VN Admission Policies

Age Requirement

Vocational Nurse applicants must be at least 17 years old.

The ACCUPLACER Test of the College Board is administered to Vocational Nurse applicants for admission to the program.  Minimum scores for admission are:

Reading 232
Arithmetic 212

The applicant may take each of the Accuplacer tests required for admission to a program up to three (3) times initially, with at least 48 hours between attempts.  If the applicant does not achieve a passing score on the required tests after three  attempts, the applicant must wait two months before retaking the failed test(s).   After the two-month waiting period, the applicant may take the failed Accuplacer test(s) up to three more times.  If the applicant does not achieve a passing score after these three attempts, the applicant must wait one (1) calendar year before retaking all of the Accuplacer tests required for admission to the program.  The applicant will be allowed to take each of the Accuplacertests up to three  times after the one  calendar year waiting period.  If the applicant does not achieve a passing score on each of the required test(s) after these three  attempts, the applicant will not be able to take the Accuplacer tests again for admission to a program at the university.

Applicants with Criminal Convictions

Applicants to the Vocational Nurse Program are required to complete a background check form and pay the background check fee at least one business day prior to the start of classes.  Applicants with criminal convictions should refer to the Supplement for Vocational Nurse Applicants on page 42 for information on BVNPT licensing policies.

Many clinical facilities will not permit applicant nurses (or employees/volunteers) in the facility with certain felony or misdemeanor convictions as part of an overall employment policy.  Stanbridge University cannot admit VN applicants who cannot attain the state mandated requirement of 954 clinical instruction hours.  Accordingly, applicants for admission with a felony conviction will not be granted admission to the university.  Certain types of convictions, regardless of whether a felony or misdemeanor, will result in denial of admission.  These types of convictions include drug/substance abuse offenses, violent crimes and offenses requiring mandatory reporting, such as elder abuse or child abuse.

Applicants with misdemeanor convictions, other than those listed above, may be asked to provide additional information regarding the conviction in order for university administration to make a decision on admission based on the type, age, and gravity of the offense.

Background Check

Some clinical facilities require background checks for all employees, volunteers and students working in the facility, independent of the required licensure background check (see below).  Students will be required to submit their personal information for a background check in order to attend clinical sessions.

  • Each facility judges the background of student nurses with misdemeanors or felonies on an individual basis. Denial of admission to the Vocational Nurse Program for students with convictions will be based on a pattern of convictions, felonies, or certain misdemeanors that will bar a student from completing a clinical rotation.
  • Failure to disclose a previous conviction is typically viewed as seriously as the conviction itself, if not more so.
  • Some clinical facilities require submission of fingerprints as part of the background check.

Vocational Nurse Students Admitted under Alternate Status

Vocational Nurse program students admitted under “Alternate” status are allowed to attend class until the first clinical experience session at a clinical facility.  No more than 10% of the authorized number of students for a class will be enrolled under alternate status.  If these students cannot be accommodated with clinical facility experience due to lack of space, they will be given preference for regular admission to the next program start.

Students enrolled under alternate status will be charged for (and issued) courseware and supplies necessary for the on-campus portion of the curriculum.  If classroom space permits, and the student converts to regular status, tuition will be due immediately.  If classroom space precludes enrolling the alternate status student for the remainder of the Term, they will be enrolled in the next cohort to start at the beginning of the program and tuition (less the amount for courseware and supplies) becomes due for the new program.

Vocational Nurse Program

Vocational Nurse students who have been admitted to the program must indicate all previous coursework taken at other institutions on Stanbridge University’s “Request for Transfer or Competency-based Credit” form.  Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge University, they provide the Registrar of the university with an official transcript of record from a school that is:

  • regionally or nationally accredited;
  • or a program that is approved or accredited by a state board of practical, vocational, or registered nursing;
  • or a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Vocational Nursing Vaccinations

If you are accepted into the Stanbridge University Vocational Nursing program proof of vaccinations for your clinical requirement is due 7 days after your first day of class for both full-time and part-time schedules. If you need any assistance with submitting this request, your Program Administration will be available to assist you during your orientation.

Required Vaccinations

Tuberculosis (TB) Test

  • One negative TB skin test (PPD) OR TB QuantiFERON Gold (blood test) result within the past 6 months OR
    • If TB Skin Test or TB Gold test results are positive, you must get a chest X-Ray indicating negative result. One negative chest X-Ray completed within the past 2 years.

Hepatitis B (3-Dose Series)

  • At least ONE vaccine of the series within 12 months OR Proof of completed vaccination series (3-doses [Energix-B] or 2-doses [Heplisav-B]) OR Quantitative titer (blood test) stating you are immune (positive – result) to Hepatitis B OR
    • If the titer states you are not immune to Hepatitis B, the vaccine series must be repeated.
  • Option – Decline vaccination – but you must sign the Hepatitis B declination form (provided in the VN Office).

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • Proof of previous vaccination OR Titer (blood test) results stating you are immune (positive – result) to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps AND Rubella.
    • If results state that you are not immune to ALL 3, you will need to receive the vaccine.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Proof of previous vaccination OR Titer (blood test) results stating you are immune (positive – result) to Varicella.
    • If results state you are not immune to Varicella, you will need to receive the vaccine.


  • Vaccine administered within the past 10 years.

Physical Exam

  • Completed within the past year.

BLS Card

  • American Heart Association authorized certification only.
    • Must be through American Heart Association.


  • Most clinical partner sites are requiring COVID vaccinations. Proof of at least the first of two doses or the 1 dose vaccination. Second of two dose vaccinations must occur within 2-3 weeks after first and can be uploaded at that time.

Flu Shot – Seasonal

  • Please visit your health care provider or a local pharmacy/clinic to receive your shot. Required when clinicals are conducted in any months between September and March.