Associate Degree Nursing Admissions

ADN Admission & Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Southeastern Community College.  

The Application Period for the Fall 2024 Associate Degree Nursing Program is closed.

Admission to the ADN Program is a competitive and selective process. Minimum requirements to apply are outlined in the Student Readiness Checklist. All checklist requirements must be completed at the time of application submission. Applicants who have not met the requirements on the Student Readiness Checklist will not be considered for admission.  

Steps to apply are provided as a guideline and, in all cases, the applicant should work closely with their assigned nursing advisor during the application process. 

  1. General College Admission: Apply for general admission to SCC (Southeastern Community College) by visiting the Admissions webpage to complete and submit the SCC Application. Applicants must be accepted as a student at SCC prior to applying for admission to the nursing program. General college applications must be up to date within 2 years. 
  2. Official High School Transcripts: Request official high school transcripts or GED/HSE certificates and submit them to the SCC Registrar. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED/HSE certificate on file to apply.
  3. Official College Transcripts: Request official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended and submit them to SCC. All official transcripts must be on file and processed by the Registrar at the time of application.  
  4. Developmental Requirements: Applicants must meet developmental requirements for Math and English. Developmental requirements may be met by receiving appropriate credit for Transition Math (MAT 003 or BSP 4003-P3) and Transition English (ENG 002 or BSP 4002) OR testing out of applicable placement assessments OR a high school GPA of 2.8 or greater. Students with a high school GPA of less than 2.8 may need to complete a basic skills math course and pass with a P3 (BSP 4003) before NUR 117-Pharmacology. Student Services staff can determine whether developmental requirements have been met and if placement assessments are required. Students should work closely with their advisors regarding developmental math requirements prior to NUR 117. 
  5. NUR 117 Information: Applicants are encouraged to complete NUR 117 before entering the nursing program. If completed before entering the nursing program, NUR 117 must be current within 5 years of the program’s start. The 5-year expiration for NUR 117 is waived only for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).
  6. Nurse Aide/LPN Requirement: Applicants must hold a valid certificate of Nurse Aide training and current listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry with no findings OR a current unencumbered license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in North Carolina. (Applicants who attended any Practical Nursing program without graduating or without licensure are not eligible to apply). 
  7. GPA/Grade Requirements: Applicants must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. GPAs for applicants who have never taken any courses at SCC will be determined by averaging the Cumulative GPAs from all previously attended college/university transcripts. GPAs for students who have taken any courses at SCC will be determined by the SCC Cumulative GPA. All required pre-nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to graduate.
  8. Entrance Exam Requirements: Applicants must complete the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam with a minimum composite score of 59.0% overall. Scores are only valid for 2 years (expiration date may be waived for recent LPN graduates applying directly to the ADN program). Scores from different testing sessions may not be combined to meet the minimum score. The exam may be taken a maximum of three times in one calendar year and there must be two weeks between testing dates. 
  9. Application Readiness: Review and complete the Student Readiness Checklist. 
  10. Application Submission: Complete, sign, and submit the Associate Degree Nursing Formal Application by the posted deadline. All forms of contact information on the application must be accurate for notification of acceptance. (Directions for submission are on the application. The application is only available during the open application period). 

A points system is used to review all nursing applications and allows for an objective evaluation of each student applicant. Students with the highest number of points are selected for admission based upon space and resources available. An Application Points Rubric is used during the evaluation of each student application. Points awarded during the application review are based upon official supporting documentation available when the application is submitted. Supporting documentation related to each application must be on file at SCC to receive points toward admission (i.e., final transcripts from other schools, TEAS scores, etc.). Applicants are responsible for ensuring these documents are on file prior to application submission.  

Acceptance to the ADN program will be announced via a mailed letter to the address provided on the submitted application. Decision letters will be mailed once all applications are received and processed. Please ensure that ALL contact information provided on the formal application is accurate (mailing address, phone number, and email).  

The estimated timeframe for notification of acceptance for the first round of admissions for the Fall 2024 ADN Program is early March.  

