Associate Degree Nursing Program

Multicriteria Selection Process

 
 

Implementation Plan

Issue: Implementation of the Multicriteria Selection Process for the ADN Program and transition from the ADN Wait List.

 
Background
To be eligible for admission to the Shasta College Associate Degree Nursing Program, applicants must complete program pre-requisites with a grade of “C” or better, and complete an application for the program.  Over the last years, applicants eligible for admission, were placed on the ADN Wait List in random selection order by date of application submission. This practice resulted in a lengthy Wait List of 200 – 300 applicants waiting 2-3 years to gain admission into the program. 

In August of 2014, AB 548 (which replaces AB 1559) was signed by the California governor providing guidelines for the use of multicriteria selection processes to admit students into nursing programs. The multicriteria selection process is intended to be used to determine enrollments for associate degree nursing programs that have too many applicants to accommodate all applicants that have submitted applications and have met initial enrollment criteria.  A number of the nursing programs in the California Community College system have adopted the multicriteria selection process and more are converting to this process each year.

Healthcare is and has been experiencing many changes that demand a different level of preparation for nursing students upon graduation. The majority of nurses will begin their nursing careers in the acute care hospital where the acuity of patients if more critical than in the past. In response to the need to prepare nurses for this higher level of patient care, the faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing program have examined what changes need to be made in nursing education to better prepare nurses for their roles upon graduation. One of the measures identified to improve student success is to implement the multicriteria selection process. This implementation of a multicriteria selection process will begin with the application filing period of Fall 2018. 

 

Proposed Outcome:
No further applications will be added to the current Wait List effective May 1, 2018. Beginning in the summer of 2017, we will implement notification that Shasta College will begin accepting applicants into the ADN Program through a Multicriteria Selection Process starting in August 2018.  Applicants will be invited into the ADN program using a combination of the Wait List and Multicriteria Selection Process beginning in Spring 2019 and continuing until all the Applicants who have secured a place on the current Wait List have been invited into the program. 

Implementation Process and Timeline:​
Multicriteria Selection Process was written and approved by ADN staff based on the guidelines established in AB 548 regulations.

Ø ​​ ​ADN Program Director, Linda Thomas, ADN Assistant Director, Roxi Redd. Academic Staff: Laurie Bish, Boo Hage, Brian Busk, Angela Nitsche, Terrie Snow and Michelle Morris.
Ø Dean of Health Sciences, Kathy Royce has reviewed and approved
Ø Director of Health Sciences Pathways, Outreach and Retention, Kim Giles has reviewed and approved
Ø Health Sciences Counseling, Melinda Marlatt has reviewed and approved
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Tim Johnston, Associate Vice President, Student Services and appropriate Admissions and Records staff have reviewed and approved (5/2/17)​

·  ​​​​ ​Submission of ADN program admission process will be presented to the College Administration for approval to discontinue the application process through the Wait List system after Spring 2018.​
·   Following Administration approval, Multicriteria Selection Process will be submitted to the Chancellors Office for approval. ​
·   Multicriteria Selection Process applications will be accepted in August of 2018 and admission through the new process will begin in Spring 2019, with 50% of the students being pulled from Multicriteria Selection Process and 50% from the Wait List until it is depleted.​
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Notification Priorities:​
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Notify and Educate Counseling and ADN Administrative Assistants on new Multicriteria Selection Process. (May 2017)
Ø Update current ADN web site, posting notification on the web page regarding changes in the application process. (May 2017)​
Ø Add a link on the Shasta College Home page for students to click and go to a questions and answer page regarding Multicriteria Selection and the Wait List. (May 2017)​
Ø Notify the Public that application for entry to the Wait List will be taken the first two weeks in March 2018 during the regularly posted application filing period. (July 2017)​
Ø Notify Public that application for ADN program through Multicriteria Selection Proccess will begin in August 2018. (July 2017)​
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Notify Public that applicants will still be drawn from the current Wait List until all names on the list have been exhausted. (July 2017)​

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     Approximate Timeline of Implementation Process  ​

