Nursing Admissions Packet

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Nursing Admissions Packet and Application for 2014

Competitive Admission Process

Admission Period: January 2, 2014, through March 21, 2014

Application Deadline: March 21, 2014



The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings.

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.


It is the nursing applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met by the established deadline. Nursing deadlines, guidelines, and policies apply equally to all students; thus, there can be no exceptions.

Each applicant is responsible for:

*Completing admissions requirements
*Confirming receipt of letters and documents in the admissions office
*Keeping MCC informed in writing or email of any personal information changes
*Keeping copies of all documentation submitted to MCC (i.e. CPR, physical exam, etc.)

Students must:

1. Have and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in all post-secondary coursework completed.

2. Complete the MCC General Admissions Application. May be completed online or in person at MCC.

3. Submit application to Admissions Office specifically for the Nursing Programs at MCC during the stated admissions period.

4. Complete the appropriate Placement Test, if required by the Admissions Office, and meet minimum cut-off scores on Placement Test.

5. Request official high school transcript or GED® scores to be mailed to the Admissions Office. Official transcripts should be mailed from the institution(s) attended or be hand delivered in an envelope sealed by the school(s) attended.

6. Request official transcripts from all colleges or schools attended since high school mailed to the Admissions Office. These will be reviewed for possible transfer credit by the Registrar.

7. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) at Mayland Community College. Scores from other testing facilities are not accepted. There is no minimum score for admission to the nursing programs. (More information on the TEAS, payment and registration for the TEAS, will be listed in a later section.)

8. Applicants are encouraged to complete all non-nursing required courses in the curriculum prior to entering the nursing program.



1PLACEMENT TEST SCORES ADN To be considered for admission to a nursing program at Mayland Community College, all applicants must meet the minimum requirements on the appropriate Placement Test*. Placement Test scores must have been completed within five years of application to the nursing programs.*Completion of ENG 111 or its equivalent and DMA 080 or higher with a grade of “C” or better may eliminate taking a Placement Test. Math courses must have been completed within five years of application to the nursing programs.


166 Combined Reading & English 500 Writing or Reading 20 Reading or 18 English
Placement Above DMA 080 500 Math 22 Math

A student may meet the placement test requirements with a combination of the above

If an applicant scores less than the minimum cut-off scores on the Placement Test, he/she will be required to complete the essential sequence of developmental courses. If the student completes all the required remedial courses with a grade of “C” or better and meets the other minimum requirements, he/she may be considered eligible to apply to a nursing program.

If the Placement Test has been taken at another college or institution, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the scores are transferred to Mayland Community College.

. BIOLOGY PROFICIENCY (ADN only) All students who wish to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must have completed BIO 163, Basic Anatomy & Physiology, with a grade of “C” or higher, within five years of application. Substitutions for BIO 163 include BIO 165, Anatomy & Physiology I, or passing the Biology proficiency exam. The proficiency exam is for students who lack but wish to obtain current credit for the BIO 163.  All students are not required to take the BIO proficiency exam.

CHEMISTRY PROFICIENCY (ADN only) All students who wish to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must have completed a Chemistry course in a North Carolina public high school and achieved a grade of “C” or better. The Chemistry course must have been within five years of application. If no high school course can be used, the student may have taken CHM 092, Fundamentals of Chemistry, or an acceptable substitution such as CHM 131 or CHM 151. A Chemistry proficiency exam may be required if the student lacks credit within five years. The proficiency exam is for students who lack but wish to obtain current credit for CHM 092.  All students are not required to take the CHM proficiency exam.

. CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (ADN only) Students who wish to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must have completed or be enrolled in a certified nursing assistant course with a state approved curriculum such as the high school Allied Health Sciences Program or a community college course. 

Certification must be obtained and the student must be listed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry prior to the end of the Spring Semester, to remain qualified to enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

5. TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS (ADN/PN)All students who wish to be considered for a nursing program at Mayland Community College must complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) at Mayland Community College. Test scores from other testing sites are not acceptable. Students will schedule an appointment to take the TEAS during the application period. The TEAS is available in the fall and spring semesters at Mayland Community College. Students who have taken the TEAS more than once will be able to use the highest score of the previous two tests for their ranking points.

A study guide for the TEAS can be purchased at Any version is acceptable; however, version V (5) is the most current.


Applicants will be ranked for admission into a nursing program using a point system. Applicants earn points and students with the highest number of points will be selected. The point system is an objective means for evaluating nursing applicants.

1. Points for the TEAS:
The Adjusted Individual Total percentage score is used for points. If a student has taken the TEAS more than once in the past year, the highest score of the previous two tests will be used. This only applies to TEAS scores from the same version of the test.

2.  GPA:
Points will be given for the student’s Mayland Community College GPA at the end of the spring semester or from the most current institution in which the student attended full-time. If a student will graduate from high school during the current admission year, the unweighted GPA from last semester completed at the high school will be used.

3. Residency (2 pts.):
A resident of Mitchell, Avery or Yancey County will receive two points toward admission.  Applicants must provide legal documentation to verify their residency status to the Health Programs Admissions Advisor. Students may verify residency by producing a current copy of one of the following: property tax forms, voter registration, car registration, or any other documentation stating applicant’s county of residence.  Points will not be given without proper verification by the application deadline.

