Admissions Information


General College Admission Policy

Trinity College maintains a selective admission process that provides access to higher education in the health professions for individuals who have the skills and attributes for success in challenging health career programs. Credit is given for accomplishments that are proven to be indicators of success in health programs, including the following evidence:
  • Quality of high school work (overall GPA)
  • ACT if required
  • Previous college credit / GPA, if relevant
  • Quality (GPA) of work in required general education courses, e.g.; Anatomy & Physiology I and II
Students are offered acceptance into an academic program based on committee review of the applications received. Early admission notification for exceptional students will occur on or before December 20. All students will be notified of admission decisions on or before February 1.

Minimum High School Requirements

Students seeking admission directly from high school must have earned the minimum high school course requirements with a C or above.

Application Deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year for admission consideration into the nursing, radiography, respiratory care, health sciences, and graduate nursing programs. Each of the programs has a different start date that affects application deadlines. The College has a suggested timeline for applicants described below.

Associate of Applied Science in Radiography

The radiography program begins in May each year, which is considered a summer start date. Students who wish to be considered for early admission are encouraged to apply to the College no later than November 1. Students who receive early admission into the program are notified on or before December 20. All students not receiving early admission are notified of their admission decision on or before February 1. A radiography information session for all entering students is held late winter-early spring with the program faculty. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria as well as essential functions of the program.

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care

The respiratory care program begins in August each year, which is considered a fall start date. Students who wish to be considered for early admission are encouraged to apply to the College no later than November 1. Students who receive early admission into the program are notified on or before December 20. All students not receiving early admission are notified of their admission decision on or before February 1. A respiratory care information session for all entering students is held late winter-early spring with the program faculty. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria as well as essential functions of the program.

Associate of Science in Nursing

The associate degree nursing program begins in August each year, which is considered a fall start date. Students who wish to be considered for early admission are encouraged to apply to the College no later than November 1. Students who receive early admission into the program are notified on or before December 20. All students not receiving early admission are notified of their admission decision on or before February 1. A nursing information session for all entering students is held late winter-early spring with the program faculty. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria as well as essential functions of the program.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The BSHS program begins each semester (August, January, or May). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students may be admitted into any one on the three semester start dates. This program is offered in a hybrid format (face-to face and online).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Options

The bachelor of science-accelerated nursing program is a second degree program for those students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college. This 15-month program begins in May each year, which is considered a summer start date. Students who wish to be considered for early admission are encouraged to apply to the College no later than November 1. Students who receive early admission into the program are notified on or before December 20. All students not receiving early admission are notified of their admission decision on or before February 1. An orientation session is held the first day of class for the BSN-A students since many are completing their undergraduate degrees just prior to the summer start date at Trinity.

The bachelor of science-basic nursing program begins in August each year, which is considered a fall start date. This program is a six-semester program designed for students who have completed their general education requirements. Students who wish to be considered for early admission are encouraged to apply to the College no later than November 1. Students who receive early admission into the program are notified on or before December 20. All students not receiving early admission are notified of their admission decision on or before February 1. A nursing information session for all entering students is held late winter-early spring with the program faculty.

The bachelor of science-completion nursing program begins each semester (August, January, or May). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students may be admitted into any one of the three semester start dates. This program is primarily offered online. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria as well as essential functions of the program.

Master of Science in Nursing Program

The master of science in nursing program begins each semester (August, January, or May). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students may be admitted in to any one of the three semester start dates (see graduate catalog).

Admission Decisions

The materials of each prospective student are reviewed and careful consideration is given to the information in the application, high school grades (if required), post-secondary grades, test scores, and essays (if required). Admission decisions are based on the review of all materials by a selection committee, which is comprised of the program faculty. Trinity College does not discriminate against prospective students based on race, color, religion, age, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, disability or military status.

