(Transition to the Associate Degree Nursing)
Advanced Placement Testing Request Form
Licensed Practical Nurses may be granted advanced placement into the third semester (summer) of the Associate Degree Nursing program under the following conditions:
- Candidates must show evidence of a current unencumbered North Carolina license to practice as an LPN. License must remain unencumbered while enrolled in the nursing program.
- Candidates must show current CPR Certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross) Healthcare Provider course.
- Candidates must have been employed within the last 2 years as a LPN or have graduated from a PN program within the last year. A letter of reference from your current employer is required.
- Complete an application to the college.
- Submit official transcripts from all previous schools, including high school, to the Admissions Office by December 1 prior to the year desiring admission.
- Complete all first-year related course work for the Associate Degree Nursing program with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above (ACA 111, BIO 168, BIO 169, PSY 150, PSY 214). Preference will be given to students who have completed all related courses with a GPA of 2.50 or better. Refer to the Associate Degree Nursing program brochure for a list of related courses.
- Submit the Advanced Placement Testing Request Form to the Division Chair of Nursing by December 1. The form may be obtained from the Division Secretary and/or SCC website.
- Upon admission to the Associate Degree Program, complete an SCC Health History Examination Form (supplied by the nursing department), including the practitioner’s examination section.
- Students will submit to criminal background checks and drug screening upon admission to the Associate Degree program and random drug screenings, as directed by affiliating clinical agencies. The results of the background check and drug screen may determine if a student is eligible to enter clinical agencies. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and drug screen.
Applicants to the nursing program should be aware that if they have pled guilty to or have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the NC Board of Nursing may restrict or deny licensure. The NC Board of Nursing requires criminal history checks for each person applying to practice in the state of North Carolina.
- Applicants should be aware that a student must be able to enter and/or remain in all clinical agencies to progress within the program. If a clinical site denies a student placement in their facility, the student would be unable to complete the required clinical component of the course; therefore, the student will be withdrawn from all NUR courses and will not be allowed to progress in the program. The background check and drug screening must be completed by the specified date. Failure to complete the process as specified will jeopardize enrollment in the program.
Validation and Transfer
In addition to general admission requirements, students requesting admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be required to validate their nursing knowledge and skills. Students must make a minimum score of 60 on the PN STEP (Specialized Testing to Evaluate Preparedness) to be eligible for Advanced Placement. The cost of the exam is the responsibility of the applicant and is set by the company.
Advanced placement in the Associate Degree Nursing program is a competitive process and based on available spaces in the Associate Degree Nursing program.