Admissions (Policy AD-1 and AA-57)

Director of Admissions
Ken Zeiger

Admissions Office
101 South 42 Street  Omaha, NE 68131-2739
PH 402.552.3100  TF 800.647.5500 
admissions@clarksoncollege.edu

In this section, you will find information about applying as an undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, international or non-degree student. Our admissions staff is available to guide you through the admissions process. We want to make your transition to Clarkson College a smooth one.

Meeting all criteria for admission does not guarantee admission into Clarkson College. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to national or ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, creed or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid or other school administered programs.



Admissions Policy AD-1

Clarkson College is selective and meeting all criteria for admission does not guarantee admission. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to national or ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, or creed or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid or other school administered programs.

English Proficiency

Required of all applicants: Student must meet one of the following: 
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (Minimum of 100 total score on the TOEFL iBT, minimum of 250 total score Computer-based TOEFL, or minimum of 600 total score on the paper-based TOEFL)
  • ACT English score of 20 or higher
  • Graduation from an accredited US High School or equivalent (GED)
  • Associate’s or higher level degree from a US accredited college or university 

Procedure:
 
Undergraduate Degree-Seeking:

Applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA for math and science courses
  • 20 ACT composite or above or equivalent SAT or above
    • Required within two years of high school graduation or until 31 hours of college credit have been satisfied.
  • Proof of graduation from a US accredited high school or equivalent

Additional admission requirements:

  • Students who have completed the GED are reviewed with a score of 500 or above on each of the five GED tests. 
  • Students that have been home schooled are required to submit GED scores. 
  • All transcripts from high school and post-secondary institutions will be evaluated for “D”s, “F”s, no pass, withdrawals, and withdrawal fails. 
  • International Nurse Applicants are also required to submit documentation of successful achievement of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) qualifying examination.
  • Applicants must be in good standing from previous institution(s) attended.

Undergraduate Application Materials Required for Degree-Seeking Students:

  • Undergraduate Application and application fee.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from high school and all postsecondary institutions attended or currently attending. Post-secondary institutions include college and universities, professional, technical and business schools regardless of whether or not credit was earned. Transcripts from all institutions outside the US must be official, translated to English and credentialed.
  • Complete a typed 2-3 page motivational essay OR program specific application questions/essay. 

Additional admission requirements for the following programs:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree programs – PTA program specific application packet.
  • Radiography – Radiography program specific application packet.
  • Traditional BSN – BSN program specific application packet. Active status on a nurse aide registry. Applications may be reviewed for acceptance with proof of intent to complete a nurse aide course.
  • Medical Imaging – Copy of current American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) card.
  • LPN-BSN – A valid state unencumbered LPN license in the US, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical experiences will occur.
    Technical Standards Form
  • RN –BSN & RN to MSN –A valid state unencumbered RN license (and APRN license, if applicable) in the US, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical or residency experiences will occur. Technical Standards Form

Graduate Degree-Seeking – Master’s Level:
Applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Students entering the Masters Programs are reviewed based on the following application materials and requirements:

  • Graduate Application for Admission and application fee.
  • Official transcripts are required from all postsecondary institutions attended or currently attending. Post-secondary institutions include college and universities, professional, technical and business schools regardless of whether or not credit was earned.  Transcripts from all institutions outside the US must be official, translated into English and credentialed.
    • For MSN options: Bachelors of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and from an accredited nursing program either Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 
    • For Post Masters MSN: Masters of Science in Nursing or higher from a regionally accredited institution and from an accredited nursing program either Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Current Resume

Additional admission requirements for the following programs:

Master of Science in Nursing:

  • A valid state unencumbered RN license (and APRN license, if applicable) in the US, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical or residency experiences will occur.
  • Two professional recommendations using the Graduate Professional Reference Forms.
  • Scholarly Essay
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Employment Verification Form
  • Acute Care Skills Form (NP applicants only)

Post-Masters in Nursing Certification:

  • Minimum Masters cumulative college 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A valid state unencumbered RN license (and APRN license, if applicable) in the US, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical or residency experiences will occur.
  • Two professional recommendations using the Graduate Professional Reference Forms.
  • Scholarly Essay
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Employment Verification Form
  • Acute Care Skills Form (NP applicants only)

Masters in Health Care Administration:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Two professional recommendations using the Graduate Professional Reference Forms.
  • Scholarly Essay

Masters of Science – Nurse Anesthesia

Admission Requirements:
  • Minimum cumulative college 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for prerequisite coursework
  • One year of full-time Critical Care Experience or its part-time equivalent (per COA MSN standard C13)
  • A valid state unencumbered RN license (and APRN license, if applicable) in the US, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical or residency experiences will occur.

