What programs of study do you offer in the Master of Science program?

We offer several tracks towards earning a master’s degree here at the College. They include:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – 48 cr. hrs.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – 48 cr. hrs.
  • Nursing Administration – 34 cr. hrs.
  • Nursing Education – 34 cr. hrs.

Do all programs of study require clinical experience?

Yes, each one of our master’s tracks requires a specific number of hours spent in the clinical setting. The number of hours required for each track is:

  • Nurse Practitioner – 650 hrs.
  • Nursing Administration – 150 hrs.
  • Nursing Education – 150 hrs.

When can I apply?

Nursing Administration and Nursing Education Tracks

  • Application period for Fall Semester admission: September 1–February 1

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) tracks admit only Fall Semester, which begins in August

  • Application period for Fall Semester admission: September 1–February 1

How can I apply?

If you wish to apply you may complete our online application or you may download and complete the PDF version.

What are the admission requirements?

Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited program; accreditation by either NLNAC or CCNE
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate nursing program (2.75-2.99 considered in provisional non-matriculated status for Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration tracks)
  • PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate Statistics and Research courses with a letter grade of “C” or better in both
  • Current unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio RN licensure
  • Two Letters of Reference (from individuals such as: work supervisors, professional colleagues, and former faculty members)
  • Transcripts – All college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, must be sent directly to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Attention Master of Science Program.
  • One page, typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate studies
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • One year of recent clinical experience is recommended
  • Face to face or phone interview for qualified applicants (at discretion of Graduate Faculty)
  • A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students
  • Submission of all requirements of the application process

Who all is required to submit TOEFL scores?

TOEFL scores must be submitted by international students whose native language is not English.

I have taken ESL classes. Will you accept those instead?

No. You must take the TOEFL.

I have lived in the U.S. for several years now and do speak English. Do I still have to take the TOEFL?

This is at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Please contact the Admissions Office if this is the case.

What all do I need to submit as part of the application process?

When you apply, be sure to submit all of the following materials:

  • Application
  • Application fee ($30.00)
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. All college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, must be sent directly or electronically submitted by the institution to Mount Carmel College of Nursing Masters of Science Program
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • One page, typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate studies

Is there anything else I will need to submit?

Yes. When accepted you will need to submit:

  • Health history form
  • Copy of current CPR card
  • Copy of current TB skin test results

What CPR certifications will you accept?

The college will accept the following CPR certifications from both the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross:

American Heart Association

  1. BLS for the Health Care Provider
  2. Instructor/Trainer/Faculty

American Red Cross

  1. CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  2. Instructor/Trainer/Faculty

Must my CPR certification and TB skin test results be current?

Yes. CPR and TB skin test results must be current through the end of any semester of enrollment.

What is the cost per credit hour for graduate level courses?

The cost per credit hour for all classes that are part of any of our master’s level program is $495.00.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, federal loans and grant programs are available to students. Please be sure to complete your FAFSA and have it sent to Mount Carmel in order to determine what you are eligible for. Mount Carmel’s code for the FAFSA is 030719. Also, a limited number of scholarships are available.

How often are students admitted?

Students are admitted in the fall (August) semester for all tracks.

How long does it take to get a Master of Science degree?

Our nurse practitioner tracks can be completed in five (5) semesters if attending full-time or in seven (7) semesters if attending on a part-time basis.

All other master’s tracks take 7-8 semesters.

You must complete your specific program within 5 years of admission.

Are any courses available online?

Yes. There are five (5) core courses which can be taken online for any of the master’s tracks.

The Nurse Practitioner track has two direct care courses offered online.

Furthermore, if you select the Nursing Education track, all courses are offered online.

Online courses are solely taught in the virtual setting within virtual classrooms and discussions.

Are there any other graduation requirements besides the required courses?

Yes. Students must complete ten (10) hours of community service.

Can you define “community service”?

Community service is service that requires the application of one’s skills as an RN to meet identified community needs of vulnerable and at risk populations in accordance with the College’s mission and Catholic identity.

If I already have a master’s degree, can I earn a Certificate in any of your Master’s programs?

