General Admission

Course requirements Students with 30 semester hours of pre-nursing lower division transferable college credit may apply as a General admission applicant. Application decisions begin November 15 of the year prior to enrolling.

Cooperative contracts exist for completion of the lower-division pre-nursing requirements and transfer of credit to St. John’s College with Lincoln Land Community College. However, students may choose to attend one of the 43 institutions which have been evaluated for transfer credit. Information regarding transfer/accreditation is available by emailing or calling (217) 525-5628.

Submission of minimum acceptance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. While applications are accepted throughout the year, applicants are encouraged to apply early due to the competitiveness of acceptance.

Criteria for provisional acceptance

Applications for provisional acceptance are accepted from high school seniors/graduates as well as persons actively pursuing the required lower division credits. Consideration for provisional acceptance is based on the following requirements. (After 30 hours of designated lower division transferable college credit.):

1. Completed application accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee.

2. Submission of a legal document showing proof of name at time of application (state-issued photo ID).

3. Applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) with a score of proficient or higher.

4. Submission of official transcripts at the end of each semester from all regionally accredited college(s) attended showing:

     a. A minimum of 30 semester hours of designated lower division transferable college credit with
         a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0.
     b. A minimum grade of C in all required courses completed. All science courses are required to be
         completed within the last five years prior to enrollment in St. John’s College. Anatomy and
         physiology must be taken at the same institution.
     c. No designated lower division course may be repeated more than once.
     d. Official transcripts must come from the granting institution directly to St. John’s College.
         Hand-carried transcripts are not acceptable.

5. Personal interview as requested by the College.

6. Two professional references.

7. Personal essay.

8. Good academic standing in the last institution attended.

9. Proof of graduation from a high school approved by the State Board of Education via an official transcript or possession of a high school equivalency certificate verified by an official GED score report. Official transcripts should include ACT, SAT, if taken, and for Illinois residents, the Prairie State Achievement scores or score reports should be sent to the College.

10. All applicants with English as a second language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 560 on the paper version, 220 on the computer based version or 83 on the internet- based (iBT) version.

Criteria for final acceptance

To receive final acceptance and permission to enroll in classes, the student must achieve and maintain all provisional acceptance requirements required by St. John’s College and:

1. Submit official transcripts showing proof of completion of the 56 semester hours of designated lower division transfer credits from a regionally accredited university or or college which meet the following requirements:
     a. Cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0
     b. No designated lower division course may be repeated more than once.
     c. All transfer-courses completed with a minimum grade of C.
     d. Good academic standing at the last institution attended.

2. Completion of a pre-entrance health examination with current immunization records.

3. Criminal background check with no disqualifying conditions.

4. CPR certification (within the last year).

5. Proof of medical insurance.

6. Proof of malpractice insurance.

7. Drug screening with no disqualifying conditions.

All persons provisionally accepted must meet the criteria for final admission before being enrolled in the College.

Transfer of upper division credit

Students who wish to transfer credit for courses completed in other accredited baccalaureate programs must meet the general admission criteria and submit an official transcript and a college catalog.

Students seeking admission to the nursing major at St. John’s College must submit a statement indicating the reason they wish to transfer and provide copies of all nursing course syllabi.

Non-degree seeking students

For those students who do not wish to pursue a degree, but want to audit or earn academic credit for a course, admission as a “non-degree seeking” student is an option. Once registered for the course, non-degree seeking students are subject to all college policies.

For more information, email or call (217) 525-5628.