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LPN to ADN Program Admissions Process

Deadline date for the LPN to ADN is August 23, 2021
TEAS Exam: September 21-23, 2021
Semi-finalist group information meeting: October 4, 2021
Letters of Acceptance: October 25, 2021


We want to make sure you have the best possible chance of being selected by completing all processes and submitting all necessary application documents completely, correctly, and by the deadline. Please note, prospective nursing candidates residing in the four-county service area of FNC should apply to the home college within the student’s service area. Other applicants may apply to the college of their convenience.

If there are any questions, contact the pre-nursing advisor at your college of application:

Cleveland Community College: Audrea Brown, 704-669-4073 or 
Isothermal Community College: Tina Porter, 828-395-1621 or
McDowell Technical Community College: Belinda Foster, 828-652-0611 or

Foothills Nursing Consortium Applicants: Please be advised that this is the last year that applications for the LPN to ADN will be accepted for the Foothills Nursing Consortium. This next cohort will begin in January 2022 and will graduate in May 2023. In August 2022, students will apply to the LPN to ADN program of the individual community colleges: 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 LPN to ADN is a four semester program. Enrollment is limited, and admission is a competitive process. Meeting minimum admission criteria does not guarantee an applicant an offer of admission into the nursing program. FNC does not use a waiting list. Therefore, applicant records must be updated annually. If a student has applied previously, the student must reinitiate the process of applying including TEAS retesting, if applicable.


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.
  • Official high school transcripts GED/High School Equivalency diploma transcript.
  • Submit all official and sealed high school transcript(s) or GED scores from regionally accredited high school or state registered private or home school to the Admissions Office.
  • Submit all official and sealed college transcript(s) from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office for evaluation; including nursing programs attended.

LPN to ADN program admission requirements must be completed by the deadline date.

  • Current unrestricted LPN licensure listing on NC Board of Nursing (NCBON) without reprimands against license.
  • Satisfactory completion or exemption of transitional courses as required by placement test results
  • Credit for MAT 003, with a grade of (P2) which indicates that you completed Tier 2 of the course, or MAT 143, or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Credit for ENG 002, with a grade of (P2), or completion of a college-level English course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • HS GPA of 2.8 >
  • Minimum required college GPA is 2.5 or bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Attendance at an Allied Health/Health Sciences Information Session at the college of admission within the last year.
  • Submit three (3) professional references. References must be no more than one-year-old at the time of the general admission requirement deadline.
    • Submit three: (1) employer and (2) character references. References must be no more than one-year-old at the time of the general admission requirement deadline. Email references will not be accepted. To proceed the three (3) references must be at or above recommend. (Example of reference: teachers, employers, supervisors, guidance counselors.)

To enter the LPN to ADN program students must have completed by deadline date.

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

All nursing (NUR) courses must be completed in sequence.

Required General Education (non-nursing) courses.

Students are encouraged to take the required general education (non-nursing) courses prior to entry into the nursing program:

  • Writing & Inquiry ENG 111
  • Writing & Research in the Disciplines ENG 112 (or ENG 113 or ENG 114)
  • Developmental Psychology PSY 241
  • General Microbiology BIO 175 or Microbiology BIO 275 (is transferrable)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credit hours) – Choose from the list
    • Art Appreciation ART 111
    • Art History Survey I ART 114
    • Art History Survey II ART 115
    • Critical Thinking HUM 115
    • Music Appreciation MUS 110
    • Introduction to Jazz MUS 112
    • Philosophical Issues PHI 215
    • Introduction to Ethics PHI 240


Difference in LPN credits based on NCCCS.

In fall 2015, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) mandated the Practical Nursing (PN) concept-based curriculum (CBC). The PN CBC was developed based on the NCCCS ADN CBC that originated in 2008.  Therefore, LPNs who have completed a NCCCS PN CBC enter the LPN-to-ADN with a knowledge base regarding CBC.  Thus, upon successful completion of NUR 214, the following will apply:

  1. LPNs who completed a NCCCS PN CBC will receive credit for NUR 111, NUR 112 and NUR 211.
  2. LPNs that completed a traditional medial model or systems-based curriculum (prior to the NCCCS PN CBC) will receive credit for NUR 111 and NUR 112 and be required to take NUR 211 along with NUR 214 in first semester/


Priority Consideration for PN graduates.  

Priority consideration will be given to the top 5 2021 Practical Nursing (PN) graduates from each of the Consortium Colleges (Cleveland, Isothermal, McDowell Tech).