When a prospective student has completed the application process, one of the following decisions will be made:
 
  1. Full Acceptance in Good Standing
  2. Conditional Acceptance – After review of the application materials the selection committee defines the conditions of admission in a letter of conditional acceptance. Most often the condition is to satisfactorily complete courses in progress at another college or university and to submit a transcript. Upon completion of the conditions and submission of appropriate evidence, the student will receive a Letter of Acceptance indicating Full Acceptance.
  3. Limited Admission – Students who participate in the Augustana College pre-nursing program and meet the outlined admission requirements for the BA/BSN-Accelerated program at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences may apply to Trinity College during their junior year at Augustana. Accepted students are permitted to attend one nursing course (NUR A101) during the summer session at Trinity. Limited Admission is for the time period between the junior and senior year while enrolled at Augustana. The Limited Admission student in Good Standing returns to Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences the following year after graduation from Augustana to begin the BSN-Accelerated Program.
  4. Denied Acceptance – Students who do not meet the admission requirements of the College are denied admission. An applicant may appeal the decision in writing to the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences. An applicant may re-apply to Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences if he/she fulfills the requirements of admission at a later date.
  5. Wait List – Students who meet the admission criteria for the College and a specific program may be placed on a wait list. Students may be selected from the wait list if a seat becomes available within a specific program. Students placed on a wait list are not guaranteed acceptance.
     

Change of Major or Program Option

Students wishing to change their major or change options within the designated major must:
  1. Withdraw from the current plan of study;
  2. Follow admission policies and procedures for the desired major/program option.

Readmission/Reapplication Policy

Readmission/reapplication pertains to those students who fall into the following categories:
 
  • Students who are unable to progress due to unsuccessful course completion or withdrawal with an intended return date of no more than one calendar year.
  • Students denied admission who must wait one year before re-application.
  • Students who were not admitted from a wait list.
  • Students who filed an incomplete application.
Students who fall in one or more of these categories should:
  • Complete the online college application.
  • Submit a $15.00 nonrefundable fee if within two years of original application.
  • Send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended since leaving the College.
  • Complete all other general admission requirements as applicable.
Nursing Students should refer to ASN/BSN Program Progression Policy.

Background Checks

See policy located under General Standards of Behavior.

High School Requirements

 
Subject
Years of Study
 
Topics
English
4
Emphasizing written and oral communication and literature
Mathematics
3
Algebra (introductory through advanced), geometry, and trigonometry
Social Studies
3
Emphasizing history and government
Science
3
One year each of biology and chemistry, and one additional year of lab science or its equivalent
 
 

Programmatic Admission Requirements and Placement Standards

The following table lists admissions requirements and placement standards for specific programs within Trinity College:

Program Requirements & Placement Standards
Associate of Science in Nursing

 
ACT score of 21 or above or 24 hours of completed college coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.
Cumulative High School GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing –Accelerated Program






 
A baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing discipline.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Completion of all required prerequisite general education courses with a grade of C or higher.
Personal essay in a letter form addressing candidate’s professional attributes, ability to manage an accelerated curriculum and career goals.
Required science courses completed within the last seven years prior to enrollment.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Basic Program


 
Completion of 48 to 52 credits of general education courses with a grade of a C or higher.
Minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher
Required science courses completed within the last seven years prior to enrollment.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Completion Program



 
RN licensure
Minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher
No RN license encumbrances in any state
Must demonstrate organic chemistry and statistic readiness through Compass Math Placement and/or prior coursework..
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography ACT score of 20 or above or 12 hours of completed college coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
Cumulative High School GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Compass Test placement at 100 level math
Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care

 
ACT score of 20 or above or 12 hours of completed college coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
Cumulative High School GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Compass Test placement above Basic Algebra Level.
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences



 
Proof of unencumbered state licensure or certification as a Radiographer, Respiratory Therapist, or other approved allied health profession
Graduation from a professionally accredited allied health program
Minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher
Must demonstrate statistics readiness through Compass Math Placement and/or prior coursework
Master of Science in Nursing  see graduate catalog
 
 
NOTE: Accepted students are required to complete a criminal background check. No student is permitted in a clinical area without verification of a background check. Due to the nature of the curriculum at Trinity College, all students are required to complete CPR for the health care provider prior to entry. Additionally, all students are required to have several immunizations prior to entry. This includes the Hepatitis B series, two step TB testing, and documentation of measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations.

