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Application Requirements

Application Submission Deadlines

CSON accepts applications for fall and spring classes. Applications are only processed during the designated application period.

The online application will be available for fall admission on January 15th - March 15th.

The online application will be available for spring admission on July 15th – September 15th.

Online Application (click here to apply)

Online application will be available on January 15, 2015.

All applicants must complete an online application and submit a printed copy with your application. If you have Healthcare Certificates or Military experience, please provide a copy of certificate or DD 214 for Military Experience in your application packet.

Items turned in separately will not be accepted, unless indicated below. Failure to submit required items will place your application as incomplete and will not be considered.

Materials to Include in your application packet:

Application Checklist(click here to download form)

This form must be included in your application packet.

Application Fee

An application fee of $50 must be turned in along with your application. The application fee must be paid by check, credit/debit card, or money order. Cash is not accepted for this fee.

Resume/CV (click here to view example)

The Resume/CV should include current contact information, educational experience related to healthcare, work experience related to healthcare (listing dates mm/yyyy of employment for each), and any volunteer or shadowing experience. Also include any community service hours or special recognition you have earned.

High school diploma or GED verification

CSON requires an Official sealed high school transcript, verified GED or successful completion of an approved home school program.

Official unopened college/university transcript

Official sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to date must be submitted with the Application for Admission. They must be submitted with all application documentation by the application deadline. If a student applies before all prerequisites are completed, all final official transcripts that reflect any outstanding course work are due prior to the first day of classes by the date stated in the admission packet. Important notice A&P I & II must be completed prior to applying.

Pre-entrance Examination TEAS V (click here for more information)

CSON utilizes the TEAS V pre-entrance examination as part of the admission process. The exam is offered on several dates during each application period and can be retaken once per instructional module at this testing site. Candidates must score an overall Adjusted Individual Score of 43.5 and complete all four subsections to qualify to apply. The scores are valid for one year and all scores submitted with the application packet must be valid on the last day of the application period. The TEAS registration and payment must be submitted via the online registration. There is a $25.00 fee for -No shows to take the exam on another date. TEAS study guides are available (while supplies last) for a $25.00 rental fee. Each applicant must pass the pre-entrance examination by the deadline date.

Reference forms (click here to download form)

Each candidate must submit 3 reference forms along with the application packet. Evidence of the applicant's character, personality, and other qualities that are important in predicting probable success in the program will be substantiated by recommendation forms completed by individuals selected by the applicant. References from family members will not be accepted. The form must be sealed in an envelope by the evaluator with a signature across the envelope.

Immunization Record (click here to download form)

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: Please be aware that all of our students are required to have completed the bacterial meningitis (if 22 or under) and HEP B series before the start of school. If you have not yet begun to receive this series, or if you will not have it completed before classes begin, you will not be eligible for admission.

Required vaccinations include:

  • Tetanus booster (td or Tdap vaccination) within the past 10 years;
  • Two measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunizations, or titers proving immunity;
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) immunization series completed, in progress, or a Hepatitis B Vaccination Declination Form signed by the student; Lab results showing immunity to varicella (chickenpox) or vaccination series (two doses required);
  • One Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) within the past year or immediately prior to program enrollment.
  • Annual flu shot required.

Proof of Permanent Residency

Unfortunately COVENANT SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH is not equipped to accept foreign students. Therefore all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or have established Permanent Residency. If you were born outside the United States you will be asked to provide proof of citizenship or permanent residency. Example of identification accepted would be permanent residency card, certificate of naturalization, or a United States Passport.

Letter of Standing

If you have begun a program of nursing or allied health in the past and not successfully completed it, you will need to request a letter of standing from that program. This letter simply states that you are eligible to apply to their program again in the future. The letter must be mailed directly to the school.

Letter of Eligibility

Registered Nursing Program

CSON requires a letter of eligibility from the Texas Board of Nursing if a petition for Declaratory Order is required related to any criminal charges or convictions including misdemeanors (with the exception of simple moving violations). Contact the Board of Nursing for details about submitting a declaratory order to obtain your Letter of Eligibility http://www.bne.state.tx.us/

Background Checks

CSON will not require a background check until the applicant has been accepted for admission.

Transfer Students

Covenant School of Nursing and Allied Health will give consideration of credit from other institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for -prerequisite courses only.

Submit your application packet

You can deliver your application packet in person. Please note that it is not possible for our office to review your application packet at the time it is submitted. Please make sure to submit your documents in a manila envelope (click here to view an example).If mailing your application packet please be aware it must be received by the deadline (postmark by the deadline will not qualify your application). To ensure we receive it by mail we recommend you send it certified.

Mailing address:

Covenant School of Nursing,
Attn: Admissions Office,
2002 W. Loop 289 Suite 120, Lubbock, Texas 79407

How will I be notified of my admission status?

(Click here to learn How To Create Your Account for your admission status)

You will be notified by email and your status will be updated on Empower. Please make sure to check your email and spam mail regularly as well as your status through Empower. Please make sure to type in your email correctly when completing your online application. Admission statuses will not be provided by phone and statuses will not be given out to friends or family members.

When will I be notified of my admission status?

You will be notified 4-6 weeks from the deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Step 1. Online Application

What do I do if my high school or college is not listed? If your high school or college is not listed please select "not listed".

What is considered a Healthcare Certificate? The following certificates are acceptable if proper documentation is provided. If it is not listed then please email Lupe Sudano at guadalupe.reyessudano@stjoe.org.

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Radiography
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Certified Nurses Assistance (CNA)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Surgical Technology Certificate
  • Phlebotomy

What type of document do I submit to verify my Healthcare Certificate? Official transcripts or certificates indicating the date of complete and the certification awarded.

