To become a student in RCOAH, nursing programs prospective applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
- Present proof of high school education or its equivalent (as defined by the US DOE)* The high school education can be from a foreign school if it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma.* Riggs College does not offer admission based on Ability to Benefit (ATB).
- Present proof of U.S. citizenship or a permanent resident card (aka green card).*
- Complete an application for admissions.
- Participate in interviews with administration and/or faculty members and obtain a recommendation for admission, based on information received during the application process.
- Make an advance program deposit for tuition and fees. The deposit will be applied against the total tuition and fees of the program that is in effect on the date of enrollment.
Applicants are accepted into Riggs College based on, among other things, their application responses, references, interview results, entrance and critical thinking exam results, grades in prerequisite courses and other factors. Applicants are notified as to their status (acceptance or denial into program) by letter. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee admission to the college. Students’ acceptance letters contain the contact information for scheduling appointments with the Financial Office and the Registrar’s office. A comprehensive orientation is typically held the week prior to the first day of class.
Enrollment & Registration
To enroll and register in courses at Riggs College, students must undertake the following activities:
- Make arrangements for the payment of tuition and associated program fees.
- Satisfactorily pass a background check.
- Execute an Enrollment Agreement.
- Determine the sequence of courses.
- Attend a comprehensive orientation session.
- Complete all documents and paperwork associated with enrollment, including, but not limited to attestations of receipt of policies, acknowledgments of responsibilities, emergency contacts, and other documentation.
Students seeking to enroll in and register for nursing courses with clinical and practicum experiences are also required to undertake the following activities to enroll, register and participate in such courses:
- Present evidence of good physical health (including a physical examination from the past six months) and documentation of fitness to work in health care.
- Present proof of current Mantoux test, Tetanus, Hepatitis B (or a waiver), laboratory titer evidence for measles, mumps and rubella, varicella, and other immunizations.
- Provide proof of current certification in Basic Life Saving for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association.
- Meet the technical standards of the nursing programs (see below).
In addition, students enrolling in and registering for nursing courses with clinical and practicum experiences may also be required to participate in drug screenings, execute facility attestations and agreements, and complete other activities as mandated by our affiliated facilities.
Students are responsible for all costs associated with enrollment and registration in clinical and practicum courses, including, but not limited to physicals, immunizations, background checks and obtaining documentation and records.
Students who are unable to meet the prerequisites required to participate in clinical and practicum activities will not be allowed to participate in the course and may be placed on a leave of absence or withdrawn from a program until such time they are able to meet the requirements.
Students may not enroll in and register for courses with time conflicts (i.e., scheduled class times that overlap). In addition, students may not enroll in and register for both daytime and evening classes without the prior approval of the School Management.
Students seeking to enroll in and register for nursing courses with clinical and practicum experiences also must be able to demonstrate the ability to meet certain minimum professional standards (the “Professional Standards”), including:
- Communicate and assimilate information in spoken, printed, signed and electronic format.
- Gather, analyze and draw conclusions from data.
- Stand for a minimum of two hours.
- Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
- Stoop, bend and twist for a minimum of thirty minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
- Lift 50-pounds or assist with the transfer of a person from one location to another.
- Determine by touch: hotness/coldness/wetness/dryness, hardness, and softness.
- Have the muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on equipment.
- Respond to spoken and electronic calls.
- Monitor signals from vital sign assessment equipment.
- Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
- Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.