Yes you can. The type of certificates available and the number of credit hours required in order to earn it include:

  • Adult Gero/Acute – 26 cr. hrs.†
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – 26 cr. hrs.*
  • Nursing Education – 12 cr. hrs.
  • Nursing Administration – 12 cr. hrs.

† Must already have a NP certification in Family or Adult NP

* If you have not previously taken courses work in Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology and Advanced Health Assessment you will be required to complete 9 hrs. of direct care core courses in order to receive the Nurse Practitioner certificate.

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about our Graduate Certificate Programs. Select the question you would like the answer to below.

Should you have questions beyond these please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Anne Hinze.

Is this program available online?

The Nursing Education Graduate Certificate is offered online. The Nursing Administration and Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate are offered only on-site.

How long will it take to complete the program?

Full-time students can complete the program in three to four semesters.

Will I need a computer?

Yes, you will need a computer with personal access to the internet.

Is there a practicum required?

Option to waive the NURS 747 Educator Practicum for the Graduate Certificate student if evidence of professional teaching experience is provided. Certificate would be awarded upon successful completion of NURS 742, 746, 743. The Nurse Practitioner tracks have 650 hours and the Nursing Administration has a 150 hour (2 semester) capstone course.

When do you accept applications to the graduate certificate program?

Admission applications are accepted for Fall Semester, Spring Semester and Summer Session.

When will my application be considered?

Your application can be considered when all of the following information has been provided:

  • Completed application
  • $30 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous colleges and universities
  • Current resume
  • Goal Statement

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about our Traditional Four Year Program. Select the question you would like the answer to below.

Should you have questions beyond these please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

I have been convicted of a misdemeanor (or felony). Am I still able to apply to Mount Carmel and would I be able to obtain a license as a registered nurse?

Depending on the severity of the misdemeanor or felony charge the college may be able to accept you as a student and you may be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Any student who indicates on their application that they have been convicted will have the opportunity to speak with the College Compliance Officer about the matter in order to discern whether admission and becoming a nurse is possible.

Is it still possible to be accepted if I do not have an ACT of 20 or an SAT of 950?

The likelihood of being accepted decreases with a score below these recommendations.

What grades must I earn in the high school curriculum?

You must earn a “C” or better. We will not accept a “C-“or anything lower.

What can I do if I did not take one or more of these classes in high school or they were not worth one (1) full credit?

You can take them at the college level. 100 level courses are the equivalent. If you are missing a lab science, be sure the course you sign up for has a lab component.

I earned my GED. Am I still required to complete all the high school course work?

Yes.

I’m coming from another college. Will courses transfer from my school?

It is very possible that course work will transfer. However, only our evaluator can make that determination. When you apply your transcripts will be reviewed.

I attended an international college/university. Can Mount Carmel evaluate that transcript for transfer credit?

Unfortunately, MCCN does not directly evaluate international college/university transcripts. They must first be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). You must request that the institution send WES a transcript. WES will evaluate and then send us the results. In turn we will determine if any of the courses will be taken.

Is there any possibility I may have to take course work over?

Yes, it is possible. We require that science courses (e.g. Anatomy & Physiology, Organic Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, etc.) be no more than five years old when you begin at MCCN. If they are, you have two options:

  • Retake the courses either before you attend or once you are here.
  • Schedule a placement exam with our registrar to test out of the course. Each test costs $100. Our registrar will put you in touch with one of our faculty members who you will take the test with and discuss what will be covered. You can discuss what all will be covered.

What if my application and additional materials arrive after the deadline?

We will accept applications and materials so long as they are postmarked on or before the application deadline. If they arrive after the deadline and are not postmarked appropriately they will be considered late.

Can my official transcripts for both high school and college come directly from me?

You may personally submit both high school and college transcripts with your application. However, they must come in a signed and sealed envelope from the institution. The only exception to this rule is if you were home schooled. If you were not home schooled and either transcript arrives open, it will be considered unofficial and will not be accepted.

What is the TOEFL and why would I need to take it?

The TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language, and you must take this exam if English is not your native language.

I have taken ESL classes. Will you accept those instead?

No. You must take the TOEFL.

I have lived in the U.S. for several years now and do speak English. Do I still have to take the TOEFL?

This is at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Please contact the Admissions Office if this is the case.

