Advanced Placement Policy

Advanced Placement Policy
(Licensed practical nurse option)
Fall 2018

Johnston Community College Associate Degree Nursing offers an advanced placement admission option for students who possess a current unrestricted license as a practical nurse (LPN). The advanced placement student shall meet the following admission criteria. (Nursing credits will not transfer; related course credit transfer will be determined by the Registrar) 

Applicants are admitted under provision of the admission policies of Johnston Community College and the Associate Degree Nursing Program as specified in the Johnston Community College Catalog.  The guidelines, deadline dates, and admission policies apply to all applicants equally.  Applicants are selected on the basis of academic records, admission testing, and the maximum number of seats available as approved by the State Board of Nursing. 

A student with two previous attempts in an Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program or Practical Nursing Program is ineligible to apply to the JCC Associate Degree Nursing Program.  However, a student who has not been enrolled in a nursing program for 36 consecutive months may request consideration for re-evaluation.  A student who exits the JCC program for any reason (and who has not been enrolled in a nursing program previously) may re-enter the JCC nursing program one time.


Early Acceptance                For Fall admission only                             Deadline 12:00 noon
August 27th– October 6th
Regular Advanced Placement
(for LPN students only)
For Fall (second year) placement
For Spring (first year) placement
(Availability of space)*
Deadline 5:00 PM on March 1st
Deadline 12:00 noon on August 15th

*Based on the maximum number approved by the Board of Nursing.

In order for a student to be considered for admission to the Nursing Program, the applicant must complete Phases I and II below.

PHASE I:  Application and Admission Process

  1. Current application to Johnston Community College on file in Student Services
  2. Current unrestricted license as a practical nurse (LPN) in North Carolina
  3. Official transcripts from high school / GED scores and all colleges attended on file in Student Services
  4. Have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  5. Complete the College placement test (if required) or meet test exemption requirements.
  6. Complete an interview with a counselor in the Office of Enrollment and Student Success
  7. Show completion of high school or college level general biology course (with a lab component) with a grade of "C" or higher
  8. Show completion of high school or college level chemistry course (with a lab component) with a grade of "C" or higher
  9. BIO courses (168, 169, and 175) over five (5) years old from the year of admittance will not be accepted
  10. Completion of algebra I or II with a grade of "C" or higher and / or completion of required developmental math courses
  11. Place into ENG 111 and complete or place out of DMA 065
  12. Attend a MANDATORY Health Sciences Information Session – dates and times available on the College website at (Please bring a copy of the Program Admission Policy to the session.)

(Applicants must complete all of Phase I to advance to Phase II)

PHASE II:  Program Application and Health Occupations Test

Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required materials and documents have been submitted to the Office of Enrollment and Student Success by the deadline date.  If the deadline date falls on a weekend, all materials and documents are due the Friday before the deadline.  Incomplete packets cannot be processed.

  • Submit the program specific application (can only be received by attending the Information Session in Phase I).  All requirements in Phase I must be met to submit the program specific application.
  • The following forms must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment and Student Success:
    • Program specific application
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS sixth edition).  Please visit the website for additional information.
  • The testing fee of $45.00 (subject to change without notice) will be paid at the Cashiers Office prior to testing.  An ATI Teas Testing Ticket is required to schedule the test and is obtained by submitting the program specific application.
  • Applicants are allowed to test twice per academic year (August to July of the following year) with a thirty (30) day interval between testing dates.
  • Applicants should allow three and one half hours to complete this computer-based test.  The ATI TEAS cannot be taken until PHASE I is completed.
  • Applicants must achieve a score of exemplary, advanced or proficient to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Testing can be done at JCC however, the College does accept transfer scores from ATI.  Test scores are valid for two (2) years.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare in advance for the ATI TEAS test. Visit the Academic Enrichment Center for information on a free TEAS prep course. Additionally, study materials may be purchased in the College Bookstore or on line at

PHASE III:  Ranking and Notification of Admission Status

  • Only applicants who score exemplary, advanced, or proficient on the ATI TEAS (sixth ediiton) will be considered in the point ranking.
  • Only courses completed by the deadline date will be used in the point ranking of applicants.  A grade of A or B earned on the first attempt in courses will be used in the point ranking.  NOTE:  If BIO 168, 169 and 175 are over five (5) years old the most current grade will be used in point ranking.  Points will be given for BIO 168 and 169 ONLY if the two courses have been taken at the same college.
  • All applicants will be ranked according to the highest to the lowest points. The number of applicants accepted to the program depends upon availability of seats. In the case where two or more applicants have the same number of points, TEAS scores will determine point ranking. Test scores are valid for two (2) years.
  • Notification will be sent to applicants applying for advanced placement to spring semester in mid-December; and those applying for advanced placement to fall semester late in May.
  • Applicants may be placed on an alternate list or not accepted at this time.  The alternate list is for the current admitting year.  All lists and program specific materials are destroyed after Fall classes begin – no waiting list is maintained.  Applicants not accepted at this time may continue with college course work or schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss other educational opportunities.
  • If admitted, your program code will be changed by the Enrollment and Student Success staff.
  • Applicants not accepted and desiring to be considered for next year must complete the Information Session, submit the program specific application, submit evidence of additional points and may elect to retake the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS sixth edition).
  • Applicants must pass a pharmacology competency exam and dosage calculations exam to receive credit for NUR 117 Pharmacology.
    • Applicants who do not pass the pharmacology and dosage calculation exam will be required to successfully complete NUR 117 Pharmacology with a grade of C or higher in the fall semester, prior to entering the spring semester.

(Applicants not accepted at this time must reapply each year)

PHASE IV - Acceptance

  • Students accepted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must:
    • Return acceptance to the Enrollment and Student Success Office within five (5) days of the date of the letter
    • Attend a mandatory 2-day program orientation on the designated dates in June (accepted applicants should plan to attend the 2 days of orientation during the second week of June and the last week of June). 
    • Show documentation of physical and emotional health by the student's primary care provider. (College approved forms will be distributed at orientation).
    • Show evidence of current Healthcare Provider CPR certification (infant, child and adult) through the American Heart Association.
    • *Submit to criminal background checks and initial and random drug screenings as directed by affiliating clinical agencies. Criminal background checks and drug screenings must be completed through the College's designated service provider. The student will incur the cost of the criminal background checks and drug screenings. Clinical agencies may require criminal background checks and drug screenings every six months while enrolled in the program.

*Information obtained from the criminal background checks and drug screenings could jeopardize the student's ability to participate in clinical experiences and will result in the inability of the student to complete the program.

The application for licensure examination with the North Carolina Board of Nursing contains questions as to whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor/felony excluding minor traffic violations.  If the answer is "yes" the applicant is asked to provide an explanation.  This question is asked because of the legal requirements for becoming licensed as a registered nurse in North Carolina. Similar requirements exist in other states.

The Nursing Practice Act, Article 9 Chapter 90 of the General Statutes of North Carolina states that the North Carolina Board of Nursing may deny an application for licensure if the Board determines that the applicant:

  • Has given false information or has withheld material information from the Board in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice nursing;
  • Has been convicted of or plead guilty or nolo contendere to any crime which indicates that the nurse is unfit to practice nursing; or that the nurse has deceived or defrauded the public.

The College reserves the right to change any restrictions or program requirements at any time. Every effort is made to provide a one year notice however, changes or revisions that occur as the result of accreditation or approval body standards and criteria may be implemented limited notice.

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