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Associate Degree Nursing

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Not only are nurses always in high demand, but they also have the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives by offering care and comfort during difficult times. While it can be a challenging career, it is ultimately a rewarding one.

In our Associate Degree Nursing program, you will learn from experienced professionals and put your new skills and knowledge to the test in hands-on scenarios drawn from real life in our state-of-the-art Allied Health Center. Your course work will include and build upon fundamental concepts of healthcare and the nursing practice and emphasize your role as a member of a team providing safe, individualized care. You’ll develop the expertise and quick-thinking you’ll need to be successful on the job.

When you finish the program, you will be eligible and prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). After that, your employment opportunities are vast: jobs await in a wide range of using fields, including at acute, chronic, extended, industrial and community health care facilities.

Please note: admission to RCC does not guarantee admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program. See below for specific admission requirements. Admission is competitive.

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Courses for this degree program are offered during the day, evenings and weekends.

First Year: Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (19 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (11 Semester Hours Credit)

  • ENG 112 - Writing/Research in the Disc OR ENG 114 - Professional Research & Reporting
  • NUR 212 - Health System Concepts
  • PSY 241 - Developmental Psychology

Second Year: Fall Semester (13 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Spring Semester (13 Semester Hours Credit)

  • NUR 213 - Complex Health Concepts
  • --- Humanities/Fine Arts Course

Total Semester Hours Credit: 72

You must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all NUR courses and "B" or better in BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 175, PSY 150 and PSY 241. You must also maintain a 2.5 curriculum GPA throughout the program. If you fail to meet either criterion you will not be allowed to progress in the curriculum.

If you need assistance maintaining the required GPA, tutoring services are available!

Note: Clinical rotations in NUR courses may be scheduled during weekdays, evenings, or weekends.

You must select one of the following Humanities/Fine Arts courses to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, HUM 115, MUS 110, PHI 215, and PHI 240.

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 your responsibility to maintain an active official RCC email. Faculty and Staff will only notify you 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, including placement assessment if necessary. Current students - skip to Step 2.
  • Complete an RCC application.
  • Submit transcripts. Provide official copies of high school transcript and/or 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 these dates, not postmarked by these dates) and an official high school transcript upon graduation.
  • Take a placement test, if needed. Students must be eligible to enter the program’s required English and math courses without a co-requisite.
  • Meet with Financial Aid Office if necessary. Additional information may be found at Financial Aid.
  1. Evidence of “C” or greater in the following:
  • High school biology, or college-level biology, or SCI 095. The biology course must have been completed within five years of application to the program.
  • High school chemistry, or college-level chemistry or SCI 095.
  • High school algebra, college algebra or eligible to enter the program’s required English and math courses without a co-requisite.
  1. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the most recent college or high school transcript. NOTE: A 2.5 GPA must be maintained throughout the admissions process.
  2. Attend a mandatory information session for the year that you plan to enter the program. Information sessions are conducted on-campus, and dates and times can be found posted on the RCC website. Attendance in a past year(s) 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 before taking the standardized nurse entrance assessment, also known as the Assessment Technologies Institute’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). It is encouraged that you prepare for this assessment. Resources to assist you in preparing can be located in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education department’s course schedule or online at https://store.atitesting.com/.

    Please email Elaine Sill at ewsill@randolph.edu to notify her which session you’re interested in attending and receive log-in information and instructions.

PHASE II - Completed by March 15

  1. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills VI (TEAS). There will be a charge assessed 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.

    For more information on TEAS testing, contact Elaine Sill at 336-633-0222 or ewsill@randolph.edu.

You will be notified by 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 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:

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 before fall admission in the ADN program. A transcript or certificate must be submitted to the Associate Degree Nursing office to verify completing or enrollment in an approved NA I course.

  1. Verification of current, active, unrestricted listing on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Regulation, NAI Registry.
  2. 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.
  3. 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: When you complete all the necessary components of Phase III, you will be notified through an official RCC email of the invitation to attend the new mandatory nursing student orientation. Many aspects of the program will be discussed and include, but are not limited to, tuition, books, schedules, program expectations for the class, lab and clinical.

INFORMATION SESSION

The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing information session is to share important information about the admission policy and requirements, program components and to answer questions about the program. There are often various dates and times posted on the ADN homepage, and registration is not required.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSIONS

The ADN program only accepts students in the fall. You will be notified by an official RCC email regarding the standing of admission. Please be sure to frequently check your email around the established dates noted in each phase for notifications and/or correspondence related to your admission process standing. Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Applicants who are not admitted may reapply before the January 15 deadline of the following year.

READMISSIONS

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

The ADN department head may require a readmitted student to re-take a previously successful course to ensure the program’s success.

To apply for readmission into the ADN program, you must:

  1. Please respond to the Dismissal Letter via email of intent to be considered for readmission within 30 days of receiving the letter.
  2. Participate in a meeting with the ADN department head and/or designee to advise the student and ensure the student has met or will meet admission requirements as outlined in the current college catalog.
  3. If the student is unsuccessful in their first semester (NUR 111), they will be eligible to re-enter NUR 111.
  4. If the student is unsuccessful in their second through the fifth semester, they will be eligible to re-enter the course in which they were unsuccessful.
  5. Readmission applicants will be ranked with readmission applicants using the same criteria as those in the ranking system.
  6. Receive written approval for readmission from the department head of the ADN program.
  7. Adhere to all requirements of Phase III of the admission process.
  8. Attend new mandatory nursing orientation at the discretion of the ADN department head.
  9. Must maintain a 2.5 GPA through the readmission process.

