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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 do not have a waiting list.

Phase I

    1. In addition to the general enrollment process for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, applicants being considered for admission must complete the following:
      • Meet admission requirements (1-7) by the specified dates detailed in Categories I, II, & III.
      • Submit an “Admission Test Qualification Form” to the Admission office in accordance with directives specified in Categories I, II & III specified in Phase II. Admission Test Qualification Forms are only available in Student Services.
      • Students will be admitted based on a competitive selection process.
    2. Applicants are required to register on line to attend one (1) of five (5) nursing information sessions offered by the nursing education faculty annually.
      • Registration is required as seating is limited.
      • Dates and times are available on the RCCC website.
      • Attendance in a past year(s) does not fulfill this requirement.
      • Applicants should direct all questions regarding the program requirements to the Nursing Administrative Assistant, Angela Graham 704-216-3708 or angela.graham@rccc.edu.
    3. All applicants will be required to sign in. Failure to do so will delay your admission process. 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). Any applicant who has had past misdemeanors/felonies is strongly advised to contact Robin Seropian in Student Services at robin.seropian@rccc.edu, to get instructions for a preliminary background check. 
    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).
    6. Be academically prepared to enroll in ENG 111, Expository Writing, and show proficiency in the mathematics area (Numerical/Pre-Algebra, Algebra I). All applicants for admission into the nursing programs can satisfy this requirement by meeting one criterion from each of the following areas. NOTE: Placement test scores, remedial course work, and demonstrated proficiency in mathematics (Algebra I) must be acquired within 5 years of the program admission year.
      • Writing (completed within five years of the program admission year)
        • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Writing (or)
        • Standard score of 70 or higher on the COMPASS Writing (or)
        • Standard score of 165 or higher on combined Reading/English Accuplacer score (or)
        • Satisfactory completion of ENG 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 (or)
        • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) course in English composition (or)
        • SAT Writing score of 500 or ACT Writing score of 18
      • Reading (completed within five years of the program admission year)
        • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Reading Skills (or)
        • Standard score of 81 or higher on the COMPASS Reading Comprehension (or)
        • Standard score of 165 or higher on combined Reading/English Accuplacer score (or)
        • Satisfactory completion of ENG 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 (or)
        • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of a college level (associate degree or higher) course in English composition (or)
        • SAT Reading score of 500 or ACT Reading score of 21
      • Math – Numerical Skills and Pre-Algebra Skills (completed within five years of the program admission year)
        • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Numerical Skills (or)
        • Standard score of 47 or higher on the COMPASS Pre-Algebra (or)
        • Standard score of 55 or higher on  Accuplacer Arithmetic (or)
        • Satisfactory completion of MAT 070 (or)
        • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) math course (or)
        • SAT Math score of 500 or ACT Math score of 22
      • Math – Elementary Algebra (completed within five years of the program admission year)
        • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Elementary Algebra + 42 or higher on the Numerical Skills (or)
        • Standard score of 46 or higher on the COMPASS Algebra + 47 or higher on the Pre-algebra (or)
        • Standard score of 55 or higher on Accuplacer algebra
        • Satisfactory completion of MAT 070 (or)
        • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) math course within the last 5 years (or)
        • SAT Math score of 500 or ACT Math score of 22
      • The applicant is limited to placement testing 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.
    7. 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.

Phase II

Admission Test for Nursing

Eligible students will be invited to submit acceptable TEAS-V test scores. RCCC will provide one testing opportunity for qualified applicants. Test is tentatively scheduled to be administered in October 2014, February 2015 (if necessary) and June 2015 (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 Adjusted Individual 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 Adjusted Individual 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 704-216-3704 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.

Admission testing categories and deadlines:

Category I

  • Category I – Applicants who wish to test in October, 2014 must meet:
    • Admission checklist requirements 1-7 by Sept. 1, 2014
    • Submit Admission Test Qualification Form Feb. 3, 2014 – Sept. 1, 2014. Early admission is advised.

Program selection decisions for contingent acceptance – students will be notified by November 14, 2014.

If the nursing programs are filled within Category I testing, any remaining applicants who have met the TEAS 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, 2015
    • Submit Admission Test Qualification Form Feb. 3, 2014 – Dec. 1, 2014. Early admission is advised.

Program selection decisions for contingent acceptance – students will be notified by March 31, 2015.

Category III

  • Category III – Applicants who wish to test in February, 2015 must meet:
    • Admission checklist requirements 1-7 by May 31, 2015
    • Submit Admission Test Qualification Form Feb. 3, 2015 – May 31, 2015

Program selection decisions for contingent acceptance – (students will be notified by June 31, 2015)

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

Cathy Norris
Director in Nursing Education[+]
  • Health and Education Programs
  • Academic Programs
phone704-216-3701
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Angela Graham
phone704-216-3708
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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. Students will have the opportunity for remediation by the testing company.
  3. A photo ID is required for entrance to the test.
  4. TEAS scores from other colleges/universities will be considered provided:
    • The scores are within one year of the RCCC nursing program admission year;
    • The TEAS test is the same version used by RCCC nursing programs; and the test scores must meet RCCC nursing program requirements.
  5. 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 Adjusted Individual 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. Additional points will be awarded to applicants who score in the advanced or exemplary category for Reading.

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 score 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. TEAS scores from other colleges/universities will be considered provided the scores are within one year of the RCCC nursing program admission year and the TEAS test is the same version used by RCCC nursing programs. The test scores must meet RCCC nursing program requirements.

High school students pursuing admission to the Nursing programs are encouraged to take advantage of the high school Allied Health, while still in high school to remain competitive in the admission process.

Nursing Education Programs Point System Evaluation

The point system is an objective means for evaluating nursing applicants. Fifty percent (50%) of an applicant’s total points will come from the nursing admission test. Fifty percent (50%) of total points will come from the following:

  • Related high school and/or college classes completed prior to Point System Evaluation
  • Post-secondary degrees or diploma
  • Work experience
  • County of residence (Rowan or Cabarrus)

Nursing applicants will be ranked based upon points earned, and the students with the highest number of points will be selected. If two or more students have the identical point count total, the reading score will be the deciding factor. If further validation is needed, math scores will be utilized.

  • The applicant is required to print and submit the completed Point System Evaluation sheet from the website to the nursing department. Sections A – E must be complete accompanied by documentation verifying of the ATI Score sheet, transcripts, work experience and county of residence (addresses that are in Datatel will be used for county of residence).
  • Additional points will be awarded to applicants who score in the advanced or exemplary category for Reading. Applicants who have met the admission test score requirements will be further evaluated on the point system criteria.
  • Applicants who do not meet the ADN required cut score will be further evaluated for the PN cut score at the conclusion of admission selection.
  • Faculty will verify information submitted by the student to determine qualified applicants for the nursing programs.
  • Acceptance letters will be mailed to contingent students according to the guidelines specified in each Category documented in Phase II, instructions will be included regarding attendance at a Health Orientation Session during the summer term.
  • Nursing Education Programs Point System Evaluation

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 the last 6 months) that 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 the summer term which will cover health packet information, and an overview of Fire Safety protocol from CMCNE.
  • 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: March 2014
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