Associate Degree Nursing Admissions Packet
Associate Degree Nursing admission packet provides information to assist you with the admission and selection process for the nursing program.
2022 Fall Associate Degree Nursing Program Admission Packet
Application and Requirements Deadline – January 31, 2022
It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the completion of the Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) whether enrolled at CVCC or elsewhere. CVCC reserves the right to change curriculum and admission requirements without prior notice. Applicants are responsible for completing admission requirements and ensuring all materials have been submitted by the deadline.
Please do not wait until the deadline to start the process. Application to any healthcare program is complex. Applicants who begin the CVCC admission process weeks or months before the deadline give themselves time to resolve unexpected issues.
This packet provides information to assist you with the admission and selection process for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. Please carefully review all information provided in this packet. Additional information can be found on the CVCC Nursing website. For questions regarding the Nursing program, contact the Department Head of Nursing at (828) 327-7000 extension 4336 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding admission requirements, please contact Admissions at (828) 327-7000, extension 4216 or by emailing email@example.com.
How do I find information about Nursing and employment opportunities?
For general information related to the profession of nursing, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm.
What is the class schedule/length for the 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.
How do I apply for the program?
Complete the CVCC Online Application for Admission under the “Apply Now” tab on the CVCC homepage and if possible, visit with an admissions staff member in Student Services by the specified deadline. Applications may be activated by distance provided the applicant sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in which a request is made to activate by distance and accompanied by a copy of the photo ID. Whether an application is activated in person or by distance, applicants are responsible for reading and understanding packet contents and meeting requirements. Admission to the program is based upon completion of all minimum requirements as listed on the attached Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) Checklist by the specified deadline date, the number of vacancies in the program and the competitive selection process. Completion of the MAR is not a guarantee of acceptance. CVCC does not use waiting lists for any health program.
How much does the program cost?
College tuition is set by the North Carolina State Legislature and is subject to change. ADN students are required to purchase a variety of books, class uniforms, malpractice insurance, accident insurance, and other fees as set by the college. The approximate cost for the program is $9,400.00. (This figure is based upon current in-state tuition rates and reflects an approximate cost only.)
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.ed.gov). For information about financial aid, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid online, by email at email@example.com or by calling (828) 327-7000, ext. 4860.
Do I need a computer?
Yes! Coursework requires students to have their own computer with dependable internet access, printer access, microphone, webcam accessibility, Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Upon application activation to CVCC, students are assigned a CVCC email address. Communication between student, faculty and any other college personnel will be by CVCC email. Students are expected to use the CVCC email for all college correspondence. Students need to read CVCC emails daily and check Blackboard for announcements/assignments, whether enrolled at CVCC or elsewhere. Applicants are notified of an accepted or non-accepted status via CVCC email.
Will I be required to complete a Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening?
Yes. 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 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 any clinical facility refuses to allow a student access to a clinical experience, the student will be unable to continue in the program.
How does undocumented immigrant status or DACA status affect application to the program?
Current North Carolina Community College System policy allows DACA and undocumented applicants to enroll at CVCC at the out of state tuition cost. However, acceptance to the college does not guarantee acceptance to a specific program. Students with an unexpired DACA status are eligible to apply to an Allied Health program. Students must keep active DACA status to remain enrolled in an Allied Health program. Professional licensure is granted by state licensing boards. Students should inquire with the appropriate licensure board for specific licensure requirements. Undocumented students are not eligible for admission to an Allied Health program. According to North Carolina and Federal laws, undocumented students are not eligible for North Carolina professional licensure. This policy is subject to change without notice based upon federal and state regulations
What if I move while applying for this program?
It is a student’s responsibility to inform the college of changes in personal information regarding name, phone number and mailing address. To make changes to personal information, follow the instructions found on the CVCC Student Records on the MyCVCC Portal. Students may also visit Student Services to request the change.
What if I am not admitted to the program?
Applicants not admitted will need to re-apply by completing the MAR Checklist for the year of reapplication and visit/email Student Services to confirm an active program status. Students are responsible for ensuring all materials are submitted as directed and by the published deadline.
I am currently a nursing student at another college or university and would like to transfer to CVCC to pursue an ADN. What should I do?
Contact the Department Head of Nursing, at (828) 327-7000, extension 4336, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When and how will I be notified of acceptance to the program?
Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program within 2-4 weeks of the deadline via an email to their CVCC email account. Applicants chosen as alternates or not accepted for the program will also be notified at that time. Students may apply to only one (1) healthcare program at a time. Should acceptance to that program be denied, the student may apply to another healthcare program whose application deadline has not yet occurred at CVCC. (CVCC Procedures 3.4)
Can I apply to another CVCC healthcare program if I am selected as an “Alternate” for the nursing program?
