Associate Degree Nursing program graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Associate Degree Nursing Program
(admission criteria subject to change)
Please carefully review all information which has been provided. Upon graduation from the program, the student receives the Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The associate's program is fully approved by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). If you have questions regarding this information, contact the CVCC Department of Nursing at (828) 327-7000.
What is the class schedule/length for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program?
CVCC currently offers an Associate Degree in Nursing program during the day. Students participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences typically Monday through Friday. The ADN Program consists of five semesters. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX) for RNs. The NC Board of Nursing will review the criminal background checks of each person applying for licensure. Applicants can be denied licensure based on this review. Applicants may take the general education/related coursework for the ADN program prior to acceptance. Please note that taking these courses does not shorten the program length, but it does lighten one’s course load each semester after acceptance into the program. Applicants receive points towards admission for general education courses completed.
Please see Application Packet uder the Information tab.
Criminal Background Check
Carefully read the information below regarding background checks, drug testing, and the result of a negative background check. Applicants may only use CastleBranch, a background screening and compliance management company, for background check/drug screenings.
- Clinical facilities will require students to undergo criminal background checks and/or drug testing.
- The student will be required to pay fees associated with these screenings.
- Clinical facilities may refuse access to clinical experiences based on the criminal background checks and/or drug testing.
- If a clinical facility refuses to allow a student access to a clinical experience, the student will be unable to continue in the program.
Nursing, the Associate Degree in Nursing, and the Associate Degree in Nursing, Hickory, Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Articulation Agreement options for this curriculum.
- Associate Degree Nursing, AAS
- Associate Degree Nursing Hickory RIBN Articulation Agreement, AAS
- Associate in General Education-Nursing, AAS
- Career and College Promise Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Pathway Certificate
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree option in this curriculum.
Documents and Forms
» Student Medical Forms ( Please do not submit these to CVCC.)
Program Effectiveness Data
|Year||NCLEX Pass Rates||Program Completion Rates||Job Placement Rates|
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test is specifically designed for students interested in nursing and healthcare professions. It was developed by ATI Testing to measure content areas in reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. The exam is a 170 item multiple choice format. It is a timed test of 209 minutes, but applicants are encouraged to block out four hours for the exam. The total possible points for the TEAS is a 100 composite score.
How do I schedule a time to take the TEAS test?
Students can view upcoming test dates and times and schedule their test date through the CVCC Testing Center webpage. It is the applicant's responsibility to schedule the TEAS exam. No reminder will be sent to the applicant to complete the exam.
What if I have taken the TEAS test at another testing location and would like to send the scores to CVCC?
How do I do that? Scores for TEAS exams taken at other test sites will only be accepted from ATI. Applicants will need to select TEAS Transcript and must have those scores submitted to CVCC before the program deadline date.
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) allows a student who earns the Associate degree with no grade lower than a "C" to be guaranteed admission to at least one of the UNC system schools as a Junior and make a smooth transition for maximum credit transfer.
Some Associate in Applied Science degrees may transfer in full or in part to a four-year school. CVCC has agreements with certain schools to accept the AAS degree in a 2 + 2 arrangement (subject to change).
Important Note: As always, it is imperative that a student at CVCC should be in full conversation with the senior school before selecting and completing a program of study at CVCC.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) may transfer to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as:
- Appalachian State University
- Fayetteville State
- East Carolina University
- North Carolina A&T State University
- North Carolina Central University
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- University of North Carolina at Pembroke
- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
- Western Carolina University
- Winston-Salem State University
Associate Degree Nursing (RN to BSN - RIBN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program.
RIBN Program with Lenoir-Rhyne University
The Hickory RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing) program is a four-year nursing option that will dually admit and enroll students to both Lenoir-Rhyne University and CVCC. This program will provide a seamless Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to a Baccalaureate Nursing Degree (BSN) for top academic students who meet RIBN's stringent admissions criteria. Upon successful completion of the first three years at CVCC, students will take their fourth year entirely at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Admission to the program is highly competitive and selective; students will be chosen on the basis of specific academic requirements.
Note: RIBN is not a “fast track” program to earn a BSN degree. It generally takes eight full-time semesters and two summer terms to complete this program. Although Hickory RIBN is designed for graduating high school seniors who enter college to pursue nursing, students who have been notified of an acceptance into the CVCC Nursing program may be eligible to apply to the RIBN program with transfer status. Seats are limited.
To see more information, check out the RIBN Lenoir-Rhyne University program. To access RIBN content, select the RIBN option under Application Types.
For general information related to the profession of nursing, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor.
Nursing is a career field with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. The following activities are examples of the kind of activities which a student in the Nursing program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program.
|Critical Thinking||Nursing student should possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.||Student must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop or participate in the development of nursing care plan.|
|Interpersonal Skills||Nursing student shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.||Student shall establish rapport with clients/patients and health care team members.|
|Communication Skills||Nursing student shall possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document, and interpret nursing actions and client/patient responses.|
|Mobility||Nursing student shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, stand, and walk for extensive periods of time.||Moves around in patients' rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas and administer cardiopulmonary procedures.|
|Motor Skills||Nursing student shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.||Calibrate and use equipment and position clients/patients.|
|Hearing||Nursing student shall possess auditory ability, sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.|
|Visual||Nursing student shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and test necessary in nursing care.||Observe client/patient responses, see calibration of blood pressure equipment, assess patient.|
|Tactile||Nursing student shall possess tactile ability sufficient for physical test.||Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, and insertions of catheters.|
|Weight-Bearing||Nursing student shall possess ability to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds, weekly and sometimes daily.||Position clients/patients, move equipment.|
|Cognitive Abilities||Nursing student shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person and organize responsibilities, make decisions.||Student shall assess client/patient complaints and implement appropriate.|
|Occupational Exposures||Nursing student may be exposed to communicable disease and/or body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, latex, and shall use appropriate precautions at all times.||Student may be assigned a patient with a communicable disease and shall provide total care using universal precautions.|
Note: Standards developed by the Board of Directors for the Southern Council of Education for Nursing to assist Nursing Education Programs in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please note: Examples are not all inclusive.
If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact the Counselor/Students with Disabilities Program at least 72 hours in advance at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4222 or email@example.com
Nursing: Career Outlook
For questions regarding admissions requirements, contact:
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4216