Admission Requirements for Nursing Education Programs

Please note important deadlines for applying to the nursing programs. Admission and program requirements will be finalized by March of each year. (Admission to nursing programs occurs in the fall semester of each year). Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Nursing Programs have a competitive selection admissions process and do not have a waiting list.

The Nursing Programs understands and accepts the concept of the open-door policy for general admission to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Admission to the College does not, however, guarantee admission to the Practical Nursing program or Associate Degree Nursing program. Admission into the nursing program is selective and competitive. In addition to the College’s requirements for admission, the following are minimum requirements for admission to the nursing programs:

Phase I

    1. Complete the general enrollment process for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
    2. Print off Nursing Admissions Checklist from RCCC website.
    3. Applicants must meet program pre-requisites 1-8 by the specified dates.
    4. Submit evidence of high school graduation: official transcript or official GED transcript; and if applicable, official college transcripts. In regards to transfer credit (or credit previously earned at RCCC), related courses within the nursing curriculum – BIO and PSY must be within 5 years of the program admission year. All nursing program support courses must be a grade of “C” or better and the student must remain in good academic standing. (See RCCC Student Handbook).
    5. Present evidence of successful completion of the following within the last five (5) years
      • Biology – high school or BIO 106 or higher at a college level (grade of “C” or better)
      • Chemistry – high school or CHM 090, CHM 121 or higher at a college level (grade of “C” or better)
      • Computer – CIS 110 (grade of “C” or better) or make an acceptable score on the RCCC Technical Proficiency Exam (TPE), Computer Skills Inventory (CSI), or Computer Skills Placement (CSP).
        • Note: Placement test scores, remedial course work and demonstrated proficiency are required in all areas within 5 years of the program admission year. The applicant is limited to placement testing only twice in a twelve-month period (initial test and one re-test). Applicants should check with Student Services if they have any questions related to placement testing.
    6. Applicants must have successfully completed a North Carolina approved Nurse Aide I (NAI) program and be currently listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry with no substantiated finding of resident abuse, resident neglect or misappropriation of resident property in a Nursing Facility. The applicant must provide an official transcript or original certificate of completion verifying successful completion of a N.C. State approved NAI training course. The Nursing Aide I Training Program must include theory, lab, and clinical components and the applicant must have satisfactorily completed the skills performance check list. Out-of-state NAI training documents must contain verifiable evidence of successful completion of a 75 hr. course. These hours represent the minimum requirement for meeting N.C. guidelines.
    7. Applicants are required to register online to attend one (1) of five (5) nursing information sessions offered annually. Dates and times are available on the RCCC website. Seating is limited. Adults only please.
    8. At the end of the information session, all applicants are required to complete the “Program of Study” form and sign the “Statement of Understanding Regarding Acceptance for Clinical Training”. The clinical training statement pertains to submission of a required criminal history report and mandatory 12 panel drug screen. Please realize that for admission into the program, a criminal background check (CBC) and drug screen is required. Negative clearance from either report may prevent students from participating in clinical practice, which means that they cannot complete program requirements.

Phase II

Admission Test for Nursing

Eligible students will be invited to submit, during the 2015-2016 transition year, acceptable TEAS-V test or Kaplan admission scores. The admission test is tentatively scheduled to be administered in October 2015, February 2016 (if necessary) and June 2016 (if necessary). Only students who meet the qualifying score(s) will progress to the point system evaluation.

Cut Scores

Applicants will be required to meet both the Total and Reading cut scores for the nursing programs. Scores are determined annually by the nursing faculty. Cut score requirements are based on the annual national norm and program attrition data. The Total and Reading cut scores are at or above the “Proficient” assessment level, and are critical to overall academic preparedness necessary to support learning of nursing-related content. If you have questions, please contact the Director of Nursing Education, Cathy Norris 704-216-3701 or the Administrative Assistant, Angela Graham 704-216-3708.

Applicants not offered Contingent Program Placement will be ranked and placed on an alternate list. Contingent admission of alternates will be based on availability of space and rank. Applicants remaining after the fall class has been filled will have to reapply for the next program year and re-submit an Admission Test Qualification Form according to the specified deadlines.