I am a non-immigrant international student in the United States. Am I eligible?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is not an I-20 granting institution. We can accept international students only if they are Permanent Residents or do not require I-20 documentation. Please check the status of your visa.

What must my admission essay be about and how long must it be?

Essay topics vary and are listed in the application. Please select one and write a maximum of 500 words.

My essay is over 500 words. I’ve tried to shorten it, but I’m still over. Is that ok?

Yes.

What is this alternate essay?

The alternate essay is an option for those to write about and explain how a personal hardship (e.g. death of a family member, serious illness, learning disability, etc.) may have inhibited them from performing as well as they could have in school.

What should my resume include?

Include any of the following:

  • Work experience
  • Community service
  • Honors/awards
  • Leadership roles held
  • Hobbies/interests
  • Clubs/organizations you are a member of

When will I be notified of a decision on my application?

The admissions committee meets once a month starting in October. Meetings are typically held at the end of the month. If your application is complete and assessed at the meeting you will be notified by email.

Can you tell me over the phone if I have been accepted?

No.

How many applications do you receive each year?

On average, we receive 600 applications.

How many upper classman transfers do you accept each year?

No figure can be provided on this. It is dependent upon our attrition. Each year may vary.

Will I need to be CPR certified? If so what classes will you accept?

Yes. We will accept the following CPR certifications:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Professional
  • Red Cross
  • Military Training Institute

Are there any health requirements prior to enrolling in MCCN?

Yes. Once you confirm your attendance, the Admissions Office will mail you documentation asking for medical history and immunizations.

Can I work while enrolled in the program?

Students are welcome to work should they choose. Employment opportunities are available within the College as well as the Mount Carmel Health System. Please understand we cannot guarantee each student employment.

Are there any benefits that come with working in the Mount Carmel Health System while going to school?

Yes, there are several benefits which include:

  • Networking
  • Paid position

Will there be an Orientation for students accepted to the program?

Yes. An information session will be given by the Registrar’s Office. There is also a new student orientation shortly before school begins.

When do classes meet?

Class, lab and clinical times will vary depending on clinical and lab availability.

Will I have classes in the evening or on weekends?

Students need to maintain flexibility in scheduling. Evening or weekend clinicals and labs could be scheduled.

Who teaches the courses and where?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing faculty teach all theory courses. Clinical experiences are planned for one of the three Columbus hospitals in the Mount Carmel Health System or local healthcare facilities. Clinical activities have oversight by College faculty, sometimes with involvement of nurse preceptors.

When are the breaks in the year?

There are several breaks and days off during the academic year. Students will have a Fall Break in October, a Winter Break in March, and a Summer Break in May. Students will have time off for:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Students taking Summer classes will have Independence Day off.

What other type of equipment will I need to purchase?

Students will need to purchase a lab coat, student uniform, College of Nursing uniform patch, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, calipers, penlight and wrist watch. Information regarding where to purchase these items will be provided to students after admission to the program.

How many credit hours are required to graduate?

Students must earn 128 credit hours to graduate.

Upon completion of the program what degree will I earn?

Upon completion of the curriculum, Mount Carmel College of Nursing will confer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

When I graduate am I then a Registered Nurse (RN)?

No. Graduates must pass the licensing exam to become an RN. Oversight for this exam is through the Ohio Board of Nursing. We will provide graduates with details about scheduling the NCLEX-RN exam.

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about our Second Degree Accelerated Program. Select the question you would like the answer to below.

Should you have questions beyond these please do contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

How do I know if nursing is for me?

Nursing is a profession that combines the art of caring and compassion with science and health-related technolo- gies. Successful nursing students need good study habits, excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, confidence, determination, and an eagerness to learn. Nurses today have flexibility in their working schedules and more options than ever before about what kind of work they do, where they do it, and when they work. A nursing career is filled with endless personal and professional rewards.

Why has this program been established?

There are many different educational programs for nursing. The Second Degree Accelerated Program is designed to admit non-nurse baccalau- reate (or higher) graduates and provide the education necessary to complete the BSN and the qualifications to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Who is eligible to apply for this program?

College graduates with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) who have an interest in and aptitude for a career as a professional nurse may be eligible for this program. Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater before they can apply. The necessary prerequi- site courses must be completed before January 2, 2018.