An “alternate” status is not a “denied” status. Students selected as alternates who wish to apply to another program must forfeit their spot on the Nursing Alternate list.
Do I need to be a Certified Nurse Aide I (CNA) to apply for this program?
Applicants may apply without having CNA certification however applicants, once accepted, must provide to the CVCC Department of Nursing proof of a North Carolina Certified Nurse Aide 1 certification by July 20, 2022 and be currently listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide 1 Registry with no substantiated finding of resident abuse, resident neglect or misappropriation of resident property in a Nursing Facility. The North Carolina Certified Nurse Aide 1 Training Program must include theory, lab, and clinical components. If an applicant has taken the Certified Nurse Aide 1 Program in a state other than North Carolina, this will be considered on an individual basis.
Do I need to be CPR certified to apply for this program?
Applicants may apply to the program without having current CPR certification however, once accepted to the program, must provide proof of current Healthcare Provider CPR (American Heart Association Basic Life Support) certification by July 20, 2022.
Can I take the CNA I certification course and/or the CPR certification course at CVCC?
Yes. CVCC offers the Certified Nursing Aide I course and CPR certification course at various times throughout the year. Please refer to the Nursing webpage for course schedule, costs and sign up process.
Are there any other requirements after initial acceptance to the nursing program?
Yes. Accepted applicants will be required to attend the Nursing Orientation Session and have the following three items completed by July 20, 2022:
- Submit a completed Student Medical Form certifying that he/she appears to be able to participate in the activities of a health profession in a clinical setting;
- Be certified as a CNA I, be on the registry and be in good standing; and
- Have current CPR certification; and
- Complete CastleBranch requirements. Detailed instructions will be provided at nursing orientation.
What happens if I am unable to provide proof of current CNA certification (in good standing), current CPR certification (as specified above) and/or submit the completed Student Medical Form before July 20, 2022?
If you are initially accepted into the ADN program, the Department of Nursing will provide you with additional information on these requirements. If any of these requirements are not met, you will not be allowed to enter the ADN program.
Do I need to wait until the deadline to submit items and apply?
Applicants do not need to wait for a deadline to submit items and are encouraged to submit items early. Applicants are responsible for making sure all materials have been submitted to the college by the deadline and as directed by the packet.
How do I submit the MAR Checklist once it is completed?
From the student’s CVCC email account (activated after the visit/email to Student Services), email a scanned or cell phone photo of the completed MAR Checklist to email@example.com. The MAR Checklist must be entirely readable with the student’s name and CVCC ID number. MAR Checklists are not accepted after the published deadline; applicants should make note of the deadline date published in the packet and on the MAR Checklist. All documents must be emailed by the published deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents emailed to any other CVCC email address are not considered.
Minimum Admission Requirements (MARs) Explained
To be considered for acceptance, all applicants must complete Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) by January 31, 2022. The following information explains each Minimum Admission Requirement in detail and provides hyperlinks to resources that may be helpful in fulfilling each requirement. Applicants are responsible for making sure all materials have been submitted to the College by the deadline and as directed by the packet.
Do This Step First
Activate the CVCC Application with “Nursing – A.D.N.” as the intended major and visit Student Services with a photo ID to confirm your records have active status if you have been a previous student.
Submitted applications are activated when a student brings a valid photo ID to the Student Services building and meets with an admissions staff member. No appointment is necessary to activate an Application or confirm an active program status for previous students. Students must have an active program status to be considered for the program.
Applications may be activated by distance provided the applicant sends an email by the deadline to email@example.com in which a request is made to activate the Application and a copy of a photo ID. Whether applications are activated in person or by distance, applicants are responsible for reading and understanding the packet contents and meeting requirements.
To avoid disappointment, do not wait until the deadline day to start the application process. Visit the CVCC Admissions webpage for hours of operation. Directions and Campus Maps are available on the CVCC webpage.
High School Transcript
Submit an official High School/High School Equivalency transcript in a sealed envelope issued by the school, electronically through a third party vendor to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail. Plan accordingly to ensure transcripts arrive by the deadline. Information on how to request transcripts may visit How to Request Official Transcripts webpage.
Submit all official college transcripts from every school ever attended (except CVCC) in a sealed envelope issued from the school, electronically through a third party vendor (Parchment, ScriptSafe,etc.) to email@example.com or by postal mail. Plan accordingly to ensure transcripts arrive by the deadline. Information on how to request transcripts may visit How to Request Official Transcripts webpage.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required at time of application, to bring official, sealed transcripts or unofficial transcripts. Plan accordingly as all official transcripts must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the program
Demonstrate college readiness by appropriate developmental courses, college courses, SAT or ACT scores, college placement testing, Multiple Measures or RISE placement assignment.