4.  Prior Healthcare Experience (2 pts.)
Two points will be added for one of the following:
  • Six months full-time OR one year part-time prior health care experience as a certified healthcare provider (CNA, CMA, Paramedic, EMT, PTA, etc.)
  • High school Allied Health Sciences II with a grade of 77 or better within the past five years 
*An applicant’s current or past employer(s) must submit verification on company letterhead that the applicant worked in a health care field to include dates of employment and job title/description. 
*Students who completed Allied Health Sciences II in high school (within five years) should submit a copy of the high school transcript indicating a passing grade of 77 or better. Points will not be given without proper verification by the application deadline.

5.  BIO 165, BIO 166, and BIO 175
Students who complete BIO 165, Anatomy & Physiology I, and/or BIO 166, Anatomy & Physiology II, and BIO 175 Microbiology within five years of admission will receive points towards admission.  The points towards admission will be determined by the grade earned in each course according to the following scale:  A = 4 points; B = 3 points; C = 2 points.

6.  HUM 115, Critical Thinking
. Students who complete HUM 115, Critical Thinking, within five years of admission will receive points towards admission.  The points towards admission will be determined by the grade earned in each course according to the following scale:  A = 4 points; B = 3 points; C = 2 points. 

Students should complete an online orientation for two points. Students must also complete the orientation quiz in order to receive the full amount of points.



1. Student enrollment in the nursing program is limited.  Applicants with completed files, including acceptable test scores and transcripts of previous college work, will be considered for admission to the nursing program that begins fall semester.

2. Points for each applicant will be totaled.  The totaled scores will be placed in rank order, from highest to lowest, and will determine the applicant’s position on the acceptance or alternate lists.  Formal acceptance is granted only after submission of current infant/child/adult CPR certification, satisfactory medical, immunization, and dental forms.  These forms are provided to students when students are notified of acceptance and must be submitted before the deadline stated in the conditional acceptance packet. Any student who does not complete the required forms will be denied admission, and that student’s space will be given to the next alternate.

3. Qualified applicants will be placed on the alternate list based on their scores. Alternates are qualified to enter the program but are not accepted, and are accepted as spaces/resources become available.  Alternates who are accepted must complete required medical forms provided upon acceptance. Alternates will be accepted, in order of their positions, if vacancies occur before the end of final fall registration.  No alternates will be accepted after the end of final registration for the fall semester.  The alternate list does not carry over to the next year; therefore, alternates who are not accepted must reapply to the nursing program. 

4. Any applicant who has a mental or physical disability or uses any drug to a degree that interferes with his/her fitness to practice nursing may be denied entrance into the nursing program, dismissed from the nursing program, or denied licensure. Any questions or concerns regarding this statement should be directed to the Dean of Health Sciences.

5. The application for registered nurse licensure in North Carolina contains a question as to whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, excluding minor traffic violations.  Also, since most clinical sites require student criminal background checks, students will be required to complete the required criminal background check before fall semester begins. Drug screens are also required.  Information regarding the background check process and the required drug screening will be given during orientation.  Based on the results of the background check, the clinical agency may not allow a student with a criminal history to attend clinical.  If a student is refused admission to any clinical agency, he or she will be dismissed from the program. 


Nursing is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. For 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 for participation in the nursing programs.
If a student believes that he or she cannot meet nursing program requirements without accommodations or modifications, the nursing faculty will determine on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made. Further information regarding the physical and cognitive expectations of a student nurse and CORE performance standards may be found in the student policy manual for nursing.




(Not all Inclusive)

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing plans


Interpersonal abilities to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and Intellectual backgrounds

Must be able to work successfully in teams with fellow students and peers.

Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues


Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses


Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small places

Moves around in patients rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas, administers cardiopulmonary procedures

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care

Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients


Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs

Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auccultatory sounds, cries for help


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Observes patient/client responses


Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertions of a catheter


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the competitive admissions process, please contact Matt Crump Health Programs Admissions Advisor at 828-766-1254, or email at



Please visit our Financial Aid (FA) Department in Gwaltney Hall on the main campus or follow the link to the FA webpage:



All students applying for admission into a nursing program at Mayland Community College are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The student’s TEAS scores are current for two academic years. 

The TEAS consists of four parts that ask you to answer multiple-choice questions covering the following:

  • Reading – paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions
  • Math – whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion 
  • Science –science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science
  • English and Language Usage – punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling

A study guide for the TEAS can be purchased at Any version is acceptable; however, version V (5) is the most current.


It is extremely important that you read, understand and adhere to the following steps!  STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED INTO THE TESTING FACILITY UNLESS THEY COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS.

Pay the MCC Cashier $40.00 – bring receipt with you on to the Health Sciences ARA to sign up for a testing session. You must sign up and pay by March 21, 2014.

  • Students must visit the ATI website and make an account with a user ID and password at Write that username and password down, and bring it with you when you test. If students have questions regarding the process, they have the option of making an appointment with the Health Programs Admissions Advisor for assistance
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the test to locate the room and for check-in procedures and to log-on to the ATI website using your username and password.
  • The length of the test is approximately three and one-half hours.  The test will be proctored in a computer lab.
  • Students may not have any of the following items during test administration:
    • Food, drinks, or candy
    • Textbooks or reference book of any kind, calculators
    • Sunglasses, hats, or a hooded sweatshirt
    • Music (including CD players, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, etc.)
    • Communication devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDA or palm pilots, etc.
TEAS Times & Locations
Date Time Location
Friday, April 25, 2014 9 am -1 pm HS 218
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5 pm - 9pm HS 218
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9 am - 1 pm
2 pm – 6pm
HS 218

** Please note on the day of your test you must bring a receipt to be admitted in to the testing session.

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