The 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.
Coursework includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global healthcare system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community healthcare facilities.
Admission Procedure for Advanced Placement Licensed Practical Nurse
A Nursing Transition plan has been designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who desire to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program with advanced standing. Applicants who meet the admission requirements outlined below and successfully complete the Nursing Transition course (NUR 214) with a “C” or better will be allowed to enroll in NUR 114 and complete the Associate Degree program requirements. Students who are taking NUR 214 have been accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program.
Students are admitted to the nursing program in accordance with policies established by the nursing faculty and approved by the administration. The college does not guarantee admission to all students who apply to the nursing program. Admission is competitive and is based on a points-based ranking system. Completion of the nursing program does not guarantee success in passing the licensure exam.
A nursing student must be admitted/readmitted to the nursing program in order to receive credit for any nursing (NUR) course. Curriculum courses other than NUR courses may be taken before admission to the program or after admission in the sequence offered.
All Biology courses must be current within a seven-year period. Biology courses older than seven years must be retaken before program entry or at the prescribed time in the curriculum sequence. This requirement may be waived by the program director.
Nursing students are assigned clinical rotations with area healthcare agencies. Students must meet employee health standards and the criminal background and/or drug screening requirements of the agencies at the student’s expense at any time after admission to the program.
The nursing applicant is required to meet steps I-IV before enrollment spring semester. Each step of the admission policy must be completed before advancing to the next step.
STEP I: APPLICATION PROCESS
- Complete a Nursing Information Session between September 21, and February 21.
- Submit all by March 2:
- An online ECC application for admission
- Official high school transcripts or equivalency
- A partial transcript if currently enrolled in high school. A final transcript must be submitted at the time of graduation.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- An ADN Program application after attending the Nursing Information Session (attendance required every year of application)
- TEAS V or ATI/TEAS score (s) to Student Services. If testing occurred at a site other than ECC test results are delivered to the College through official means by the agency that administered the test. Contact atitesting.com or (800) 667-7531.
STEP II: RANKING
- Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) before October 15th.
- TEAS V scores must meet the following criteria to be eligible for ranking:
- A minimum overall score of 62%.
- Testing occurred within the 24 months prior to the October 15th application deadline
- The student has released the scores to ECC with ATI if testing occurred at a site other than at ECC OR the scores are officially delivered to ECC by the school where the test was taken.
- All four sections of the TEAS test were taken.
- TEAS V may be taken up to twice in an academic year, at least 28 days apart.
- The highest of up to four TEAS scores will be used for ranking.
STEP III: CONDITIONAL RANKING
- Students who score a 62% on the TEAS V will be competitively ranked.
- Points from the TEAS score and from the GPA on all ECC ADN nursing curriculum general education courses that have been completed from all colleges, including courses with grades below a C, are included in the calculation. The ranking GPA also includes all curriculum courses that have been completed more than once.
- The highest ranking applicants will receive a letter of conditional acceptance.
- Students must accept or reject the seat in writing to the Nursing Admissions Counselor.
- A waiting list letter will be mailed to remaining eligible applicants.
- Students will continue to be accepted from the waiting list until the program is full.
STEP IV: FINAL ACCEPTANCE
- After accepting a nursing seat, the student must meet the following requirements in order to be fully accepted:
- Successfully complete with a “C” or better ACA 111 or ACA 122, BIO 168, CIS 113, and PSY 150 by the end of fall semester.
- If developmental courses were required upon admission to the college, the developmental prerequisites for ECC ADN curriculum general education courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the program.
- Hold unencumbered license to practice as an LPN in NC.
- Attend mandatory Health Science Orientation and Nursing Orientation sessions.
- Submit a completed medical form provided by the college, including required immunizations, performed within a 12-month time frame by the required deadline.
- Submit evidence of current (within the last year) CPR certification by the American Heart Association at the healthcare provider level.
- Demonstrate a 2.5 GPA on all ECC ADN curriculum general education courses that have been completed up to the point of enrollment in the program. The highest grade on all completed courses from all colleges will be used in this calculation, including courses with less than a C.
- Submit criminal background check and a drug screen by the required deadline.
- Failure to meet deadlines will result in withdrawal of acceptance status.