Practical Nursing Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Practical Nursing (PN) program at Southeastern Community College.

Applications for the Spring 2023 Practical Nursing Program have closed.

*You must complete the steps below prior to submitting the practical nursing program application.

Admission to the PN Program is a competitive and selective process. Minimum requirements for application are outlined in the Student Readiness Checklist. All checklist requirements must be completed prior to the application deadline. Applications submitted by students who have not met the requirements on the Student Readiness Checklist will not be considered for admission.

Steps to apply are provided as a guideline and, in all cases, the applicant should work closely with their assigned nursing advisor during the application process. 

  1. Apply for general admission to SCC by visiting the Admissions page to complete and submit the Southeastern Community College Admissions Application. General college applications must be current within 2 years. 
  2. Request official high school transcript or GED/HSE certificate and submit to the SCC Registrar. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED/HSE certificate to apply. 
  3. Request official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended and submit them to the SCC Registrar. 
  4. Applicants must meet developmental requirements for Math and English. Developmental requirements may be met by receiving appropriate credit for Transition Math (MAT 003 or BSP 4003) and Transition English (ENG 002 or BSP 4002) OR testing out of applicable placement assessments OR a high school GPA of 2.2 or greater. Students with a high school GPA of less than 2.8 may be required to complete a basic skills math course (BSP 4003) prior to NUR 117 – Pharmacology. Student Services staff can determine whether developmental requirements have been met and if placement assessments are required. Students should work closely with their advisors regarding developmental math requirements prior to NUR 117. 
  5. Applicants who have taken Biology (163 or 168/169) before the application deadline must have achieved a grade of “C” or better and the course(s) must be current within 10 years of the application deadline. 
  6. Applicants must hold a valid certificate of Nurse Aide training and current listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry before applying. (Applicants who challenged the Nurse Aide exam and have never attended a formal training class with scheduled clinical hours are not eligible to apply.) 
  7. Students applying for the nursing program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. GPAs for applicants without an SCC GPA will be determined by averaging the cumulative GPAs from all previously attended college/university transcripts. 
  8. Applicants must complete the TEAS test with a minimum composite score of 59.0% overall. Scores are only valid for 2 years prior to the program admission date and scores from different testing sessions may not be combined to meet the minimum requirements. The exam may only be taken up to three times in one year and there must be two weeks between testing dates. 
  9. Review and complete the Student Readiness Checklist. 
  10. Complete, sign, and submit the Practical Nursing Formal Application for Admission by the posted deadline.
    (Directions for submission are contained on the application which is available only during the open application period). 

A points system is used to review all nursing applications and allows for an objective evaluation of each student applicant. Students with the highest number of points are selected for admission based upon space and resources available. An Application Points Rubric is used during the evaluation of each student application. Points awarded during the application review are based upon supporting documentation available when applications are submitted. Supporting documentation related to each application must be on file at SCC to receive points toward admission (i.e., final transcripts from other schools, TEAS scores, etc.). Applicants are responsible for ensuring these documents are on file at the time of application submission.  

Acceptance to the PN program will be announced via a mailed letter to the address provided on the submitted application. Decision letters will be mailed once all applications are received and processed. The estimated timeframe for mailing decision letters for the Spring 2023 PN Program is November 11, 2023. All applicants should be aware that a mandatory Boot Camp will be held on January 5, 2023 for all students admitted to the program. 

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Meeting requirements to complete the formal application does not guarantee admission to the program. The number of applicants chosen will be determined by the Nursing Admissions Committee based on the space and resources available. 


Associate Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Training / Director of Nursing
(910) 788-6226