Practical Nursing Admissions

Practical Nursing Admission & Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Practical Nursing (PN) Program at Southeastern Community College.

Applications for the Spring 2025 Practical Nursing Program will be accepted from May 1, 2024 through August 15, 2024.

Admission to the PN 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 Admissions Application. Applicants must be accepted as a student at SCC before 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 Requirement: Applicants must hold a valid certificate of Nurse Aide training and current listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry with no findings.
  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 from the testing date. Scores from different testing sessions may not be combined to meet the minimum score. The exam may only be taken three times in one calendar year and there must be one month between testing dates.
  9. Application Readiness: Review and complete the Student Readiness Checklist.
  10. Application Submission: Complete, sign, and submit the Practical 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, available only 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 PN program will be announced via email and a mailed letter to the addresses 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 Spring 2025 PN Program is mid-October. All applicants should be aware that a mandatory Orientation Day will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2024 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 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.


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