Required Application Materials:

  • Shift Supervisor / Clinical Care Coordinator reference
  • Nursing Unit Director / Manager reference
  • Copy of RN/APRN license
  • Core Performance Standards form
  • Critical Care Skills form
  • Personal Statement/Essay

Prerequisite coursework: 

  • Scholarly Writing
  • Graduate-level Statistics

Interview:  Required, if selected
 
Graduate Degree Seeking – Doctorate Level:

Students entering the Doctoral Programs are reviewed based on the following application materials and requirements: 

  • Graduate Application for Admission and application fee. 
  • Official transcripts are required from all postsecondary institutions attended or currently attending. Post-secondary institutions include college and universities, professional, technical and business schools regardless of whether or not credit was earned. Transcripts from all institutions outside the US must be official, translated to English and credentialed.
    • For BSN to DNP options: Bachelors of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and from an accredited nursing program either Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
    • For Post Masters DNP: Masters of Science in Nursing or higher from a regionally accredited institution and from an accredited nursing program either Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

Doctor of Nursing Practice

BSN to DNP-Nurse Practitioner

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative college 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A valid state unencumbered RN license (and APRN license, if applicable) in the US, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical or residency experiences will occur.

Additional Required Application Materials:

  • Copy of RN license
  • Technical standards form
  • Two professional recommendations using the Graduate Professional Reference Forms.
  • Scholarly Essay
  • Employment Verification Form
  • Acute Care Skills Form

Post-Master’s DNP

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative college 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale from Master’s degree or higher
  • A valid state unencumbered RN and APRN license in the US, its territories or protectorates. Licenses must be effective in the state where clinical or residency experiences will occur. 
  • Prerequisite coursework: 
  • Graduate-level Statistics (can also be taken within first year of program)

Additional Required Application Materials:

  • Copy of APRN license
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Technical standards form
  • Clinical Hour Verification Form
  • Two professional recommendations using the Graduate Professional Reference Forms.
  • Scholarly Essay

BSN to DNP-Nurse Anesthesia (Beginning Spring 2020)

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative college 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for prerequisite coursework
  • One year of full-time Critical Care Experience or its part-time equivalent (Per COA Doctoral standard C2.3)
  • A valid state unencumbered RN license (and APRN license, if applicable) in the US, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical or residency experiences will occur.

Required Application Materials:

  • Shift Supervisor / Clinical Care Coordinator reference
  • Nursing Unit Director / Manager reference
  • Copy of RN/APRN license
  • Core Performance Standards form
  • Critical Care Skills form
  • Personal Statement/ Essay

Prerequisite coursework: 

  • Scholarly Writing
  • Graduate-level Statistics

Interview:  Required, if selected

Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership:

Admissions Requirements:

  • One year minimum work experience, preferably in the health care field
  • Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Additional reference form for a total of three for all applicants
  • A sample of a formal Master’s degree level scholarly paper 

Prerequisite coursework: 

  • Graduate-level Statistics (can also be taken within first year of program)

Non-Degree Seeking Students and Visiting Students:

For undergraduate coursework:  Proof of successful completion or current enrollment in high school

For graduate coursework:  Documented completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree

Admission to Clarkson College does not guarantee later admission into a degree program. Application to a degree-seeking program may be requested at any time. All admission requirements must be met for acceptance.

Conditional Admission Status:

Conditional admission status may be granted to applicants who do not meet all of the admissions requirements.  Students admitted conditionally will be required to comply with AA-57, Conditional Admission Policy. 


International Applicants Admission Requirements

Clarkson College allows applications from students who have been educated in another country who meet the admission requirements established by the College and the academic program of interest. Additional requirements from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program may be required. Applications are reviewed based on the criteria of academic performance and English proficiency as outlined for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Students who are not U.S Citizens may be required to submit additional documentation prior to registration. This may include but is not limited to evidence of the student's status as a permanent resident, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival), or F1 Visa. 


Non-Degree Seeking Students & Visiting Students

Students may wish to enroll in coursework without the intention of earning a degree from Clarkson College. Any person may register for and take courses offered at Clarkson College if that person fulfills the course prerequisites and selected requirements for admission. Proof of English proficiency as outlined for degree-seeking students is required.

