Nursing Admission Criteria


Donna G. Hood, Ph.D., RN
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 Division of Nursing

Louisiana Tech University
Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression




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Academic Progress

·         Advance from learning experiences relevant to program objectives

●   Able to attend and participate in scheduled class, clinical, and laboratory assignments


●   Satisfy designated course/program

objectives as specified in syllabi


●   Complete degree plan as required by Program/ University/ state licensing agency     



Professional Conduct and Behavior


·         Behave in a respectful, ethical, and professional manner with all

·         Utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of clients

·         Recognize that one’s own values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect perceptions and relationships with others

·         Function effectively under stress and adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in predictable ways

·         Learn and abide by professional standards of practice and the Nursing Code of Ethics

·         Engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all client populations

·         Respect the policies and procedures of clinical agencies and the Division of Nursing as a representative of Louisiana Tech University

·         Demonstrate professional attitude, civility and respect for peers, instructors, clinical agencies, clients, and families

·         Demonstrate ability to get to class/clinical autonomously and punctually



Emotional Stability

·         Emotional stability sufficient to tolerate rapid and evolving environment

·         Adapt effectively  and maintain composure when subjected to changing environments, especially those with high tension/stress levels

·         Respond in an emotionally controlled manner in learning situations and emergencies

·         Poses no threat to self or others

·         Maintains therapeutic boundaries



GrosMotor  and Fine Motor Skills

·         Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care

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·         Sit and stand while maintaining balance

·         Perforfulrange omotion of body joints

·         Abilittstoop and bend within 1” of floor

·         Has the gross and fine motor ability to grasp small objects

·         Perform electronic documentation and keyboarding

PhysicaEndurance and Stamina

·         Physical abilities sufficient to sustain physical activities incurred for safe and effective nursing care

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·         Stoop, bend, squatreacover head arequireto deliver care in non-emergent and emergent situations

·         Perform CPR according to professional standards


·      Visual ability with or without assistive devices sufficient for observation and assessment

·      Accuratelreasmalprint on medication labels, syringes, discriminate color changes and intensity

·      Accuratelread computer/tablets, monitorand equipmencalibrations

·      Observe and appreciatnon-verbal communicationwheperforming nursing assessment and interventions

Auditory Perception

·         Auditory ability with or without assistive devices sufficient for observation and assessment

·         Has the auditory ability to monitor alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.

·         Hears verbal exchanges among health care personnel and clients

·         Hears ability to detect and distinguish changes in pitch/tone

·         Heaisituationwhenot abltsee lips



·         Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

·         Performs palpation functions with accuracy for physical examination and therapeutic interventions such as pulses, temperature, texture, firmness, softness, and physical landmarks


·         Olfactory ability to monitor and assess health needs and environmental situations

·         Detectodors fromclient indicative of disease process or infection

·         Detectsmoke, gases, or noxious smells that could impact client safety


·         Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds

·         Negotiateinterpersonal conflict

·         Respect differencesinclients

·         Establish professional rapportwith  clients, peers, and co-workers


·         Recognizeand  respecculturavariations,beliefs,

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      affect health behaviors


·         Practices verbal and nonverbal therapeutic communication


·         Ability to work in small groups on course/clinical activities


Critical Thinking


·         Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

·         Exhibits arithmetic competence that would allow the student to read, understand and perform accurate calculations for computing medication dosages and intravenous flow rates


·         Identifies cause/effect relationships in clinical situations, develops, evaluates, and revises nursing plan of care as appropriate


·         Identify ,respond, and make appropriate judgment  for safety and emergency situations in the clinical setting


·         Demonstrate critical thinking and cognitive abilities sufficient for problem solving and clinical judgment




·        Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal, written, assisted, and electronic form

·         Effectively collaborate with client’s, family, and healthcare providers


·         Ability to communicate sufficiently to teach others, explain procedures, interact effectively with others, and convey information


·         Must be able to give and receive constructive feedback, process feedback, and use it to confirm behavior to expected professional standards


·         Ability to speak, comprehend, read and write English at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear, and effective communication


·         Ability to read, interpret, and communicate relevant data