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LPN to ADN | Advanced Placement

Overview

Licensed Practical Nurses may be granted advanced placement into the third semester (Summer) of the Associate Degree Nursing program. Incomplete and/or faxed copies of required documents are not accepted. Our process is reviewed annually and is subject to change.

Requirements

  1. Candidates must show evidence of a current unencumbered North Carolina license to practice as an LPN. License must remain unencumbered while enrolled in the nursing program.
  2. Candidates must show current CPR Certification Card (American Heart Association Basic Life Support) course. Certificate card is required.  Letters or certificates are not acceptable. Online certifications or re-certifications are not accepted. Certification in CPR must remain current throughout the nursing curriculum.
  3. Candidates must have been employed for the last 2 years as a LPN or have graduated from a PN program within the last year. A letter of reference from your current employer is required.
  4. Submit an online SCC Admissions Application.
  5. Submit official transcripts from all previous schools, including high school, to the Admissions Office by January 31st of the year desiring admission.
  6. Complete all first-year related course work for the Associate Degree Nursing program with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above (ACA 115, BIO 168, BIO 169, PSY 150, PSY 241). Preference will be given to students who have completed all related courses with a GPA of 2.50 or better as of January 31st. Refer to the Associate Degree Nursing program brochure for a list of related courses or Appendix 12 of this handbook.
  7. Submit the Advanced Placement Testing Request Form to the Division Chair of Health Programs by January 31st. The form may be obtained from the Division Secretary and/or SCC website.
  8. Upon admission to the Associate Degree Program: A) Complete an SCC Health History Examination Form (supplied by the nursing department), including the practitioner’s examination section and B) Complete an admissions interview with a counselor in Student Services.
  9. Students will submit to criminal background checks and drug screening upon admission to the Associate Degree program and random drug screenings, as directed by affiliating clinical agencies. The results of the background check and drug screen may determine if a student is eligible to enter clinical agencies. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and drug screen. Applicants should be aware that a student must be able to enter and/or remain in all clinical agencies to progress within the program. If a clinical site denies a student placement in their facility, the student would be unable to complete the required clinical component of the course; therefore, the student will be withdrawn from all NUR courses and will not be allowed to progress in the program. The background check and drug screening must be completed by the specified date. Failure to complete the process as specified will jeopardize enrollment in the program.
  10. Applicants to the nursing program should be aware that if they have pled guilty to or have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the NC Board of Nursing may restrict or deny licensure. The NC Board of Nursing requires criminal history checks for each person applying to practice in the state of North Carolina.

Validate & Transfer

In addition to general admission requirements, students requesting admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be required to validate their nursing knowledge and skills. Students must make a minimum score of 80 on the NACE I Exam (Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam) to be eligible for Advanced Placement. The cost of the exam is the responsibility of the applicant and is set by the company. Test scores are acceptable for a period of three (3) years. A student may choose to re-test. The most recent score will be considered. Advanced placement in the Associate Degree Nursing program is a competitive process and based on available spaces in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Advanced Placement applicants must assume responsibility for confirming that required documents, official transcripts, scores, and grades have been received by the application deadline. Eligible applicants not accepted will not be carried over to a waiting list for the following year and must re-apply in the next Advanced Placement cycle.

Responsibility of Applicant

Advanced Placement applicants must assume responsibility for confirming that required documents, official transcripts, scores, and grades have been received by the application deadline. Eligible applicants not accepted will not be carried over to a waiting list for the following year and must re-apply in the next Advanced Placement cycle.

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