Admission Criteria
This page explains admission requirements specific to the Elliott School of Nursing’s two-year ADN program. See the RN-BSN tab for admission criteria to RN-BSN program. Admission to the ADN program is competitive and based on, but not limited to, ranking according to an objective ranking scale and other qualifying factors such as semester GPA, overall GPA, pattern of coursework and professional behaviors.

A new ADN class is admitted once a year in the fall semester with an application deadline of March 1. ADN readmission, LPN-RN, and transfer applicants who were in another nursing program are admitted to either fall or spring semester with an application deadline of March 1 or November 1, respectively.

The applicant is responsible to verify the university’s receipt, by the deadline date, of accurate records used in the admission selection process. The nursing admissions committee determines acceptance of applicants into the nursing program. Admission or readmission to the nursing program is not guaranteed to any applicant. All students accepted to the nursing program also must be accepted to the University of Pikeville.

Admission Criteria – all ADN applicants
  1. Official admission to the University of Pikeville.
  2. High school graduate or the equivalent.
  3. ACT composite score of 19 or higher, or its equivalent. The highest subscores on a qualifying ACT (i.e., 19 or above) are used for nursing admission ranking. NOTE: A minimum ACT composite of 18 can be petitioned only for: (a) LPNs with a current license; (b) those with a bachelor’s degree; or (c) those that are 10 or more years post high school graduation and have at least 24 credit hours of college coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  
  4. Completion of developmental courses with a “C” grade or better, per university policy for course placement.
  5. Meet the nursing MTH requirement with (choose one)
    1. Minimum MTH subscore required by the university;
    2. MTH 093 at the university with “C” grade or better; or
    3. Transfer equivalent of MTH 105 Contemporary College Math or MTH 113 Precalculus Algebra.
  6. An overall average of “C” or better, represented by a college or university GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  7. Minimum of 55 percent score on Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Only one retake per admission year is allowed for those with less than 55 percent score. TEAS must be repeated for the next admission year. Exception: Readmission students only retake TEAS if out of program for more than one year.
  8. A “C” grade or better in all required core courses for the ADN major. The grade on the second attempt, including a “W” grade, stands as the final grade.
  9. Science course grades must be within the last 10 years.
  10. Any exception will be determined by the nursing admissions committee.
Admission Criteria - Nursing transfer applicants
  1. Meet the admission criteria for all ADN applicants.
  2. Meet the University of Pikeville requirements for transfer applicants and transfer credit.
  3. Transcript evaluation by an Elliott School of Nursing administrator for nursing course equivalency.
  4. Grade of at least a “C” (76 percent) on required Nursing Challenge exams if out of a registered nurse program more than one year but less than three years, or if required for transfer equivalency. Otherwise, the student must apply as a new nursing student.
  5. Validation of selected nursing skills.
  6. Abide by an admission contract, if applicable, which may specify one or more required activities.
  7. Two letters of reference, one of which must be from the applicant’s former nursing program.
  8. Meet with the dean of nursing and/or the nursing admissions committee for a personal interview and update on requirements.
Admission Criteria – LPN-RN applicants  
  1. Meet the admission criteria for all ADN applicants.
  2. Meet the University of Pikeville requirements for transfer applicants and transfer credit.
  3. Current, unencumbered practical nurse license.
  4. Minimum of one year of clinical experience as a LPN within the last three years.
  5. Grade of “C” or better in prerequisite semester I and semester II support courses. These courses include ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 110, PSY 215, BIO 171 and BIO 172 allowing 20 core credit hours in the nursing major.
  6. Grade of “C” or better and/or 76 percent on required Nursing Challenge examinations, allowing 13 hours of nursing credit in the major.
  7. Grade of “C” or better in NUR 130 received within the last two years, allowing three (3) hours of nursing credit in the major.
  8. Satisfactory completion of all LPN-RN admission criteria, allowing 16 hours of nursing credit, at least 20 credit hours of pre-requisite support courses, and eligibility for advanced standing placement in semester III of the ADN curriculum.
  9. Meet with the dean of nursing and/or the nursing admissions committee for a personal interview and update on requirements.
Readmission Criteria – ADN readmission applicants
  1. Meet admission criteria for all nursing applicants.
  2. Submit a petition letter to the nursing admissions committee to explain why the student failed to progress in the nursing program and what has been done to remedy the situation.
  3. A student only can be readmitted to a nursing program one time.


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