1 1 General Admission Requirements for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Associate Degree in Nursing Program Caldwell/Watauga Campuses The deadline for completion of all requirements is February 1, 2016, to be considered for the fall 2016 entering class. All documentation must be received by the appropriate personnel by this date. GENERAL INFORMATION The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Associate Degree Nursing Program is available at both the Hudson and Watauga Campus. The admission criterion for the program satisfies requirements at both campuses. The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to patients and groups of patients throughout the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Employment opportunities include a wide variety of health care settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians offices, industry, and community health agencies. APPLICATION/ADMISSIONS PROCESS Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute s mission and philosophy includes the process to establish fair and equitable student guidelines for admission and progression. It is the nursing applicant s responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met by the established deadline. Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program deadlines, guidelines and policies apply equally to all students. Admission requirements to the ADN Program must be received by student services by the stated deadline of February 1, All requirements must be completed and submitted for consideration of admission. Clinical space determines the availability of seating for the program each year. CCC&TI is approved to admit a limited number of students per year and utilizes a competitive admissions process. Applicants who meet all admissions requirements by the published deadline are ranked according to criteria specified in this document. The students with the highest accumulated point totals are offered admission into the ADN program.
2 2 Admission requirements include: 1. GPA requirement Program GPA must be 2.5 or higher as of the deadline for the current application period. Program GPA is defined as any and all nursing program related general education coursework completed at CCC&TI or other accredited institutions. Developmental English, reading, math, and algebra courses are NOT included in this calculation. To gain points in the admission criteria, a grade of C or better must be obtained in any completed pre-admission coursework. 2. Application - Submit the CCC&TI Admissions Application to Student Services. Applicants must indicate the campus (Caldwell or Watauga) to which they are applying on the college application. Applicants are not allowed to apply to both campuses. 3. Official documentation of high school graduation/high school equivalency - Have an official high school transcript with graduation date or official high school equivalency documentation on file in the Admissions and Records office. 4. College transcripts - Have on file in the CCC&TI Admissions and Records office official transcripts from all colleges or schools attended since high school. Applicants transferring from any other nursing program must submit a course syllabus for each nursing course taken to the director of the nursing program for admission consideration. 5. College Placement Tests - Take appropriate placement tests as determined by the college. The qualified applicant must demonstrate proficiency in reading, English, and math as indicated by appropriate placement test scores or successful completion of all developmental courses which are required before being eligible for the nursing program. Minimum acceptable North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NCDAP) scores for the ADN program and the corresponding exempted developmental courses: NCDAP Exempted Developmental Courses English/Reading Assessment DRE 096; DRE 097; DRE 098 Math Assessment DMA 010; DMA 020; DMA 030; DMA; 040 & DMA 050 Please see the Testing Center for comparable ASSET or COMPASS scores. Official test scores for these tests must be provided to the Testing Center if testing is done at another college on or after 2/1/07. Placement tests may be waived for persons who provide official documentation of transferable college credit, SAT, or ACT scores that shows proficiency in reading, English and math. SAT and ACT Guidelines: Students may be exempt from placement testing and from taking developmental courses based on the following ACT or SAT scores: English: ACT Reading 22 OR ACT English 18 SAT Writing 500 OR SAT Critical Reading 500 Math: ACT Math 22 OR SAT Math 500
3 6. Nurse Aide I Certification - Submit documentation of successful completion of a NC State-Approved Nurse Aide Training course (offered at most North Carolina community colleges or a North Carolina Health Occupations Class completed during high school). Verification of successful course completion must be submitted. More information about state approved nurse aide I courses may be found at this link: The applicant must also be currently listed with the North Carolina Division of Facility Services (www.ncnar.org) with no substantial findings by the stated application deadline and while in the nursing program. 7. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Refer to college catalog for institutional requirement if English is not your native language. 