The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual, which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.
Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.
The practical nursing student must maintain a grade of “C” or above in all General Education Courses required for graduation from the Practical Nursing Program. In the Practical Nursing Program, every required Major Course (courses with NUR prefix) must be passed with a B or an 80 or above each semester before enrolling for the following semester. The student must pass related courses prior to or during the term scheduled before enrolling for the following semester.
The student is responsible for making sure requirements have been met and that all materials have been received by the Student Enrollment Center before the program deadline. Students are encouraged to complete all non-NUR prefix courses before starting the Practical Nursing program. Completion of these courses will help prepare but not guarantee admission into the program. All communication regarding admissions/selection status will be sent via CCC student email. Student email is the official and preferred form of communication at CCC.
Admission and Selection Criteria
Admission to Practical Nursing is competitive among qualified applicants according to established criteria. There is a limited application period and exact admissions evaluation criteria are revised and updated annually.
A Health Sciences Admissions Application will be used to determine acceptance into the Practical Nursing program. Students not selected to the program may reapply for the next year by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator. All applications for admission must be updated annually.
Students interested in nursing should consider applying to both Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing in the event that their first choice is not available.
CCC has established admissions and selection procedures to ensure students are admitted and selected in a consistent and equitable manner. The Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program provides students with a checklist assisting in identifying program eligibility requirements, while outlining the admissions/selection process. Completion of these requirements will not guarantee admission to the program.
Admissions criteria must be completed prior to program deadline. The deadline for applying for a Health Sciences program is January 25.
Health Sciences Admissions Requirements
- Application to the College and NC Registry
- Health Sciences Application to the respective program
- Official high school transcript or equivalent
- Reading/English: Meet one of the following to demonstrate proficiency:
- Completion of ENG 111 or equivalent with a minimum grade of “C”
- Completion of prerequisites to be eligible to register for ENG 111 without corequisite
- Have a 2.8 or higher unweighted high school GPA
- Provide satisfactory placement test scores
- Provide proof of completion of an associate or bachelor’s degree
- TEAS Score of 60 or higher
Completion of the Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program requires completion of the following steps:
- Step 1: Contact Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator for an advising appointment.
- Step 2: Complete general education courses.
- Step 3: Take the TEAS exam. There is a fee for the TEAS exam.
- Submit other required information to the Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator as outlined in the Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.
- Conditional acceptance for admission is based on the Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program. Notification of conditional acceptance, along with health examination forms will be provided.
- The application for admissions is located on the Health Sciences page.
Post-Provisional Acceptance Requirements for Practical Nursing
- Notification of final acceptance will be sent by the Director of Nursing or Program Coordinator after successful completion of all orientation requirements.
- All students accepted into the Nursing Program must acquire immunizations, a criminal background check and a drug screen. These items are required by the clinical facilities, who determine clinical participation. This information will be obtained through a secure Immunization and Compliance Tracking Database done by the student.
- CPR Certification will be offered the first week of class and must remain current throughout the program.
- Verification of NA I registry listing with no restrictions. Students are not required to be on the NA I registry, but will be eligible to become a Nurse Aide II while enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program.
- All students accepted into the Nursing program are required to have malpractice insurance.
The student is responsible for making sure these requirements have been met and all information has been received by the Admissions Office. Admission requirements currently in effect must be completed.
Completion of these requirements will not guarantee admission to the program.
- All requests for reentry into the Practical Nursing program must be approved by the Admissions Office and the Director of Nursing prior to implementation.
- Only one reentry into the Practical Nursing program will be considered.
All NUR courses must receive a grade of B or 80 or higher in the Practical Nursing Program.
Candidacy for Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Effective January 3, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on January 3, 2024.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissions granting initial accreditation.
Practical Nursing Program Outcomes
2019 Student Achievement Data
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92%
- Graduate Rate: 75%
2020 Student Achievement Data
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 80%
- Graduate Rate: 83%
2021 Student Achievement Data
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
- Graduate Rate: 79%
2022 Student Achievement Data
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
- Graduate Rate: 79%