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AACN Partners with 24 Nursing Schools to Advance Holistic Admission Review

Published August 30, 2017

Last September, AACN announced that it would provide letters of support and a technical assistance program for member schools seeking funding through the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program offered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To receive funding, applicants were required to establish a formal agreement with a health professions organization to provide technical assistance and staff training related to Holistic Admissions Reviews. In response to the HRSA program announcement, AACN moved quickly to develop a structured NWD Technical Assistance Program that features an assessment of admissions practices, an on-site Holistic Admissions Review workshop, student recruitment and retention strategies, and models for building a successful mentoring program. In late June, AACN began hearing from funded schools looking to move ahead and establish an agreement with AACN. A total of 24 out of 30 NWD grant recipients are working with AACN to complete the required training.  Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and her staff are working with these schools to establish formal contracts to commence the training and satisfy grant requirements. See below for the full-list recipients:

  • Augusta University
  • Bemidji State University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Duke University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Frontier Nursing University
  • Illinois State University, Mennonite College of Nursing
  • Lourdes University
  • Marquette University
  • Mars Hill University
  • Mercer University, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Saint Louis University School of Nursing
  • St. Luke’s School of Nursing
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Trocaire College 
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona, College of Nursing
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing 
  • University of North Dakota
  • Viterbo University
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University, Bronson School of Nursing


Are You Interested in Receiving Training in Holistic Admission Reviews at Your School?

AACN is pleased to announce it is now offering Holistic Admissions  Review Workshops! This workshop training  is designed to help universities consider a broad range of factors reflecting the applicant’s academic readiness, contribution to the incoming class, and potential for success both in school and later as a professional. If you are interested in this workshop being offered at your school or other diversity services please complete the Diversity Service Request. 

For more information contact Vernell DeWitty at

Request for Service

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