Clinical Performance Standards
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences requires students to be able to perform the following skills while in a clinical setting:
 
Area  
Sensory































 
Hearing
  • Hear normal speaking level sounds
  • Hear faint voices
  • Hear in situations when not able to see lips
  • Hear auditory alarms
  • Hear normal sounds within normal background of noise
Vision
  • Accurately read recording and monitoring equipment and measurement devices used in patient care
  • Use depth perception
  • Use peripheral vision
  • Distinguish color and color intensity
  • Distinguish between shades of gray
  • Visually assess patients, medical results and environment
Touch
  • Feel vibrations
  • Detect unsafe temperature levels; detect environmental temperature
  • Feel differences in surface characteristics
  • Feel differences in sizes, shapes
Smell
  • Detect odors originating from the patient
  • Detect smoke
  • Detect gases or noxious smells
Reading
  • Read and understand written documents
Motor



























 
Gross Motor Skills
  • Move within confined spaces
  • Sit and maintain balance
  • Stand and maintain balance
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Reach below waist
  • Twist, bend, climb, walk, move quickly, stoop/squat
Fine Motor Skills
  • Pick up objects with hands
  • Grasp small objects with hands
  • Write with pen or pencil
  • Key/type
  • Pinch/pick or otherwise work with fingers
  • Squeeze with finger
Physical Strength/Endurance
  • Moving, adjusting and manipulating equipment
  • Strength, mobility, flexibility and coordination to perform client care activities and emergency procedures
  • Ability to perform activities day, afternoon, evening and night
  • Use upper body strength
  • Stand in-place for prolonged periods
  • Sustain repetitive movements
  • Maintain physical tolerance for 8 or 12 hour period
  • Push/pull, support, lift 25 pounds
Emotional, Psychological, Mental Stability








 
  • Effective and empathetic behaviors under stressful and rapidly changing situations related to mechanical, technical, procedural, or client care situations
  • Interact with and respect differences in diverse individuals and groups
  • Establish appropriate emotional boundaries
  • Provide emotional support to others
  • Focus attention on task
  • Monitor own emotions
  • Handle strong emotions
  • Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently
  • Negotiate interpersonal conflict
Communication Skills












 
  • Teach
  • Explain
  • Interpret
  • Give oral reports
  • Interact with others
  • Recognize, interpret, and respond to nonverbal behavior of self and others
  • Speak on the telephone
  • Influence people
  • Legibly document in multiple formats using standard English
  • Convey information through writing
  • Accurately elicit information
  • Establish rapport with patients, fellow students and members of the healthcare team
Critical/Analytical Thinking











 
  • Transfer knowledge from one situation to another
  • Process information
  • Evaluate outcomes
  • Problem solve
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Use long-term memory
  • Use short-term memory
  • Identify cause-effect relationships
  • Plan/control activities for others
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills
  • Sequence information
  • Make safe, immediate, well-reasoned judgments often in unpredictable situations
  • Perform mathematical computations associated with care

Application for Admission Procedure

The applicant must submit the following to be considered for admission to the College:
  1. Completed application with review and acknowledgement of clinical performance standards
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from high school attended (or official high school diploma equivalency results)
  4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  5. Results of the ACT (American College Test) if applicable
  6. Confirmation of fluency in the English language or a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (written), 213 (computer-based), or 79-80 (internet-based) with a score of at least 23 on the speaking portion of the exam if applicable. Information on this test can be obtained at www.toefl.org.
  7. Proof of licensure, if applicable
Application packets may be obtained from the Student Services Department at the College or online at www.trinitycollegeqc.edu

Send all required information to:
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Attn: Admissions
2122 25th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201-5317
 

Verification of High School Completion

  1. Acceptable Formats for High School Transcripts
  • An official transcript is one which is validated, issued, and mailed directly by the previous institution in a sealed institutional envelope to the Student Services Office of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, 2122 25th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201.
  • The College does not accept faxed transcripts.
  • The College does not accept electronic transcripts sent through a recognized third party transcript provider.
  1. Inspection Process
  • If a school has a CEEB code, then the College accepts the credentials unless we have reason to suspect fraud.
  • The College will check each transcript for the school seal and/or signature to determine if the transcript is official.
  • The College does not accept any copies of transcripts.
  1. Tracking Diploma Mills
  • The College has taken steps to track diploma mills. It has established a code to track “unknown” high schools, home school associations, and also codes for a school recognized by a department of education that may not have a CEEB code.
  • If the College receives a transcript from a school that does not have a CEEB code, then research is completed to determine if the school is recognized by the Department of Education in the State.
  • If a school is recognized by the State Department of Education, then the College will create its own code to track the high school and will accept the transcript. However the application may be flagged for review if the College has any question about an unusual grading system.
  • If a school is not recognized by a department of education or has no physical address, then the College will research, usually on the web, to determine if this is a for-profit school or diploma mill. If so, then the College will create a code designating that the school is a diploma mill and make note to not accept the transcript. Student are required to submit a GED before the College will evaluate the application.
  1. Home-Schooled Students
  • For home-schooled students, the student is required to have met the placement standards and high school preparatory requirements.
  1. International Students
  • Students who have a non-English transcript must have a certified translated transcript from a recognized foreign credential evaluation agency.

