The Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Program may be completed in four semesters after the pre-nursing courses are completed. The Nursing Department consists of classrooms, simulation laboratory sessions, and clinical time in skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, outpatient settings, and the Weimar Institute NEWSTART Lifestyle Program. Some of the clinical facilities are a distance from the Institute and intensive learning clinical sessions will be provided. All general education and pre-nursing courses must be completed before starting the Nursing Program.
What type of employment or occupation is the program designed to prepare students for?
Nurses participate in assisting with health promotion, disease prevention, care provision to those who are coping with illness. Nurses also provide management and leadership in a wide range of settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing (RN) is one of the top occupations with increasing growth and demand. Job opportunities for nurses are limited only by one’s level of creativity. However, nurses practice in many settings, including hospitals, schools, homes, retail health clinics, long-term care facilities, battlefields, and community and public health centers.
In some areas of the United States there are not as many positions available for new RNs. Graduates might not find employment at the facility or shift they desire, but they are able to work in some area. In a few years there will be a critical shortage of Registered Nurses because a large percentage of nurses are at or approaching retirement age.
A. Transfer students must complete a minimum of one semester at Weimar Institute prior to acceptance in the Nursing Program. Refer to the Credit for Previous Education section for more details.
B. GPA and Course Requirements
- College GPA is calculated based on prerequisite courses required for an Associate Degree in Nursing. The minimum GPA for nursing admission is 3.0.
- Each course must be passed with a minimum of a C (76%).
- Only two courses may be repeated more than once.
C. If English is not the student’s primary language, the student must have achieved a score of 90+ on the MELAB, or 80+ on the TOEFL iBT.
D. Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or healthcare professionals. Certifican must be either AHA BLS Healthcare Provider or Red Cross Professional Rescuer.
E. An overall score of at least 65% on the Kaplan Admission Assessment Examination. High school algebra and chemistry must be completed and proficiency demonstrated by required proficiency scores.
F. Recommended Courses:
- Medical Missionary Program
- Bible Worker Program
- Certified Nursing Assistant Program
High school math and chemistry must be completed as prerequisites. Math and Chemistry entrance exams must be scheduled and completed before the date of registration at Weimar to verify high school Chemistry and Algebra proficiency. If High School Algebra and Chemistry have not been completed and required proficiency scores not attained, pre-nursing requirements may take up to three semesters to complete. It may be recommended that General Education, non-Science courses, are taken in the summers to lighten one’s credit load.
College courses from the humanities must have been completed within the last 10 years. College courses from the sciences must have been completed within the last 5 years.
- Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab (8)
- College English I (3)
- General Psychology (3)
- Human Nutrition (3)
- Life & Teachings of Jesus (3)
- Microbiology & Lab (4)
- Speech Communication (3)
- Introduction to Sociology (3)
- Survey of Chemistry (if placement test not satisfactory) (3)
H. Challenge/Advanced Placement into the Nursing Program for Military Personnel:
Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations may achieve advanced placement into the Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) program with documentation of education and experience. All applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Recency of education and experience must be within five years of the application.
- Education and experience must meet the basic requirements for Weimar Institute Nursing admission.
- Honorable discharge (DD214) or current active honorable service, with letter from current supervisor, are required.
- Candidates must meet the same eligibility requirements for admission into the ADN program as other applicants, including completion of prerequisites and successful completion of the Kaplan Entrance Exam with a passing score.
Please note: The completion of an Associate Degree may require additional coursework per college policy. Please meet with an advisor to determine what additional courses will be necessary.
Challenging the first semester of the ADN program
- Applicant may challenge the first semester of the ADN program and be admitted directly into the second semester courses only if space is available in that cohort.
- If space is available, 100% on the skills competency, 76% or above on the Challenge Exam, and 90% on the dosage calculation exam are required for advanced placement.
- Military Challenge students will be held to the same policies and procedures as all other ADN students thereafter.
Overall Degree Cost
For Course Requirements, please see the Weimar Academic Bulletin by clicking here.
To download a PDF of the WIN Student Handbook, please click here: Nursing Student Handbook.
A. Fill out the form below to indicate your interest and to be connected with an advisor.
B. Apply to Weimar Institute ($50 processing fee).
C. Apply to the Weimar Institute Nursing (WIN) program. This includes:
- Completion of one semester at Weimar Institute.
