Isothermal Community CollegeFoothills Nursing Consortium

ADN Applicants: Foothills Nursing Consortium (FNC) announced that it was dissolving in fall 2020. The final admission to FNC will be generic, five semester students in fall 2021 and LPN-to ADNs in spring 2022. These students will graduate FNC in spring 2023. This will be the final FNC graduating class.

In January 2022, students will apply to the Associate Degree Nursing program at their individual community college of residence and/or preference: Cleveland Community College, Isothermal Community College or McDowell Technical Community College. Any student who gets off track for completion while admitted to the Foothills Nursing Consortium will need to reapply to their respective community college and complete there.

The Foothills Nursing Consortium is defined as a cooperative effort by Cleveland Community College, Isothermal Community College, and McDowell Technical Community College, to form one unit for the purpose of providing education for Associate Degree Nursing students through joint support and operation of the nursing education program. Isothermal Community College is the administrative unit and central location of the three colleges.

The Foothills Nursing Consortium (FNC), Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the N.C. Community College System Office and the N.C. Board of Nursing.

Purpose of the Program

The purposes of the Foothills Nursing Consortium Associate Degree Nursing Program are four fold:

  • The program will produce nursing graduates annually to meet the needs of the area health care facilities.
  • The program will provide accessibility for area residents to an affordable registered nursing education program.
  • The program will provide the necessary educational opportunities for LPNs to become RNs and still remain in the work force.
  • By producing more qualified intermediate level health care workers, the program will help to improve the present health care delivery system and increase the availability of adequate health care to area residents.

Consortium Members

Cleveland Community College - Cleveland County
137 South Post Road
Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 669-4073

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

McDowell Technical Community College - McDowell County
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752
(828) 652-0611