Mayland Community College Advanced Placement to the Associate Degree Nursing 2021

Competitive Admission Process

 

Admission Period:   July 1, 2021 – September 15, 2021

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE EACH ACADEMIC YEAR

 

Advanced Placement into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings.

 

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

It is the nursing applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met by the established deadline. Nursing deadlines, guidelines, and policies apply equally to all students; thus, there can be no exceptions.

 

Students must:

 

  1. Have Practical Nursing License no later than February 1, 2022.
  2.   Have and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in all post-secondary coursework completed.
  3. Complete the online MCC General Admissions Application. Current Students DO NOT need to complete a new application.
  4. Complete online application specifically for the Advanced Placement Associate Degree Nursing program during the stated admissions period.
  5. Complete the appropriate Placement Test, if required by the Admissions Office, and meet minimum cut-off scores on Placement Test.
  6. Request official high school transcript or official transcript of state approved high school equivalency to be mailed to the Admissions Office by the application deadline. Official transcripts should be mailed from the institution(s) attended or be hand delivered in an envelope sealed by the school(s) attended.
  7. Request official transcripts from all colleges or schools attended since high school mailed to the Admissions Office by the application deadline to be reviewed for possible transfer credit by the Registrar.
  8. Complete the Kaplan Entrance Exam at MCC and receive benchmark score in reading of 60 % and an overall benchmark score of 55%. Scores from other testing facilities are not accepted. (More information will be listed in a later section.)
  9. Applicants are encouraged to complete all non-nursing required courses in the curriculum prior to entering the nursing program.
  10. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited PN program within the last 5 years.
  11. Within the first week of class beginning in January, students must prove proficiency in fundamental nursing skills by return demonstrations.

 

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

 

SPECIAL NOTE: ANY REQUIRED COURSE TAKEN IN THE FALL SEMESTER WILL BE CONSIDERED.

 

  1. 1. PLACEMENT TEST SCORES

To be considered for admission to a nursing program at Mayland Community College, all applicants must meet the minimum requirements on the appropriate NCDAP Placement Test. NCDAP Placement Test scores must have been completed within five years of application to the nursing program.

Completion of DRE 098 or higher and DMA 010 – 050 or higher with a grade of “P” may eliminate taking a placement test. Math courses must have been completed within seven years of application to the nursing programs.

In addition, a student may meet the placement test requirements in the following ways.

 

NCDAP Placement Test SAT ACT High School GPA Benchmark
Score of 70 on RISE English placement test

OR

Completion of ENG 002

500 Writing or Reading

 

(March 2016 and Future)

480 Reading/Writing

22 Reading or 18 English Unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher and must have graduated within the last 10 years from a US high school
Score of 70 on Rise Math placement test

OR

Completion of MAT 003

500 Math

 

(March 2016 and Future)

530 Math

22 Math

 

If an applicant scores less than the minimum cut-off scores on the placement test, he/she will be required to complete the essential sequence of developmental courses. If the student completes all the required remedial courses with a grade of “P” and meets the other minimum requirements, he/she may be considered eligible to apply to the AP program.

If the NCDAP Placement Test has been taken at another college or institution, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the scores are transferred to Mayland Community College.

 

  1. LPN

Submit proof of licensure in NC to practice as a practical nurse by the application deadline.  Students must have graduated from an accredited program within the last 5 years or obtain licensure no later than February 1, 2021.

 

  1. ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

All students who wish to apply for Advanced Placement into the Associate Degree Nursing Program must have completed BIO 168, Anatomy & Physiology I, with a grade of “C” or higher, within seven years of application.

A BIO 168 proficiency exam may be required if the student lacks credit within seven years.  The proficiency exam is for students who lack but wish to obtain current credit for the BIO 168.  All students are not required to take the BIO proficiency exam.

 

  1. CHEMISTRY PROFICIENCY

All students who wish to apply to the AP program must have completed a Chemistry course in a North Carolina public high school and achieved a grade of “C” or better. The Chemistry course must have been within seven years of application.

If no high school course can be used, the student may have taken CHM 092, Fundamentals of Chemistry, or an acceptable substitution such as CHM 130 or CHM 151.

 

  1. KAPLAN ENTRANCE EXAM 

All students who wish to be considered for the nursing program at Mayland Community College must complete the Kaplan Admission Exam at Mayland Community College and meet the designated benchmark score. Students will schedule an appointment to take the exam during or following the application period.  Scores from other testing facilities are not accepted.  There is no fee for the Kaplan Admission Exam. There is one testing session consisting of multiple test dates per semester (fall and spring); students are only permitted to take the exam once during each testing session. Scores are valid for 2 years from test date.

A minimum benchmark score of 60% on the reading section is required.

An overall benchmark score of 55% is required.

