LPN-RN ADN Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you in advance for your interest in the nursing program at Stanly Community College. The following list of questions have been complied to help answer the most common questions related to the nursing program admission process; however, this list of questions is not meant to take the place of collaborating with our Admissions staff or your academic advisor.

  1. How do I apply to the LPN-RN nursing program?

    Application to SCC and the ADN program can be completed online by visiting https://www.stanly.edu/future-students/online-learning/new-student-orientation/step-1-getting-started. You can use the link to apply, obtain transcripts, and learn about the placement testing for the college.

  2. When is the application deadline?

    The application deadline for the LPN-RN ADN program is January 15th.

  3. What are the requirements for admission to the nursing program?

    The admission requirements and process are located at the following link:

  4. Who is my academic advisor?

    For applicants not yet accepted into the program:

    Contact: Shannon Shepherd, sshepherd2420@stanly.edu

    Applicants and admitted students of the LPN-RN program:

    Contact: Blair Whitley, ehuneycutt-whitl9286@stanly.edu

  5. Can I take general education courses before being admitted into the nursing program?

    Yes. Although it is not required to take them before hand, it is recommended that as many of those general education courses be taken before hand as possible, especially BIO 168 and BIO 169 due to the time intensity of those courses with NUR courses. Anything other than courses beginning with the prefix of NUR can be taken before admission. Taking general education courses or not has no bearing on your admission status.

  6. How do I register for the placement test (NCDAP)?

    Registration for the test can be completed online by visiting https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/1v5yq8r4/ or you can schedule the test with admissions by contacting them at

  7. How often can I take the placement test (NCDAP)?

    The tests can only be taken twice in a 12 month period.

  8. Is there a cost for the placement test (NCDAP)?

    There is no cost for these tests.

  9. How do I find out more about the placement tests (NCDAP)?

    Please visit the frequently asked questions section for the tests at https://www.stanly.edu/current-students/testing-and-assessment.

  10. What if I have taken the placement test (NCDAP, Accuplacer, Compass, Asset) elsewhere? Can I submit my scores?

    Yes, if the scores are within the 5 year time frame. Once you have applied to the program, you may have your scores sent to admissions. These scores are not automatically part of your transcript so they must be specifically requested by you to transfer.

  11. I already have a Baccalaureate or Master's degree; do I still have to take the placement test?

    Yes. Applicants to the ADN program must demonstrate academic preparedness to enter the program. This is accomplished via the score on the standardized placement test we consider the minimum necessary for success in the program. ACT or SAT scores cannot be substituted for the, NCDAP, ASSET, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER scores for admission to the nursing program.

  12. What if I did not score well on the placement test?

    There is still a path for you to follow for acceptance to the nursing program. Section 5B of the application process may be completed in lieu of having the minimum scores required.

  13. How am I invited to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)?

    Applicants to the LPN-RN program that have met the requirements of section 5A or 5B of the admission process will be invited by admissions to take the TEAS test.

  14. Can I take the TEAS elsewhere and have the results submitted to SCC?

    No. We only accept the TEAS test given here at Stanly Community College. Due to the high importance of this test, faculty believe that all students should be held to the same accountability; testing at SCC ensures testing standards are met.

  15. How long is my TEAS score viable?

    The score is good for 2 years and it must be the most current version given by the college.

  16. Is there a cost associated with the TEAS test?

    Yes. The test cost $55 each time it is taken. Perspective students may also purchase a study guide for the exam from the bookstore or online and practice tests from www.atitesting.com.

  17. When do I find out if I have been granted conditional acceptance to the program?

    Admissions will notify applicants, by letter, around the beginning of March for both programs. Applicants that are on the alternate list will also receive notification by letter. The information may be accessed via Self-service after letters have been mailed.

  18. Do I have to be a CNA I in order to be accepted into the program?

    LPN-RN track student: No, CNAI is not required using this track.

  19. Can I substitute other healthcare experience such as medical assistant or emergency medical technician for the CNA I requirement?

    Healthcare experience other than Nurse Assistant level I is not considered in the application process.

  20. Do I have to complete a drug test for the program?

    Yes. As a requirement of the clinical facilities, all students within the nursing curriculum must complete drug screening.

  21. Do I have to complete a criminal background check as part of the admission requirements?

    Yes. As a requirement of the clinical facilities, a criminal background check must be completed. The college does not see the criminal background check results nor give advice related to the results. Being accepted to the program does not mean that you are automatically cleared to attend the clinical sites. If the clinical site denies a student clinical privileges, that student is withdrawn from the program.

  22. How much does the program cost?

    Tuition for the program is based on the number of credit hours you take within a given semester. The following link explains the tuition and other charges in great detail. Please refer to the chart to determine your approximate tuition costs. https://www.stanly.edu/future-students/college-catalog/costs/tuition

  23. How much are books and other items for the program?

    The required textbooks vary in price from year to year. The costs for books are around $350. Uniforms and supplies will also be needed.

  24. Do I need clinical uniforms and equipment before the program starts?

    No. At a mandatory orientation session prior to your first day of nursing class, faculty will discuss the clinical uniforms and equipment in great detail. The items can then be purchased at a retailer given to you by your nursing instructors.

  25. Can I work while going to nursing school?

    Nursing school is a demanding program. Faculty will not tell you to work or not; that is up to you individually. Every student is highly encouraged to apply for financial aid.

  26. Is your program online?

    The nursing program uses a hybrid approach to meet the educational needs of students. The classroom discussions are videoed. These can be watched from an off-campus site in real-time, but is also captured and placed on Moodle for students to review throughout the semester. Testing dates, lab dates (if applicable), and clinical dates are not offered in asynchronous formats and must follow a schedule. Expected clinical days that are mandatory to attend range anywhere from 5 days to 10 days a semester. Tests and other assignments requiring attendance range from 5 - 10 days per semester as well. Attendance in class is highly encouraged as active learning is an important part of the process.

  27. Is the nursing program of SCC accredited?

    Stanly Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Stanly Community College. External Web site: http://www.sacscoc.org

  28. The nursing program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). http://www.ncbon.com/dcp/i/nursing-education-programs-in-north-carolina-approved-pre-licensure-nursing-programs-associate-degree

    Updated: 2/21/2017