Nursing Admission Requirements

Nursing (RN)

Minimum Requirements: 

WCC is opening additional seats for the RN program. Deadline June 1, 2023. 

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Nursing program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.;
  • One unit each of high school chemistry and high school biology with a “C” grade or better. If the applicant does not meet the high school prerequisites, he/she may gain proficiency through the college’s developmental courses. The high school requirements may be waived if BIO 141 and BIO 142 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II) are completed with a grade of “C” or better;
  • Score at or above the 45th percentile rank on the ATI/TEAS V, as mandated by the VCCS within the past three years.  Students have unlimited opportunities to obtain a satisfactory score and must wait 30 days before retesting;
  • A 2.5 cumulative GPA of the nursing prerequisite courses must be achieved prior to nursing admission. Prerequisites: BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100 (or SDV 101), PHI 220. Additionally, a cumulative 2.0 overall college GPA is required for all students.

In the event there are more applicants who apply in a given year than there are slots available the college will employ selective admission. Please consult the Health Professions Admission Packet for a detailed description of the selective criteria, readmission, and LPN-RN Bridge transition information. The packet is available through the Admissions Office.

Additional Information

  • In-district students (Bland County, Carroll County, City of Galax, Smyth County east of Marion, and Wythe County) are considered before out-of-district and out-of-state students.  Virginia residents not having access to a Health Professions curriculum at the local community college are considered in-district, provided such students apply for admission to the program.  If there are remaining positions available, out-of-district, then out-of-state applicants will be considered for admission.
  • If there are more qualified applicants than there are positions available, selective criteria will be used.  These criteria may include TEAS score, GPA ranking, Science TEAS score, and the number of co-curricular courses completed. 
  • Once you have been selected to begin the program in the fall semester, you will need to complete the following:
    • Nursing Information Session and online activities
    • Clinical Eligibility Form (immunizations)
    • Clear Drug Screen and Criminal Background check
    • Current  American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for Healthcare Provider or Red Cross Professional Rescuer card
  • The following is a list of technical abilities and skills applicants for admission should possess:
    • Critical Thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient
    • Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
    • Communication: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form
    • Mobility: Sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
    • Motor Skills:  Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe care
    • Hearing Acuity: Ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs
    • Visual: Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care
    • Tactile:  Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment
  • All applicants should be advised that the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing Statutes and Regulations (54.1-3007) state the following regarding refusal, revocation or suspension, censure or probation:

The Board may refuse to admit a candidate to any examination, refuse to issue a license, certificate, or registration to any applicant and may suspend any license, certificate, registration, or multistate licensure privilege for a stated period or indefinitely, or revoke any license, certificate, registration, or multistate licensure privilege, or censure or reprimand any licensee, certificate holder, registrant, or multistate licensure privilege holder, or place him on probation for such time as it may designate for any of the following causes:

1. Fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license, certificate, or registration;

2. Unprofessional conduct;

3. Willful or repeated violation of any of the provisions of this chapter;

4. Conviction of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;

5. Practicing in a manner contrary to the standards of ethics or in such a manner as to make his practice a danger to the health and welfare of patients or to the public;

6. Use of alcohol or drugs to the extent that such use renders him unsafe to practice, or any mental or physical illness rendering him unsafe to practice;

7. The denial, revocation, suspension or restriction of a license, certificate, registration, or multistate licensure privilege to practice in another state, the District of Columbia or a United States possession or territory; or

8. Abuse, negligent practice, or misappropriation of a patient's or resident's property.

Any student receiving a final grade lower than a “C” in any course with a NSG prefix or Biology 141 and/or 142 classes will be ineligible to continue in the program and will need to contact the program head for readmission requirements.