Student Policies and Procedures

Policy 03:04:00

Admissions Policy


To outline the policy for selecting students for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Revision Responsibility: Admissions and Marketing Coordinator

Responsible Executive Office: Dean of Nursing

Appendices: Distance Education Self-Evaluation Document

Revised: January 1, 2010, Revised: January 17, 2011 to reflect revised organizational chart, Revised February 18, 2011 to reflect TEAS V examination and current proficient level scores with the addition of science, Revised November 11, 2011 to reflect addition of international/ESL requirements, implantation of e-mail notification of admissions decision, and Admissions Committee review procedures .Revised January 19, 2012 to reflect online application and fee, TEAS test payment and TOEFL scores. Revised March 13, 2012 to reflect the application fee increased to $75.00 and it is refundable. Revised April 16, 2012 to reflect revision of international applicants and their high school transcripts. Revised July 21, 2014 to reflect $75.00 application fee change to application "charge" and is non-refundable, TEAS test cost increased from $40.00 to $45.00, and to clarify that college transcripts are evaluated upon acceptance.  Revised June 10, 2015 to include ACT and SAT score and request process and to remove ATI cost from description.  Revised May 20, 2016 to remove minimum required scores on entrance exams, June 29, 2016 to reflect the addition of section II, in Section III passing the entrance exam has been changed to meeting the program requirements, removed section IV, English Proficiency moved to Section IV, Section IX changed wording from once all required admissions materials have been received by the Admissions Department to on the cutoff date, and removed Section XII that applicants not accepted for the first cutoff can have their file resubmitted for the second cutoff date. The process has changed so that there is only one cutoff date per start date. Revised May 11,2017 to include additional points for bilingual fluency and two acceptance and cancellation limit within one year. Revised June 29, 2018 to edit ACT/SAT expiration verbiage, use of Campus Nexus, and revision responsibilities., Revised June 17, 2019 to remove essay and interview portions of the Admissions Process and to add proctored essay prompt portion of the process. Addition of details regarding cancellations based on refusal to complete Enrollment Process also included.

Policy Introduction

Interested individuals must attend an information session prior to applying for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Platt College.

Applicants must complete online application and pay $75.00 application charge prior to submitting or scheduling an entrance test.

Applicants must schedule the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) or submit official SAT or ACT scores. Platt College does not require a minimum score for the entrance exam to proceed through the application process. Any fees related to this requirement are to be paid for by the applicant.

If an applicant chooses to submit SAT or ACT scores they must request an official copy to be sent to Platt College using either for the SAT or for the ACT. The Platt College SAT Code is and the 3012 Platt College ACT Code is 7037. To be deemed official, test scores are to be submitted to Platt College directly from the testing agency and must be within 3 years of the intended start date.

English Proficiency

If English is not an applicant's native/first language (including, but not limited to, Non-Native English speaker; English as a Second Language (ESL)) and has not graduated from an accredited US High School and/or received a GED, the applicant is required to submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores that meet Platt College's minimum requirement prior to scheduling the TEAS or submitting SAT or ACT scores. 

To be deemed official, test scores are to be submitted to Platt College directly from the testing agency and expire after two years from the test date.  Any fees related to this requirement are to be paid by the applicant.  Platt College does not have English as a Second Language (ESL) programs available.

Our TOEFL code is: 8791

Acceptable English Proficiency Scores:
TOEFL (minimum score):

  • 80 internet-based (iBT)
  • 550 paper-based (PBT)
  • 213 computer-based

A student must be one of the following to be eligible for admission: U.S. citizen or national or U.S. permanent resident or eligible noncitizen.  A person is a United States citizen by birth or by naturalization.  Persons (except for the children of foreign diplomatic staff) born in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in most cases, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands are U.S. Citizens, as are most persons born abroad to parents (or a parent) who are citizens.  All U.S. Citizens are considered to be U.S. nationals, but not all nationals are citizens.  Persons whose only connection to the United States is through birth on American Samoa, Swain's Island, or the United States Minor Outlying Islands are not U.S. Citizens but are nationals and therefore may be eligible for admission. 

