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Advanced Placement Admissions

Nursing Admissions Requirements for
Associate Degree Nursing Program Option

  • Admission Period: September 1– March 1
  • Application Deadline: March 1


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.


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.

Each applicant is responsible for:

  • Completing admissions requirements
  • Confirming receipt of letters and documents in the admissions office
  • Keeping MCC informed in writing or email of any personal information changes
  • Keeping copies of all documentation submitted to MCC (i.e. CPR, physical exam, etc.)

Students must:

  1. Be 18 years old by September 15 of the year program begins.
  2. Have a high school diploma or state approved equivalency.
  3. Request official high school transcript or official transcript of state approved high school equivalency to be mailed to the Admissions Office. Official transcripts should be mailed from the institution(s) attended or be hand delivered in an envelope sealed by the school(s) attended.
  4. Have and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in all post-secondary coursework completed.  All courses in the nursing program semester by semester are subject to a minimum grade; general education courses must be completed with a “C” or better; nursing courses must be completed with a “B” or better.
  5. Complete the online MCC General Admissions Application. Current Students DO NOT need to complete a new application.
  6. Complete online application specifically for the Associate Degree Nursing program during the stated admissions period. This can be found at, under Special Admissions Supplemental Application.
  7. Complete the appropriate Placement Test, if required by the Admissions Office, and meet minimum cut-off scores on Placement Test.
  8. Request official transcripts from all colleges or schools attended since high school mailed to the Admissions Office. These will be reviewed for possible transfer credit by the Registrar.
  9. Complete the Kaplan Entrance Exam at Mayland Community College 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.)
  10. Applicants are encouraged to complete all non-nursing required courses in the curriculum prior to entering the nursing program.



To be considered for admission to a nursing program at Mayland Community College, all applicants must meet the minimum requirements for English. A student may meet the requirements in any of the following ways:

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


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

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 a nursing program.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT or Certified Medical Assistant

Students who wish to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must have completed or be enrolled in a certified nursing assistant course with a state approved curriculum such as the high school Allied Health Sciences Program or a community college course.  Students may also be eligible if they are Certified Medical Assistants.

Certification must be obtained and the student must be listed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry no later than June 1 to remain qualified to enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program.


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 in the testing center to take the exam during or following the application period.  Scores from other testing facilities are not accepted.  There is a $100 fee for the Kaplan Admission Exam, this fee is paid directly to Kaplan. Students are only permitted to take the exam once each semester.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. 


Applicants will be ranked for admission into a nursing 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.

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. Applicants must receive benchmark score in reading of 60% and an overall benchmark score of 55%.  Test scores are valid for 2 years from test date.

2.  GPA

Points will be given for the student’s Mayland Community College GPA at the end of the fall semester or from the most current institution in which the student attended full-time. If a student will graduate from high school during the current admission year, the unweighted GPA from last semester completed at the high school will be used.

3.  BIO 168, BIO 169, and BIO 175/275

Students who complete BIO 168, Anatomy & Physiology I, and/or BIO 169, Anatomy & Physiology II, and 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.

Points Value per Requirement

3.6 – 4.0 55 points
3.1 – 3.5 50 points
2.5 – 3.0 45 points
Kaplan Exam
81 – 100 30 points
70 – 80 25 points
55 – 69 20 points
BIO 168
Grade of A 5 points
Grade of B 3 points
BIO 169
Grade of A 5 points
Grade of B 3 points
BIO 275    
Grade of A 5 Points
Grade of B 3 Points

Total                 100 points


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 admission to the nursing program that begins fall semester.

2. 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 infant/child/adult CPR certification, satisfactory medical, immunization, and dental forms.  These forms are provided to students after they 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.

3. 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 fall registration.  No alternates will be accepted after the end of final registration for the fall semester.  The alternate list does not carry over to the next year; therefore, alternates who are not accepted must reapply to the nursing program.  

4. 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 Dean of Health Sciences.

5. 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 fall semester begins.  Information regarding the background check process and the required drug screening will be given during orientation.  Based on the results of the background check, 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.

6.   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.


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. Students should contact Disability Counseling Services at 828.766.1256 for more information. 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.


(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, auscultatory 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


For information regarding tuition costs and financial aid options available, including scholarships, grants, and special programs to help cover costs, please visit our Financial Aid Department in Gwaltney Hall on the main campus or follow the link to the Financial Aid webpage:

Students are encouraged to use their financial aid reimbursements to cover the additional costs incurred in the program. This includes, but is not limited to, Kaplan fees, uniforms, drug screens, and background checks.

Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam


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.  There is a $100 testing fee, paid directly to Kaplan. To schedule the Kaplan exam, contact the Testing Center at 828.766.1358.

  • 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. Suggested areas of focus: Cardiovascular system, electrolytes, gastrointestinal system, immune system, neurology, renal system, hematological system, homeostasis, respiratory system, 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.


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

  1. Schedule testing date/time in the Testing Center. To schedule, call 828.766.1358.
  2. Arrive 15 minutes before the test to locate the room and for check-in procedures.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Nursing Admission Checklist

  • Application- MCC General Application and 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 to 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
  • Nurse Aide/CMA – Completion of a certified nursing assisting course from a community college or a high school Allied Health Sciences Program and be currently listed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry or be a Certified Medical Assistant.
  • 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

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the competitive admissions process, please contact Jennifer Grindstaff, Coordinator of Recruitment and Health Sciences Admissions at 828-766-1255 or