- Submission of transcripts for any college classes you desire to transfer to Weimar Institute.
- Verifying the original information on any previous application.
- Submission of additional references (must be professional references; see application for more detail).
- Obtaining a background check. If a crime against persons including but not limited to neglect or assault, sexual crime, or drug possession conviction is on the record, you are disqualified for admission. International students must contact their individual consulate for appropriate documentation.
- Fingerprinting, which must be done through LIVESCAN. Students are responsible for any fees. Please check with the Weimar Institute Registrar for the current recommended company.
- Health documents, which provide evidence of a physical exam within the past 12 months that indicates acceptable health, immunizations (refer to application form), and TB testing.
- A cover letter describing the reasons you are applying for the Nursing Program, as well as past volunteer missionary or community service.
Credit for Previous Education
A student may request credit for postsecondary courses successfully completed at another institution by submitting a written request to the Weimar Institute Registrar. The process is outlined as follows:
A. The student will submit official transcripts and course descriptions from the educational institution awarding units for the courses the student desires to transfer. The educational institution must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or acknowledged by an agency regarded as satisfactory by the Weimar Institute Nursing Program curriculum committee and program chair. Transfer units will be evaluated to ensure that they adhere to high academic standards, and to allow equivalent classes to satisfy specific courses required by Weimar Institute. Courses that do not have a direct correlation to classes offered by Weimar Institute may be accepted as elective units if approved by the Academic Standards Committee. Weimar Institute reserves the right to accept or reject units learned at other institutions.
B. The subject content of the course(s) the student desires to transfer must be essentially similar to the core required course(s). Credit for courses in the Science requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing program must have been granted to the student within seven years of the Registrar’s receipt of the student’s written request.
C. The number of units the student desires to transfer must be equal to the same number of required semester unit hours for a given course as delineated in the course outline located in the Nursing Program Student Handbook. Weimar Institute will determine if the number of units of a prior course is equal to a minimum of the same semester hours as required by Weimar Institute.
D. The courses the student desires to transfer must be successfully completed with a minimum of a grade of “C” or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale). College courses from the humanities must have been completed within the last 10 years. College courses from the sciences must have been completed within the last 5 years.
E. College GPA is calculated based on prerequisite courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing. The minimum GPA is 3.0 for nursing admission.
LVN to RN Program (Limited Availability)
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) who possess a current, unencumbered LVN license may apply to take courses at Weimar Institute. These applicants may matriculate into the degree program or the 30-unit option. The LVN applicants seeking the degree program should refer to the Credit for Previous Education section. The 30 unit option courses must be specified by the California Code of Regulations as applicable toward the requirements for the LVN to take the NCLEX-RN. LVN’s who take the 30-unit option will not graduate with an associate degree in nursing and are not eligible to participate in graduation. A California RN license obtained according to the process may not be acknowledged in other states.
Applicants who desire this option for study are required to meet with the Nursing Program chair or designees for objective, academic counseling. LVN’s desiring entry will be considered on a space availability basis. LVN’s applying into this track are required to comply with the other criteria for acceptance, including health requirements. Each LVN application will be considered on an individual basis.
Students accepted into this track must comply with background checks and drug screens required by the clinical agencies and with the policies included in the Weimar Institute Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.
The Weimar 30-unit program is in compliance with all of the regulations stated above. All courses prescribed will be beyond the first year courses with the exception of the required Mental Health Nursing. Content includes nursing intervention in acute, preventive, remedial, supportive, rehabilitative, and teaching aspects of nursing. Required theory courses with clinical includes:
- NURS 300 Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing
- NURS 303 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
- NURS 225 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
- NURS 302 & 305 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Nursing I & II
These courses include geriatric, preventive, supportive, rehabilitative, and teaching aspects of nursing content.
The 30-unit option required courses will provide opportunity to observe, initiate, practice and demonstrate consistent application of scientific knowledge from social biological physical sciences. Each of the clinical courses provides opportunity to formulate a nursing diagnosis and care plan, perform essential skills, evaluate effectiveness of plan of care, and act a client advocate. Delegation of tasks to subordinates will occur in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention I & II clinical component.
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