The applicant will respond to a 35-minute essay prompt immediately prior to taking the ATI TEAS in a proctored setting. If applicant chooses to submit test scores, the 35-minute essay prompt response will be scheduled independently with Admissions staff and proctored in the library setting. The applicant will also include relevant details regarding healthcare experience and bilingual fluency ability within the essay portion of the process.

Applicants must submit an official high school transcript from an accredited U.S. high school, official GED*, and/or Home Study certificate or transcript**.  Applicants must also submit official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended, if applicable***.  In addition, applicants must submit an essay to [email protected] in accordance with the essay guidelines approved by the Admissions Committee.

*Applicants who are unable to meet the requirement of having graduated from an accredited high school within the United States must provide a GED to satisfy this step.

**Possess a Home Study certificate or transcript from a Home Study program that is equivalent to high school level and recognized by your home state, and be beyond the age of compulsory attendance in that state

***Submit official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended, if applicable. According to Policy 02:14:00 Transfer Credit, students must be accepted into the BSN program at Platt College before transfer credit is evaluated. Official transcripts are evaluated and transfer credit is reviewed by the Registrar.  Unofficial transcripts may be used for advising and course selection but are not acceptable for transfer of credit.  As the Registrar reviews the official transcript, the student may be asked to provide the course description(s) from the catalog under which he/she was enrolled.

International High School Transcripts

Potential applicants from foreign countries must provide a translated (should the document be in a language other than English) and certified document that is the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma in order to satisfy this step (Please see Step 5). International high school transcripts must be evaluated and reviewed for eligibility as part of the admission process.  The evaluation is not a guarantee of admission.  Applicants must have high school transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( member organization..  The certifying organization's report must be sent directly to Platt College at 3100 S. Parker Road, Suite 200, Aurora, CO 80014 or emailed to [email protected] directly from an approved NACES member.  For applicants who are unable or unwilling to provide this translated and certified documentation, only an official copy of a GED will be used to satisfy the requirement for an official high school transcript.  Any fees related to this requirement are to be paid by the applicant.

In March of each year, the Admissions Coordinator will set one admissions cutoff date and a corresponding review period for each start date. These dates will be approved by the Admissions Committee.

On the cutoff date, all completed admissions files are given to the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will determine Admissions Scores using the BSN Admission Screening Tool during the established review period and input the scores in each applicant’s account in Campus Nexus.

The Dean of Nursing will determine the number of accepted applicants for start date. An acceptance letter will be generated and e-mailed to the accepted applicants. In the event of a tie, composite scores from the applicants’ entrance test will be used. The accepted applicants may then proceed with the Enrollment Process.

Upon acceptance, an Accepted Applicant has the option to cancel prior to the quarter beginning; however, an Applicant will be ineligible for future acceptance after two cancellations within one year. Failure to complete all steps of the Enrollment Process by the predetermined deadlines will result in a cancellation. Accepted Applicants will be notified of such cancellation and allowed the opportunity to reapply to the program for future start dates, should they choose.

Acceptance and enrollment into Platt College is contingent upon the completion of a 7-year background check that is within 6 months of the Applicant’s intended start date and is approved by the Dean of the School of Nursing.  Any fees related to the background check (completed through American Databank) are to be paid by the Applicant. Please see Policy 03:06:00 Background Check For Students. Student progress is continually evaluated and continuation after Admission is not guaranteed.

Remaining applicants will remain prospects and be notified via e-mail that they have not been accepted into Platt College. If they would like to compete for admission in a future quarter, they should notify the Admissions Department of their intent via email. If all items in the applicant’s admissions file are valid, the applicant will then be reviewed during the review period for the next start.

Admissions Committee  members are obligated to recluse themselves from the review of any applicant they feel their familiarity would prevent complete objectivity.

Distance Education Proficiency

Each applicant will complete a distance education proficiency prior to enrollment to ensure that s/he is able to successfully learn in a hybrid learning model, including some courses 100% online.