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Associate in Applied Science - A45110

The Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

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The Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings. Courses will include content related to the nurse's role as a provider of nursing care, as a manager of care, as a member of the discipline of nursing, and as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians' offices, industry, and community agencies.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

Applicants seeking admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program must complete steps 1 through 4 in entirety by
January 15, 2015 in order to be considered for acceptance for the Fall Semester 2015.

______ 1. Submit to the Admissions Office a properly completed Application for Admission.
 
______ 2. Submit to the Admissions Office an official high school transcript and official post-secondary transcripts for all institutions attended. Applicants that obtained a GED/Adult High School diploma must submit an official GED/AHS transcript and a high school transcript.
 
______ 3. Submit evidence of successful completion of one unit of biology, algebra, and chemistry in high school with a grade of “C” or “77” or higher or the equivalent at a post-secondary institution (BIO 090 or higher, MAT 070/DMA 040 or higher, CHEM 090 or higher).  Students may choose to complete these subjects through SCC's Adult High School program. The Adult High School courses are self-paced classes that will take approximately 2-3 months or more to complete. Students may choose seated or online classes, and must score 85 or higher to receive credit.  Contact Aliceia Atkinson at 704-991-0308 for more information or to sign-up for the Adult High School courses. Applicants wishing to complete these credits at other colleges should contact the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College to ­insure that the credits are acceptable.
 
______ 4. Complete requirement A or B below:
 
A. Successfully complete the placement test and meet the minimum scores below for the appropriate test:
 
  ACCUPLACER COMPASS ASSET Class/Transfer Credit
Writing 86
(Placement test used at SCC)
70 41  
Reading 80 81 41  
Math 7 or higher on
DMA 010, 020, 030, 040
47 Pre-Algebra
46 Algebra
41 Pre-Algebra
41 Algebra
Successful completion of DMA 010, 020, 030, 040 or any college level math (completed within the last 5 years)
 
Associate Degree Nursing applicants who fail to achieve the required minimum scores on the first attempt of the placement test may retest once during a twelve-month period. When retesting, applicants will retest only on those sections of the test that were not successfully completed on a previous attempt. Placement test scores older than five years are not valid for admission consideration. Applicants who transfer in a college-level mathematics course with a C or better in the last 5 years may not be required to take the Math portion of the placement test. Exemption is subject to approval by the Admissions Office.
 
B. Complete ALL general education courses required for the ADN program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
These courses include: ENG 111 and 113 or 114, BIO 165 and 166, PSY 150 and 241, CIS 110, and a Humanities elective.
 
If general education courses are completed at institutions other than Stanly Community College, official transcripts must be received in the SCC Admissions Office by the January 15th deadline. Transfer credit will be given for BIO 165 and 166 if taken within the last 10 years, and will be given for CIS 110 taken within the last five years.

Requirements 1 through 4 must be completed no later than January 15, 2015 to be considered for acceptance into the ADN program.

______ 5. Take the standardized nurse entrance exam (TEAS, Test of Essential Academic Skills) after successfully completing admission requirements one and four above. Only those applicants who successfully complete Option 4 A or B will be eligible to take the TEAS exam. Applicants eligible to take the TEAS exam will be notified through their student email account by the Admissions Office. This email will include steps for signing up for the exam. Applicants may test as often as the exam is offered. There is a minimal fee for the exam, and it must be taken at SCC. Test scores are valid for a period of two years.
 
______ 6. For the applicant that has completed any college level courses taken with SCC prior to admission into the ADN program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required.
 
After conditional acceptance, applicants must provide successful completion of the following:
 
______ 7. Submit SCC medical form. The medical form will be mailed to applicants who are conditionally accepted to the ADN program, and must be completed by a physician, physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner.
 
______ 8. Submit evidence of current certification in CPR covering infant, child, adult, and AED or CPR for the Healthcare Provider.
 
