Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of nursing programs are available at COM?

The nursing department offers two nursing programs. The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares graduates for licensure as registered nurses; the Vocational Nursing Program prepares graduates for licensure as licensed vocational nurses (LVN).

  • What is the difference between a registered nurse and a licensed vocational nurse?

The first difference relates to education. A registered nurse (RN) has completed at least two years of education and earned an associate degree. A licensed vocational nurse has completed at least one year of education and earned a certificate of completion.

The second difference is related to licensure. RNs must pass the NCLEX-RN to become licensed. LVNs must pass the NCLEX-PN to become licensed.

The third difference is related to scope of practice. The RN has a broader scope of practice than the LVN. LVNs require appropriate supervision. RNs may engage in autonomous nursing practice without supervision by another health care provider. RNs may supervise and delegate certain aspects of patient care to LVNs.

  • How much does it cost to complete the nursing program?

A detailed cost/fee breakdown is presented in the Pre-Nursing Orientation for each nursing program track. Estimated costs/fees are shown below:

-ADN Pre-Licensure Track: In-district $8,000; Out-of-district $10,500
-ADN LVN-RN Transition Track: In-district $6,500; Out-of-district $8,500
-VN Program: In-district $5,100; Out-of-district $6,700

  • How will I know if I am selected for admission?

After the application deadline, you can check the status of your application through WebAdvisor by clicking on the nursing application link. The staff updates the status as the ranking and selection processes progress. If you are selected for admission, you must accept or decline the offer via WebAdvisor. If you accept, you will receive further instructions via your COM email.

  • If I have taken another reading test, do I have to take the TSI?

You do not have to take the TSI reading test if you took a different reading test, but you will only receive ranking points for a TSI score. Your overall rank in the applicant pool will be significantly lower without TSI points.

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