Allied Health & Nursing Admissions

In addition to applying to Rio, Allied Health & Nursing Admissions require subsequent applications, requirements, and testing. The requirements are in place to ensure that you are ready to take on the additional demands of the program. With limited clinical spaces and accreditation requirements, these programs can be extremely competitive. it is important to meet application deadlines.

Allied Health Programs

Application Deadline: February 1 (each year). You may apply for more than one program; you would need to meet each program's prerequisite requirements and fill out each program’s application form.

•    Prerequisite Courses: High school or college biology, algebra, and chemistry passed with a grade of “C” or higher
•    High school or college GPA of 2.5 or higher
•    Current high school and college transcripts attached to applications
•    General admission/acceptance status of University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College

DMS

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students will be required to sit for the HESI A2

Apply to DMS
RAD

Radiologic Technology

ACT composite score of 20 or higher for all applicants. High school / college physics grade of “C” or higher 

Apply to RAD
RCP

Respiratory Therapy

CPR certification must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program

Apply to RCP
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Nursing    

  • High School or College cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) (most recent): a minimum of 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. for high school is required OR a minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. with a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level coursework is required if the college cumulative G.P.A. is used.
  • University Placement Test is required for all nursing applicants. 
  • Graduation from high school or a G.E.D.
  • High school or college-level courses are required with a final grade of “C” or better for each course: Algebra, Biology (with lab), and Chemistry (with lab).
     

Nursing Program Applications

ADN

Traditional RN

Fall Start. Application Deadline January 1. Additional Requirement: HESI A2 Entrance Exam by invitation only. Invitations offered after applications have been submitted and eligibility confirmed. Cost is $60

Apply for Nursing
Campus

LPN to RN

Summer Start. Application Deadline January 1. Additional Requirement: HESI Entrance Exam by invitation only. Invitations offered after applications have been submitted and eligibility confirmed. Cost is $60

APPLY LPN to RN On-Campus
Hybrid

LPN-RN

Fall Start. Application Deadline January 1. Additional Requirement: HESI Entrance Exam by invitation only. Invitations offered after applications have been submitted and eligibility confirmed. Cost is $60

APPLY: LPN to RN Hybrid
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Bachelor of Nursing

Online BSN

Ready to take your nursing education even further? Rio's Online BSN program just required you are a licensed RN in any state. You can take classes on a full or part-time basis. No additional fees, courses, or hoops to jump through. Identify "BSN Program" as the intended major field of study. You'll receive an email requesting transcripts and Evidence of original, current, and valid State R.N. License.