 

MAYLAND’S SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants will be ranked for admission into the ADN Program using a point system. Applicants earn points and students with the highest number of points will be selected. The point system is an objective means for evaluating nursing applicants. Advanced Placement students will be selected in the fall semester and begin in the spring semester.

 

  1. Points for the Kaplan

The Adjusted Individual Total percentage score is used for points. If a student has taken the Kaplan more than once in the past year, the highest score of the previous two tests will be used. There is an enclosed Kaplan information sheet.

 

  1. GPA

Points will be given for the student’s Mayland Community College GPA for all semesters prior to the application period, or from the most current institution in which the student attended full-time.

 

 

  1. BIO 168 & BIO 169 & BIO 175 

Students who complete BIO 168, Anatomy & Physiology I, and/or BIO 169, Anatomy & Physiology II, and/or BIO 175 General Microbiology, within seven years of admission will receive points towards admission.  The points towards admission will be determined by the grade earned in each course.

 

 

  1. MCC Graduate

Applicants for Advanced Placement who previously obtained their practical nursing education at Mayland Community College will have four points added to their score.

 

  1. Higher Level Chemistry 

Students who complete any chemistry course at a higher level than what is required (CHM 092 or high school credit) within seven years of admission will receive points towards admission. The points towards admission will be determined by the grade earned in the course.

 

 

Points Value per Requirement

 

GPA BIO 169
2.5 – 3.0 40 points Grade of B 1 point
3.1 – 3.5 50 points Grade of A 4 points
3.6 – 4.0 60 points
BIO 175    
Kaplan Exam Grade of B 1 Point
55 – 69 8 points Grade of A 4 Points
70 – 80 14 points
81 – 100 20 points Higher Level Chemistry
Grade of B 1 point
BIO 168 Grade of A 4 points
Grade of B 1 point
Grade of A 4 points MCC Grad
4 points
 

 

TOTAL 100 POINTS

 

 

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS

 

1.      Student enrollment in the nursing program is limited.  Applicants with completed files, including acceptable test scores and transcripts of previous college work, will be considered for advanced admission to the nursing program that begins spring semester 2021.
  1. Points for each applicant will be totaled. The totaled scores will be placed in rank order, from highest to lowest, and will determine the applicant’s position on the acceptance or alternate lists.  Formal acceptance is granted only after submission of current American Heart Association BLS (infant/child/adult) CPR certification, satisfactory medical, immunization, and dental forms.  These forms are provided to students when students are notified of acceptance and must be submitted before the deadline stated in the conditional acceptance packet. Any student who does not complete the required forms will be denied admission, and that student’s space will be given to the next alternate.
  1. Qualified applicants will be placed on the alternate list based on their scores. Alternates are qualified to enter the program but are not accepted, and are accepted as spaces/resources become available. Alternates who are accepted must complete required medical forms provided upon acceptance. Alternates will be accepted, in order of their positions, if vacancies occur before the end of final summer registration.  No alternates will be accepted after the end of final registration for the summer semester.  The alternate list does not carry over to the next year; therefore, alternates who are not accepted must reapply to the nursing program.
  1. Any applicant who has a mental or physical disability or uses any drug to a degree that interferes with his/her fitness to practice nursing may be denied entrance into the nursing program, dismissed from the nursing program, or denied licensure. Any questions or concerns regarding this statement should be directed to the Director of Nursing.
  1. The application for registered nurse licensure in North Carolina contains a question as to whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, excluding minor traffic violations. Most clinical sites require student criminal background checks, students will be required to complete the required criminal background check before summer semester begins. In addition, a drug screen will be required before beginning clinicals.  Information regarding the background check process and the required drug screening will be given during orientation.  Based on the results of the background check and drug screen, the clinical agency may not allow a student with a criminal history to attend clinical.  If a student is refused admission to any clinical agency, he or she will be dismissed from the program.
  1. Health Sciences students who participate in clinical rotations are required to meet all onboarding requirements of the assigned clinical agency including submission of a satisfactory criminal background check, drug screen, health form, and immunizations against communicable diseases. In order to ensure the safety of their patients and staff, many healthcare facilities are now mandating that employees, school faculty and students who are entering their institutions document proof of vaccination for COVID. While Mayland Community College does not currently require COVID vaccination, Nursing students may be required by the clinical sites to produce documentation of vaccination against COVID 19. Failure to do so may result in a student being declined a clinical spot by the clinical agency. It is the student’s responsibility to request any medical or religious exemptions from the clinical agency. Inability to complete clinical requirements will result in failure to progress and dismissal from the program.

 

 

PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE EXPECTATIONS OF A STUDENT NURSE

Nursing is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. For purposes of nursing program compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disability Act, a qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation or modification, meets the essential eligibility requirements for participation in the nursing programs.