Is a CPR Certification considered? No, CPR Certification is not considered for our application process.

How will I know that my online application has been received? An email is sent to the email address you provide on your online application. This will confirm that your online application has been submitted.

FAQ Step 2. Application Checklist

Why is the form required? The form is a guide and serves as an acknowledgement that the applicant confirms having all required documents in their application packet.

FAQ Step 3. Resume

What is considered Healthcare Experience? Please see examples listed below.

  • Doctors Office
  • Clinics
  • Psychologists Office
  • Dentists Office
  • Chiropractors Office
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Health
  • Pharmacies

Will the care of a family member or friend count as Healthcare Experience? No, the care of a family member of friend does not count as healthcare experience.

How many years of Healthcare Experience is considered? Healthcare experience is taken into consideration starting with a total of 1 year or more of experience.

Are volunteer hours considered? The combined hours/work experience will be considered if it equals 1 year or more included with your healthcare experience.

FAQ Step 4. Official High School Transcript

My school will not release my official high school transcript to me? You may have the school district mail your official high school transcript directly to our office, Covenant School of Nursing, Attn: Admissions Office, 2002 W. Loop 289, Suite 120, Lubbock, Texas 79407.

How will you know that my high school transcript is being mailed to Covenant School of Nursing? Please include a note that your official high school transcript will be mailed to CSON. Please note if your high school transcript is received after the admissions deadline it will not be accepted. Plan ahead and request your documents in a timely manner.

I attended more than one high school? You will only need to submit the official high school transcript from the school that you graduated from.

What documentation do I need if I complete my GED? Please note that if you completed a GED outside the state of Texas you will need to research as to how to obtain documentation per state requirements. If you completed a GED in the state of Texas please refer to the following link on High School Equivalency Information.

Is a copy of my high school diploma acceptable? No, you will need to provide your official high school transcript.

What documentation will I need to submit if I was home schooled? Please refer to the program guidelines from the home school program you have completed.

I completed a Bachelors degree; do I still need to turn in my official high school transcript? Yes, an official high school transcript is still required for the application process.

Will I need to submit my CLEP or AP scores to Covenant School of Nursing? If they are documented in the official transcript from a college or university they will not be required.

FAQ Step 5. Official College or University Transcripts

I attended more than one college or university do I need to submit all transcripts? You are required to submit all and most recent official transcripts (regionally accredited) college or university.

I attended an out of state college or university? You are still required to submit your official college and university transcripts even if it is an out-of-state college or university.

What if my current official transcripts list all the other colleges and universities that I have attended? Not all official transcripts indicate the courses completed at another institution. We must verify courses or programs of enrollment from other colleges and universities.

What if I am having problems obtaining my college or university transcripts? Only official transcripts will be accepted, we highly recommend you start early in researching the process of obtaining your official transcript/s.

Will an unofficial transcript be accepted? We will NOT accept unofficial transcripts for the application process.

I attended college outside of the United States will you accept my foreign transcript? Please contact Lupe Sudano at guadalupe.reyessudano@stjoe.org.

FAQ Step 6. Reference Form

Can a relative complete the reference form? No, the reference form cannot be completed by a relative.

How do I get my reference form to the evaluator? Make sure to communicate with the person you have selected to complete your reference form. Provide them a deadline and method to get the completed form sealed with their signature across the envelope.

Who should I select as a reference? Here are some suggestions, a co-worker, supervisor or professor. Please make sure to read over the information being asked of the evaluator.

FAQ Step 7. TEAS V (entrance exam)

What is the TEAS V? The Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) is the assessment used as the entrance exam for Covenant School of Nursing (CSON). The TEAS assessment is designed to measure essential skills in the academic content area domains of Reading, Mathematics, Science, English and Language Usage. These entry level skills were deemed important for nursing program applicants by a panel of nursing program curriculum experts.

Where can I take the TEAS V? The Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) can be taken at Covenant School of Nursing. It is offered between the timeframe of July 15- September 15.

How many times can I take the TEAS V? You are allowed to test at our location twice per application cycle.

Can I submit more than one score? You are allowed to submit more than one test score for the Spring 2015 application cycle.

How long are my scores valid? Scores are valid for a year, if they are expired at the time of the application cycle applicants must submit new scores.

When is the TEAS V offered at Covenant School of Nursing? The TEAS V dates will be posted on our website and offered between July 15 and September 15. It is offered during the time that applications are accepted.

FAQ Step 8. Immunization/Vaccine Records

Where can I get a copy of my immunization records? Here are some recommendations as to where to look for your immunization/vaccine records.

  • Check with your medical provider/clinic
  • Schools that you have attended

FAQ Step 9. Payment

How do I pay for my application fee? You can pay by personal check, money order or debit/credit.

What is a money order? A money order is a form of a payment method.

Where can I get a money order? A money order can be purchased at the place that you bank, convenience store or at the United States Postal Service.

How do I fill out a money order? The money order is made payable to Covenant School of Nursing.

Is cash accepted? No.

FAQ Step 10. If Applicable

Letter of Standing

Where do I request a letter of standing? From the Allied Health Program that you failed or withdrew from. They will need to send it directly to our office. Covenant School of Nursing, Attn: Admissions Office, 2002 W. Loop 289 Suite 120, Lubbock, Texas 79407.

Non-US Citizen

Do I need to submit an original document? A (clear readable) copy can be submitted.

Declaratory Order

Is it necessary to complete the form if I have been convicted of a crime? Please refer the Texas Board of Nursing website.

How long does the process take? Please refer to the Texas Board of Nursing website.

Final Step Application Packet

Only applications submitted in a manila envelope will be accepted. This ensures that your documents are kept together. Please make sure to submit your documents in a manila envelope (click here to view an example)