______ 9. Submit a certificate of satisfactory completion from a DHSR (Division of Health Service Regulation) approved Nurse Assistant, Level I program, and current unrestricted certification in Nurse Assistant, Level I as listed on the NC Nurse Aid registry (www.ncnar.org). If an applicant is currently employed as a Nurse Assistant level I but cannot produce a certificate from a DHSR (Division of Health Service Regulation) approved Nurse Assistant, Level I program, documentation from the applicants current employer that the applicant has spent at least 240 hours providing patient care at the bedside may be submitted for consideration. NOTE: Applicants need to verify with their CNA program of being able to Assistant, Level I program, documentation from the applicants current employer that the applicant has spent at least 240 hours providing patient care at the bedside may be submitted for consideration. NOTE: Applicants need to verify with their CNA program of being able to receive the certification. Some one-day programs do not offer this certification; therefore, the course needs to be taken in its entirety.
 
BACKGROUND CHECKS/DRUG SCREENING
Applicants accepted for admission to health services programs at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening after notification of acceptance and prior to participation in on-site clinical training. Based on the results of the checks, hospitals or clinical affiliates where the student will participate in on-site training may deny access to their facility, resulting in the students inability to complete the clinical portion of training. Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program. Students are responsible for paying all costs associated with this requirement.
 
SELECTION PROCESS
Applicants seeking admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be ranked based on TEAS scores and offered admission based on rank order. Those applicants not admitted will be assigned a number on an alternate list. Applicants accepted for admission must complete all admission requirements by the date specified in their acceptance letter. Applicants who fail to complete all admission requirements for the ADN program will be removed from the acceptance list and replaced by applicants on the alternate list.
 
ALTERNATE LIST
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 rank 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 
Applicants to the ADN program are advised to familiarize themselves with all admission requirements for this program of study. If an applicant has any questions regarding these requirements, he or she is encouraged to contact the SCC Admissions Office for clarification. Note: Admission requirements are subject to change. Please contact the SCC Admissions Office for a current list of requirements for your intended year of entry.

CRITERIA FOR PROGRESSION 
1. For the student to progress in the nursing program, a grade of C or higher must be achieved for all courses listed within the nursing program of study. Students earning less than a C in a nursing course and/or any other course within the nursing program of study will be withdrawn from the nursing program automatically. If a student receives below a C (below 80) in the theory component or fails in the clinical component of nursing courses involving clinical experience a grade of F will be submitted for the overall grade for the course.

Students taking general education courses from another college will be required to present proof of course completion to progress. Students will not be allowed to preregister or register without this transcript information. The grading scale for all NUR courses is as follows:

A 94-100 
B 87-93 
C 80-86 
F a score of less than 80 in theory or fails the clinical evaluation

2. In the event that a student’s physical or mental health interferes with the student’s academic and/or clinical performance, the nursing faculty may require the student to submit written verification of current health from an appropriate health care provider; (i.e. physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or psychologist). Upon review of the professional statement of health submitted by the student, the Program Director of Nursing, the Associate VP of Health and Public services and the Executive VP of Educational Services will determine if the student may continue in the program. The Executive VP of Educational Services will notify the student in writing of the decision.

3. In the event that a student’s behavior is not consistent with sound nursing practices and/or safety essential to nursing, the faculty, clinical site supervisors, or the Program Director of Nursing have the authority to temporarily remove the student from the clinical, class, or lab setting immediately. If the faculty or the Program Director determines that the student has demonstrated behavior that conflicts with sound medical care practices or safety, they may recommend to the VP of Health and Public services and the Executive VP of Educational Services that the student be withdrawn from the class or the program. Executive VP of Educational Services will notify the student in writing of this recommendation and will meet with the student, the faculty, the Program Director, and the Associate VP of Health and Public services to discuss the issue. The Executive VP of Educational Services will then reach a decision and inform the student in writing of that decision.

4. Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program.

