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Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings.

Courses include content related to the individual, the healthcare system and nursing, as well as the nurse’s role that is characterized by evidence based clinical practice in the provision of client care.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse.

Interested in learning more?  See our calendar of upcoming Nursing Information Sessions here.

Employment Opportunities

Upon graduation students are eligible for work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, health departments, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and other related areas.

Pre-Nursing

Students are admitted under the Associate in General Education Degree until they have met the admissions requirements for the program. Faculty members advise students as to the courses they should take before formal admission. All developmental requirements may need to be completed before admission or registration into some courses.

Admission

Phase I: Preliminary Coursework and Requirements

  1. The first steps for students seeking admission to the Nursing program include:
    • Full admission to the College in the Pre-Nursing program
    • Completion of developmental courses (if required)
    • Submission of official transcripts of all post secondary education for which transfer credit will be sought
  2. Students seeking admission must provide documentation of the successful completion of a North Carolina-approved Certified Nurse Aide I program which includes theory, lab and clinical components requiring no less than 40 hours of clinical experience. If available, it is recommended that high school students complete the Nursing Fundamentals HN43 course and obtain their Certified Nurse Aide I certification with a grade of “B” or better to accelerate their pre-nursing steps toward consideration for the Nursing program.
  3. Students seeking admission must attend a mandatory information session BEFORE meeting with an advisor. This session will explain in detail the enrollment and selective admission process. Click here to register for the Nursing Information Session.
  4. Students seeking admission must meet with a Health Sciences Advisor after attending a mandatory Nursing information session. The Health Sciences Advisor will review admission requirements and assist in developing an academic plan. If you would like to make an advising appointment, please reach out to healthsciences@alamancecc.edu.
  5. Students seeking admission must complete BIO 168, BIO 169, ENG 111, and MAT 143 or MAT 152 with a grade of “C” or better. High school students seeking admission must meet the same criteria as non-high school students. 

Phase II: Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

All students seeking admission must take a Nursing Program Assessment exam (TEAS) prior to the Nursing program application deadline. If the test was taken at another testing location, an official score report must be provided. Only scores earned within the last 2 years are accepted. The test may be taken a maximum of two times per calendar year, with the highest score being accepted. A composite score of 58 or higher is required to be considered for the Nursing program.

TEAS information (through December 2021)

Phase III: Ranking/Selective Process

In order to academically compete for a seat in the Nursing program, a student must complete the Nursing Selective Admission Application. This application will be made available at the front desk in the Admissions Office and on the Nursing page of the College website after November 1 for the January 31 Nursing application deadline. All minimum requirements listed in Phase I and II must be completed successfully before a student can apply and compete for a seat in the Nursing program. Details of this process and the criteria used to rank a student will be covered at the mandatory Nursing Information Session.

Deadlines for Pre-Nursing to ADN (RN) Program


ACC offers the “Day” Nursing Program each Fall semester. The clinical application deadline each year is January 31st. An “Evening” program is offered every 2.5 years; the next evening program will be in the Fall semester of 2024.

Fall 2022 Nursing application – deadline January 31, 2022

 

Progression/Readmission

Specific progressions and readmission criteria are in the Nursing Program handbook that will be given to students upon entry into the program. For questions contact the department head or Health Sciences Admissions Counselor. Students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” and satisfactory completion of all skills to remain in the program.

Clinical sites will require a criminal records check, drug testing or other requirements before students are allowed to participate at their facility.

Technical Standards

Students entering the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the admissions office and in the program handbook.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Coordinator for Special Needs and Counseling at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Criminal Background/Drug Screen Checks

Some of the affiliating clinical agencies with which the College has contracted to provide clinical experiences for nursing students require students to submit criminal background checks and drug screening in order to participate in clinical experiences at the site. The background check and drug screen will determine if a student is eligible to enter the clinical agency. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and drug screen.

If a clinical site denies a student placement in the facility, the student would be unable to complete the required clinical component of the course. The student will be withdrawn from all NUR courses and will not be allowed to progress in the program.

Currently the Nursing Program uses an online vendor for background checks and Alamance Regional Medical Center for drug screening.

Applicants to the Nursing Program should be aware that if they have pleaded guilty to or been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than 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 for licensure to practice in the state of North Carolina.

Transfer

Transfer into the Nursing Program will be considered on availability. Students transferring into the Nursing Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Course content and credit hours must parallel that required by ACC’s Nursing curriculum.
  • General Education course grades must be “C” or better.
  • Transfer credit for NUR courses is limited to NUR-111 and NUR-117 and must be recent (no more than 2 years prior to enrollment). The grade must be “B” or better.
  • All other credits will be considered on an individual basis.
  • All transfer credit is based on availability of descriptions of such courses previously taken. Applicants are responsible for providing such descriptions upon request.