I am a non-immigrant international student studying in the United States. Am I eligible to apply to the Second Degree Accelerated Program?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is not an I-20 granting institution. We can accept international students only if an I-20 granting institution. We can accept international students only if they are Permanent Residents or do not require I-20 documentation.

Will there be an Orientation for students accepted to the program?

There will be an Orientation in early December for students accepted into the program. Attendance at Orientation is mandatory in order to start the program in January.

Is financial aid available?

Financial Aid information is available at http://www.mccn.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid.

What is the length of this program?

The program is 13 months and begins with the start of Spring Semester (January) each year. The program requires three consecutive terms of full-time study and consists of 84 semester credits (20 courses). A new class will start each January and finish the following year in early February.

How is all of the information covered in such a short period of time?

Course and nursing clinical sessions are blocked to provide a more efficient method of delivery in a shorter period of time. A typical day consists of eight to ten hours of class time, lab, and/or nursing clinical activities.

How can the necessary clinicals be covered in just one year?

The program is just over one calendar year [January to early February]. The College has scheduled clinical courses from the sophomore, junior and senior years of the regular pre-licensure curriculum, along with other required courses to offer the program in 13 months.

When do classes meet?

Class, lab and clinical times will vary depending on clinical and lab availability. Students must be flexible for day and evening scheduling.

How many hours should I plan for class and clinical activities per week?

The accelerated pace of this program will require 40 hours per week in class, lab and clinical.

How much study time should I plan for each week?

Students should plan for at least 20-30 hours outside of class and clinical time for course assignments and review of class materials.

Will I have classes in the evening or on weekends?

Students must have flexible schedules that will accommodate evening or weekend classes & clinicals.

When are the breaks in the program?

There are six holidays throughout the program, plus a short break in April and two week breaks in August and Christmas through the New Year.

Can I take family vacations during the 13 months of the program?

Vacations can only be taken during the scheduled breaks.

Is this an online program?

No. This program is offered only in a face- to-face format. Some components of the program may be enhanced with online learning, and a computer is strongly recom- mended, but the majority of the content is delivered in class, lab & clinicals.

Will I need a computer in order to complete the program?

  • Desktop or Laptop Computer (PC, Mac, or Linux) with adequate RAM, Hard Drive space, and processing speed
  • Access to the Internet via high-speed connection (Cable, DSL, fiber, WiMax, etc.)
  • Internet browser software such as Internet Explorer 8.0 (or higher), Firefox 5.0 (or higher), or Safari
  • Most recent versions of Adobe PDF Reader (or comparable product)
  • Adobe Flash Player (appropriate to browser)
  • Multi-purpose video player, such as VLC Media Player
  • Audio card and computer speakers for online media content
  • If using a Windows operating system (Vista, Windows 7, etc.), updated anti-virus software Office productivity suite capable of creating/editing/ reading MS Office 2010 file versions. Acceptable products include:
    • OpenOffice.org
    • NeoOffice
    • thinkfree
    • StarOffice
    • IBM Lotus Symphony
    • Microsoft Office

Who teaches the courses and where?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing faculty teach all theory courses. Clinical experiences are planned for one of the four Columbus hospitals in the Mount Carmel Health System or local healthcare facilities. Clinical activities have oversight by College faculty, sometimes with involvement of nurse preceptors.

Do I have to take two semesters of anatomy and physiology as prerequisites?

We have indicated the prerequisite as “Anatomy & Physiology I & II” because that is the format in which Mount Carmel offers these two courses. Many schools teach Anatomy in one term and Physiology in another term. However, in either case you would need two courses in order to cover the entire body systems. If there is more than one choice at your institution, choose the course for science majors.

Must I complete the prerequisite courses by the application deadline?

No. You may submit your applications to Mount Carmel College of Nursing while in the process of completing prerequi- site courses. You will be asked to communicate to us the prerequisite courses completed and the courses you still need to complete. You are required to have all prerequisites completed by the time you begin the program in January. You can be admitted pending successful completion of all prerequisites maintain- ing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.

How do I know what courses will transfer from my previous degree(s)?

It is highly recommended that you request a transcript evaluation prior to applying. Transcript evaluation is available for a $25 fee. Complete the Transcript Evaluation Request form. *Arrange for official college transcripts to be sent to MCCN. The completed evaluation will be e-mailed to you, other- wise Mount Carmel College of Nursing will complete a transfer credit evaluation as part of your application process.