Category I

  • Category I – Applicants who wish to test in October 2015 must:
    • Meet admission checklist requirements 1-8 by Sept. 1, 2015
    • Submit Admission Eligibility Form Feb. 2, 2015 – Sept. 1, 2015. Early admission is advised.

Program selection decisions for contingent acceptance – students will be notified by November 14, 2015.

If the nursing programs are filled within Category I testing, any remaining applicants who have met the TEAS or KAPLAN score requirements will be placed on the alternate list in rank order.

Category II

  • Category II – Applicants who wish to test in February 2015 must:
    • Meet admission checklist requirements 1-7 by Jan. 1, 2016
    • Submit Admission Test Qualification Form Feb. 2, 2015 – Dec. 1, 2015. Early admission is advised.

Program selection decisions for contingent acceptance – students will be notified by March 31, 2016.

Category III

  • Category III – Applicants who wish to test in February 2016 must:
    • Meet admission checklist requirements 1-8 by May 31, 2016
    • Submit Admission Test Qualification Form Feb. 2, 2016 – May 31, 2016

Program selection decisions for contingent acceptance – (students will be notified by June 31, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Director of Nursing Education, Cathy Norris or Angela Graham.

Angela Graham
Administrative Services Specialist in Associate Degree Nursing[+]
  • Health and Education
  • Academic Programs

Important Information for All Categories

  1. Study guides/resources are available for purchase from the testing company online and the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College bookstores.
  2. Remediation guidance is provided by the ATI testing company.
  3. A photo ID is required for entrance to the test.
  4. TEAS/KAPLAN scores from other colleges/universities will be considered provided:
    • The scores are within one year of the RCCC nursing program admission year;
    • The tests are the same version used by RCCC nursing programs; and the test scores must meet RCCC nursing program requirements;
    • Students who do not meet the admission criteria must reapply and meet current program admission criteria.

Nursing Selective Admission Process

There will be 30 students selected for the Practical Nursing Program. The Associate Degree Nursing program has an enrollment capacity for 60 students. Admission into the nursing programs is competitive and based on a selective point system process. The Nursing Admission Test is a multiple choice test that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing and science skills for students seeking entry into a Nursing Program. Applicants are required to meet both the score requirements for the Total and Reading scores. Points will be awarded for two of these cut score requirements. Specific cut scores will be determined annually by the nursing programs based on the national norm and program attrition data. Applicants who have met the admission test score requirement will be further evaluated on the point system criteria. Applicants who do not meet the ADN required cut cores will be further evaluated for PN cut scores at the conclusion of admission decisions. Applicants must take the current admission nursing test. Only current test scores will be used to rank the applicants.

High school students pursuing admission to the Nursing programs are encouraged to take advantage of the the RCCC Career and College Promise Nurse Aide certificate program, or High School allied health programs to remain competitive in the nursing admission process.

Phase III

Full acceptance/admission into the Nursing program is not granted until the applicant completes the following items.

  • The applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and remain in good academic standing prior to admission into the nursing program.
  • Satisfactory completion of the ‘Readiness for Nursing’ course offered through continuing education. Days and times will be provided through Continuing Education. All applicants are required to attend; no absences are permitted in order to receive credit for the course.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Admission data and health packet that will include: immunizations, physical examination form (exam within last 6 months of Aug) their personal health history, criminal background report and mandatory drug screen, CPR, CNAI, demographic information and the Novant Portal documentation. A health orientation session will be held in April, which will cover ALL health packet information.
  • Successful completion of a course in basic life support, CPR, at the American Heart Association HealthCare Provider level. Courses can be obtained through Continuing Education or other approved providers, and must be maintained throughout the NUR course sequence.

When problematic, physical, or mental health conditions exist, faculty may require timely medical reports from the student’s physician confirming that the individual is physically and mentally competent to enter, or continue, in the Nursing program.

Important Links

Advanced Placement Students
Evaluation of Physical and Emotional Health Based on Program Technical Standards
Legal Requirement for Nurse Licensure
Non-Discrimination Policy
Physical and Emotional Technical Standards for Admission and Progression of the Nursing Student
Re-entry Students 2014-2015


Updated: July 2015
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