​​​​July 2017 During July 2017 all applicants on the current Wait ​List will be confirmed by email. The staff will make two (2) email attempts to contact students (this is our current practice) to confirm their position and number placement on the Wait List.  If the applicant does not respond by the designated time they will be removed from the Wait List (as per current policy).
Fall 2017​ Director of Health Sciences Pathways, Outreach and Retention will begin instruction at the high school level for the Multicriteria Selection Process.​
September 2017​ On September 18, 2017 an Informational Session for applications will be held instructing ​potential applicants on application process for the Wait List and information on the Multicriteria Selection Process.​
Spring 2018​ Informational Session for the Multicriteria Selection Process that will begin in Fall 2018. This will be the last time applications are accepted for addition to the Wait List.​
August 2018 ​ Information Session for the Multicriteria Selection Process. Applications for the ADN Program Multicriteria Selection Process will be due in October. (2 week application filing period)​
 

Application Process
Applicants must meet all criteria as outlined in order for application to be submitted to Admissions.

§​​ ​Completed Multicriteria Selection Process form with submission of documentation as outlined o​n the form​
§ Completed all ADN requirements​
§ Completed all AS general education requirements​
§ ​Completed ALL required immunizations except TB and Influenza vaccine.​

 

Ø​​ A​​​dmissions will verify submitted transcripts and that all AS general education requirements have been met. ​
Ø Health Sciences Administrative Assistant staff will verify immunizations.​
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All other time-sensitive clinical requirements needed prior to entry into the ADN program will be tracked by the Health Sciences staff once the applicants for a cohort have been selected.
  • ​TB and Influenza vaccine
  • Physical Exam Packet
  • Current CPR card with hands on application.
  • Background check completed and results confirmed.​

 

Application Information meetings will be held approximately 3 months prior to when applications are due. The application filing period time is for two weeks only.

 
Sixty students and 5 alternates will be taken from the qualifying applications each fall. 30 students will be admitted into the fall semester and 30 students will be admitted in the spring semester.  The additional 5 students will serve as alternates. Alternates that are not admitted will be given additional points on the next Multicriteria Selection application filing period.
 
Applicants not selected for entry into the next fall and spring semesters, will need to re-apply during the next application filing period (conducted in the fall annually).

 
Current Wait List
To honor the applicants currently on the Wait List the following process will be implemented until the Wait List has been exhausted.
 Once it is completed, all admissions will be through the Multicriteria Selection Process.
Ø  ​​30 applicants will be taken from the current Wait List and 30 applicants from the Multicriteria Selection Process. Alternates will be taken from the Multicriteria Selection list. Applicants on the Wait List may apply through the Multicriteria Selection Process.​
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Applicants who were added to the Wait List prior to Fall 2016 may not enroll in the ADN program without having met all AS general education requirements prior to enrolling in the third semester of the ADN program.
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Applicants who were added to the Wait List in the Fall 2016 through Spring 2018 are required to have all AS educational requirements completed prior to admission into first semester of the ADN program.​
Ø  All applicants on the Wait List are required to make an appointment with the Nursing Counselor prior to entering into the ADN program, for transcript evaluation and advance degree planning.

 

TEAS Assessment Testing​

In order for applicants to have the TEAS Assessment exam paid for through the Enrollment Grant funds the prospective student must come to an “Application Information Meeting” and have their name placed on a list with the intention of applying to Shasta College’s ADN program.

TEAS exams paid for through the Enrollment Grant will be offered once a year. Up to 100 applicants who have met the above will be eligible for their TEAS test to be paid through the Enrollment Grant. 
 
All other applicants will pay for their own TEAS exams.  Applicants repeating exams must pay for their own exams.
 
TEAS Exams must be taken and the minimal cut score (Composite score of 62% established by the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office) met in order for the applicant to apply to the ADN program. Applicants who fail to meet the cut score of 62% who wish to apply to the ADN program, must meet with the Director of Health Sciences Pathways, Outreach and Retention for remediation recommendations and planning. The applicants are responsible for completing their own remediation and retesting to meet the cut score.
 

Data Reporting

Prior to initiating the Multicriteria Selection Process and yearly thereafter, data will be accumulated including demographics of ethnic groups, of applicants who apply and are selected into the program, also of students that successfully complete the program. The data compiled will be evaluated yearly to help monitor criteria and make sure that there is no exclusion of any subset or population.
 
Applicants will use the approved application forms which follow the Chancellor’s multicriteria screening process and have been submitted and approved by the Chancellor’s office and Shasta College.

 

 

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