Admissions Information - Nursing

Randolph Community College Process for Admissions -
Associate Degree Nursing Program

The Associate Degree Nursing Program understands and accepts the concept of the open-door policy for general admission to Randolph Community College. Admission to the college does not, however, guarantee admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive with limited seat availability. If you have questions about the admissions process for the Associate Degree Nursing Program, please call Student Services at 336-633-0200.

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to maintain an active official RCC email. Faculty and Staff will only notify students through an official RCC email.

In addition to the Randolph Community College requirements for admission, the following are minimum requirements for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program:

PHASE I - Completed by January 15

1. New students - complete general admission requirements of Randolph Community College. Current students - skip to step 2.

• Complete an RCC application at www.randolph.edu/apply-now.

• Provide official copies of high school transcript and/or adult high school equivalency test scores and all college transcripts. High school seniors must submit current high school transcripts by January 15 (transcripts must be received by this date, not postmarked by these dates) and an official high school transcript, upon graduation. Additional information may be found at www.randolph.edu/student-resources/submit-a-transcript.

• Take placement assessment, if needed. Students who do not meet the benchmark on the placement assessment(s) must complete and pass Developmental Studies courses with a grade of “C” or better. Additional information may be found at www.randolph.edu/student-success/placement-assessment.

• Meet with Financial Aid Office if necessary. Additional information may be found at www.randolph.edu/financial-aid.

2. Evidence of "C" or greater in the following:

  • High School biology, or college-level general biology, or SCI 095. Biology course must be within 5 years of application to the program.
  • High school chemistry, or college-level chemistry, or SCI 095.
  • High school algebra, college algebra, has met the placement test benchmark for DMA 050 or has successfully completed DMA 050.

3. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the most recent transcript, college or high school. NOTE: A 2.5 GPA must be maintained throughout the admissions process.

4. Attend mandatory information session for the year you plan to enter program. Information sessions are conducted on-campus, and dates and times can be found posted on the website at http://www.randolph.edu/associate-degree-nursing-home.html. Attendance in a past(s) year does not fulfill this requirement.

Attendance serves as your intent to pursue the Associate Degree Nursing Program, and meet ALL admission requirements. It is recommended that you attend an information session prior to taking the standardized nurse entrance assessment, also known as the Assessment Technologies Institute’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). It is important that you prepare for this assessment in efforts to score as high as possible. Resources to assist you in preparing can be located in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education department’s course schedule at http://www.randolph.edu/courses-schedules/medical.html, or online at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/.  

PHASE II - Completed by March 15

1. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). There will be a charge to students to take the TEAS. Students must have a minimum composite score of 67 on the TEAS taken within three (3) years from the date of application. Official scores for the TEAS must be submitted to Randolph Community College via the testing company, Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc.

Students will be notified through an official RCC email of conditional acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program by April 1 for Fall enrollment. Students must respond by email within seven calendar days to accept placement in the program. If a student declines or does not respond by the deadline, another student will be offered placement.

Applicants on the alternate list are ranked and are notified of their position. As vacancies arise on the acceptance list, applicants on the alternate list are contacted in ranked order and offered acceptance to the program. Applicants on the alternate list who are not offered acceptance to the ADN program for the year in which they have applied to enter will not be carried over to a waiting list the following year. Instead, the alternate list on which their name appeared will be dissolved and each applicant must submit another application if they wish to be considered for admission in a subsequent year. They will again be ranked along with the other applicants for the year.

PHASE III - Completed by June 15 of each applying year

After conditional acceptance is granted in Phase II, applicants must provide successful completion of the following:

1. Proof of successful completion of a state-approved Nurse Aide I Training program, including clinical component. Complete a state approved Nurse Aide I (NA I) course or N.C. Health Occupations class with a minimum grade of "C".  Listing on the Nurse Aide Registry is required by June 15 prior to fall admission in the ADN program. A transcript or certificate must be submitted to the Associate Degree Nursing office to verify completion of or enrollment in an approved NA I course.

2. Verification of current, active, unrestricted listing on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Regulation, NAI Registry.

3. Current CPR Certification for Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider to include adult/child/infant and AED as offered by the American Heart Association.

4. Completion of student medical information form and evidence of physical and emotional health as defined by the North Carolina Board of Nursing Standards for Educational Unit in Nursing within one year of admission date into the program. Associate Degree Nursing Program Director or designee will verify medical compliance and documentation. NOTE:Students completing all the necessary components of Phase III will be notified through an official RCC email of the invitation to attend new mandatory nursing student orientation. Many aspects of the program will be discussed and include, but not limited to tuition, books, schedules, program expectations for class, lab and clinical.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSIONS/INFORMATION SESSION

Students can view the dates and times of the information sessions on the RCC website. The purpose of the information session is to answer questions about the program and for representatives from the ADN program to share important information.

The Admissions Office will begin making early offers of admission to a selected number of highly qualified applicants in March (Day) or September (evening). Applications received after January 15 (day) will be considered on a space available basis.

Applicants who are not admitted may reapply before the January 15 (day) deadline of the next year. Applicants are admitted in the fall semester.

