Program of Study

Nursing Associate, AAS

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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
BIO 168  Anatomy and Physiology I
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
NUR 111 Intro to Health Concepts 4 6 6 8
NUR 117 Pharmacology I 1 3 0 2
    Totals 11 14 18
Spring Semester 1
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 0 4
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3 0 0 3
NUR 112  Health-Illness Concepts - 1st 8 wks
NUR 114  Holistic Health Concepts - 2nd 8 wks 6 5
    Totals 12 12  17 
Summer Semester 1
ENG 114  Professional Research & Reporting
NUR 113  Family Health Concepts
    Totals 6
Fall Semester 2
BIO 175 General Microbiology 2 2 0 3
NUR 211  Health Care Concepts
NUR 212  Health System Concepts
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
    Totals 11 2 12 16
Spring Semester 2
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3 0 0 3
NUR 213  Complex Health Concepts 15  10 
    Totals 7 15  13 

Nursing Program Information

The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is derived from statements about the health, quality of life, achievement of potential, the individual, environment, health, nursing, the practice, and education of the Associate Degree Nurse. Within this mission, the goal of nursing faculty is to promote the highest quality of nursing care to the individual, families and significant persons, and the community. The aim is to facilitate optimum health, quality of life and achievement of potential for the individual.

The Associate Degree Nursing program supports the mission of the North Carolina Community College System and the mission of Southwestern Community College. The faculty is committed to providing accessible high quality nursing education to meet the diverse and changing health-care needs of the service area and to promoting the development of qualified students prepared for the professional role of registered nurse at the entry level. 

Graduates of this program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree with a nursing major (ADN), and meet the education requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. Successful completion of the nursing program does not guarantee licensure. The Board of Nursing may not issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felony. 

Persons interested in entering the nursing program are encouraged to apply. Due to enrollment limitations, interested individuals are urged to begin the process of application as early as possible. Information on nursing and the program requirements are available in the Nursing Department. Applications should be submitted online.

The Schedule

The schedule is designed for full-time study. Non-nursing courses in the curriculum may be completed at the college of enrollment or wherever is most convenient for the student. Students, however, are responsible for having their transcripts for non-nursing courses taken at other colleges sent to the college of enrollment. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of settings throughout Western North Carolina.

The structure of the nursing program permits individuals to make choices about their career in health care. After successful completion of one semester, a student is eligible to test for listing as a Nurse Aide I; after two semesters students may apply for Nurse Aide II listing.

Non-nursing classes may be taken prior to the time they are scheduled in the curriculum but if they are not, they must be taken at the times listed next. All nursing courses must be taken in the order they appear in the curriculum. 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for admission to the associate degree nursing program will follow a standard admission process, be given identical information regarding the nursing program and the criteria for admission, and assigned a nursing advisor who will follow the applicant through the pre-nursing period. It is highly recommended that interested applicants contact their advisor for assistance at their earliest opportunity.

When the individual begins the process, whether it be through Admissions Office or the Nursing Department, information and instructions are furnished to the applicant along with the explanation of the program's structure and the next step in the admissions process. The applicant will also be referred from Admissions to Nursing or Nursing to Admissions for further information and processing. Any applicant not selected for entry into the nursing program must submit a new application by the next January 31 deadline to be considered for entry in the fall of that year.

PHASE I - To be completed by January 31
The criteria for admission to the nursing program includes:

  1. A completed college Application for Admission.
  2. Evidence of high school graduation or completion of GED certificate (High School Seniors must send an interim transcript by January 31)
  3. Official copies of all high school and college course transcripts (High school seniors must have a final transcript sent within one month of graduation).
  4. Satisfactory scores on the college placement test or completion of necessary remediation. (See SCC Placement Test Requirements in Admission Enrollment section.)
  5. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. The TEAS must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year.  (See details regarding the TEAS Exam at www.southwesterncc.edu/testing-center/teas-test-essential-academic-skills)
  6. Evidence of completion of an algebra, biology, and a general chemistry at the high school level or above with a grade of “C” or better.
  7. Documentation of current licensure or certification in a health care related field is required and must be submitted to admissions prior to the January 31 deadline. A list of acceptable licensures and certifications are available in Enrollment Services. Other medical related certificates/licensures will be considered on an individual basis by admissions and the program director. Those listed in Phase II are all accepted. 
  8. Evidence of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4-point scale on the most recent transcript with 10 semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.

Once the program deadline has passed and records have been reviewed, applicants will receive a letter stating their eligibility status.

PHASE II
Applicants who complete Phase I by the January 31 deadline will be scored in accordance with the following selection system criteria: 

  • Up to 15 points for TEAS Exam
  • Grade point average is multiplied by 10: Up to 40 points
  • Up to 10 points for college courses completed with a grade of “C” or better
    • 2 points – BIO 168
    • 2 points – BIO 169
    • 2 points – BIO 175
    • 2 points – CHM 131 & 131A or an equivalent or higher course
    • 2 points – MAT 110 or higher math course
    • 2 points - Medical Terminology I and Medical Terminology II
  • Up to 3 points for other educational experience or current licensure 
    • 1 point – Health Occupations I or Allied Health Science I with current Nurse Aide Certificate
    • 1 point – Health Occupations II or Allied Health Science II with current Nurse Aide Certificate
    • 1 point – LPN
    • 1 point – Nurse Aide I / Nurse Aide II
    • 1 point - EMT
    • 1 point – Paramedic
    • 1 point – Certified Medical Assistant
    • 1 point – Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Up to 25 points for interview (45 highest ranking candidates will be interviewed)

After the interview process is completed and the points have been totaled, the applicants with the highest numerical scores will be accepted into the nursing program (up to 26 students). High school students selected for the program will be given provisional acceptance contingent upon graduation from high school. 