Each priority PN applicant must meet the same admissions criteria as non-priority applicants (including minimum GPA 2.5, TEAS score minimum 65, and an unrestricted LPN license with no sanctions).

In the event a priority PN applicant did not score a minimum of 65 on the TEAS taken prior to the PN program admission, the priority PN applicant will be required to retake the TEAS in order to score the minimum required TEAS as non-priority applicants.

Ten applicants will be selected from each Consortium college (five priority PN applicants and five non priority applicants for a total of 30 students accepted to the LPN-to-ADN program in spring 2022.

Information on the standardized TEAS exam required for entry.

The TEAS test will be given on each campus from the consortium, for further information contact your FNC advisor”.
*Dates and Times subject to change based on availability/school.

The estimated cost for the test is $70.00. The pre-nursing advisor will instruct you how to register and pay. The TEAS includes Reading, Math (including Algebra) Science, and English sections. Only the TEAS will be accepted. The TEAS composite (total adjusted) score will be used to rank applicants for the program and a minimum score of 65 is required to be considered for the program. A composite score can only be attained through testing on all four areas at one sitting. Students will receive a score immediately upon completion of the TEAS. The higher the TEAS score, the higher the ranking. 

Information on TEAS as well as exam preparation may be found at: ATI Testing Website. Study guides are available for review in the college library or for purchase at vendor of your choice. Online practice assessments are also available at the vendor website. Applicants can schedule the TEAS after receiving notification from the pre-nursing advisor at the college of application. 

The TEAS may be taken at an approved location within the United States following ATI guidelines. If taken at a test center other than a FNC college, the TEAS score submitted must be official from ATI, taken within the last five years, and must be received by the pre-nursing advisor by the date posted above. 

The TEAS may be taken every 30 days and the higher score will be used for ranking. TEAS scores include one decimal place and are not rounded. TEAS scores are used to determine rankings. The highest overall scores will be ranked in first place. In the event of a tie in the overall TEAS score, the top reading score among the tied applicants 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.

A Mandatory FNC Group Information Session is required to attend based upon completion of criteria.

There will be a mandatory FNC Group Information Session scheduled and will be notified by the pre-health science advisor. The Health Form will be distributed at this meeting. Applicants are advised to begin working on the health form early. Minimally, a student should schedule an appointment with a health care provider within 1 week of acceptance letters and begin collection of immunization records. Students are advised to begin the process of health requirements (e.g. PPD, Hepatitis series, varicella titer or series) but evidence of these is not required until after program acceptance. Immunization information and a copy of your BLS HealthCare Provider (CPR) are to be returned and follow the instructions provided by the director. The FNC Director will notify the top applicants of acceptance by email or the U.S. Postal Service.


Other important information

  • Students admitted must attend the Mandatory FNC New Student Orientation prior to the first day of class. Students will be notified of orientation date.
  • Admitted students are required to pay a $15.00 Complio fee for an immunization/certification tracking software fee. There is also a My Clinical Exchange fee of $42.50 that clinical agencies require to access Complio data. Students will receive instructions for this along with their acceptance letters.
  • A current unrestricted NCBON LPN Licensure, without reprimands against the license, is required for entry into the nursing program.
  • Criminal background checks and drug screenings will be required by clinical sites for students admitted to the ADN program at the student’s expense $70.00 cash by a professional vendor at New Student Orientation. Failure to achieve acceptable standards will result in the denial of clinical privileges and the inability to continue in the nursing program.
  • Students admitted will be assessed a one-time testing fee of $750.00 included with tuition, which covers ATI Testing services, a prescriptive learning program to help prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This will be included in the first semester tuition and fees.
  • Personal health insurance is the responsibility of the student. Neither the college of application nor clinical agencies provides health coverage for the student. Any illness or injury incurred during class, lab or clinical during the program will be the financial responsibility of the student.
  • All students must provide proof of current healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification (American Heart Association Basic Life Support is preferred) and should be good for the four semesters. Students will submit proof at the nursing orientation day.
  • Classes will be held at each campus and clinical rotations will vary among surrounding counties---travel is required and may be more than one hour from campus. Class/clinical may be conducted during day, evening, and/or weekend hours. Students are responsible for arranging their transportation.
  • Information on other fees (textbooks, uniforms, lab kit, etc.) will be mailed with acceptance letters.