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|Fall Semester 1|
|ACA||111||College Student Success||1||0||0||1|
|BIO||168||Anatomy and Physiology I||3||3||0||4|
|NUR||111||Intro to Health Concepts||4||6||6||8|
|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||3||0||6||5|
|NUR||114||Holistic Health Concepts - 2nd 8 wks||3||0||6||5|
|Summer Semester 1|
|ENG||114||Professional Research & Reporting||3||0||0||3|
|NUR||113||Family Health Concepts||3||0||6||5|
|Fall Semester 2|
|NUR||211||Health Care Concepts||3||0||6||5|
|NUR||212||Health System Concepts||3||0||6||5|
|Spring Semester 2|
|NUR||213||Complex Health Concepts||4||3||15||10|
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.
The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents must be completed and submitted by Phase I deadline, if applicable. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program. 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.
Approximate Cost of Program
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.
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:
- If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Nursing AAS Degree (A45110) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
- Evidence of high school graduation or completion of GED certificate (High School Seniors must send an interim transcript by January 31)
- Official copies of all high school and college course transcripts (High school seniors must have a final transcript sent within one month of graduation).
- Satisfactory scores on the college placement test or completion of necessary remediation. (See SCC Placement Test Requirements in Admission Enrollment section.)
- Take the ATI TEAS Exam exam. A minimum score of 433 on the ATI TEAS Exam. The ATI TEAS Exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year.
- Evidence of completion of an algebra or college-level math, biology, and a general chemistry at the high school level or above with a grade of “C” or better.
- 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.Those listed in Phase II are all accepted. Other medical related certificates/licensures will be considered on an individual basis by admissions and the program director.
- 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.
Applicants who complete Phase I by the January 31 deadline will be scored in accordance with the following selection system criteria:
- Up to 600 points for ATI 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 115 or higher math course
- 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/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.
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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Re-entering SCC Associate Degree nursing students
- Advanced Placement students
- Transfer Students
Admissions Requirements (to be completed by January 31)
- To be considered for re-entry, advanced placement or transfer, applicants must complete the following requirements:
- A completed college application for admission
- Evidence of high school graduation or completion of GED certificate
- Official copies of all high school and college transcripts
- Satisfactory scores on the college placement test or completion of necessary remediation. (See SCC Placement Test Requirements in Admission/Enrollment Section).
- A minimum score of 65 on the ATI TEAS Exam.
- The ATI TEAS Exam 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.)
- 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
- Have completed all prerequisites specific to their entry point with a grade of "C" or better
- Have a grade of "C" or better in all corequisites
I. Re-entering SCC students - Additional Requirements:
- Applicants must submit a new college application.
- Applicants must re-enroll within one year of leaving the program.
- 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.
- 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.
- An applicant who must repeat a course must do so within one year of the date the original course was taken and may only reenter one time.
- 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 ATI TEAS Exam score will be utilized and those students with the highest average will be accepted in the program.
II. Advanced Placement - Additional Requirements (to be completed by July 31):
- Possess a current, valid North Carolina LPN or Paramedic eligible license
- Have at least 1 year of experience as a LPN
- Complete a nursing transitions course (NUR 214 or NUR 215 or equivalent)
- Submit evidence of completion of an algebra and chemistry at the high school level or above with a grade of "C" or better.
- Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better: BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 175, ENG 111, ENG 114, MAT 115 or higher, PSY 150, and a Humanities Course.
Paramedics must have an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science.
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 ATI TEAS Exam score.
|Summer Semester 1|
|Choose one course:|
|NUR||214||Nursing Transition Concepts||3||0||3||4|
|NUR||215||Paramedic/RN Bridge Concepts||3||3||6||6|
|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:
- Applicants must have completed NUR 111 to be eligible for transfer.
- 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.
- 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.
- An applicant who must repeat a course must do so within one year of the date the course was originally taken.
- Applicants must provide official transcripts from a Board of Nursing approved Associate Degree Nursing Program for evaluation
- 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.
- 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 ATI TEAS V Exam score. The candidates with the highest numerical score will be admitted.