Isothermal Community CollegeFoothills Nursing Consortium

About the program

The AD Nursing program is a competitive admission process. Simply meeting the basic requirements does not in any way guarantee admission. The graduate is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. 

Graduates will be able to:

  • Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings
  • Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence that integrates nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context
  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context
  • Examine the evidence that underlines clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities

The program consists of Three  (LPN to RN Concept-based Fast Track) or five (generic admission) sequential semesters including both classroom and clinical experiences.

The program is separate from the existing practical nurse programs in the three-member colleges.

The Registered Nurse may be employed in a wide variety of health care settings including hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics, physicians' offices, industries, and community health agencies. 

The commuting time to the administrative unit from the other two colleges is approximately one hour or forty miles. Nursing classes will be held on all three campuses at some period of time during the five semesters of the program. When possible, non-nursing classes will be scheduled on the student's home campus.

The majority of clinical experiences will be scheduled in or near the student's home campus; however, all students must commute in order to complete the clinical requirements. Students may be scheduled in day, evening, night, or weekend hours for clinical practice.

There is an option for LPN to RN Concept-based Fast Track in the second semester for N.C. LPNs in good standing who meet admission criteria. The number of Fast Track students may vary from college to college and from year to year.

Some requirements

A health physical and immunization record are required for entry to the program. Clinical facilities require satisfactory criminal background checks and drug screens as a requirement for clinical practice.

Students must be able to perform essential functions of nursing with or without reasonable accommodations. 

A Nurse Aide I (by a NC approved program) is required for entry. (NAIs prior to January, 2014 will be grandfathered.)

Required Courses

Students are encouraged to take these general/related (non-nursing) courses prior to entry into the nursing program. Completion of the related courses with a grade of "A" or "B" prior to applying can strengthen the chances of admission. 

General Education / Related Courses
BIO 168 ** Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 169 ** Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 175 ** General Microbiology
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
ENG 112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines
PSY 150 General Psychology
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology
Elective 3 hours Humanities Elective
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
** BIO 111 is highly recommended prior to BIO 168, 169, and 175

Completion of these courses will help prepare for, but not guarantee, admission into the program. *PSY 241 and ACA 122 could be delayed until the first semester of the nursing program, if the student desires to be registered for 12 credit hours ("full-time" student status) the first semester of the AD Nursing program.

For more information please contact:

Isothermal Community College
P.O. Box 804
Spindale, NC 28160
(828) 395-1621

Kimberly A. Amos, Ph.D., M.S.(N)., R.N., C.N.E.
Director, Foothills Nursing Consortium
Interim Director, Practical Nurse Education

Tina M. Porter, B.S.,
Pre-Health Sciences Nursing Advisor


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