Isothermal Community College

Health and Public Services

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when to apply?

The student needs to follow the open enrollment dates prior to the semester that he or she is planning to enter.

Who do I need to contact when I want to apply?

The student needs to contact Kim Amos, Director of Practical Nurse Education, to arrange a meeting to discuss eligibility for entering the program. Contact  her at 828-395-1762 or

What do I need to bring to the meeting?

The student needs to complete an application to Isothermal Community College. Then, the student needs to refer to the admission packet for enrollment information and deadlines.

Do I have to be certified as a Nursing Assistant I to be considered for admission?

Yes. Please bring proof of your NAI certification, when you anticipate completing the NAI class, or when you anticipate taking the challenge exam.

How do I know if I qualify as an advanced placement student?

If you have successfully completed (passed with a “C” or better) nursing courses at another college, you could potentially be eligible to enroll as an advanced placement student. The other deciding factor is how the transfer nursing course credit hours and content match to the Practical Nurse Education nursing courses. In addition, your eligibility will be based on scores obtained on the math competency exam and the nursing content exam. 

Am I guaranteed to receive a PN diploma if I complete the courses that I need?

In order to receive a PN diploma, you must complete at least 50% of the required program hours at Isothermal Community College. Since the PN program has 48 total program credit hours, you will have to complete 24 credit hours or more at Isothermal Community College.

How much does the program cost?

It depends on how many semesters that you need to take. The costs may vary from year to year, but the approximate costs are $5,015 for the entire year. See the approximate program costs.

When are classes scheduled?

Each semester, the class times will vary. See the PNE semester schedule for approximate days and times.

Are any of the classes taught on-line?

Yes, the courses are web-based.

Where are the classes taught?

All instruction is held in the Rutherford Learning Center building. Classroom instruction is held in Room 304. Lab instruction is held in Room 306. Computer instruction is held in Room 310.

Are the classes and clinical taught on the same days and times each semester?

No, the class days and times as well as the clinical days and times change each semester. The class will either be on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.

The clinical days will be the opposite; if class is on M/W, then clinical will be on T/Th.  Due to scheduling, there will be an occasional Friday class or clinical.

Where do the students go to clinical?

Clinical opportunities are scheduled in Rutherford, Burke, Cleveland, and McDowell counties. Students report to area hospitals, physician offices, and long term care facilities.

Do I have to purchase the same uniform as other students?

Yes. All students are required to wear the same uniforms. Each student will be given a list of the items required. Some of the items have to be purchased at Read’s Uniforms and others can be bought where ever the student chooses.

Do I have to have my own health insurance?

It is not required for our program, but you are still responsible for any health care costs related to any accident or injury that may occur in a clinical setting.

Do I have to purchase malpractice insurance?

No, Malpractice insurance is provided for you by Isothermal Community College while you are a student.

Do I have to complete a criminal background check or drug screening?

Yes, but that information will be given to you after you are accepted into the program. Also note; if a clinical agency does not allow you to come to their facility based on your background report, you cannot continue in the course.

Are there any deadlines for admission?

Yes. Please see the Advanced Placement Admission Packet for the semester that you wish to enroll.

Are computer skills required?

Yes, but you will not be tested on your computer skills.