Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
First, you must be a student at CPCC. The nursing program has a separate competitive admission process.
A new class of nursing students is admitted in August and January every year.
- 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.
Fifty students are admitted each semester.
The cost for the two years is approximately $8000.00
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.
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 www.atitesting.com. The TEAS test must be version V (five).
- 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.
- All accepted students must be able to meet the requirements of the Essential Functions of Nursing Students.
- 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.
Nurse Aide training can be obtained at CPCC or any state approved Nurse Aide training program. See http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/hcpr/pdf/trainingprograms.pdf. Nurse Aide listing information is available on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry website: http://www.ncnar.org/
- 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.
- The TEAS test must be scheduled using the following link:
- 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 $65.00. 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.
- 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 www.atitesting.com. The TEAS test must be version V (five).
- CPCC offers a TEAS prep course. For information visit www.collegiatetestprep.com.
- 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.
Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the stated deadline will not be considered for admission.
Admission status notices are sent to your CPCC student email account on a weekly basis as applications are received, processed and evaluated by the committee. If the committee is unable to meet weekly, all final notices will be sent within 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.