Applications are reviewed monthly from August until May. Applications will be considered and reviewed at the discretion of the Admission, Retention, Promotion, and Graduation Committee. Applicants will be notified of their admission in writing after a review is completed.

Application Procedure

The applicant must submit the following to the Coordinator of Student Affairs:

  1. A completed Application for Admission, including the Essential Functions for Students of Nursing form, and $40.00 application fee. 
  2. Official transcripts from all high schools, and postsecondary institutions. An official transcript is one that is mailed directly to the School of Nursing by high schools and colleges/universities.
  3. Three letters of recommendation using the provided Personal Reference Form.  
  4. A Pre-Admission Interview will be arranged by the Coordinator of Student Affairs.
  5. Graham Hospital Association makes a Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) check on all new hires, which includes fingerprinting. This criminal background check includes students applying to Graham Hospital School of Nursing.
  6. Applicants must also complete a drug screening test prior to the start of the semester.

Minimum Requirements for Admission *

1.  The applicant must have graduated from a state-approved high school, with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, or have obtained a high school equivalency, and received a grade of “C” or better in each of the following courses at either high school or college level (1 unit equals 1 year of high school or 1 semester of college):
     A.  English…………………………………………………… 3 units
     B.  Algebra…………………………………………………… 2 units
     (2 years of high school or one semester intermediate college algebra)
     C.  Geometry………………………………………………… 1 unit
     (1 year of high school or one semester college geometry)
     D.  Biology…………………………………………………… 1 unit
     (High School within last 5 years or college BIO 105 or equivalent)
     E.  Social Sciences………………………………………………. 2 units
     F.  Chemistry (recommended)………………………. 1 unit

2.  Consideration will be given to applicants who do not meet the above requirements but have demonstrated success on the college level by completing at least seven transfer credits, including a science, with a 2.75 GPA.

3.  The applicant must have a favorable criminal background check from the Illinois State Police and a negative drug screening done by Graham Hospital.

*All applicants need to be aware that meeting standards at the minimum level does not ensure admission to the school.

4.  Acceptance

     A.  A letter confirming or denying admission will be sent to the applicant.

     B.  Upon acceptance of admission a non-refundable fee of $75.00 is required.

     C.  The Cumulative Health and Immunization Report (school form) must be completed by August 1st.

     D.  A current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) – Health Care Provider card must be obtained by the first day of class.

Support Courses

Students seeking admission to Graham Hospital School of Nursing apply directly to an accredited college of their choice for the completion of support courses. While students may attend any college, the School of Nursing has established a cooperative relationship with Spoon River College for the purpose of providing support courses.

An applicant may be admitted to Spoon River College by one or more of the following ways:

1.  Documenting graduation from an accredited high school.

2.  Transferring from another college or university.

3.  Providing proof of successful completion of a high school equivalency.

4.  Special admissions situations will be reviewed on an individual basis by Spoon River College.

Application Procedure for Spoon River College

1.  All applicants (credit, non-credit, and audit candidates) must submit online a completed application form to the Admissions Office, Spoon River College, 23235 N. County 22, Canton, Illinois 61520. Contact the Admissions Office for appropriate procedures or visit the website at

2.  An optional Associate in General Studies degree may be awarded through Spoon River College. A student must be enrolled in Spoon River College and meet all requirements for graduation. Contact Spoon River College for details.


Students who do not complete the nursing program, either through withdrawal or academic failure, may be allowed one readmission based on space availability and committee approval, with the exception of NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing Concepts. Repeating NUR 110 will not be counted toward a student’s one readmission. It is recommended that no more than 12 months elapse between withdrawal and readmission. Students applying for readmission must submit a written petition and must meet all current admission requirements.

Readmission is competitive, and selection is based on the applicant’s overall performance, on the current program objectives, on space availability, and on committee approval. As with initial admission, the most qualified applicants will be given first consideration for readmission.

Transfer Students and Transfer of Credit Policy

Transfer students from other nursing programs are accepted through completion of the regular admission criteria. Applicants are considered on an individual basis for course placement. Transfer students must be enrolled in and successfully complete all courses at Graham Hospital School of Nursing a minimum of one year prior to graduation. 

Transfer students must meet the same requirements as those in the class to which they are seeking admission. The applicant is required to:

  1. Have completed comparable subjects and content courses, reviewed by appropriate faculty and the Coordinator of Student Affairs.
  2. Submit official transcript(s) and course description(s) from previous nursing schools and colleges for transfer credit. Nursing credits must have been earned within the past three years. 

At Graham Hospital School of Nursing, transfer credits will be reviewed and accepted at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Affairs and Director. Grades of C or better are required for all accepted transfer credits. 



International Student Application

International students must meet the same admission qualifications as other students in the program. Transcripts from secondary schools and/or postsecondary institutions must be official, recorded in English, and sent directly to the School of Nursing. To receive federal financial aid, the school must have a valid Student Aid RTeport on record stating that citizenship status has been confirmed by Homeland Security and that they meet the citizenship requirements for federal student aid.

Advanced Placement of LPNs

Advance Placement of LPNs is based on space availability.

Applicants who have graduated from practical nursing programs may be eligible for advanced placement after satisfactory completion of the following:

1.  Application procedure.

2.  Official transcript from LPN program attended.

3.  Evidence of current LPN licensure.

Applicants who are eligible for licensure may petition to waive the licensure requirement.

4.  Satisfactory completion of BIO 200 and BIO 201 (Anatomy & Physiology), PSY 130 (Gen. Psychology), HS 106 (Nutrition), or their equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

5.  A current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) – Health Care Provider card must be obtained by the first day of class.

Credit for Prior Learning

Applicants who have met the criteria for advanced placement shall receive 15 nursing credits toward the completion of our diploma program and will enter the program at the 2nd year, taking NUR 210 during the fall semester. 

Full- and Part-Time Status

A full-time student is defined as a student who is registered for 12 or more semester hours per academic semester. A student who is registered for less than 12 hours is considered part-time.

Students should remain aware of the five-year limitation for completion of the nursing course sequence.

Disability Support Services Policy

In order to initiate services, students must complete the GHSON Disability Support Service Request for Services form, available from the Coordinator of Student Affaisr, and submit appropriate documentation for verification of their disability. The type of accommodation may vary depending on the type of disability.