Skip to main content

Nursing Associate - Admission Criteria

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for admission to the ADN program will follow a standard admission process, be given identical information regarding the nursing program and the admission criteria, and be 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, through the Admissions Office or the Nursing Department Advisors, 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 or a program update request by the next January 31 deadline to be on the next year's list of nursing candidates. 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 the Phase I deadline of Jan. 31.

NURSING DEPARTMENT ADVISORS:

Linda Deeb, RN, MHSA                        Office: 346 Health Sciences Center    Phone: 828.339.4367    Email:  l_deeb@southwesterncc.edu

Fern Aspen, RN, MSN, CNM, ARNP    Office: 344 Health Sciences Center    Phone: 828.339.4096    Email:  f_aspen@southwesterncc.edu

PRE-ADMISSION (PHASE 1)

YES NO REQUIREMENT
    Pre-Admission Requirement before Fall 2023- A Biology 168 Anatomy and Physiology course must be taken no later than the spring semester prior to fall admission of the year the applicant desires to enter the SCC Nursing Program. The applicant must achieve at least a “C” (“C” equals 2.0 or higher) in Biology 168 to be eligible to join the fall SCC Nursing Program cohort. Additionally, the Biology 168 course must be taken within five years prior to admission to the SCC Nursing Program or have completed a minimum of an associate’s degree in health sciences and currently working in the health field.
    Evidence of high school graduation or completion of GED certificate must be on file with the SCC Registrar (high school seniors must send an interim transcript after fall 2021 semester to the SCC Registrar by January 31.
    Official copies of all high school and college course transcripts must be sent to the SCC Registrar (SCC Registrar, 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779) from the institutions where you received your high school and college credits. NOTE: your personal copies of transcripts are not acceptable documentation. (High school Seniors must send an interim transcript after the fall semester by January 31.
    Satisfactory scores on the college placement test or completion of necessary remediation. (See SCC Placement Test Requirements in Admission/Enrollment section.)
    Must take the ATI TEAS Exam. A minimum score of 65 on the TEAS is required for the SCC 2-year Traditional Nursing Program; a 70 score is the minimum score for application to the SCC 4-year RIBN program. The TEAS test must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken twice at least 30 days apart per academic year. The link to register for the ATI TEAS is http://www.atitesting.com/teas/register.
If you take the TEAS Exam anywhere other than SCC campus, be sure to contact ATI to have your score(s) sent to SCC Enrollment Services. Then verify that your TEAS Exam score has been received at SCC prior to January 31.
    Evidence of competition of a high school algebra or college-level math and biology at the high school or college level with a grade of “C=2.0” or higher.
    Documentation of current licensure or certification in a healthcare related field is required and must be submitted to SCC Enrollment Services or to your Nursing Adviser prior to January 31 of each year.
    Evidence of a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4-point scale on the most recent transcript with 10 hours completed excluding developmental courses for the SCC 2-year Traditional Nursing Program. RIBN GPA is determined from all college courses taken.

 

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 100 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

After the points have been totaled, the applicants with the highest numerical scores will be accepted into the nursing program. 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 Director within 30 days. The Program Director 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/TRANSFER PROCESS

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

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

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for re-entry, advanced placement or transfer, applicants must complete the following requirements:

  1. A completed college application for admission
  2. Evidence of high school graduation or completion of GED certificate
  3. Official copies of all high school and college transcripts
  4. Satisfactory scores on the college placement test or completion of necessary remediation. (See SCC Placement Test Requirements in Admission/Enrollment Section).
  5. A minimum score of 65 on the ATI TEAS Exam.
  6. The ATI TEAS Exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken twice at least 30 days apart per academic year. (See TEAS requirements in Admission/Enrollment section.)
  7. 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
  8. Have completed all prerequisites specific to their entry point with a grade of "C" or better
  9. Have a grade of "C" or better in all corequisites

I. Re-entering SCC students - Additional Requirements (to be completed 90 days prior to seeking reentry):

  1. Applicants must submit a new college application.
  2. Applicants must re-enroll within one year of leaving the program.
  3. The applicant must declare his/her desire to re-enter the program in writing to the Nursing Director at least three (3) months prior to the term in which the student is seeking admission.
  4. The applicant must meet all admission criteria at least 90 days 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 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. All documents must be submitted electronically to Castlebranch or other clinical management system.

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. Transfer students - Additional Requirements (to be completed 90 days prior to admission date):

  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 Director at least 90 days prior to the term in which the student is seeking admission.
  3. The applicant must meet all admission criteria at least 90 days 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 or advanced placement is requested. The Nursing Program Coordinator and nursing faculty for content compatibility with Southwestern Community College's Associate Degree in Nursing courses will review these documents. As each transfer is unique, validation of skills and knowledge may be required.
  7. 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 Director.
  8. 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 or transfer students will be selected based on their current GPA and ATI TEAS V Exam score on a first come, first serve basis. 

Philosophy, Vision & Mission

If you are using assistive technology and cannot access this information, please contact the webmaster to request an alternative format.