8. Nursing Program Entrance testing - The applicant must schedule and complete the TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills V) admission test. The applicant must complete the test with a minimum score of 60. Applicants may retake the test only once per academic year. This score will be applied to the total point calculation work sheet to determine ranking. For additional details, please see the attached point sheet. A fee will be charged to take the test which must be paid directly to ATI online at the time of testing. The fee is subject to change without notification. o Academic Support Center resources - Study manuals are available in the Academic Support Centers on either campus. The study manuals can only be reviewed in the center and cannot be checked out. Online study materials are also available for the TEAS V. Contact the Academic Support Center for required login information. Caldwell Campus: Watauga Campus: Hours of Academic Support Center: M-Th 8 am 8 pm Fri. 8 am 4 pm o TEAS V Prep Course - offered through the Continuing Education Department at CCC&TI. Course content will be based on the four major content areas of the TEAS V: reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. Courses to be offered in May, July, and October. Call for additional information or to register for the course. o Additional online study resource o Students may also purchase personal resource material (TEAS V Study Manual) from the ATI webpage or local/online bookstores. Schedule TEAS V exam by calling CCC&TI Caldwell Testing Center at or Watauga student services at Please check the center s open hours for operation. Pay testing fee to take the TEAS V exam. This fee is paid directly to ATI. This fee will be paid online the day you take the test. Fee is subject to change without notification. Name and Password must be set up in order to test and establish a password for future account access and reference Nursing Information Session Applicants must attend a nursing program information session. Complete this requirement AFTER all needed developmental courses (DRE & DMA) have been
4 completed (refer to requirement #5). A required criminal background check acknowledgment statement must be signed by the applicant during the information session for the requirement to be considered completed. To sign up for a date please visit the nursing webpage and click on Nursing Information Session Sign-Up MAR (Minimum Admissions Requirements) Review - Contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office to schedule the MAR Review as soon as ALL the above admissions requirements (steps 1-9) have been completed. During the MAR Review, the Health Sciences Admissions Office will review your file for completion. If all admissions requirements have been met, you will be included in the pool of qualified applicants who will be ranked for admission according to your total point calculation. Schedule the MAR review by contacting one of the following: Caldwell Campus Amy Huffman Patty Brinkley Christina Guzman Watauga Campus Callie Whitney * Only one prior admission to any nursing program allowed in order to be an eligible applicant. If an applicant has more than one prior entry to a nursing program, he/she may submit a written appeal to the director of nursing for further consideration. Completion of all admission requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance. Available student seating for the program is determined by the director of the program based upon limited clinical availability for both campuses. NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE The students with the highest point totals will be notified of acceptance to the 2016 Associate Degree in Nursing Program during February of Additionally, other complete applicants will be notified of either alternate or complete status. All complete students must respond to their notification letter by the established deadline communicated within the letter. Complete applicants may be considered (by order of point ranking) if an accepted student declines or is disqualified before the start of the program. All other nursing applicants who were incomplete with admissions requirements at that time will receive notification of his/her admission status via CCC&TI student accounts and via letter mailing during February each year. The and/or letter notification will require a student response to keep their nursing application active for the next application period.
5 5 OVERVIEW OF POINT SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING PROGRAM A point system will be used as an objective means for evaluating nursing applicants. The student must meet all admission requirements before they are ranked for admission into the fall class. Nursing applicants are ranked in order according to the present applicant pool. Admission is then based on the point totals. Acceptance letters will be mailed by late February. Course work will begin the following fall semester. Points for grades earned from General Education Courses. Nursing applicants may earn points for the completion of the following courses. In order to earn points for general education courses, applicants must have achieved grades of C or higher. General Education Courses for Associate Degree in Nursing BIO 168 BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology I Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 275 PSY 150 Microbiology General Psychology PSY 241 CIS 113 (or CIS 110) Developmental Psychology Computer Basics ENG 111 ENG 112 (113 or 114) Writing and Inquiry Writing/Research in the Disc Elective Humanities/Fine Arts Transfer credits will be evaluated for course substitutions for all general education classes by the Registrar. Nursing courses from other schools for transfer students to receive credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. 1. Points for TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills V) Nursing applicants may earn points based upon their TEAS V Exam score (Adjusted Individual Total Score %). The fee of the test is subject to change without notice, and payment is the responsibility of the applicant. The student should contact the Testing Center, available at each campus, to schedule an appointment for this test. In order to earn points for TEAS, applicants must have achieved a score of at least 60. If this score is not accomplished by first time test taking, the applicant may retake the exam one additional time within the academic year. The highest TEAS score will be used for the assignation of points. The student s score from the TEAS test will be applied to the total points for admission ranking. 