Associate Degree Nursing Readmission/Advance Placement Admissions Policy

Students seeking readmission or advanced placement to Stanly Community Colleges Associate Degree Nursing program must submit an application for readmission to the SCC Admissions Office and satisfy the programs initial admission requirements.

Students will be permitted to reenter the nursing program no more than once.

General information for any student seeking advanced standing:

1. Students seeking advanced standing status must first complete an application as advanced standing. Admissions will notify the student to verify that the GPA requirement has been met. Then the student must contact the Director of the Nursing program for instructions on completing a written competency exam followed by a skills exam.

2. Readmission to the nursing program will be on a space available basis. Qualified applicants will be accepted in relation to the TEAS Exam score. To qualify for readmission or admission in advanced standing, an applicant must submit a properly completed application for admission no later than 30 days preceding their intended start date. All applicants must complete the placement test, Accuplacer, scoring the minimums indicated for admission to the ADN program (applicants who are unable to score the minimums on Accuplacer may complete the general education courses required in the ADN program and subsequently be considered for admission) and the TEAS exam. Be aware that Accuplacer and TEAS scores must be active at both the time of application and upon entering the program; therefore, time should be allowed to retake the Accuplacer and/or TEAS if necessary and early communication with admissions is imperative. Only those students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in their major at the time of readmission to the ADN program will be considered for readmission. That GPA must stand up to the point of readmission if additional courses within the course of study are taken while not an actively enrolled nursing student. A student’s GPA in major will include only nursing and nursing related courses completed, either successfully or unsuccessfully, up to the point of readmission. Students must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all courses previously taken at SCC.

Specifically for students formerly enrolled in SCC’s ADN Program and are returning within 2 years:
Students seeking readmission who were formerly enrolled in the ADN program at Stanly Community College and wish to reenter within two years of exiting the program, must reenter the semester immediately following their last successful NUR class (example: if a student successfully completes NUR 112 and subsequently withdraws, he/she must reenter the nursing program beginning the semester immediately following NUR 112). All nursing and general education courses required in the semesters preceding the intended point of reentry must be satisfactorily completed.

Students who enter SCCs ADN program in advanced standing within two years of withdrawing from an ADN program will be required to (1) successfully complete a competency exam for each Nursing (NUR) course completed prior to withdrawal, and (2) successfully complete selected skills competencies administered by the SCC nursing department. This is in addition to the general admission requirements for the ADN program. Students should contact the ADN program director well in advance of re-entering in order to arrange for competency testing. Students only have one attempt to successfully pass the competency exam and skills competencies. If a student does not successfully pass the exam or skills on the first attempt, the student is ineligible for return to the program.

Specifically for students formerly enrolled in SCC’s ADN Program and are returning after 2 years:
Students who enter SCCs ADN program after having withdrawn from an ADN program more than two years earlier will enroll in the first semester of the program as a new student. NUR 117 (Pharmacology) will need to be repeated for credit to ensure safety of patient care. The nursing edition of ACA 111 will also need to be repeated. If the student was not previously enrolled in an ADN program that used the NCCIP curriculum, the student will start the curriculum from the beginning and take each nursing course for credit.

Specifically for students formerly enrolled in another institution besides SCC’s ADN Program and attempting to enter SCC’s ADN Program:
Applicants for advanced standing admission who have completed nursing (NUR) courses at institutions other than Stanly Community College must provide the ADN program director with a complete transcript of credits earned at the other institution and a syllabus for each nursing course completed. The ADN program director will review these documents and determine the appropriate beginning point for the applicant. Students wishing to transfer into SCC's ADN program must (1) successfully complete a competency exam covering all SCC courses the student has received transfer credit for, and (2) successfully complete selected skills competencies administered by the SCC nursing department. This is in addition to the general admission requirements for the ADN program. Students should contact the ADN Program Director well in advance of the entering semester to arrange for competency testing. Students only have one attempt to successfully pass the competency exam and skills competencies. If a student does not successfully pass the exam or skills on the first attempt, the student is ineligible for transfer into the program. If transcripts prove the student has not had a stand-alone pharmacology course (NUR 117) or college study skills course (ACA 111), then the student will be required to satisfy those courses through SCC.

