Admission Requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing Program
Admission is competitive and all requirements (1-9) must be completed by January 31, 2021 for admission into the 2021 nursing class. Notification of admission status will be mailed by March 31, 2021.
- Completion of a Western Piedmont Community College Admission Application with Nursing as major by January 31, 2021.
- Submission of official high school and all college transcripts.
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on all post-secondary coursework within the last 7 years.
- Eligible to take ENG 111 or higher without a co-requisite.
- Eligible to take MAT 143 or higher without a co-requisite.
- Completion of high school chemistry, CHM 130 or CHM 131 or higher with a grade of “C” or better within the last 7 years.
- Completion of high school biology, BIO 111 or BIO 168 with a grade of “C” or better within the last 7 years.
- Submission of a certificate of completion/transcript from a state approved Nurse Aid I program and an active DHSR listing. For more information, call the Foothills Higher Education Center at 828-448-6140 or visit the WPCC Nurse Aide page.
- Completion of Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum score in the proficient category of ≥ 63. TEAS score must be 3 years old or less and may only be taken twice in an academic year with at least 45 days between testing. A TEAS test schedule & registration link will be emailed to pre-nursing students in September with October/December test date options. Study resources: www.atitesting.com and the WPCC Academic Success Center.
Applicants are ranked on the following Admission Points grid and admitted as space permits.
Ranking by Courses
|Course||Points Per Grade|
|BIO 168 - Anatomy & Physiology I||A=20||B=15||C=10|
|BIO 169 - Anatomy & Physiology II||A=20||B=15||C=10|
|ENG 111 - Expository Writing||A=10||B=7||C=5|
|PSY 150 - General Psychology||A=10||B=7||C=5|
Ranking by TEAS-V Test
|TEAS V Categories||Points|
- An applicant is considered a nursing student at Western Piedmont Community College when official written notification of admission is received, the student has submitted written acceptance of admission to the program, and all the requirements are completed on CastleBranch.com (student health form, immunizations documentation, certification of AHA Healthcare Provider CPR, negative urine screen, and criminal background check).
- North Carolina law requires a nursing student to be physically and emotionally healthy in order to ensure safe care of clients. The determination that a student is healthy and can participate in clinical practice must be made by a licensed medical provider (physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner). A student is admitted conditionally until a completed physical appraisal form, including the statement verifying the student is able to perform clinical practice, and documentation of all required immunizations/tests are submitted to the CastleBranch.com portal.
- Clinical agencies accredited by Joint Commission may require a criminal background check and negative urine drug screen for nursing students. This is a requirement of the agencies and not the Nursing program. Any student denied clinical access at any WPCC clinical agency due to the results of the criminal background check, drug test, or for any other reason will be dismissed from the program. Also, the North Carolina Board of Nursing requires a separate criminal background check on all program graduates prior to taking the NCLEX-RN Licensure exam. Specific information regarding this process is provided to students in the last semester of the nursing program.
- A fee is assessed for professional liability insurance and Assessment Technology Institute supplemental resources at the time of registration.
- Clinical practice experiences are provided at many different facilities. Students are responsible for providing transportation to the sites and purchasing required uniforms.
- A grade of “C” in each nursing course is required for progression to the next nursing course in the sequence according to the nursing program curriculum plan.
- A grade of “C” or better must be obtained for all required courses in the Nursing curriculum including Nursing, Psychology, Science, Humanities, and English courses. All co-requisites and pre-requisites for Nursing courses must have a final grade of “C” or better.
- The re-admission policy can be found in the Nursing Policy Manual.
WESTERN PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMPLIES WITH SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973, AS AMENDED, AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990. IN THE CASE OF A QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY, ATTEMPTS WILL BE MADE TO PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS.
WESTERN PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS AS NEEDED.