If a student believes that he or she cannot meet nursing program requirements without accommodations or modifications, the nursing faculty will determine on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made. Further information regarding the physical and cognitive expectations of a student nurse and CORE performance standards may be found in the student policy manual for nursing.

 

CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

ISSUE STANDARD SOME 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 plans
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and Intellectual backgrounds

 

Must be able to work successfully in teams with fellow students and peers.

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
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small places Moves around in patients rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas, administers cardiopulmonary procedures
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auccultatory sounds, cries for help
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care Observes patient/client responses
Tactile 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

 

ADVISING

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the competitive admissions process, please contact Jennifer Grindstaff, Admission/Retention Advisor at 828-766-1255 or jgrindstaff@mayland.edu

 

FINANCIAL AID 

Please visit our Financial Aid Department in Gwaltney Hall on the main campus or follow the link to the Financial Aid webpage: http://www.mayland.edu/financial-aid.

 

Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam

INFORMATION SHEET 

All students applying for admission into a nursing program at Mayland Community College are required to take the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam. The student’s Kaplan scores are current for two academic years.

  • Kaplan’s Admission Test is a tool to determine if students have the academic skills necessary to perform effectively in a school of nursing. The Admission Test is a 91-question, multiple-choice test that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing and science skills of students seeking entry into a nursing program leading to RN licensure
  • The Reading section (22 questions in 45 minutes) includes Reading passages for Comprehension, Extraction of Main Idea, Reading for Details, Vocabulary in Context, Inference.
  • The Math section (28 questions in 45 minutes) tests Ratios and Proportions, Fractions and Decimals, the 4 Mathematical Functions, Word Problems. Focus is math skills required for Dosage and Calculation.
  • The Writing section (21 questions in 45 minutes) includes writing mechanics such as: Error Correction within the Context of the Sentence; Syntax; Word or Punctuation Misuse; and Logical development of passages.
  • The Science section (20 Questions in 30 minutes) tests students’ knowledge of Physiology systems. Kaplan said to focus on these systems: Cardiovascular system, electrolytes, gastrointestinal system, immune system, neurology, renal system, hematological system, homeostasis, respiratory system, and sensory system. Study these sections in your A&P book. The science portion of the study guide is not geared toward this test.
  • Admission to the nursing program is based on the highest passing scores on the exam. Minimum passing score of 60% in reading and overall score of 55% is required.

A study guide for Kaplan Admission Test the can be purchased at www.amazon.com. Any version is acceptable; however, the 7th edition is the most current.

You may also find the website www.quizlet.com helpful; search “Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam” for study materials

 

 

RULES FOR TEST ADMISSION

 

Students will not be admitted into the testing facility unless they comply with the following instructions.

 

  1. Schedule testing date/time on the application to the nursing program or with the Jennifer Grindstaff, Health Sciences Advisor prior to the application deadline.
  1. Arrive 15 minutes before the test to locate the room and for check-in procedures.
  1. The length of the test is 165 minutes. The test will be proctored in a computer lab.  Please be prepared to stay the entire test.  It cannot be stopped.
  1. Students may not have any of the following items during test administration:
  • Food, drinks, or candy
  • Textbooks or reference books of any kind
  • Sunglasses, hats, or a hooded sweatshirt
  • Music (including CD players, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, etc.)
  • Communication devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDA or palm pilots, etc.
  • A student with a disability may request testing accommodations. He/she must present documentation to the Counseling Center and a counselor will determine if the accommodations are reasonable. 

An email detailing test dates/times/location will be sent to all applicants. Please choose your test session by the deadline listed in the email.  Test sessions will be offered morning, evening, and virtual. In the event that we cannot safely gather for testing, all sessions will be changed to virtual to allow students to test safely.

  

 

Advanced Placement Nursing Admission Checklist

 

  • Application- MCC General Application and Advanced Placement Associate Degree Nursing Application must be on file.
  • Submission of Transcripts-Request and confirm receipt of official high school transcript or official transcript of state approved high school equivalency by the MCC Admissions Office. Request and confirm receipt of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended by the Admissions Office. Official transcripts should be mailed from the institution attended or be hand delivered in a sealed envelope.
  • Placement Test- Complete the appropriate Placement Test, if required by the Admissions Office, and meet minimum cut-off scores on Placement Test.
  • Nursing Application-Submit application for Advanced Placement to the Associate Degree Nursing Program during the stated admissions period.
  • Minimum GPA-Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in all post-secondary coursework.
  • Completion of ENG 002 
  • Completion of MAT 003 
  • Completion of CHM 092.
  • Completion of BIO 168.

 

  • LPN – Submit proof of licensure in NC and student must have graduated within five years.
  • Entrance Test-Complete the Kaplan Entrance Exam at MCC and receive benchmark score in reading and an overall benchmark score. Scores from other testing facilities are not accepted.
  • Admissions Review