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Nursing Admissions


Effective September 11, 2017, students applying for admission, transfer, or readmission to any N. C. community college or university must establish residency using a Residency Determination Service (RDS) application. This service will allow a student to use one residency determination (in-state or out-of-state) for admissions applications to multiple NC public colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency for financial aid consideration. Learn More

Applicants who wish to enter the Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, or any of programs listed below must meet additional admissions requirements beyond those established for general College admission. Students who provide false information when applying to any of the program options will be disqualified for admissions.

Associate Degree Nursing
Licensed Practical Nursing


For information on entering either the LPN to ADN Advanced Placement program or the the LPN to ADN Online program, please visit the program page:

LPN to ADN Advanced Placement
LPN to ADN Online


  • Evidence of successful completion of ALL prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better.  Prerequisite courses are high school or college Chemistry (CHM 092 or higher) and Biology (BIO 110 or higher excluding BIO 168 & BIO 169) with respective labs and Algebra (DMA 40 & 50 OR MAT 070 unless waived by placement test). Each of these should be completed within the past ten years (if high school courses, 10 years by graduation date).  For nursing students, Chemistry and Biology are required prior to enrolling in BIO 168 and BIO 169.
  • New students must complete an Admissions Application, including a residency determination request. All applicants must complete Residency Determination to determine tuition status (in-state or out-of-state) prior to completing and submitting an admissions application. Documentation may be required during this process. Once you have completed your Residency Determination, you will be provided a Residency Certification Number (RCN) that can be used to complete your Admissions Application.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a North Carolina approved Certified Nurse Aide I program and be currently listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry with no substantiated findings. The Certified Nurse Aide I Training Program must include theory, lab and clinical components. If an applicant has taken the Certification in Nurse Aide I program in a state other than North Carolina, this will be considered on an individual basis if the student is listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry with no substantiated findings. CPR must be current upon admission to the Nursing Program. If you need to fulfill this prerequisite, please take advantage of the course offered through SCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division.  Contact Alonza Royal at (910) 592-7176 x.4014 or
  • Current CPR Certification – American Heart Association – Basic Life Support. No online courses are accepted. Certification card is required (no certificates are accepted). Certification in CPR must remain current throughout the nursing curriculum. If you need to fulfill this prerequisite, please take advantage of the AHA BLS CPR course offered through SCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division.  Contact Alonza Royal at (910) 592-7176 x.4014 or
  • Students who have completed courses within the program of study (Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing) prior to applying to nursing must have a grade of “C” or higher to be considered for acceptance into the Nursing Program.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).  Or if you have already taken the TEAS V within the past three years, proficient, advanced and exemplary test scores are acceptable for admissions. Applicants may take the ATI TEAS only after all prerequisites as listed above have been met. One retake per academic year is permitted. This is true regardless of testing site. Applicants must obtain an Academic Preparedness level of Proficient, Advanced, or Exemplary to be eligible for admission.


Students desiring admission into the nursing program (Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing) must complete the following steps by March 15 to be considered for the Fall semester. All applicants meeting the minimum stated requirements for consideration will be reviewed after March 15. The college reserves the right to extend the application period when warranted.

  • Download the ADN/PN Program Application from our website or obtain a copy from Student Services.
  • Complete the ADN/PN Program Application in its entirety.  This includes completing the TEAS test scores section, required pre-requisite courses section and related courses section.
  • Take your TEAS individual test results, ATI transcript, applicable transcripts and CPR card to Student Services and see a counselor.  Your TEAS individual test results and ATI transcript can be downloaded from your ATI account at Under Main Menu, select “My Results”.
  • Applicants from previous years who met the minimum qualifications will need to update their application with Student Services and resubmit their ADN/PN Program Application.


Admission into the Nursing Programs is a competitive selection process for a limited number of students.  Fully qualified students will be ranked based on a point system.  Points will be awarded for the ATI TEAS or TEAS V and other criteria.  Using a formula that assigns numerical values to specific criteria, all applicants will be ranked.  Acceptance into the ADN or PN programs will be based upon the highest cumulative scores.


  • ATI TEAS or TEAS V – All applicants will be awarded points for admission based on scores earned for the ATI TEAS or TEAS V.
  • Points for College Course Work – Applicants who have completed nine or more hours of ADN curriculum course work or six or more hours of PN curriculum course work will be awarded points for admission based upon the grades received. For purposes of this computation, the GPA will be calculated based on all related courses attempted within the curriculum. Note: Developmental course work is excluded from this computation of points.


Upon admission to the nursing programs, students will be required to submit a criminal background check and drug screening, 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 nursing 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.

Nursing program applicants should be aware that if they have pleaded guilty to or have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation), 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 nursing in the state of North Carolina.

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