2. Points for Licensure (optional) - Students may earn additional points by submitting the appropriate certificate of program and licensure information to the Coordinator of Health Sciences Admissions on the Caldwell campus (Amy Huffman) or Student Services on the Watauga campus (Callie Whitney) for the following: a) LPN licensure- (5 additional points) must submit proof of NC licensure with no restrictions and a reference letter from most recent employer b) Paramedic licensure (2 additional points) --must submit proof of NC licensure with no restrictions and have worked 2000 hours with reference letter from most recent employer NOTES: a) Applicant s point count is confidential: Please do not call to inquire about your point count. To protect your privacy, point count totals will not be discussed over the telephone. Individual appointments can
6 6 be made with the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator to review your point count. To protect your privacy, it will be necessary to show a picture ID at the time of your appointment. b) In the event that more than one applicant has the same total point count, applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria: 1. TEAS score (Adjusted Individual Total Score %) 2. GPA in completed nursing related Biology courses (BIO 168, 169 & 275)
7 7 SAMPLE Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Associate Degree Nursing (A45110) ADMISSIONS POINT COUNT WORKSHEET FALL 2016 Applicant Name: ID# Section A One point is awarded for each general education course included in the nursing curriculum completed with a grade of C or higher. Students with all general education coursework completed will receive a maximum of 9 points. General Education classes BIO 168 BIO 169 BIO 275 PSY 150 PSY 241 ENG 111 ENG 112, 113 or ENG 114 HUM/Fine Arts Elective CIS 113, CIS 110,or CIS 111 Total Points Section B - Points are awarded based on Adjusted Individual Total Score % of TEAS V test score. Example TEAS V Score Points < 60, not eligible for entry Section C Points are awarded at face value for GPA average in BIO 168, 169 & 275 Example BIO GPA Points Section D - Points are awarded only for the listed licensure and with appropriate documentation. Licensure Points awarded Licensed Practical Nurse 5 (LPN) Paramedic 2 TOTAL POINT COUNT Section Section A Section B Section C Section D TOTAL Points Points **This point sheet is reviewed each year and is subject to change.**
8 AFTER BEING NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE 8 Students will be notified by mail once they have been officially accepted into the Associate Degree in Nursing program. The acceptance letter will include further information and direction to submit the following documentation in order to be eligible for clinical participation within the program: Current Infant, Child, and Adult/AED CPR certification. One of the following is required: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider course OR American Red Cross Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider OR National Safety Council Healthcare Provider. A copy of the CPR certification should be submitted by the deadline established by the program director. An accurate and satisfactory completed student medical form (health form) which includes appropriate documentation of immunizations (Appropriate documentation includes copy of health immunizations record with proof of agency testing or by professional healthcare provider with signature).by the health care provider or county health department and physical exam results must be submitted to Certified Background Check Medical Document Management by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. Each student will be responsible for the cost of the electronic health form tracking. Requirements include current TB (2 step PPD) skin test (within 12 months), mumps/measles/rubella blood titer or vaccine, proof of chicken pox immunity by vaccination or blood titer, and current immunizations for tetanus and diphtheria. The nursing student is also encouraged to obtain Hepatitis B immunizations. Otherwise, the decision to decline the Hepatitis B immunizations must be formally documented. Criminal background checks/drug screening/ other expectations: 1. Criminal background checks and/or drug screenings are required for the student to participate in the clinical component of each NUR course. A signed acknowledgement statement must have been submitted to the Health Sciences Admissions office as an admissions requirement (see admissions requirement #6 Information Session). All costs associated with criminal background checks and drug screenings are the responsibility of the student. 2. The students will assume responsibility for all health care or emergency room costs they might incur during their clinical rotations. 3. The student will assume the responsibility for travel to and from the clinical site and all associated costs. 4. The student will complete a final evaluation of all clinical rotation sites, including faculty and educational experience. Progression policy - A grade of D or F in any general education coursework must be repeated and completed with a grade of C or above as outlined in the nursing curriculum sequence in order to progress within the program and to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, all NUR prefixed courses must be completed with a final grade of 80 or above. Failure to maintain this program standard will result in student dismissal from the program. Refer to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program Manual for further details.
