From now on, all applicants to the University of Minnesota’s College of Nursing will need a permit to conduct an oral exam, the state said Wednesday.
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the permit is necessary to ensure that all applicants have valid identification, and it is “required to ensure fair access to the examination hall.”
Applicants who do not have valid ID must still apply for a permit, and there is a $100 fee for each application, the department said.
“The permit is required for all applicants,” the department wrote in an emailed statement.
“Applicants may obtain a permit through the state’s online portal.
The process is fairly simple.
All applicants must provide the required information.”
Nursing schools have been trying to change how they conduct their exams since the state required them to obtain an oral permit in 2016.
The state requires that all nursing school applicants, including applicants with disabilities, obtain a written test and that applicants be at least 21 years old to be considered for an examination.
Students are required to take a test at least two weeks in advance, according to the department.
The department has also changed how it assesses student test scores.
Previously, if the score for the student’s first three grades was lower than the overall average, the score was used.
Now, the university has to rely on the school’s final grades to determine if the student passed or failed the test.
The department has changed how that process is administered in recent years.
In 2016, a test score of 30.2 or lower for students with disabilities was used to determine whether a student passed.
In 2017, that score was down to 29.4.
In 2018, that number was down from 28.6, the same number as in 2019.
In 2019, students with special needs scored at least 20.0 on the oral exam.
In 2018, they scored 17.4 and in 2017 they scored 14.5.