Frequently Asked Questions
When do you admit students?
We admit students to the nursing program yearly. Students begin their first nursing course in the fall.
How many students do you admit annually?
We are authorized by the Missouri State Board of Nursing to admit up to 56 students per year.
What previous college-level work will meet requirements?
Science and ethics courses over 10 years old will not be accepted. Equivalent courses are determined through a transcript evaluation. This is initiated through application to Avila and review of official transcripts. Students who believe they have knowledge competencies that are not reflected on the transcript evaluation can choose to test for competency in some courses or may petition for further consideration of course equivalency based, for example, on substantiation of course content through course syllabi.
Where do students at Avila receive clinical experiences?
Nursing students participate in clinical courses throughout the nursing program. We offer health care learning experiences in a variety of settings.
What documentation is required to participate in clinical experiences?
Accepted students must:
- Have a current physical examination
- Have a complete health history
- Meet immunization and other clinical agency requirements prior to the beginning of and continuing throughout nursing clinical courses (these requirements are subject to change).
- Complete criminal disclosure information and background check.
- Hold current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) (Health Professional American Heart Association 2 year)
- Submit an initial two-step TB screen and an annual TB screen at the beginning of the second year of the program.
- Carry health insurance coverage while in the nursing major (a health insurance form must reflect company and coverage and be on file in the nursing office).
What resources do you have to assist with my learning?
Avila provides Learning Services for students needing academic support. Career Services offers assistance in resume writing and interviewing skills. The Hooley-Bundschu Library houses hundreds of videos, computer software and interactive videos to assist the nursing student in the learning process. The Nursing Education and Resource Center houses low, medium and high-fidelity simulators to provide practice opportunities in nursing interventions and clinical reasoning.
Do I need a car?
Students must be responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites. Students typically drive themselves or carpool with other students.