Frequently Asked Questions

How and when will clinicals be scheduled?
Do all pre-requisites have to be completed before I submit my application?
Do I have to come to the Pratt campus if I am in an online/hybrid program?
Is this a self-paced program?
What kind of time commitment should I expect?
How is testing done?
Do I have to submit a high school transcript?
Is the online/hybrid program all online?
What do I do if my credit hours for a specific class are less than that which is required by PCC?
Would a copy of my transcripts from a former college suffice?
Can paperwork be turned in after the Deadline?
Do I need to re-apply if I am not accepted for the next program start date?
What is the TEAS-V®?
When should I take the TEAS-V ®?
What if I do not pass Dosage Calculation, can I reapply to the Hybrid/Online program?
What if I fail the online portion of the program, am I eligible to reapply for the Hybrid program?
What if I have failed a previous nursing course OR nursing program?
Am I required to have a webcam and microphone headset?
Are ebooks required?
What is a bridge program?
How long is the program?
What does it cost?
What about travel?
How do you determine who will be accepted into the nursing program?

 

Question: How and when will clinicals be scheduled?

Answer: Clinical affiliations have been established with facilities in various areas of Kansas.  Four to five sites per course will be used with up to ten students per site.  Student locales will help determine which clinical sites will be utilized.  Clinical experience will follow the didactic (theory) and lab portions of each course.  The last 6 weeks of each semester will be devoted to clinical experience.  Clinicals will usually consist of three 10-hour shifts per week during that time, and may include evenings and weekends.
 

Question: Do all pre-requisites have to be completed before I submit my application?

Answer:No, however, pre-requisites must be successfully completed (with a "C" or better). If you are applying for the spring program all prerequisites must be completed by August 1.  If you are applying for the summer program all prerequisites must be completed by February 1.  To be considered for admission, we must have your PCC Nursing Application, TEAS-V scores, Proof of enrollment in missing pre-reqs,  official high school transcript, and ALL official college transcripts.
Please note that those applicants that have all required documents to us on or before the deadline and have completed all of the coursework by the deadline are given first consideration. Others MAY be considered on a space available basis.  This is a VERY POPULAR program and is very competitive.
 

Question: Do I have to come to the Pratt campus if I am in an online/hybrid program?

Answer: There are times throughout the program when students are required to be on campus in Pratt.
Housing may be available at the PCC dorms. For more information click here.
 

Question: Is this a self-paced program?

Answer: No.  Although you do have the choice of when you study, each course contains rigorous deadlines. Students must be self-motivated, have excellent computer skills, current e-mail and reliable internet service.
 

Question: What kind of time commitment should I expect?

Answer: Students should expect to spend at least 36 hours per week on studying their coursework.  Students should consider this commitment equal to a full time job. Arrange work and family life accordingly.  This is a huge commitment and should not be taken lightly.
 

Question: How is testing done?

Answer: Throughout the program students will be required to take some proctored exams.  Tests may be taken at specified testing centers.  Some testing centers require an additional proctoring fee.  Tests may be taken on the Pratt Community College campus at no additional cost.  Some exams/assignments will be completed online. We are now implementing ProctorU.  Cost information can be found here http://prattcc.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/proctoru-testing-fees.pdf​ 
 

Question: Do I have to submit a high school transcript?

Answer: Yes, an Official  high school transcript, homeschool certificate or GED is a Pratt Community College degree completion requirement.
 

Question: Is the online/hybrid program all online?

Answer: The didactic or theory portion of each semester will be online.  The clinicals will be done in the state of Kansas. There are other times throughout the program when you must visit our campus.   Please refer to above questions.
 

Question: What do I do if my credit hours for a specific class are less than that which is required by PCC?

Answer: Send a syllabus for the year and term from your college to Nursing Admissions, along with a transfer course approval form (available online). You will be notified if it has been approved or denied. Please allow 4-6 weeks for review time.
 

Question: Would a copy of my transcripts from a former college suffice?

