Effective September 1, 2012 for all students who have not been evaluated or accepted into the program previously.
The LPN-RN Nursing Program is selective in its admissions criteria. As such, there are several steps you must take to be admitted. First, you must submit all the documents required for admission - in other words, complete your file. The documents required include a college application, official high school and college grade transcripts, LPN transcript, TEAS and the LPN STEP test scores. High school level biology and chemistry (or a college equivalent course) with a 'C' grade or better is also required. To access your file, log in to your Ozone Account and click on My Required Documents under Student Quick Links. If you have any questions regarding the selective admissions criteria, please contact your Academic Advisor.
There is no waiting list for upcoming LPN-RN classes. The Admissions Committee holds one evaluation meeting per year in January. In January the committee selects the class for the upcoming fall semester (Toledo Campus) and summer semester (Findlay Campus).
You received an e-mail to inform you of missing documents that must be submitted to the records office before we consider your file complete. We only send complete files to the Admissions Committee. To access your file, log in to your Ozone Account and click on My Required Documents under Student Quick Links to view the list of missing components. If a document has been received, a date will be entered next to the document.
There is no time limit on high school courses. As such, they may be used to complete the biology and chemistry portion of your application.
There is a 7 year time limit on all science courses taken at college. The Admissions Committee will not award points for science courses that are over 7 years old.
The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS test are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.
All ATI TEAS tests must be taken at the Owens Community College Testing Center on the Toledo or Findlay Campuses. You must schedule an appointment to take this four hour test. If a student has taken the current version of the TEAS test at another location or for another program, please contact the Nursing Educational Enhancement and Development (NEED) Coordinator at 567-661-7338.
Your TEAS score counts for 32% of the total number of points in your evaluation. As such, you should take the TEAS in the semester prior to the semester in which you wish to be evaluated for admission into the nursing program. For example, if you wish to be evaluated for admission in the fall term, then you should take the TEAS during the preceding spring or summer term.
A TEAS Study Manual and online practice assessments are available for purchase from ATI if desired. For information about TEAS products, go to the ATI website at: www.atitesting.com/ati_store/TEAS-Products.aspx
Some students review study materials prepared for ACT testers. For a free ACT prep booklet that you can use to review reading, writing, science, and math go online to www.actstudent.org/testprep
The Admission Committee will award points based upon your first attempt at the TEAS test taken for application to the LPN-RN Program. The ATI TEAS is a timed test and takes four hours.
The LPN Standardized Testing to Evaluate Preparedness (STEP) test is an insightful pre-admissions tool that consists of an eight topic screening assessment that is based on the NCLEX-PN® test plan.
The LPN STEP test should be taken one semester prior to the semester in which you want to be evaluated for admission to the LPN-RN Program. For example, if you want to be evaluated for admission for fall semester you should take the test in the preceding spring or summer semester.
The LPN STEP test must be taken at the Owens Community College Testing Center on either the Toledo or Findlay campus. We will not accept ATI STEP test scores from any other college or university. You must schedule an appointment with the OCC Testing Center to take this three (3) hour proctored test.
There is an online Practice assessment that helps students prepare by identifying topics in nursing knowledge on which the student needs to improve prior to taking the LPN STEP Proctored Assessment. Information about the Online Practice assessment for LPN STEP test can be found on the ATI website at www.atitesting.com
The Admission Committee will award points based on the score on your first attempt of the ATI LPN STEP test for application to the LPN-RN Program.
Some students chose to repeat courses in order to obtain a better grade. The Nursing Admissions Committee will use the grade earned the first time that you take a science course. For example, if you took Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 211) in spring semester 2011 and earned a grade of ‘B,’ and then repeated BIO 211 in the fall semester 2011and earned a grade of ‘A,’ the Admission Committee will only use the ‘B’ grade taken in spring semester 2011.
The Admissions Committee will use the most recent science grade(s) in Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 211), Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 212) and Microbiology (BIO 231) in the calculation of points only for those students who earned a BIO grade at OCC prior to the end of fall semester 2012. For all students who earn a BIO grade after January 1, 2013, the grade for the first attempt at the BIO courses will be used in the point calculation for admission.
In the calculation of your overall GPA, all repeated course grades are included. If you repeat a BIO course, the new grade will be included in your overall GPA. However, only your first attempt at BIO courses, as required in the Nursing Program curriculum, will be included in the science point total calculation of the selection criteria.
The minimum number of points a student must earn for admission consideration is 15 out of 50 possible points. Those with the highest number of points will receive the first offer of admission. At the present time, we are anticipating 40 seats per class for fall semester in Toledo and 24 per class for summer semester in Findlay.
Admission to the LPN-RN Program is based only on the program admission criteria (see Tally sheet).
You should meet with your academic advisor to discuss changes that you can make to improve your point total for admission. You can reapply for consideration at the next admission meeting through your OZONE account.
The LPN-RN Program requires a BCI & I FBI background check. One background check is required prior to the start of the first clinical course (NRS 225 or NRS 223). If you have a concern about your background information, you can refer to the Ohio Board of Nursing webpage directly or consult the School of Nursing’s webpage at https://www.owens.edu/academic_dept/nursing/criminal-check.pdf.