3. Applicants who have previously submitted a medical form to Stanly Community College will not be required to submit another medical form upon readmission provided the date on the form is no more than one year from the re-entry point. Otherwise, a complete physical is required. If a complete physical is required, a blank medical form will be mailed to the applicant upon acceptance for readmission. All required immunizations must be current for full acceptance into the ADN program.

4. Applicants applying for readmission / advanced standing are required to complete a new criminal background check and drug screen.

5. Current certification in Healthcare Provider CPR must be submitted prior to re-enrollment.

6. If an otherwise qualified applicant is not accepted for readmission due to space limitations, he must submit another application for readmission if he wishes to be considered in a subsequent year.

For applicants previously enrolled in Stanly Community College’s ADN program and who were withdrawn after having been unsuccessful in NUR 117 or NUR 111, the following will apply:

  • Student who fails or withdraws from NUR 117 (Pharmacology) and successfully completes NUR 111 (Intro to Health Concepts):
    • May apply for advanced standing admission to the second semester of the ADN program and will follow the nursing guidelines for readmission including competency testing in NUR 111.
    • Must successfully complete NUR 117 (Pharmacology) prior to readmission to the program.

Special Note of Interest: Any student withdrawing from NUR 117 and continues to have clinical experiences within the NUR 111 course, shall withdraw from NUR 111. Those students will not be considered safe in the clinical setting in regards to medication administration; therefore, progression is not achievable. Students in this case will need to reapply to the program as a new applicant with admissions.

  • Student who fails or withdraws from NUR 111 (Intro to Health Concepts) and successfully completes NUR 117 (Pharmacology)
    • Must apply for admission as a new entering freshman and complete NUR 111 (Intro to Health Concepts) for credit.
    • Must successfully complete a competency exam for NUR 117 (Pharmacology) prior to registering for NUR 112 (Health Illness Concepts).
  • Student who fails or withdraws from NUR 111 (Intro to Health Concepts) and NUR 117 (Pharmacology) must apply for admission as a new entering freshman.

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION 
To be eligible for graduation, a student must: 
1. Complete all course requirements in the nursing curriculum, earning a grade of C or higher in the nursing courses and an overall 2.0 grade point average. 
2. Complete an Application for Graduation prior to January 31 for May graduation. 
3. Pay a graduation fee at the time of registration for the last semester. 
4. Earn at least one-fourth of the credits required for a degree, diploma, or certificate from Stanly Community College. 
5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College. 
6. Be present for graduation exercises. Graduation exercises are held on the dates published in the Academic Calendar. In cases of unavoidable circumstances, exceptions to this requirement may be granted by the Executive VP of Educational Services. (See Graduation in Absentia.) During graduation exercises candidates must be dressed in proper academic attire as determined by the President of the College.

LICENSURE 
1. The nursing faculty must recommend a student as a candidate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing based on academic achievement and professional accountability. 

2. The North Carolina Board of Nursing application for licensure includes a criminal background check. Before an individual is allowed to sit for a licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), the application process must be completed. An applicant may then sit for the licensure exam; however, an individual may be denied licensure based on a criminal background check. If the individual has been convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude, the NCBON may deny that individual a license even if he or she has passed the NCLEX exam. This process is between the individual and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The nursing program validates only the successful completion of the program.ubsequent year. They will again be ranked along with the other applicants for the year.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING CURRICULUM
General education courses may be taken earlier than listed within the recommended sequence. Courses with the NUR and ACA (specific to the nursing program at SCC) prefix is required within their respective semesters only as demonstrated below.

Contact: Chassity Washburn

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