Requirements

Applying to Dixon

All applicants are required to submit all of the following before the appropriate deadline:

Please Note:

Preferred Candidate: Must have 7 or more DSON prerequisites completed. If accepted, the remaining outstanding prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed before starting at Dixon in the Fall.

Qualified Candidate: Must have completed 5 or more DSON prerequisites (one must be a science with lab prerequisite) to be considered for admission. If accepted, the remaining outstanding prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed before starting at Dixon in the Fall.

Please Note:
  • The Dixon School of Nursing does not accept High School Seniors directly out of high school. All applicants must now complete the minimum number of prerequisites at an accredited college/university before the application deadline of February 1st to be considered for entry.
  • Applicants who have attended another nursing program MUST submit a satisfactory recommendation from the Director of the Nursing Program from the previous nursing program(s) (Click here to download the recommendation form for students who have attended another RN program). The second satisfactory recommendation may come from another individual.
  • Applicants who are LPNs should submit a reference from the current employer and a faculty member of the LPN program attended whenever possible.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants may be considered for entrance based on the criteria listed below. An acceptance may be provisional based on completion of college prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better before starting classes at Dixon.

Deadline Submission of ALL MATERIALS!

On or before February 1st

Comments: All materials must be received on or by this date

Offer Extended

Preferred Candidate: Two weeks after receipt of ALL application materials and have 100% completed the eligibility criteria.

Qualified Candidate: Approximately March 1st*

* Students may be accepted, provisionally accepted contingent upon successful completion of prerequisites, wait-listed, or not accepted.

Cumulative GPA

Preferred Candidate: 3.25 Cumulative; 3.0 Prerequisite

Qualified Candidate: 2.75 Cumulative; 3.0 Prerequisite

Comments: If ALL official college/university and or High School /GED transcripts are not submitted, an application will be considered incomplete.

Completion of Prerequisites

Regardless of an offer being extended to a Preferred Candidate or a Qualified Candidate all remaining prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to starting classes at Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing in the fall.

TEAS score – Overall Composite Results

Preferred Candidate: Exemplar- Overall Minimum score 70%

Qualified Candidate: Proficient- Minimum score 60%

Comments: Preference is given to applicants who exceed these scores.

TEAS score – Subject Modules

Preferred Candidate: At least 60-70% in each module required

Qualified Candidate: At least 50-60% in each module recommended

Comments: Preference is given to applicants who exceed these scores.

Acceptance of College Credits

Candidates must have obtained a grade of C or better in all college and a grade of C+ in all nursing courses for acceptance/continuance in the program.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II courses must be taken within five years of starting the nursing curriculum.
  • The Admissions Committee of the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing will determine which courses are acceptable to meet these curriculum requirements.
  • Candidates may be requested to submit the course title, number, catalog description, syllabus and course outline for a specific course listed on a transcript.

LPN to RN Bridge Opportunity

Applicants who are LPNs are not exempt from any of the Admissions requirements for Post Secondary students and do not follow a separate admissions criteria. However, upon acceptance to the Dixon School of Nursing, applicants who are LPNs may have the opportunity to take an NLN challenge exam to place out of the required course Nursing 199, Fundamentals of Nursing. A current LPN license and at least 1000 work hours as an LPN are required. For more specific information, please attend an Information Session or contact the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing directly.

Admission Policy

The Admissions Committee, representing the Faculty of the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing, selects applicants who satisfy the admission criteria and demonstrate the capability of completing the program and becoming registered nurses. Click here for essential personal attributes and characteristics for admission.The number of students accepted is determined by the committee based on variables, which include the availability of adequate clinical facilities and the faculty to student ratio. Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Written notice of the committee’s decision will be mailed.

Application/Acceptance Fees

The application form is currently closed for revisions. Please visit our website after August 1, 2015 for more information.

When filing an application for admission to the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing, each applicant pays an application fee. An electronic payment (through the Bursar tab), check or money order made payable to the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing should be forwarded with the completed application. No refund is made after the application is filed. An acceptance fee is required after notification of acceptance in order to reserve a place in the class. An electronic payment (through the Bursar tab), check or money order made payable to the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing should be forwarded by deadline provided. This fee is non-refundable and is not credited to future tuition payments.

If you have questions about admissions, please email AMH-dixonSON@abingtonhealth.org or call 215-481-5500.