Answer: All transcripts must be the OFFICIAL Transcripts from the college or colleges you attended and must be from all colleges you have ever attended. NO copies will be accepted.
 

Question: Can paperwork be turned in after the Deadline?

Answer: Yes. Please note that all applicants with application materials submitted  and that have completed ALL pre-reqs  by the deadline will be considered first. Other applicants with completed files MAY be considered on a space available basis.
 

Question: Do I need to re-apply if I am not accepted for the next program start date?

Answer: Yes, you do need to re-apply. We want to know if you are still interested in our program. You can re-apply by completing the nursing application and mailing it to Nursing Admissions  to Nursing Admissions, Pratt Community College, 348 NE SR 61, Pratt, KS, 67124 OR you may fax the nursing application to 620-450-2282.  If you have already paid the $25 nursing application fee you will not pay again. You may only apply for one program at a time.

Question: What is the TEAS-V®?

Answer: Students applying for admission to the Nursing Program are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V). It is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. Each of the sections are timed for a total of 209 minutes.

The higher you score on the exam the better are your chances of  being accepted. YOU MUST SCORE A MINIMUM OF 50 ON THE SCIENCE PORTION OF THE TEAS-V TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NURSING PROGRAM.

Please note:  We cannot accept TEAS-V® results from Trinity Washington University or I&J Educational Nursing Institute or from students.
 

Question:   When should I take the TEAS-V ®?

Answer:  As soon as you have completed A&P and English Comp I, and have reviewed the study guide. YOU MUST SCORE A MINIMUM OF 50 ON THE SCIENCE PORTION OF THE TEAS-V TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NURSING PROGRAM.

Question: What if I do not pass Dosage Calculation, can I reapply to the Hybrid/Online program?

Answer: Yes, you can reapply. To see more details, please click on the readmissions tab to the right.
 

Question:   Do I need to take a PCC Nursing Transition course?

Answer:  Yes, if admitted, you will receive an acceptance letter explaining details about the course. The course must be successfully completed in order to secure your admission into the Nursing Program.

Question: What if I fail the online portion of the program, am I eligible to reapply for the Hybrid* program?

Answer: YES, but you must submit a NEW Nursing Application for the appropriate program. You may have additional requirements in order to be considered. Please note that entrance into the nursing program after you have failed is dependent on space availability and ranking.
 

Question:  

Answer:   If you  have failed one course you will be required to successfully complete corresponding course depending on criteria of the course that was failed. If you fail 2 or more  nursing courses in any nursing program you CANNOT be considered for our nursing program. Please note that entrance into the nursing program after you have failed is dependent on space availability and ranking.
 

Question: Am I required to have a webcam and microphone headset?

Answer: Yes, you are required to have a webcam and microphone headset.
 

Question: Are ebooks required?

Answer: Ebooks are required but you may also purchase the hardback version.
 

Question: What is a bridge program?

Answer: It is a program that transitions from one profession into another, such as Paramedic to Registered Nurse.  The program is specifically developed to fill in the gaps from what a Paramedic has already learned to what nurses need to learn.
 

Question: How long is the program?

Answer: Approximately 10 months.  We have a program that begins in December (called the Spring) and May (called the Summer).
 

Question: What does it cost?

Answer: The total program cost is estimated to $6,000

Please note that if you are accepted into a nursing program we do require a $400 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit ($300 which is applied to the first class AFTER NUR201 and a $100 uniform/supply deposit). This is an out of pocket expense and cannot be paid by financial aid.  You will also have Background/immunization/drug screening fees that will be out of pocket (financial cannot be used).
 

Question: What about Travel?

Answer: We highly encourage those that make travel arrangements to make sure that you choose refundable options as schedules are subject to change. All travel is at the students expense.
 

 Question:  How are people accepted into the Nursing Program?

Answer: We use a selection process that looks at pre-req GPA, TEAS-V Test Scores, bonus points for A&P, submitting material prior to the deadline, how many times it took you to pass your NCLEX and Kansas residency.