If readmitted, 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 your opportunity to complete the program successfully. An individual who fails to complete the readmission procedure is denied readmission.

TRANSFER CREDIT FOR NURSING COURSES

Admission into the nursing program for a transfer student is based upon availability. Transfer students must meet the same admission criteria as all new students. To qualify for admission as a transfer student, an applicant must submit an intent to apply for admission no later than 30 days preceding their intended start date.

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 to the ADN department head. The ADN department head may request additional documents depending on the content located in the course syllabus and outline. 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 may not transfer to RCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program from a university nursing program.

Transfer credit for any NUR course is at the discretion of the department head of ADN and ADN faculty and may only be considered for a course in which a student has earned a “C” or better. Transfer credit for any non-NUR course required for the program will only be considered with a grade of “B” or higher. The student must meet with the ADN department head and/or nursing faculty at Randolph Community College no later than 20 days before the intended start date. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students will not be allowed to transfer into RCC’s nursing program after completing the third semester in another nursing program.

Students will be notified by an official RCC email if they have been accepted to transfer to Randolph Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program.

Once a student is granted transfer credit into RCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program, acceptance is contingent upon submitted required documents noted in Phase III of the admission process.

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 they 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 professional’s recommendation 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 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 decisions on whether a student is “qualified” to meet requirements.

If a student believes that they cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, they will be directed to the disability coordinator in Student 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 that a student in the Associate Degree Nursing program would be required to perform to complete the program successfully. If an accepted applicant believes that they cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, they should consult with the Health Sciences and Public Service division chair.

  1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Example: Identify cause and effect relationships 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. 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 the 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.

RANKING SYSTEM

The ranking system is implemented as an objective means for evaluating nursing applicants. Applicants will be ranked accordingly. The TEAS Composite score requirement of a minimum of 67 is the first step in ranking. The candidates will be ranked from highest to lowest based on the TEAS Composite score. Candidates having identical scores will complete a second step in ranking. Candidates will earn points for BIO 168 and BIO 169; an A=2 points, B=1 point and C or less=no points. If additional distinctions should be needed due to identical ranking, the highest score on the science individual score of the TEAS will be the deciding factor. If two students have equal point values, residency of Randolph County may be used as a final deciding point.

TRANSFER OF TEAS VI SCORES

RCC will consider accepting TEAS VI scores from other institutions, via aatitesting.com, pending proof that all four sections have been completed within three years and/or minimum scores have been met. RCC reserves the right to refuse TEAS VI scores from other institutions should there be a concern that all four sections have not been completed.

Randolph Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is fully approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. 

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Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-782-3211
Website: ncbon.com

Further information regarding the approval and accreditation status of the RCC ADN program can be obtained by contacting the department head of Associate Degree Nursing at 336-633-0201.

In compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the following standards have been established. The following are examples of the activities you would be required to perform to complete the ADN program successfully. If you believe that you cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, consult with the Associate Degree Nursing Program Department Head, who may refer you to Student Services for additional guidance. The examples given are representative of those activities required and are not all-inclusive. The essential functions include:

  1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Example: Identify cause and effect relationships 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 50 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, and 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.
  9. Able to perform lifting, transferring, standing, stooping, bending, walking, stretching, reaching and use full range of body motions. Example: Assisting patient transfers from chair to bed and from bed to chair.

EXAMPLES ARE NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE.
Randolph Community College is an ADA-compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability-related accommodations. If a student believes that they cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.

Virtual information sessions will be held at the following dates/times in Microsoft Teams: 

  • Monday, December 6 | 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | 9 a.m.

Please email Elaine Sill to notify her which session you're interested in attending and to receive login information and instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can get accepted into the program in the fall.

The Associate Degree Nursing program lasts two years (five semesters).

No. These classes can only be taken if you're accepted into the program.

No. You do not need to take them all before you get accepted. However, it is strongly recommended you get as many of these classes done as possible before you get accepted, so you are not overwhelmed with all the work required in each class.

First, you need to complete an application to the college for Associate Degree Nursing. Then, turn in transcripts from High School/GED and any other college you have been to and take placement assessment, if necessary.

You will know around April 1.

Yes. You can apply for financial aid help as well as scholarship help.

Our Associate Degree Nursing program at RCC uses the TEAS VI. This test is given on the computer. Currently, the cost of this test is $45*.

*Cost of the TEAS VI is subject to change.

Contact Us!

Have more questions about the Associate Degree Nursing Program? We're here to help.

Tina Dixon
Division Chair to Health Sciences
tsdixon@randolph.edu
336-633-0270

Kim Kimrey MSN, RN
Department Head, Nursing
kbkimrey@randolph.edu
336-633-0201

Angela Bare
Administrative Assistant for Health Sciences
arbare@randolph.edu
336-633-0264

Amelia Dennis
Tutor for Nursing
asdennis16441@cruiser.randolph.edu

Gina M. Toomes
Instructor for Lab, Nursing
gmtoomes@randolph.edu
336-633-0315

If you have questions about the admissions process for the Associate Degree Nursing program, please call Elaine Sill at 336-633-0222 or send an email to ewsill@randolph.edu.

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