A nursing school is changing the requirements for admission into their program.
Alamance Community College’s nursing school is a competitive program and some school officials want to make the admission process fairer.
Right now, students are admitted into the nursing school though a points-based system that requires any future student of the college to gain a certain number of points to be considered for the program. Nursing school hopefuls are awarded points for things like previous courses, experience in the medical industry, and any prior nurse’s training. All in all, there are 13 possible points a student can earn, but too many students are coming close to the max. That makes it harder to determine who should be admitted into the limited 110 slots available in the nursing school.
Instead of randomly choosing qualified students as they have done in the past, President Martin Nadelman wants to make the selection process work for the school while rewarding harder working students. Under the new nursing school admission policy, “the person who completes the requirements first would be given priority,” according Nadelman.
The new admission policy for students who wish to enter the program offered by the nursing school is hoped to encourage students. Students will need to work harder and finish their other classes on time to compete with other applicants. This, in theory, will also put more dedicated and hardworking students into the nursing school program – one that is rigid and time consuming according to school officials. According to Nadelman, the school loses about one-third of the nursing school enrollees after classes being. This might be due to the type of intense study required to graduate the nursing program. It takes two-years to complete the nursing school’s curriculum through day time classes and another half year if enrolled in night classes.