College level English and math courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher; or Qualifying SAT, ACT, Multiple Measures or NCDAP scores within 10 years.
Meet Biology Competency (either from high school or college)
Completion of a high school biology course with a grade of “C” or higher or completion of a college level biology course with a grade of “C” or higher.
Meet Chemistry Competency (either from high school or college)
Completion of a high school chemistry course taken as part of the high school curriculum (non-developmental) with a grade of “C” or higher or completion of a college level (100 or above) chemistry course with a grade of “C” or higher.
Required Grade Point Average (GPA)
Applicants must satisfy at least one of the GPA scenarios:
- Recent high school graduates (January 1, 2019 or later) and current high school students must have an unweighted GPA of 2.80 or higher. Transcripts must indicate a GPA is an unweighted GPA.
- Current or prior CVCC students must have a 2.80 cumulative GPA.
- Applicants who have not attended CVCC, but have completed at least 6 curriculum course credit hours in the CVCC ADN curriculum at another regionally accredited college or university and earned at least a 2.80 GPA or better may use that GPA.
Complete ATI TEAS - Test of Essential Academic Skills
Every applicant must take the TEAS and get a score of 63 or above before the deadline.
If applicants take the TEAS at CVCC, TEAS scores are automatically recorded in the applicant’s record.
Applicants who do not take the TEAS at CVCC must request official score reports from ATI (www.atitesting.com) to be sent to CVCC before the deadline.
Regardless of the test site, TEAS scores are valid for three (3) years.
The TEAS test is given by appointment only at CVCC. Applicants may schedule a test date online through the Testing Center webpage. The TEAS exam fee is paid through the CVCC Business Office. The Business Office will provide a receipt of payment. The receipt of payment will be taken to the CVCC Testing Center on the test date. Testing will not be allowed without the receipt. Photo ID is required to take the TEAS Exam. Please contact the Business Office at (828) 327-7000 for additional questions.
There is no limit placed on the number of times an applicant can take the TEAS exam. The highest score within three (3) years will be used. Applicants may test only once per day.
An ATI TEAS Study Guide is available for purchase in the CVCC bookstore or can be purchased online at www.atitesting.com.
Submit the completed MAR Checklist before the deadline.
From the applicant’s CVCC email account (activated after the visit/email request to activate in Student Services), email a scanned copy or cell phone photo of the completed MAR Checklist to firstname.lastname@example.org. The MAR Checklist must be entirely readable with the student’s name and CVCC ID number. MAR Checklists are not accepted after the published deadline; applicants should make note of the deadline date published in the packet and on the MAR Checklist. All documents must be emailed by the published deadline and as directed to email@example.com. Documents emailed to any other CVCC email address are not considered.
Competitive Selection and Ranking
The following criteria will be used to evaluate and select the best-qualified applicants from those who completed all Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) by the deadline. Those applicants receiving the highest number of points will be admitted to the program until the class is filled. The number of students accepted each year can vary. The number of students completing the first year and moving into the second year will determine the number of students to be accepted each year.
- Points for completion (with a "C" or better) of any of the following general education courses in the ADN curriculum:
- BIO 168 and BIO 169 – Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2
- BIO 275 – General Microbiology
- ENG 111 – Writing and Inquiry
- ENG 112 – Writing/Research in the Disciplines or ENG 114 – Pro Research and Reporting (When choosing between ENG 112 and ENG 114, please note that ENG 112 in also part of the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science programs. Students who also wish to pursue this degree may choose ENG 112.)
- PSY 150 – General Psychology
- PSY 241 – Developmental Psych
- Select one of the following Humanities/Fine Arts courses
- ART 111 – Art Appreciation
- ART 114 – Art History Survey I
- ART 115 – Art History Survey II
- MUS 110 – Music Appreciation
- MUS 112 – Introduction to Jazz
- PHI 215 – Philosophical Issues
- PHI 240 – Introduction to Ethics
- HUM 115 – Critical Thinking (Note: The Nursing career field requires strong critical thinking skills. If available, students should strongly consider taking HUM 115 – Critical Thinking.)
- Points for the applicant’s cumulative GPA. The applicant’s unweighted cumulative high school GPA may be used. The applicant must have graduated from high school January 1, 2019 or later. Applicants in their senior year of high school at the time of application will be required to submit a partial high school transcript and the cumulative unweighted GPA at the time of the deadline will be used. Applicants who have graduated from high school within the specified timeframe will use either the unweighted high school GPA or the cumulative GPA at CVCC, whichever is higher. Transfer students bringing in 6 or more transfer credits may use that college’s GPA, CVCC’s GPA, or the unweighted high school GPA. The highest cumulative GPA total will be used. There will not be any GPA combinations. Only the highest single source cumulative GPA will be used.
