CNE Program Policies: Standards for Admission

Instructor: Allison Satorski

Allison Satorski has a Masters degree in Public Health with a concentration in health education and assists in teaching both undergraduate and graduate public health courses.

In this lesson, you will learn about what a Certified Nurse Educator is and what role they play in the standards for admissions for nursing students. This lesson will discuss some of the standards for admission such as prerequisite courses, grade point average, and testing.

What is Certified Nurse Educator?

While each school may have slightly different admission requirements there are a few things that are required to get into the majority of nursing programs. Admissions decisions are based off a variety of faculty and staff at the school you apply to. One person, in particular, may be a Certified Nurse Educator. A Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) has expertise in the area of nursing and is able to help determine whether a student may be ready for their nursing program based on a variety of aspects such as the student's previous academic achievements and grades. They are a big part of the decision-making process and will use the areas we talk about in this lesson to help determine if a student should be accepted into their program.

Evaluating Transcripts

One of the main duties of a CNE is to evaluate students transcripts who apply to the nursing program. A transcript is a record of the student's grades and academic achievements. The CNE may evaluate the student's high school transcripts, or if it is a graduate nursing program they may also evaluate their previous college transcripts. The main thing on transcripts that the CNE will evaluate is to make sure the student has completed all the required prerequisites as well as making sure they have a sufficient GPA. Prerequisites are specific courses that are required to be completed by the student prior to applying to a specific college program. A GPA, also known as grade point average is a way for the admission committees and the CNE to determine the student's average grade in a point system based on all the courses the student has taken.


In some cases, students may be required to complete testing before applying to a nursing program. For example, many Associate Degree in Nursing programs, which is a 2-year nursing degree, require students to take the TEAS before applying. The TEAS, also know as the Test of Essential Academic Skills is used by nursing and allied health programs in order to test a student's basic understanding of subjects such as reading, writing, and math. The CNE will receive a copy of all students' TEAS scores and use that in conjunction with their transcripts in order to determine how likely they are to be accepted. Many schools may use a point system where the higher GPA and TEAS scores they receive the more points they receive. The CNE will then determine based on the number of slots available in the program and the number of students that applied, what the lowest number of points they may need in order to be accepted into their nursing program.

For a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN), a CNE will take into consideration an applicant's SAT/ACT scores. Average scores depend on the school, and a CNE and other faculty members work together to determine average scores for acceptance. International students must submit their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. Once again, a CNE and other faculty members will agree on a minimum score.

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