What type of equipment will I need to purchase?

Students will need to purchase a lab coat, student uniform, College of Nursing uniform patch, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, calipers, penlight, and wrist watch. Information regarding where to purchase these items will be provided to students after admission to the Program.

Are there other program requirements in addition to the course?

All students enrolled in the Second Degree Accelerated Program must complete 10 clock hours of Community Service (outside of class hours) in order to meet graduation requirements.

How many credit hours are required to graduate?

The graduation requirement is 128 semester hours. You will complete 84 semester credits at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, plus the prerequisite credit to equal the total 128 required semester hours.

What degree will I earn?

Upon completion of the program, Mount Carmel College of Nursing will confer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

When I graduate am I then a Registered Nurse (RN)?

No. Graduates must pass the licensing exam to become a RN. Oversight for this exam is through the Ohio Board of Nursing. We will provide graduates with details about scheduling the NCLEX-RN exam.

Can I work while enrolled in this program?

Because of the number of classroom and clinical hours required in the Second Degree Accelerated Program, enrolled students are strongly advised NOT to work, given the rigor associated with completing degree require- ments. Involvement at this accelerated pace (40 hrs/week) will lead to a time commit- ment equivalent to full-time employment. In addition, at least 20-30 hours outside of class and clinical will be spent on course assignments and review of course materials.

What happens if I must withdraw from the program for any reason?

Only those students who can commit to the 13 months of the program and who are totally serious about finishing with their cohort should start the program. A student unable to continue for any reason will be dropped from the program and considered for placement in the regular undergraduate pre-licensure program. There is no option for re-entry into the Second Degree Accelerated Program.

Do you have on-campus residence facilities?

For students wishing to live on campus, MCCN has two Student Residence Halls adjacent to the college for easy access to classes and the faculty. The new Halls offer apartment style living, housing four students per unit. Also, students, both commuter and resident, have access to three on campus dining options: the Hospital cafeteria, Wendy’s and Tim Horton’s.

How is the five-year requirement for science courses calculated?

The 5-year requirement for science courses is calculated from the date classes start for SDAP. If classes start January, 2013, then the course(s) would need to have been taken between January 2008 and January 2013. If course(s) were completed before Jan, 2008, then the course(s) need to be re-taken or proficiency tests must be completed successfully. Proficiency testing is available and can be arranged through Records and Registration.

I have been convicted of a misdemeanor (or felony). Am I still able to apply to Mount Carmel and would I be able to obtain a license as a registered nurse?

Depending on the severity of the misdemeanor or felony charge the College may be able to accept you as a student and you may be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Any student who indicates on their application that they have been convicted will have the opportunity to speak with the College Compliance Officer about the matter in order to discern whether admission and becoming a nurse is possible.

Can I apply before I have earned the degree?

Yes. However, you must earn your degree by June of the year you apply.

Can I take the prerequisite courses at Mount Carmel?

No. Unfortunately we are unable to offer these courses on site.

Where can I take the prerequisite courses?

If you are local, you may take these courses at either Columbus State Community College or The Ohio State University. Each school offers transfer equivalents.

How can I find out what the equivalents are at these schools?

You can download a copy of our transfer matrix from the website.

What if my application and additional materials arrive after the deadline?

We will accept applications and materials so long as they are postmarked on or before the application deadline. If they arrive after the deadline and are not postmarked appropriately, they will be considered late.

Are there any breaks?

Yes. Students have a winter, summer, and fall break as well as the following holidays off

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving

Can I work while in this program?

Because of the rigors of this program, students are not encouraged to work. However, the College cannot stop a student from seeking employment.

Is there any way to have my transcripts reviewed by the evaluator before I apply?

Yes. You must complete a preliminary transcript evaluation form. This form can be downloaded from our website.

I attended an international college/university. Can Mount Carmel evaluate that transcript for transfer credit?

Unfortunately, MCCN does not directly evaluate international college/university transcripts. They must first be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). You must request that the institution send WES a transcript. WES will evaluate and then send us the results. In turn we will determine if any of the courses will be taken.

