Changes coming to application process for SCC’s LPN program

September 4, 2018 GMT

The application process for prospective licensed practical nursing students at Southeast Community College in Beatrice is being revamped as SCC prepares to transition to a new schedule and curriculum.

Kristin Ruiz, nursing program chair at SCC in Beatrice, said applicants to the LPN program will now go through a more formal application process, submitting resumes listing healthcare experience. Applicants must also supply a standardized test score - an ACT, SAT, or a test supplied by SCC - and be registered as a certified nursing assistant in Nebraska.

Previously, students had to fulfill certain prerequisite coursework to apply for the LPN program. However, changes to SCC’s school calendar and curriculum prompted the revamped application process.

Starting next fall, SCC will shift from quarters to semesters. The last spring quarter will end on June 11, 2019, with the first fall semester beginning on Aug. 26, 2019.

Students are invited to apply from October to December of this year. SCC offers rolling admissions, meaning that there is no specified cut off date for applicants, and the LPN will accept as many students until the program is full.

“It’s pretty much a formal application period,” Ruiz said. “You submit resumes and if doesn’t fill up, even if they don’t make the window, we still can accept them. It’s not like a cut off...We really work hard to take them.”

Ruiz says the new application process will eliminate the need for waitlists for the LPN program, which have popped up in the past. For the summer quarter, SCC ended up accepting all who applied for the LPN program.

“It’s obviously a popular program,” Ruiz said.

The LPN program accepts around 25-30 students per admission window because of the limited number of clinical sites where students can complete hands-on training. The program will admit twice a year, for both full-time and part-time programs.

Ruiz says SCC works hard to accommodate to part-time students by offering both online coursework and a traditional classroom setting.

Those who don’t make the cut can either become program alternates or apply the next time around.

In the summer of 2020, the nursing program and other health sciences programs are expected to move into a wing of a planned 60,000-square-foot classroom facility. The total project is estimated to cost $21.5 million and could be finished by May 2020.

“We want more space - we’re really excited for that,” Ruiz said.

SCC Beatrice Campus Director Bob Morgan said the popularity of the nursing program as SCC lends itself to the school’s experienced faculty.

“It’s a great program,” Morgan said. “It leads to great opportunities for those students. Our faculty are second to none. They’ve been in the field...for a number of years. Their biggest asset is seeing the students succeed.”