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LPN to ADN Program Admissions Process

Deadline date for the Associate Degree Nursing is September 26, 2023
TEAS Score Report: September 26, 2023
Letters of Acceptance: October 17, 2023
Mandatory New Student Orientation: December 4, 2023

Thank you for your interest in the Isothermal Community College (ICC) LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.

The ICC LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). You must be a high school graduate or have a General Education Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma to be eligible to enter. Current high school students may apply but admission is contingent upon the college receiving the official high school transcript/diploma before the start of the first semester of the nursing program. Enrollment is limited and competitive. Meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admission. The ICC LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) does not use a waiting list. Therefore, applications must be updated annually.


General admission requirements for the college must be completed by the deadline date.

  • Complete the online application process (include residency determination) to Isothermal Community College. Use major code A1030N- Associate General Education - Nursing.
  • Submit all official and sealed high school transcript(s) or General Education Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma from a regionally accredited high school or a state registered private or home school to the Admissions Office.
  • Submit all official and sealed college transcript(s) from the issuing institution, including nursing programs attended to the Admissions Office for evaluation. Only transfer credits can be awarded to courses that reflect a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Students who do not have recent high school transcripts or test scores within the past 10 years should prepare to take the placement test and demonstrate:
    • Mastery on RISE (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence) English placement Tier 2 and RISE Math placement Tier 2; OR successfully complete ENG 002 through Tier 2 (grade of P2) and MAT 003 through Tier 2 (grade of P2).


The LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program admission requirements must be completed by the deadline date.

  • As part of the qualifications for admissions into the LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, you must have either a grade of P2 in MAT 003 (a grade of P2 indicates that you have completed Tier 2 of the course) or a grade of “C” or better in MAT 143 or higher.
  • Credit for ENG 002, with a grade of P2, or completion of a college-level English course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Minimum required college GPA is 2.5 or bachelor’s degree or higher. (Cumulative overall college GPA will be computed based on the most recent 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of non-developmental credit from ICC or an accredited institution. If not available, unweighted high school GPA or GED scores will be used.)
  • Review the LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Essential Functions which is included in the packet for your required signature.
  • Three professional references, no more than one-year-old from application deadline. References must be received in envelopes sealed by the person providing the reference. Email or fax references will not be accepted.  References included in application packet.


To see point ranking go to LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) application packet information button.

Required General Education (non-nursing) courses.


Applicants are required to take the following general education (non-nursing) courses before entering the LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing program:

  • ACA 122 – College Transfer Success or ACA 115 – Success & Study Skills
  • BIO 168 – Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 169 – Anatomy & Physiology II
  • PSY 150 – General Psychology

Students are encouraged to take the required general education (non-nursing) courses (required for the degree) before entry into the LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program:

  • ENG 111 - Writing & Inquiry
  • ENG 112 – Writing & Research in Disciplines (or ENG 113 Or ENG 114)
  • PSY 241 – Developmental Psychology
  • BIO 275 – Microbiology
  • Humanities Elective (3 credit hours); Choose from: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, HUM 115, MUS 110, PHI 215, or PHI 240.


Information on the standardized TEAS exam required for entry.

The TEAS exam information:

The ATI TEAS VI must be completed and/or ATI TEAS transcripts submitted to the Health Science Advisor by September 26, 2023.

The Minimum Score of 60 on ATI TEAS VI: The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) VI includes, Reading, Math (including Algebra) Science, and English section. The TEAS VI composite (total adjusted) score and individual section scores will be used to assign points for ranking. A minimum composite score of 60 is required to be considered for the program.

The estimated cost for the TEAS VI test is $70.00. The TEAS VI test is administered at ICC. Find a date and time for testing. 

The TEAS may be taken at any approved location within the United States.  If taken at a test center other than ICC, the student must request an official transcript from ATI and submit it to the Health Science Advisor. The TEAS includes Reading, Math (including Algebra) Science, and English sections.

The TEAS may be taken up to three times within a year and the higher composite score will be used for ranking. The TEAS scores include one decimal place and are not rounded. The TEAS scores will be used in a Points Tool to determine applicant ranking. In the event of a tie in the overall points score, the TEAS reading score will be used for ranking, followed by the math score (if the reading scores are tied), and then the grade point average (GPA), if needed.

Preparation for the TEAS exam may be found at ATI Testing. Online practice assessments are also available at the vendor website.


Before the start of the LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing program, students are required to complete the following.

Completion of a North Carolina state-approved Practical Nursing Program and hold a current unencumbered LPN license on the NCBON or a compact state.

Active American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

The health sciences advisor will send the complete student files with ranking to the director. The Director will review the student files and send acceptance letters to the top 10 applicants by October 17, 2023.

Acceptance is conditional upon the receipt of the following:

  1. Submit Intent to Enroll form to Director by October 31, 2023.
  2. Attend Mandatory Nursing Orientation at the Rutherfordton Learning Center (RLC) located at 134 Maple Street in Rutherfordton, NC on December 4, 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
  3. Complete criminal background checks and drug screening, required by clinical sites, at the student’s expense (approximately $70.00 cash only) by the ICC ADN vendor of choice. Failure to achieve acceptable standards will result in the denial of clinical privileges and the inability to continue in the nursing program. The College does not require or receive results for background checks or drug screens. Results are sent directly from the vendor to the student and clinical agencies. The clinical agencies then determine clinical eligibility and notify the students and Director accordingly. If a clinical agency denies a student access, the student can appeal to the clinical agency. If the clinical agency denies the clinical access following the appeal, the student will not be allowed to go to a different clinical facility and will not be allowed to continue the program (information will be included with the acceptance letter).
  4. Create Immunization tracking account & upload data (approximately $15.00 per year by credit card). Students will receive instructions for this along with their acceptance letters. Each clinical agency may also require a tracking service and fees will vary (information will be included with acceptance letter).
  5. Purchase uniforms & supplies, textbooks, etc. (information will be included with acceptance letter). It will take several weeks before you receive items so plan accordingly. You may wear scrubs of choice to lab but the student uniform is required for any clinical session.
  6. After the above have been met, schedule an appointment to meet with the assigned nursing advisor and register for classes. Included in the first semester tuition will be a one-time testing fee of approximately $750.00 which covers ATI Testing services, a prescriptive learning program to help Prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Nursing classes and labs will be held at the ICC RLC campus and clinical rotations will vary among surrounding counties--- travel is required and maybe more than one hour from campus, one-way. Clinical may be scheduled during the day, evening, and/or weekend hours, depending on availability. Students are responsible for arranging their transportation to and from class, lab, and clinical.

  1. Submit completed medical form which includes a health physical, diagnostic tests and immunization Records submitted complete to Director by December 12, 2023. The medical form is located On the ICC website under “Academics” and then “Health & Public Services.”
  2. Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA while in nursing program
    Students must earn a “B” in all NUR courses
    Students must earn a “C” in all general education courses

Contact for information

Katie Edwards
Health Sciences Student Success Coordinator

Melissa Tenpenny
College Navigator, Health and Public Service