- Points will be awarded to applicants with an advanced degree. Applicants who have attained an AA/AS/AAS/AFA/AE/AGE/BA/BS/MA/MS will be awarded points toward admission. Degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of the degree will be verified from official transcripts.
- Points will be awarded to applicants who provide documentation of two years (24 months) of patient – oriented healthcare experience. The Employment Verification Form (EVF) included in this packet must contain actual dates of employment and bear the signature of the applicant’s supervisor. Military veterans may submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member-4) and a copy of their military transcript for evaluation of healthcare experience/training while serving in the military. If assistance is needed obtaining these documents, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are responsible for ensuring documentation is submitted as directed by the packet and submitted by the deadline. Only the included EVF in the nursing packet is acceptable.
- Applicants will be awarded points according to their score on the TEAS exam. There is no limit on the number of times a student takes the TEAS test; however, applicants may test only once per day. A minimum of 63 on the exam must be achieved. Official test scores sent electronically by ATI must be received by the deadline to be considered. Scores within the last three (3) years (taken on or after January 1, 2019) will be considered and the highest total score will be used.
Associate Degree Nursing - Technical Standards
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, 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, 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 BP 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, 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.
Pre-Admission Coursework Guide
The information provided below is for planning purposes only. Admission and curriculum requirements are subject to change without notice.
The following courses must be completed by January 31, 2022:
- Biology – Completion of a high school biology course with a grade of “C” or higher or a college level biology course with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Chemistry – Completion of a high school chemistry class taken as part of the high school curriculum (non-developmental) with a grade of “C” or higher or a college level (100 or above) chemistry course with a grade of “C” or higher.
Applicants are not required to complete the following courses before submitting a MAR Checklist, but these courses are awarded points in the competitive selection process. These courses, which require a grade of “C” or better, meet program degree requirements:
- BIO 168 – Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 credit hours)
- BIO 169 – Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 credit hours)
- BIO 275 – Microbiology (4 credit hours)
- ENG 111 – Writing and Inquiry (3 credit hours)
- ENG 112 – Writing/Research in the Disciplines (3 credit hours) or ENG 114 – Professional Research and Reporting (3 credit hours)
- Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (3 credit hours): Choose one course from ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, HUM 115, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215 or PHI 240
- PSY 150 – General Psychology (3 credit hours)
- PSY 241 – Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
2022 Associate Degree Nursing MAR Checklist
Application and Requirements Deadline - January 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST
Name: ______________________________ Student ID Number: _______________________
This MAR Checklist can be found on the CVCC Nursing webpage. Any revisions made to the MAR Checklist are updated to the webpage and provided on paper in Admissions. Admission requirements are subject to change without notice. Students must ensure all materials have been submitted before the deadline and as directed by the packet.
Do this first: Activate the CVCC Application with “Nursing – A.D.N.” as the intended major and visit Student Services with a photo ID to confirm your records have active status if you have been a previous student.
Submitted applications are activated when a student brings a valid photo ID to the Student Services building and meets with an admissions staff member. No appointment is necessary to activate an application or confirm an active program status for previous students. Students must have an active program status to be considered for the program. Applications may be activated by distance provided the applicant sends an email by the deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org in which a request is made to activate the application and a copy of a photo ID. Whether applications are activated in person or by distance, applicants are responsible for reading and understanding the packet contents and meeting requirements.
Submit official High School/High School Equivalency Transcript in a sealed envelope issued from the school, electronically through a third party vendor to email@example.com or by postal mail. Plan accordingly to ensure transcripts arrive by the deadline.
Submit official, sealed College Transcripts from every school ever attended (except CVCC) in a sealed envelope issued from the school, electronically through a third party vendor to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail. Plan accordingly to ensure transcripts arrive by the deadline. If additional coursework is completed after submission of transcripts, an official updated transcript must be submitted to CVCC to ensure all possible transfer credit is awarded.
Demonstrate college readiness by appropriate developmental courses, college courses, SAT/ACT scores, college placement testing, Multiple Measures or RISE placement assignment.
Completed a high school or college level Biology course with a grade of “C” or higher.
Completed a high school curriculum (non-developmental) or college level (100 or above) Chemistry course with a grade of “C” or higher.
Met GPA Requirement (2.80).
Completed ATI TEAS Exam with a composite score of 63 or higher. Official scores sent from other locations must come through ATI Testing (www.atitesting.com) and must be received at CVCC before the deadline date.
Submit this completed MAR Checklist before the deadline. From the student’s CVCC email account, send a scanned or cell phone photo of the completed MAR Checklist to email@example.com. The entire document must be legible and readable.