Admission of Transfer Students

A transfer student is defined as a student who has earned college credit at a postsecondary institution and who desires to transfer or use that credit at another post- secondary institution. Applicants who wish to transfer into the College will be considered for admission after they complete the application process. Transfer students follow the same application schedule as all other students in applying for admission to the College.
 

Transfer Credit

Academic credit is generally accepted only from institutions that are accredited by one of the regional institutional accrediting organizations. The Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences and/or the Registrar must approve transfer credit. Only those credits that are applicable to the student’s curriculum at the College will be accepted for transfer. All transfer credit will be equated to semester hours of credit. All transcripts become the official property of the College and will not be returned or issued to another institution.

Credit that is acceptable for transfer will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average at the College. The student’s transcript will indicate the institutions where the approved transfer courses were taken and the semester hours that were earned. Transfer credit is indicated on the College transcript as credit (CR). Only courses with a grade of C or above (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) will be considered for transfer credit.

To receive credit for previous college coursework from regionally accredited institutions, advanced placement exams (AP), CLEP and DSST exams, official transcripts must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. Applicants may be required to take a proficiency exam to determine the transferability of academic credits from non-accredited sources.
 

CLEP and DSST Credits

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Tests) are both credit-by-examination programs. The subject level exams test the student’s comprehension of the material presented in an equivalent college-level course. For more information contact the registrar at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences or you may visit the websites. The website for CLEP is clep.collegeboard.org; and the website for DSST is getcollegecredit.com.
 

Advanced Placement Credits

Advanced Placement (AP) is a Program designed to recognize high school students who take college-level courses in secondary school. Participating students may opt to take the subject Advanced Placement Exam. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences accepts scores of 3 or higher on placement exams.
 

Transfer Credit Procedure

Transfer credit shall be determined on the following basis:
Recognizing that each College Program is separate, College credit shall only be transferred in for the College Program for which the student has been accepted (i.e. students accepted into the ASN Program will only have those courses required in the ASN Program transferred in at the time of entry). As applicable, additional credit will be transferred upon acceptance into another College Program.
 
Current students seeking transfer credit advisement for an additional program (such as ASN graduates continuing to the BSN-C program) must request a review of transcript(s). Transcripts will be reviewed for relevant transfer credit. This process can be initiated through the registrar.
 

Articulation Agreements

The College maintains articulation agreements with other colleges to provide general education courses for the College’s academic programs.

Registration, billing, and financial aid for all coursework is completed through Trinity College.
 

Dual Credit for High School Students

High school students age sixteen (16) or older who meet placement requirements and course prerequisites may enroll in Trinity College courses. College credit will be granted for each course. The determination of whether a college course is offered for high school credit is made at a post-secondary level according to the policies and practices of each school district. High school students are required to complete a College admissions application; no application fee is required.

Continuing Education Policy

Students who wish to enroll in courses at the College without entering a degree/certificate program must have permission of the course faculty and/or Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences. In addition, students must submit to the Student Services Department:
  • Proof of appropriate licensure (if required)
  • Proof of course prerequisites (if any)
  • Trinity College application form and fee
  • Applicable tuition and fees
  • Health documents (if applicable)
Continuing education students who decide to pursue a degree at Trinity College may petition the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences (in writing) to request that coursework taken under continuing education status be accepted in meeting requirements for a degree. A course grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be obtained for the course to be accepted toward a degree. There is no guarantee that coursework taken as continuing education will be counted toward a degree program.
 

Auditing a Course

Some courses at Trinity College may be audited with permission of the faculty. The faculty member and the auditor determine the auditor’s level of participation in classroom activities by mutual consent. Students who are auditing may not be subject to exams, reports, or projects. Arrangements for auditing must be completed with the related course faculty during the registration period (See registration information). Students who choose to audit a course are charged the posted tuition rate based on the program in which the course resides.