Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How do I apply to the nursing program?

First, you must be a student at CPCC.  The nursing program has a separate competitive admission process.

When are students admitted into the nursing program?

A new class of nursing students is admitted in August and January every year.

When does the next application period start?

  • Application periods are October 1 – February 28 and April 1 - August 31.  The application packet may be revised in September and March of each year so be sure you are using the latest application version.
  • Applications received by the January deadline will be considered for August (Fall semester) admission.
  • Applications received by the July deadline will be considered for January (Spring semester) admission.

How many students are admitted?

Fifty students are admitted each semester.

What is the cost of the nursing program?

The cost for the two years is approximately $8000.00

How long is the waiting list?

There is no waiting list.  Entry is based on four criteria: completion of Nurse Aide training, current listing as a Nurse Aide, scores on the TEAS test and points earned from general education courses. Applicants with the highest number of points will be admitted to the program. Applicants who are not admitted are encouraged to reapply. It is important to keep copies of your application and transcripts so you can resubmit them when you reapply. If you are not accepted for admission or decline your admission seat, your application will be shredded.

Is there a minimum number of points required for admission?

Yes, there is a minimum requirement.  Students admitted to the Nursing program must have minimum TEAS scores of math 70; reading 85; and adjusted individual total score overall of 75. A study guide is available at The TEAS test must be version V (five).

What prerequisites are required for entry into the program?

  • You must show proof of the following: 1) Nurse Aide training from a state-approved program and 2) a current listing as a Nurse Aide I on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.
  • You must complete the TEAS Test. Take the TEAS test early. Do not wait until the application deadline as you may encounter increased volume and possible wait times in the Testing Center.

What are the Essential Functions of  Nursing students?

  • All accepted students must be able to meet the requirements of the Essential Functions of Nursing Students. See Nursing Program Essential Functions table below.

What are the additional requirements upon ACCEPTANCE into the Nursing program?

  • Criminal Background Check – All accepted students are required to undergo a criminal background check and a FBI background check. Procedural information concerning these requirements will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Drug Screen: Students will be required to submit to a drug screen.  Procedural information concerning this requirement will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Acceptance may be revoked based on results of drug screen and background checks.

What is needed for the Nurse Aide I requirement?

Nurse Aide training can be obtained at CPCC or any state approved Nurse Aide training program. See   Nurse Aide listing information is available on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry website:

  • You must have completed a state approved Nurse Aide training program and provide proof of training (transcript or certificate).
  • You must also be currently listed as a Nurse Aide I on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.
  • A copy of the transcript or certificate of Nurse Aide course and current North Carolina Nurse Aide listing must be attached to the application.

How do I take the TEAS test?

  • The TEAS test must be scheduled using the following link:

Schedule the TEAS test

  • The test is administered in the Central High Building, Room #248.
  • The test can only be taken once every three months.
  • The cost of the test is $55.00.  The testing fee is paid to the cashier’s office in the Central High Building.  A receipt is issued at the time of payment.
  • Click below for the permission slip for the TEAS test.

    TEAS Permission Slip

    • Complete the permission slip and take it to the cashier’s office.
    • Attach your payment receipt to the permission slip and take both with you to the testing center when ready to take the test.
    • It is recommended you complete some coursework prior to taking the TEAS. A study guide is available at The TEAS test must be version V (five).
    • CPCC offers a TEAS prep course.  For information visit
    • Please note:  No calculators are allowed during the TEAS test.  Use of a calculator will result in disqualification from the test. Dictionaries are also not allowed during the test.
    • A copy of your TEAS test results must be attached to the application.  You will receive the TEAS results immediately after testing.

    Please note: Students who complete MAT and BIO general education coursework prior to testing generally score higher on the TEAS.

    What if I am missing information or submit the application late?

    Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the stated deadline will not be considered for admission.

    How will I be notified if I am accepted for admission?

    Students who have applied to the nursing program will be notified via CPCC email of their status. Emails will be sent weekly as applications are received and processed.




      Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

      IssueStandardSome Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
      Critical Thinking

      Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.

      Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans.
      Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Establish rapport with patients, clients, and colleagues.
      Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses, with or without reasonable accommodations.
      Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. Moves around inpatient’s rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas, administer cardio-pulmonary procedures, with or without reasonable accommodation.
      Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients, with or without reasonable accommodations.
      Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help, with or without reasonable accommodations.
      Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care. Observes patient/client responses, with or without reasonable accommodations.

      Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

      Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertions of a catheter, with or without reasonable accommodations.
      Weight Bearing Lifting ability sufficient for a variety of patient care settings. Performs patient care that demonstrates the ability to lift and manipulate 50 pounds.