Competitive Admission Process


The Associate Degree Nursing program has a limited enrollment and student must apply for admission. An applicant may obtain an Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form from their advisor and/or Health Sciences Administrative Assistant in the Health Sciences Center. An applicant should carefully read and complete the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form prior to submitting the form to their assigned advisor. The advisor will verify the information on the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form and forward the completed/verified form to the Nursing Department Chair. It is the applicant's responsibility to complete the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form correctly and submit the form to their advisor by the deadline.

Must be satisfied PRIOR to the Associate Degree Nursing program application admission process:

  • Graduate of an accredited high school or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • The Central Carolina Technical College registrar must have receipt of all official transcripts (including high school and all regionally accredited institutions) two weeks prior to the admission deadline.
  • Completion and grade of "C" or higher in BIO 210 (Anatomy and Physiology I) BIO 211 (Anatomy and Physiology II), and MAT 101 (Beginning Algebra) or MAT 110 (College Algebra) or MAT 120 (Probability and Statistics) within the past ten (10) years.
  • Completion and grade of "C" or higher in ENG 101 (English Composition I) and PSY 201 (General Psychology).
  • Completion and grade of "C" or higher in CPT 101 (Introduction to Computers) within the past five (5) years.
  • Completion of the LPN STEP Assessment Test with an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 66 or higher in place of the version 5.0 of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V).
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in Associate Degree Nursing program curriculum courses.

Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program is competitive and based on a selective point system process. The point system is an objective means for evaluating nursing applicants. Applicants will be numerically ranked according to the following criteria:

  • LPN Step Assessment Test
    Thirty-six percent (36%) of an applicant's total points will come from the LPN STEP Assessment Test. An applicant must take the LPN STEP Assessment Test as part of the application process. The highest Adjusted Individual Total Score will be used in the application admission process. Combining scores from major content areas (Pharmacology, Fundamentals. Adult Medical-Surgical, Nursing Care of Children, Mental Health, Maternal Newborn, Management, and Nutrition) from two separate LPN STEP Assessment Tests will not be allowed. An Applicant may take the LPN STEP Assessment Test twice in a calendar year (January 1st through December 31st). An applicant must wait thirty days prior to taking the LPN STEP Assessment Test a second time. An applicant may take the LPN STEP Assessment Test no more than four times. LPN STEP Assessment Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.

    An applicant applying for advanced placement into the Associate Degree Nursing program must submit an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 66 or higher on the LPN STEP Assessment Test.

  • Admission Program GPA
    Thirty-four percent (34%) of an applicant's total points will come from the GPA of all program curriculum courses (general education courses) taken in the Associate Degree Nursing program. However, an applicant must have completed BIO 210 (Anatomy and Physiology I), BIO 211 (Anatomy and Physiology II), CPT 101 (Introduction to Computers), ENG 101 (English Composition), and MAT 101 (Beginning Algebra) or MAT 110 (College Algebra) or MAT 120 (Probability and Statistics) and PSY 201 (General Psychology) with a grade of "C" or higher to be eligible to submit an admission application. The admission program GPA will be calculated on 4.0 scale for all complete program curriculum courses (general education courses) in the Associate Degree Nursing program taken at Central Carolina Technical College or transferred into Central Carolina Technical College. Points will be awarded based on the admission program GPA at the time the admission application is submitted.

    Credit awarded as "E" to a student through advanced standing (Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, International Baccalaureate Examination, and Proficiency Tests) will NOT be calculated in he admission program GPA.

    The General Education Core Courses required in the Associated Degree Nursing program curriculum are:
         BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
         BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
         BIO 225 Microbiology (4)
         ENG 101 English Composition I (3)
         ENG 102 English Composition II (3)
         MAT 101 Beginning Algebra (3)
         or
         MAT 110 College Algebra (3)
         or
        MAT 120 Probability and Statistics (3)
        PSY 201 General Psychology (3)
        PSY 203 Human Growth and Development (3)

    Other Core Courses - 3 Credit Hours
         CPT 101 Introduction to Computers (3)

    General education courses in the Associate Degree Nursing program curriculum may be retaken one time only.

  • Initial Core Courses
    Eighteen percent (18%) of an applicant's total points will come from the required initial core courses: BIO 210 (Anatomy and Physiology I), ENG 101 (English Composition), and MAT 101 (Beginning Algebra) or MAT 110 (College Algebra) or MAT 120 (Probability and Statistics). Points will be awarded based on grades achieved in BIO 210, ENG 101, and MAT 101 or MAT 110 or MAT 120. Higher points will be awarded for MAT 120.

    Credit awarded as "E" to a student through advanced standing (Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, International Baccalaureate Examination, and Proficiency Tests) will be treated as a grade of "C".

  • Service Area, Collegiate Credential, and Certified Nurse Aide
    Twelve percent (12%) of the applicant's total points will come from the following:
    1) Service Area, 2) Collegiate Credential, and 3) Certified Nurse Aide.

    Service Area - a resident of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties in South Carolina will be awarded points in the competitive admission process. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit proper documentation of residency.

    Collegiate Credential (credit only) - an applicant with a regionally accredited post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate will be awarded points in the competitive admission process. Only post-secondary degrees, diplomas, or certificates accepted by the College Registrar prior to the application deadline will be considered. Points will be awarded based on the highest degree earned. Two or more degrees will not be counted. For example, if an applicant has completed a Baccalaureate Degree as well as an Associate Degree, the applicant will only receive points for the Baccalaureate Degree or if an applicant has two Baccalaureate Degrees, the applicant will only receive points for one of the two Baccalaureate Degrees.

    Certified Nurse Aide - an applicant who is currently listed as active on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry will be awarded points in the competitive admission process.

  • Additional Points Additional points may be added to an applicant's total points if the applicant completes BIO 211 (Anatomy and Physiology II) and/or BIO 225 (Microbiology) with a grade of "B" or higher prior to submitting their admission application. Points will be awarded based on grades achieved in BIO 211 and/or BIO 225. Up to ten additional points may be awarded.

Applicants seeking advanced placement into to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be ranked based upon points awarded, and the applicants will the highest of number of points will be selected to fill the available seats. If two or more applicants seeking advanced placement into the Associate Degree Nursing program have the identical point count total, the LPN STEP Assessment Test Adjusted Individual Total Score will be the deciding factor.

Licensed Practical Nurses seeking advanced placement into the Associate Degree Nursing program must also meet the following criteria:

  • Provide proof of graduation from a state approved Practical Nursing program by submitting official transcripts.
  • Provide proof of current licensure as an LPN or eligibility for a SC LPN license.

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Date/Time Published:11/24/2014 2:45