Is there any possibility I may have to take course work over?

Yes, it is possible. We require that science courses (e.g. Anatomy & Physiology, Organic Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, etc.) be no more than five years old when you begin at MCCN. If they are you have two options:

  • Retake the courses before attending.
  • Schedule a placement exam with our registrar to test out of the course. Each test costs $100. Our registrar will put you in touch with a faculty member who will administer the exam. They can discuss what will be covered.

What is the TOEFL and why must I take it?

The TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language and you must take it if English is not your native language.

I have taken ESL classes. Will you accept those instead?

No. You must take the TOEFL.

I have lived in the U.S. for several years now and do speak English. Do I still have to take the TOEFL?

This is at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Please contact the Admissions Office if this is the case.

I am a non-immigrant international student in the United States. Am I eligible to apply?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is not an I-20 granting institution. We can accept international students only if they are Permanent Residence or do not require I-20 documentation. Please check the status of your visa.

What must my admission essay be about and how long must it be?

Applicants must write an essay of 300 words or less on the following topic: As a future nurse, what do you think you will contribute to nursing?

My essay is over 300 words. I’ve tried to shorten it, but I’m still over. Is that ok?

Yes.

What should my resume include?

Include any of the following:

  • Work experience
  • Community service
  • Honors/awards
  • Leadership roles held
  • Hobbies/interests
  • Clubs/organizations you are a member of

When will I be notified of a decision on my application?

Students will be notified end of July/early August.

Can you tell me over the phone or via e-mail if I have been accepted?

No.

Will I need to be CPR certified? If so what classes will you accept?

Yes. We will accept the following CPR certifications:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Professional
  • Red Cross
  • Military Training Institute

Are there any health requirements prior to enrolling in MCCN?

Yes. Once you confirm your attendance the Admissions Office will mail you documentation asking for medical history and immunizations.

Will there be an orientation for student accepted to the program?

Yes. Information about orientation will be given by the Registrar’s Office.

When do classes meet?

Class, lab and clinical times will vary depending on clinical and lab availability.

Will I have classes in the evening or on weekends?

Students need to maintain flexibility in scheduling. Evening or weekend clinicals and labs could be scheduled.

Who teaches the courses and where?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing faculty teach all theory courses. Clinical experiences are planned for one of the three Columbus hospitals in the Mount Carmel Health System or local healthcare facilities. Clinical activities have oversight by College faculty, sometimes with involvement of nurse preceptors.

What other type of equipment will I need to purchase?

Students will need to purchase a lab coat, student uniform, College of Nursing uniform patch, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, calipers, penlight and wrist watch. Information regarding where to purchase these items will be provided to students after admission to the program.

How many credit hours are required to graduate?

Students must earn 126 semester hours to graduate.

Upon completion of the program what degree will I earn?

Upon completion of the curriculum, Mount Carmel College of Nursing will confer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

When I graduate am I then a Registered Nurse (RN)?

No. Graduates must pass the licensing exam to become an RN. Oversight for this exam is through the Ohio Board of Nursing. We will provide graduates with details about scheduling the NCLEX-RN exam.

FAQs

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about our Advanced Placement Program. Select the question you would like the answer to below.

Should you have questions beyond these, please do contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

I have been convicted of a misdemeanor (or felony). Am I still able to apply to Mount Carmel and would I be able to obtain a license as a registered nurse?

Depending on the severity of the misdemeanor or felony charge the college may be able to accept you as a student and you may be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Any student who indicates on their application that they have been convicted will have the opportunity to speak with the College Compliance Officer about the matter in order to discern whether admission and becoming a nurse is possible.

What if my application and additional materials arrive after the deadline?

We will accept applications and materials postmarked on or before the application deadline. If they arrive after the deadline and are not postmarked appropriately, they will be considered late.

When does the program start?

The program starts once a year in May. Students must have all the requirements complete by then (no exceptions).

Is there any way to have my transcripts reviewed by the evaluator before I apply?

Yes. You must complete a preliminary transcript evaluation form available for download from our website.

I attended an international college/university. Can Mount Carmel evaluate that transcript for transfer credit?

Unfortunately, MCCN does not directly evaluate international college/university transcripts. They must first be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). You must request that the institution send WES a transcript. WES will evaluate and then send us the results. In turn we will determine if any of the courses will be taken.