READMISSIONS

Readmission to the Associate Degree Nursing program is based upon successful completion of the requirements for readmission and space availability. A student may be readmitted to the ADN program one-time only, and this admission must occur within one academic year of separation. Students dismissed for unsatisfactory clinical performance are not eligible for readmission. Students dismissed for academic failure are eligible for readmission, pending successful completion of readmission process and final approval of ADN department head. The number of students approved for readmission will be based upon the availability of resources to support them.

The ADN department head may require a readmitted student to re-take a previously successful course in order to better ensure success in the program. Students will be readmitted on a probationary status.

A Student Applying for Readmission into the ADN Program Must

1. Submit a letter of intent to return within 7 days of exiting a nursing course to the ADN department head.
2. Participate in a formal interview with the ADN department head and nursing faculty.
3. Receive written approval to continue the readmission process from the department head of the ADN program.

A Student Approved for Readmission Must

1. Pass a written competency and medication calculations test with a score of 90%.
2. Demonstrate safety in performing selected skills in the laboratory and need receive satisfactory in all skills.
3. Receive written approval for readmission from the department head of the ADN program.

The ADN department head and nursing faculty reserve the right to impose additional requirements and/or recommendations in the form of an academic contract intended to improve the students opportunity for successful completion of the program. The individual who fails to complete the readmission procedure is denied readmission.

TRANSFER CREDIT FOR NURSING COURSES

Transfer students must meet the same admission criteria as all new students. Students requesting transfer credit for a nursing course from another college are required to submit a copy of the course outline and syllabus for each successfully completed nursing course. The student is required to successfully complete a written and practical competency exam for those courses successfully completed at another community college within the state of North Carolina prior to transfer credit being granted. The student is required to meet with ADN department head and nursing faculty at Randolph Community College for an interview. The student must also submit a letter from their former nursing program head, which states the student is in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students will not be allowed to transfer into RCC’s nursing program after completion of third semester in another nursing program. Students must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer credit may be allowed for a course in which a student has earned a grade of “C” or better. Transfer credit for a nursing course is based upon the results of the written and practical competency exam. Placement into a nursing course is based upon exam results, as well as the discretion of the ADN department head and the nursing faculty after exams and interview have been reviewed, as well as seat availability. Students will be notified by email if they have been allowed to transfer to Randolph Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program.

Once a student is granted transfer into RCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program, he/she must complete a criminal background check and drug screen before starting nursing courses. The transfer student must also turn in all medical requirements, as well as immunizations, before beginning nursing courses.

Students may not transfer to RCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program from a university nursing program.

PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL EXPECTATIONS OF A STUDENT NURSE

The Board of Nursing Standards for Educational Units in Nursing require that there be evidence that the physical and emotional health of the student be such that he/she can be expected to provide safe nursing care to the public. This is documented initially on the medical form completed by a physician.

If a physical or emotional health problem threatens to prevent or prevents satisfactory classroom or clinical performance, the student is referred to an appropriate professional. The recommendation of the professional will be utilized to determine whether admission or continued enrollment in the program is appropriate. Applicants or students may be denied admission or continued enrollment until the identified problem is satisfactorily corrected.

Nursing is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. For the purposes of nursing program compliance with the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act, a qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation or modification, meets the essential eligibility requirements for participation in the nursing programs.

Admission to and progression in the ADN program is not based on these standards. Rather, the standards should be used to assist each student in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. Standards provide an objective measure upon which a student and the advisor base informed decisions regarding whether a student is qualified to meet requirements.

If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, the student will be directed to disability services.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS IN THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM

In compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the following standards have been established.

The following are examples of the kind of activities, which a student in the Associate Degree Nursing program would be required to perform in order to successfully, complete the program. If an accepted applicant believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, the applicant should consult with the Health Sciences and Public Service Division chair.

1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
Example: Identify cause and effect relationship in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans.

2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
Example: Establish a relationship with patients and colleagues.

3. Communicate with others orally and in writing.
Example: Explain treatments and medications, document nursing actions, record patient responses to treatment.

4. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. Must be able to lift more than 100 lbs.
Example: Answer calls from patients, retrieve equipment, and move about in patient rooms.

5. The ability to manipulate equipment and to assist patients with physical limitations.
Example: Use equipment, calibrate equipment, position patients, administer CPR, administer injections, and insert catheters.

6. Hearing ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
Example: Hear a monitor alarm, listen to heart and breath sounds, hear a cry for help.

7. Vision sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
Example: Observe patient responses to treatment, see a change in skin color, read the scale on a syringe.

8. Sense of touch sufficient to perform a physical examination and to detect movement.
Example: Detect pulsation.

The examples given are representative of those activities required and are not all-inclusive.

LEGAL LIMITATIONS OF LICENSURE

Students who enroll in the Associate Degree Nursing Program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Please reference Nursing Practice Act, State of North Carolina 90-171.37.

Affiliating clinical agencies may require a criminal background check and drug screening as a prerequisite for clinical learning experiences. Positive results can result in the clinical agency denying the student access to clinical practice in the facility. Any student who is denied access to any clinical facility will not be allowed to progress in the program.

 

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