shall be required to submit evidence of proficiency in English language. The applicant must be approved by the board and shall pass an examination as required by the board. The board may require by rule as a requirement for licensure that each applicant shall pass an oral or practical examination. Upon successfully passing the examination, the board may issue to the applicant a license to practice as alicensed practical nurse. The applicant for license to practice as a licensed nurse shall pay a fee in such amount as may be set by the board. The fee shall be uniform for all applicants. Applicants from foreign countries shall be licensed as prescribed by law.

3.  Upon refusal of the board to allow any applicant to sit for either the registered professional nurses’ examination or the licensed practical nurses’ examination, as the case may be, the board shall comply with the provisions of section 621.120 RSMo, and advise the applicant of his or her right to have a hearing before the administrative hearing commission. The administrative hearing commission shall hear complaints taken pursuant to section 621.120, RSMo.”

Selection Process

Once the applicant’s application folder is completed, the Admissions Committee shall review the folder. High pre-entrance test scores and very positive work references increases the applicant’s probability of being selected for the day or evening program. The Admission Committee is responsible for the final selection of students.

Once an applicant is selected by the Admissions Committee, the Practical Nursing Program Administrator will contact the applicant of his or her eligibility to be a member of the day or evening program. If the applicant accepts a position in the day or evening program, a letter of acceptance will be mailed to the individual. To hold the student’s seat in the class, the individual must make a $200.00 deposit within three (3) weeks of the date on the letter of acceptance.



Please note that final acceptance into the program is contingent upon criminal background and/or felony history.

If an individual has pled guilty to or has been convicted of a felony, whether or not sentence was imposed, or has been involved in a violent crime, Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center will be notified. These two health care institutions are clinical sites for our students. A designated person or persons at these health care institutions will make the decision whether the individual will be allowed to participate in the clinical portion of the practical nursing program at their facility. The applicant may be asked to appear before a designated person or persons at Southeast Missouri Hospital and/or Saint Francis Medical Center. To that meeting the applicant shall take certified copies of court documents (i.e. docket sheet, complaint, and final disposition) and a separate personally written notarized statement fully describing the event(s) in question. Again, it is the decision of the designated person or persons at the health care institutions as to whether or not this individual can participate in clinical experiences as a Student Practical Nurse at their health care institution. If the decision is NO, THIS INDIVIDUAL CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT HANDS-ON PATIENT CARE AT THE HEALTHCARE FACILITY, THEN THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM.(Approximately 50% of this program’s curriculum is based upon direct, hands-on patient care at area acute care facilities.) 

All students accepted into the practical nursing program must have a criminal background check on file at the school. The paperwork for the criminal background check will be completed during Study Skills/Math class or at individual appointments.  

Alternate Status

When the day and evening practical nursing classes are filled, the remaining qualified applicants will be identified as ALTERNATES. Individual preferences for entering the day or evening program will be noted. Alternates will be ranked according to the results of their pre-entrance test scores and three (3) work references. If a student seat becomes available, the highest ranking alternate will be called and ask if she or he would like to enter the class.

Late Admission

No student shall be admitted to the Practical Nursing program later than five days after the established entrance date of the program. For the 1-Year Day Practical Nursing Program, no student will be admitted after the first full week of school (5 days after the established entrance date). For the 2-Year Evening Practical Nursing Program, no student shall be admitted after the completion of the second week of school (this equals to 5 full days of school after the established entrance date)

Please note that the numbers of students admitted in the day and evening programs are established by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.