Is there any possibility I may have to take course work over?

Yes it is possible. We require that science courses (e.g. Anatomy & Physiology, Organic Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, etc.) be no more than five years old when you begin at MCCN. If they are, you have two options:

  • Retake the courses either before you attend or once you are here.
  • Schedule a placement exam with our registrar to test out of the course. Each test costs $100. Our registrar will put you in touch with the faculty member who will administer the exam. They can discuss what will be covered.

What is the TOEFL and why must I take it?

The TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language and you must take this exam if English is not your native language.

I have taken ESL classes. Will you accept those instead?

No. You must take the TOEFL.

I have lived in the U.S. for several years now and do speak English. Do I still have to take the TOEFL?

This is at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Please contact the Admissions Office if this is the case.

I am a non-immigrant international student in the United States. Am I eligible?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is not an I-20 granting institution. We can accept international students only if they are Permanent Residence or do not require I-20 documentation. Please check the status of your visa.

What must my admission essay be about and how long must it be?

Essay topics vary and are listed in the application. Please select one and write a maximum of 300 words.

My essay is over 300 words. I’ve tried to shorten it, but I’m still over. Is that ok?

Yes.

What is this alternate essay?

The alternate essay is an option for those to write about and explain how a personal hardship (e.g. death of a family member, serious illness, learning disability, etc.) may have inhibited them from performing as well as they could have in school.

What should my resume include?

Include any of the following:

  • Work experience
  • Community service
  • Honors/awards
  • Leadership roles held
  • Hobbies/interests
  • Clubs/organizations you are a member of

When will I be notified of a decision on my application?

The admissions committee meets once a month starting in October. Meetings are typically held at the end of the month. If your application is complete and goes to the meeting, you will be notified at the end of the month or possibly the beginning of the following month depending on the mail.

Can you tell me over the phone or via e-mail if I have been accepted?

No.

Will I need to be CPR certified? If so what classes will you accept?

Yes. We will accept the following CPR certifications:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Professional
  • Red Cross
  • Military Training Institute

Are there any health requirements prior to enrolling in MCCN?

Yes. Once you confirm your attendance the Admissions Office will mail you documentation asking for medical history and immunizations.

Can I work while enrolled in the program?

Students are welcome to work should they choose. Employment opportunities are available within the college as well as the Mount Carmel Health System. Please understand we cannot guarantee each student employment.

Are there any benefits that come with working in the Mount Carmel Health System while going to school?

Yes, there are several benefits which include:

  • Networking
  • Paid position

Will there be an Orientation for student accepted to the program?

Yes. Information about orientation will be given by the Registrar’s Office.

When do classes meet?

Class, lab and clinical times will vary depending on clinical and lab availability.

Will I have classes in the evening or on weekends?

Students need to maintain flexibility in scheduling. Evening or weekend clinicals and labs could be scheduled.

Who teaches the courses and where?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing faculty teach all theory courses. Clinical experiences are planned for one of the three Columbus hospitals in the Mount Carmel Health System or local healthcare facilities. Clinical activities have oversight by College faculty, sometimes with involvement of nurse preceptors.

When are the breaks in the year?

There are several breaks and days off during the academic year. Students will have a Fall Break in October, a Winter Break in March, and a Summer Break in May. Students will have time off for:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day.
  • Students taking Summer classes will have Independence Day off.

What other type of equipment will I need to purchase?

Students will need to purchase a lab coat, student uniform, College of Nursing uniform patch, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, calipers, penlight and wrist watch. Information regarding where to purchase these items will be provided to students after admission to the program.

Are there other program requirements in addition to the courses?

All students must complete 20 clock hours of community service (outside of class hours) in order to meet graduation requirements.

How many credit hours are required to graduate?

Students must earn 128 credit hours to graduate (includes transfer credit and credit earned at MCCN).

Upon completion of the program what degree will I earn?

Upon completion of the curriculum, Mount Carmel College of Nursing will confer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

When I graduate am I then a Registered Nurse (RN)?

No. Graduates must pass the licensing exam to become an RN. Oversight for this exam is through the Ohio Board of Nursing. We will provide graduates with details about scheduling the NCLEX-RN exam.