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Before You Apply

Before You Apply

Effective Oct. 1, 2016, all nursing students applying to the Nursing program are required to submit a positive titer, with their application, for the following immunizations: *MMR, Varicella and Hep B surface antibody. Also required: Negative TB test, tDAP, Meningitis and Flu Shot.

Please review in full the following requirements and prerequisites you will need to obtain​ before or after your acceptance into the Brookhaven College Nursing Program, should you be selected.

A high school diploma or GED is required for admission to the Brookhaven College Nursing Program.

Take the Dosage Calculations Workshop

Successful completion of the Dosage Calculations Workshop through the Workforce and Continuing Education Division is mandatory. A grade of 90 or better on the final exam is required to apply to the Nursing Program. The workshop is offered during the spring and fall semesters only.

Take the HESI A2™ Exam

Students applying to the Nursing Program are required to take the Health Education Systems, Inc., Admissions Assessment (HESI A2™). The HESI A2™ study guide is available on reserve from the Brookhaven College Library or you may purchase a copy through the college bookstores. More information is available at www.hesitest.com. Key points to remember about the HESI A2™ Test are as follows:

  • The HESI A2™​ can be taken at any school that offers the HESI A2™, including Brookhaven College.
  • Required sections are: Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Math and Anatomy & Physiology.
  • The HESI A2™ scores are only good for two years.
  • The HESI A2™ exam can be taken only once per application period, February or September. If you take the HESI A2™ exam more than once per application period, your application will be disqualified.
  • The most current score will be used.
  • Please pay for the exam before scheduling the exam. In order to pay for the exam, you must complete a HESI A2™ form, available online under HESI A2™ Information Form.
  • The HESI A2™ testing can only be scheduled at Brookhaven College Testing Center after the semester begins.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for the HESI A2™ testing early. Testing slots fill up quickly. Once they are gone, no special accommodation will be made.​

HESI A2™ Prep Course

Brookhaven College is now offering a HESI A2™ Prep Continuing Education Course.

Dates for the course are Aug. 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. (20 hours total). The cost is $120. The textbook is: HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review Edition 4 (ISBN: 978-0-323-35378-6). Please contact continuing education at 972-860-4715 to register.

Take the Critical Thinking Exam

A critical thinking exam is required to apply to the Brookhaven College Nursing Program. The exam is offered Aug. 1-Sept. 30 and Jan. 2-Feb. 28. You may only take the exam at the Brookhaven College Testing Center once per application period. The exam is good for two years. There is no charge for the exam. The exam is a 50 question exam and you have two hours to take the exam. The exam will time out after two hours. You are not allowed to back track during the exam. Remember to print off your score after the exam to turn in with your application packet.

To register for the critical thinking exam, please go to eCampus, then go under Access Courses, then go under the Community tab. Search for Critical Thinking Exam and register for the Critical Thinking Exam Community.

You will need your student ID to register for the exam. After registering for the critical thinking exam, please print off the testing permission slip found in the Critical Thinking Exam Community.

Take the testing permission slip with you to the Brookhaven College Testing Center to take the critical thinking exam.

Other Requirements

The following are mandatory for students after receiving acceptance into the Nursing Program. Please review and familiarize yourself with these requirements to allow ample time for preparations.

Medical and Liability Insurance Coverage

All students in the Nursing Program are required to purchase and present proof of medical and liability insurance coverage. The cost of liability insurance will be announced in Success Camp and in class. Students cannot attend clinical without professional liability insurance. ​Please bring your medical insurance coverage information to Success Camp for verification.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

Provide proof of current CPR certification from Emergency Care and Safety Institute, American Red Cross or American Heart Association at the Health Care Provider level. A physical skills component is required.

CPR courses are available through the Brookhaven College Workforce and Continuing Education Division. See the course schedule for details. CPR training also is available through the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, various hospitals and many other agencies.

Immunizations and Physical Exam

A current physical examination will be needed after acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The medical forms and immunization records​ include a medical history, physical exam and required immunizations.

Immunizations and titers are to be completed at the time of application to the nursing program.

Once a student is accepted to the Nursing Program, all required documents submitted will become property of the Nursing Program and will not be returned or photocopied for the student.

Sudden illnesses, pregnancy, injuries and other emergency medical conditions that prevent a student from attending clinical laboratory sessions will be handled by the dean of nursing. A signed statement regarding the condition may be required from a physician.

Social Security Numbers

Clinical opportunities are not available for students without Social Security numbers. Students must have a Social Security number at the time that they apply for admission to the nursing program. International students are advised to contact the Brookhaven College Multicultural Center, Bldg. S, Room S136, concerning this requirement.

Social Security status will be verified by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) prior to taking the N-CLEX exam. This number is also used by some hospitals in the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital District as identification to allow nursing students to chart on patient legal documents.

If you do not have a Social Security number by Success Camp week, you will be asked to withdraw.

Reliable Transportation

A Valid Texas Driver's License is required to attend the Brookhaven College Nursing School.

Students are responsible for their transportation arrangements to campus, field trips and to assigned health care facilities for clinical experience. Clinical assignments may vary from semester to semester or within the semester.

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check

Students accepted into the Nursing Program are required by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check prior to beginning their clinical experience. Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the Nursing Program.

Should a student who has been accepted to the Brookhaven College Nursing Program be prohibited from attending a clinical rotation experience due to findings of a criminal-background check and/or drug screening, the student will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.

Drug Screening
The drug screen follows National Institute on Drug Abuse guidelines and screens for 10 substances, as designated in the Substance Abuse Panel 10, “SAP 10.” These substances are: amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine metabolites, alcohol, marijuana metabolites, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine, and propoxyphene.

Results of these screenings are forwarded to the dean of nursing for review and verification. Students are responsible for all charges incurred.

An individual with a positive drug screen will not be allowed to enroll in any nursing courses for a minimum of 12 months. Prior to enrolling or returning to the clinical agency/rotation, a student must provide proof of a negative drug screen as verified by the college/school.

Criminal Background Check
The criminal-background check reviews a person’s criminal history at least seven years prior to the date of program application. The check will include all cities and counties of the person’s residency during that time period. The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for a clinical rotation:

  • felony convictions;
  • misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons, e.g. physical or sexual abuse;
  • misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude, e.g. prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.;
  • felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances; or
  • registered sex offender.

A student with a positive criminal history must complete a declaratory order with the Texas State Board of Nursing. The Texas State Board of Nursing will review the legal case and determine if they will license such an individual. The Texas State Board of Nursing will notify the student in writing of their decision regarding licensing. A copy of this decision letter from the Texas State Board of Nursing must be submitted with the Nursing Program application by the required application deadline.

If the Texas Board of Nursing approves the individual to take the licensing/credentialing exam, the individual may participate in the clinical portion of the Nursing Program. IF THE BOARD DETERMINES THEY WILL NOT LICENSE A STUDENT, THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ADMISSION INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM.​​​


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