Additional requirements include:

For undergraduate coursework: Proof of high school graduation, GED or current enrollment in high school.
For graduate coursework: Documented completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.

Admission to Clarkson College as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee later admission into a degree program. Application to a degree-seeking program may be requested at any time. All admission requirements must be met for acceptance.


Acceptance

Accepted students will receive an official letter of acceptance from Clarkson College along with an Admissions Confirmation form. To accept an offer of admission, the student must sign the Admissions Confirmation form and return it with a non-refundable enrollment fee. This fee reserves a student’s place in the program.

The enrollment fee is requested within 30 days of admission notification. 


Conditional Admission Status (Policy AA-57)

Applicants who do not meet all of the admission criteria outlined in AD-1 may be granted Conditional Admission Status.

Procedure:

Undergraduate

Students admitted under conditional admission status will remain conditional for two (2) consecutive semesters. During each semester, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Enroll in their first semester and successfully complete General Education course, Strategies for Success; only students in online programs are eligible for the online section.
  2. Students are only allowed to take a maximum of fifteen (15) credit hours/semester;
  3. Students needing to enroll in BI 222 Anatomy/Physiology, BI 210 Microbiology, BI 211 Anatomy, CH110 Chemistry, or BI 213 Physiology may only enroll in one per semester.
  4. Students will be enrolled in the recitation course corresponding to the science course they are enrolled for - (listed under number 3);
  5. Earn at least a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average at Clarkson College; and
  6. Will not have any of the following end of the semester course grades: “D”, “F”, “WF”, “NP” or “I”.

The Registrar will track all conditionally admitted undergraduate students at the end of each semester. The Program Director and Registrar will review and determine if they may continue as fully admitted students. Upon evaluation by the program director at the end of the second semester, the student on conditional status may be removed from conditional status or students who do not meet requirements will be dismissed from the program of study.

Graduate

Graduate students admitted under conditional admission status must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete at least six hours of credit;
  2. Earn at least a 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average; and
  3. Will not have any of the following end of the semester course grades “C”. “D”, “F”, “WF”, “NP” or “I”

The Registrar will track all conditionally admitted graduate students at the end of each semester of conditional status. The Program Director and Registrar will review and determine if they may continue as fully admitted students. At the discretion of the Program Director, a graduate student who does not meet requirements may be dismissed from the program of study. Upon evaluation by the program director at the end of the second semester, the student on conditional status may be removed from conditional status or students who do not meet requirements will be dismissed from the program of study.


Re-Admission Applicants

Re-application is required for applicants previously denied or who have been admitted and moved their enrollment date forward more than one year.


Cooperative Programs

Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging

This program is based on agreements with Radiologic Technology programs at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb., Alegent Health School of Radiologic Technology in Omaha, Neb. And Mary Lanning School of Radiologic Technology in Hastings, Neb. and Clarkson College. These agreements allow students to enroll in the Clarkson College Medical Imaging program after completing their first year of Radiologic Technology training. This option allows students to simultaneously pursue both degrees. Students must obtain ARRT licensure and successfully complete all degree requirements before the degree will be conferred.

For more information regarding cooperative programs, contact the Clarkson College Admissions office.


Double Majors

Students must apply and be properly admitted to both majors. It may be possible to pursue both majors at the same time. An official degree plan must be com­pleted for both majors. Admission into one major does not guarantee later admis­sion into a second major.


Non-Matriculated Student Record Retention

Clarkson College will retain application materials including official academic transcripts, letters of reference, student essays, observation hours and letters from the College for two years for students who apply but do not enroll. Updated documents may be required if the student would like to re-apply. Records from applicants who do not enroll are not covered under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).


Application Deadlines & Start Dates

Application deadlines and start dates are determined by program. Students are encouraged to visit the Clarkson College website for the most up-to-date deadline and start date information.

All application materials must be received prior to the application deadline. After deadlines pass, applications will be reviewed as complete if space is available in the program. Wait lists for programs will be formed as necessary. Applications may be held over to be reviewed at a later date at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.


Application Deadlines for International Students

International students must meet program-specific requirements and deadlines. The following deadlines must be met by international students considering programs with rolling admission:

  • Fall semester – June 1
  • Spring semester – October 1
  • Summer semester – March 1