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 - July 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 February 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.

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.

    CPCC Associate Degree Nursing Essential Functions Document

    Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

    The following are the non‐academic essential functions that must be mastered in order to complete and remain in the Associate Degree Nursing Program and become employable. They are provided here to help you assess the appropriateness of this career field for you.


      I. Cognitive/Critical Thinking

        A.  Ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information sufficient for clinical judgment.

        1. Example: Apply information, evaluate the meaning of data and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical setting.
          1. Example: Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations.
          2. Example: Concentrate to correctly perform nursing tasks within the scope of practice.
          3. Example: Respond appropriately to constructive feedback.

          II. Communication

            A.  Appropriate interpersonal interaction with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family and other professionals.

            1. Example: Establish and maintain a professional relationship with patients and colleagues.
            2. Example: Demonstrate appropriate impulse control and professional level of maturity.
            3. Example: Effective communication with others, both verbally and in writing.
            4. Example: Document and interpret nursing actions and patient responses in a clear, professional and timely manner.
            5. Example: Listen and respond to others in an accepting and respectful manner.

              III. Motor Skills

                A.  Sufficient motor function to execute movements required to perform general nursing duties.

                1. Example: Participate, within reasonable limits, to safely maneuver equipment and patients to perform duties within scope of practice.
                2. Example: Ability to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures.

                B. Sufficient physical endurance to participate fully in the clinical and academic settings at an appropriate level.

                1. Example: Perform patient care that demonstrates the ability to lift and manipulate 50 pounds.
                2. Example: Participate fully in required activities in clinical setting including extended periods of sitting, standing, lifting equipment and walking briskly as is reflective of the scope of practice in nursing.

                IV. Professional Conduct

                  A.  Function effectively and adapt to circumstances including highly stressful or rapidly changing situations.

                  1. Example: Examine and change his or her behavior when it interferes with professional relationships or the academic or health care environments.
                  2. Example: Maintain mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, colleagues, faculty, staff and other professionals.
                  3. Example: Demonstrate emotional stability to participate fully in the clinical and academic setting at an appropriate level.

                  B. Incorporate professional standards of practice into all activities.

                  1. Example: Advocate, uphold and defend the individual’s right to privacy and the doctrine of confidentiality in the use of information.
                  2. Example: Work effectively with a team in an academic or health care setting.
                  3. Example: Use correct and appropriate grammar in written and oral communication, always being culturally sensitive and professional.

                  C.  Demonstrate integrity and accountability in clinical and academic setting.

                  1. Example: Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
                  2. Example: Take all tests and final examinations on time as scheduled.

                  D. Present self in a professional manner in clinical and academic settings.

                  1. Example: Attend clinical following the dress code policy, including appropriate hygiene with no detectable scents or odors.
                  2. Example: Wear appropriate clothing that is not distracting or offensive when in the learning environment.

                  E.  Utilize computers correctly, effectively and professionally to acquire information and to communicate with others.

                  1. Example: Use blackboard to collect course information.
                  2. Example: Utilize multiple computer systems to complete tasks.
                  3. Example: Utilize the internet to collect current information from appropriated sources to provide appropriate patient care.
                      Example: Communicate via e‐mail in a professional and ethical manner.
                        V. Sensory

                        A.  Hearing sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

                        1. Example: Able to hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, cried for help, and auscultatory sounds.

                        B. Vision sufficient for assessment and observation necessary to perform nursing care.

                        1. Example: Observe patient responses, assessment data, patient medication and equipment.

                        C.  Tactile sufficient for physical assessment.

                        1. Example: perform palpation, functions of physical assessment and those related to therapeutic interventions (e.g.: insertion of a catheter.