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?


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?


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?


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

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 120 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.

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