Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing

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IGH School of Nursing - Admissions

Requirements for Admission

  • 17 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma(GED)
  • Obtain a score of Basic or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skills(TEAS) entrance assessment - There is no fee for the applicant
  • Essay(included in the application) - in 300 words or more, tell us why you want to be a nurse.
  • Two current references. Please use the reference form to submit references


Applying for Admissions

  1. Applications are accepted online only. Deadline is 30 days from your application submission date. Note: all parts of the application need to be completed 30 days after your initial application submission to be considered for admission.

  2. Complete all sections of the online application including the essay and submit your application. ACENSeal  
  3. An entrance assessment is required for all applicants. This assessment is designed to access the student's preparedness for entering the Health/Science field. This is not a pass or fail assessment. Assessment dates are listed in the application. A photo ID will be required to verify your identity on the day you take the assessment.  Click here for information on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and for study guides. Note: Please create a free student account with ATI before taking the assessment.

  4. Official transcripts are required from your high school. If you have a GED, a copy of your High School Equivalency grades must be sent with your application. If your records are in any other name, please be sure your current name is on the transcript
    Request the transcripts to be sent to:
                Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing 
                C/O Admissions Coordinator
                1630 Portland Avenue
                Rochester, New York
  5. References: Give these to people such as employers, clergy, professional acquaintances, health care workers, committee members, teachers and counselors. Completed forms are mailed directly to the school. Do not give reference forms to close friends or relatives. Click here for our reference form.
  6. If you scored Basic or higher on the TEAS assessment and your application is complete(all of your documentation has been received, you will be scheduled for a potential onboarding session.

  7. After faculty review of all components of your application, you will be notified in writing of either: a decision to admit, placement on the waiting list, or decision to decline admission.  Admission decisions are made by the faculty on a rolling basis.

Advanced Placement Program at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing

IGH is the only practical nursing program in the area to offer advanced placement. Advanced placement provides students who possess fundamental knowledge of nursing and clinical hours from a nursing program with an opportunity to continue their nursing education. Students join the ongoing class in either January or June, in the second semester. 

More information about advanced placement and requirements

Prerequisites for application are:

Step 1: Admission Requirements

  • Call the admissions coordinator at 585-922-1400
  • Apply online as an advanced placement student at
  • Submission of official college transcript showing successful completion with a grade of C or better for all required college courses.
    • Anatomy and Physiology(within five years)
    • Fundamentals of Nursing(within five years)
  • Validation of 185 clinical/lab hours from college or vocational program(within five years)
  • High school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay of why you want to be a nurse

Step 2: Interview

  • Applicant will be scheduled for an interview with the Associate Director for Advanced Placement approval

Step 3: Pre-admission Testing Component 

  • Successful completion, with a proficiency level 2 or greater, Assessment Technology Institute(ATI) testing for content of Nursing Fundamentals(There is a $35 fee that is subject to change).
  • Successful completion of a grade of 90% or greater of math calculation exam proctored by IGH.

Step 4: Clinical Skills Demonstration

  • Upon successful completion of steps 1 and 2, you will be scheduled to demonstrate competence in fundamental skills.

Upon successful completion of the above steps, the candidate will be accepted into the advanced placement program and will be required to attend an orientation day prior to the first day of classes.

AP students that will begin classes in June would need to have the completed application, required documentation and testing by the end of March.

AP students that will begin classes in January would need to have the completed application, required documentation and testing by the end of September.

We are proud of our success rate at IGH. Here is the data for 2017:

Program Completion rates: IGH average: 91%

NCLEX-PN 1st Time Pass Rates: 87.7%

Job Placement rates within 6 months of Graduation: 80%

Students recommend the program: 100%