PHASE III
Selected applicants will be notified by the admissions office of provisional or alternate admission to the program. Once an applicant returns the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance form to the Admissions Office, they will be fully accepted into the nursing program.

Accepted applicants will receive health forms in their provisional acceptance packet. These forms must be completed and returned to the Nursing Program Coordinator within 30 days. The Program Coordinator will contact the applicant if any problems are noted on the forms and will allow 30 days for resolution of these problems. Failure to complete the health packet may result in relinquishment of full acceptance status. Accepted applicants will also be required to purchase malpractice insurance and accident or personal health insurance in August.

Notes: (This information applies to all Nursing students)

  1. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test prior to enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  2. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.
  3. At any time throughout the program, a student who presents problems of physical or emotional health and has not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable period of time will be required to withdraw from the program. Any student whose behavior conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice may also be required to withdraw from the program.

RE-ENTRY/ADVANCED PLACEMENT/TRANSFER PROCESS

Due to the limited number of students who may be enrolled in the nursing program, re-entry/advanced placement/transfer into the program is possible only on a space-available basis. In the event the number of students applying for re-entry, advanced placement or transfer exceeds the number of spaces available, priority will be given as follows: 

  1. Re-entering SCC Associate Degree nursing students
  2. Advanced Placement students
  3. Transfer Students

Admissions Requirements (to be completed by January 31)

  1. To be considered for re-entry, advanced placement or transfer, applicants must complete the following requirements:
  2. A completed college application for admission
  3. Evidence of high school graduation or completion of GED certificate
  4. Official copies of all high school and college transcripts
  5. Satisfactory scores on the college placement test or completion of necessary remediation. (See SCC Placement Test Requirements in Admission/Enrollment Section).
  6. A minimum score of 65 on the TEAS.
  7. The TEAS must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year. (See TEAS requirements in Admission/Enrollment section.)
  8. Evident of a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4-point scale on the most recent transcript with 10 semester hours completed excluding developmental courses
  9. Have completed all prerequisites specific to their entry point with a grade of "C" or better
  10. Have a grade of "C" or better in all corequisites

I. Re-entering SCC students - Additional Requirements:

  1. Applicants must re-enroll within one year of leaving the program.
  2. The applicant must declare his/her desire to re-enter the program in writing to the Nursing Program Coordinator at least three (3) months prior to the term in which the student is seeking admission.
  3. The applicant must meet all admission criteria at least three months prior to the semester he/she wishes to re-enter. If all slots have not been filled after the deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline.
  4. An applicant who must repeat a course must do so within one year of the date the original course was taken.
  5. If health forms are greater than two (2) years old, new health forms must be completed and submitted. Prior to beginning class, the student must show evident of current (less than one year old) CPR card, a current TB test, tetanus immunizations, current malpractice insurance, and accident or personal health insurance.

In the event the number of SCC nursing students applying for re-entry exceeds the number of spaces available, the cumulative GPA and TEAS score will be utilized and those students with the highest average will be accepted in the program.

II. Advanced Placement - Additional Requirements:

  1. Possess a current, valid North Carolina-eligible license
  2. Have at least 1 year of experience as a LPN
  3. Complete a nursing transitions course (NUR 214 or equivalent)
  4. Submit evidence of completion of an algebra and chemistry at the high school level or above with a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better: BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 175, ENG 111, ENG 114, MAT 110 or higher, PSY 150, and a Humanities Course.

In the event the number of qualified Advanced Placement applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, the slots will be filled based on GPA and TEAS score.

Summer Semester 1 
NUR 214 Nursing Transition Concepts 3 0 3 4
Fall Semester 1 
NUR 211 Health Care Concepts 3 0 6 5
NUR 212 Health Systems Concepts 3 0 6 5
Spring Semester 1
NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts 4 3 15 10

 

III. Transfer students - Additional Requirements:

  1. Applicants must have completed NUR 111 to be eligible for transfer.
  2. The applicant must declare his/her desire to be readmitted or to transfer into the program in writing to the Nursing Program Coordinator at least three (3) months prior to the term in which the student is seeking admission.
  3. The applicant must meet all admission criteria at least three (3) months prior to the semester he/she wishes to reenter. If all slots have not been filled after the deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline.
  4. An applicant who must repeat a course must do so within one year of the date the course was originally taken.
  5. Applicants must provide official transcripts from a Board of Nursing approved Associate Degree Nursing Program for evaluation
  6. Applicants must provide copies of outline and syllabi of nursing courses for which transfer credit is requested. These documents will be reviewed by the Nursing Program Coordinator and nursing faculty for content compatibility with Southwestern Community College's Associate Degree in Nursing courses. As each transfer is unique, validation of skills and knowledge may be required. Students lacking documentation of completion of a majority of the content for a course will be required to take the course. The final decision for transfer credit for nursing courses will be made by the Nursing Program Coordinator.
  7. Health forms must be completed and submitted. Prior to beginning classes, the student must show evidence of current (less than one year old) CPR card, a current TB test, tetanus immunizations, current malpractice insurance, and accident or personal health insurance.

After available spaces are filled with returning SCC Associate Degree Students and/or Advanced Placement students, transfer students will be selected based on their current GPA and TEAS score. The candidates with the highest numerical score will be admitted.

Degree: 

AAS

Program ID: 

A45110

Total Credits (Min): 

72

Eligible for Financial Aid: 

Yes