All applicants should be aware that a Mandatory Nursing Orientation will be held Friday, June 21, 2024 and Friday, July 19, 2024 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for all students admitted to the program. Both days are mandatory 

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Meeting requirements to complete the formal application does not guarantee admission to the program. The number of applicants chosen will be determined by the Nursing Admissions Committee based on the space and resources available. 


All applicants should be aware that a mandatory Boot Camp will be held Friday, June 23, 2023, and Friday and Saturday July 21 and 22, 2023 for all students admitted to the program. 

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Meeting requirements to complete the formal application does not guarantee admission to the program. The number of applicants chosen will be determined by the Nursing Admissions Committee based on the space and resources available. 

North Carolina’s Nursing Practice Act (August 2009) defines nursing as:

“…a dynamic discipline which includes the assessment, care, counseling, teaching, referment and implementation of prescribed treatment in the maintenance of health, prevention and management of illness, injury or disability or the achievement of a dignified death. It is ministering to and assisting in the provision of sustained, vigilant and continuous care to those acutely or chronically ill; supervising patients during convalescence and rehabilitation; the supportive and restorative care given to maintain the optimum health level of individuals, groups, and communities; the supervision, teaching and evaluation of those who perform or are preparing to perform these functions; and, the administration of nursing programs and nursing services.”

An applicant seeking admission to Southeastern Community College’s nursing program must meet the criteria to deliver patient care safely and effectively care in a life-preserving crisis situation. The skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which is needed in many clinical situations, fits the description of a skill needed in a life-preserving crisis situation.

To be admitted to and/or to progress successfully through the nursing curriculum and be able to function safely and effectively as a practicing entry-level nurse after graduation, the individual must be able to perform skills such as CPR correctly. To meet this requirement, the individual must have:

  1. The visual acuity to identify cyanosis and absence of respiratory movement in a patient and to read increments on a glass thermometer and/or a syringe.
  2. The hearing ability to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face (to ensure that the nurse will be able to attend to a patient’s call for help).
  3. Sufficient physical use of respiratory muscles and of upper and lower extremities to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and/or to transfer a patient in a facility emergency.
  4. Sufficient speaking ability to be able to question the patient about his/her condition and to relay information about the patient verbally to others.
  5. The manual dexterity to draw up solutions in a syringe.
  6. The ability to implement standard precautions (i.e., wear mask, goggles, gloves, gown and other personal protective equipment as necessary)


The practice of nursing involves cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor performance requirements. Therefore, the essential eligibility requirements for participants in a nursing program shall be further defined according to the following standards:


The nurse must be able to provide safe, effective nursing care to the public. Nursing students and nursing faculty should possess and be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Critical Thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. For example, student must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; collect and analyze data to aid in problem-solving; develop or participate in the development of nursing care plans; and, read and comprehend text, numbers and graphs displayed in print and on a video monitor.
  2. Interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. For example, student shall establish rapport with clients/patients and healthcare team members.
  3. Communication skills sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. For example: explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses; and, communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and other healthcare professionals verbally and in a recorded format (writing, typing, graphics, and/or audio/telecommunication)
  4. Mobility sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces and stand and walk for extensive periods of time. For example: make frequent trips from workstation to patient’s room; move around in patient’s room, work spaces and treatment areas; and, reach patients lying in hospital beds.
  5. Motor Skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. For example: calibrate and use equipment; document care; position and move patients/clients; administer cardiopulmonary procedures; and, perform skill procedures.
  6. Hearing sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. For example: hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds and cries for help.
  7. Visual Ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care. For example: observe patient/client responses and specimen color.
  8. Tactile Ability sufficient for physical assessment. For example: perform palpation and functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention; insertion of catheters; and, taking pulses.
  9. Weight-Bearing ability to lift and manipulate/move 50 pounds daily. For example: position patients/clients and move equipment.
  10. Cognitive Abilities to be oriented to time, place, and person in addition to organize responsibilities and make decisions. For example: student shall assess patient/client complaints; provide prioritized patient care; and, implement appropriate plans.

All nursing students and nursing faculty should possess the ability to demonstrate the essential criteria, functions and abilities.


If a student believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, the college must determine, on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made.


Associate Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Training / Director of Nursing
(910) 788-6226