9 9 PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE EXPECTATIONS OF A STUDENT NURSE Nursing is a discipline where cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance is required. For the purposes of nursing program compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disability Act, a qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation or modification, meets the essential eligibility requirements and the Physical and Emotional Standards* for participation in the nursing programs. If the student or faculty member believes that the student cannot meet nursing program requirements without accommodations or modifications, the nursing faculty, in consultation with the college disability director, will determine on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations can be reasonably made. *Standards developed by the Board of Directors of the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing in association with the N.C. Conference of Associate Degree Nursing Directors and the N.C. Community College System staff. Legal Limitations of Licensure Nursing applicants 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 for the following reasons: The student practiced fraud or deceit in attempting to procure a license to practice nursing. The student has been convicted of a misdemeanor/felony (excluding minor traffic violations). The student is mentally or physically incompetent or uses any drug that interferes with ability to practice nursing. The student engages in conduct, which endangers the public health.
10 Program: Associate Degree Nursing Year: Course Course Class Lab Credit Number Title Hours Hours Hours BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I NUR 111 Introduction to Health Concepts PSY 150 General Psychology Total Hours (Fall Semester) BIO 169 Anatomy & Physiology II NUR 112 Health-Illness Concepts NUR 211 Health Care Concepts PSY 241 Developmental Psychology Total Hours (Spring Semester) CIS 113 Computer Basics OR CIS 110 Introduction to Computers NUR 113 Family Health Concepts Total Hours (Summer Semester) 3/5 8 6/8 ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry BIO 275 Microbiology NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts NUR 212 Health System Concepts Total Hours (Fall Semester) ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc OR ENG 113 Literature Based Research OR ENG 114 Professional Research & Report NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Total Hours (Spring Semester) TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 47/ /73
11 11 Tuition College Fees/Insurance Estimated Nursing Program Costs (In-state students) $72.00 per credit hour Activity Fee for Fall/Spring = $7/class Maximum = $28.00 Activity Fee for Summer = $3/class Maximum = $9.00 Campus Service Fee = $2/Course; maximum = $10 per semester Diploma Fees = $25.00 Nursing Program Fees ATI/Testing $ NCLEX Review: $ Additional Costs for Program Uniforms: $ Equipment: $ Textbooks: $ Travel Costs Malpractice = $26.00 Malpractice Insurance Fee ($13.00 paid fall semester of each year) Accident Insurance = $12.00 ($6.00 paid fall semester of each year) Included with tuition each semester $ NCLEX-RN examination $ Criminal Background check for NCLEX $75.00 NC Licensure Fee $40.00 Life Scan, NCSBN $35.00 Graduate Cap & Lamp $45.00-$ Nursing Pin $ $ Nursing club dues for pinning supplies Required uniforms estimate includes minimum 2 scrub tops/pants, shoes, hose/socks and 1 lab coat, lab supply kit, stethoscope, immunizations, CPR. Required textbooks: Variable but ranges from approximately $1,000 first semester and $50.00-$ for the remaining semesters. Variable, but student must have transportation to and from class and clinical assignments. Individual gas and vehicle maintenance cost to class and clinical (not averaged in this estimate) $ background checks and drug screen Total Estimate $ All costs are speculative and are subject to change according to the General Assembly of North Carolina, CCC&TI, and Associate Degree Nursing Program.
12 For additional information, please contact: 12 Amy Huffman, B.A. Coordinator of Health Sciences Admissions Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 2855 Hickory Boulevard Hudson, NC ; ,ext 710; or , ext 710 Fax: (828) Callie Whitney, MA, NCC, LPCA Counselor, Student Services (Watauga Campus) (828) , Ext fax: (828) Ruth Herold, MSN, BSN, RN,CNE Director, Associate Degree Nursing Program Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 2855 Hickory Boulevard Hudson, NC Since health program standards are mandated by accrediting and regulatory agencies, revisions to the above information may be necessary. Efforts will be made to keep changes to a minimum and finalized one year in advance of the starting date of the program; however, the college reserves the right to revise any part or section as necessary. This application process is reviewed on an annual basis. Revised 05/2015
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