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The Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Coursework includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global healthcare system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community healthcare facilities.

Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Establish safe, professional nursing behaviors including accountability for entry-level nursing competence as demonstrated by a passing score* on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam as delineated by the rules and regulations of the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

    *=NCLEX-RN does not award numerical scores. Reports only include a pass or fail.

  • Communicate with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team as demonstrated by a grade of “pass” on the summative clinical evaluation tool described under the nursing domain.
  • Formulate holistic assessments to identify the needs of the individual in order to provide culturally competent client-centered care as demonstrated by a grade of “satisfactory” on the complex patient comprehensive assessment on the clinical prep tool.
  • Utilize healthcare informatics to apply research to practice for evidence-based practice, clinical judgments, and management decisions as demonstrated by a score of “satisfactory” on the evidence-based practice project completed in the capstone course.
  • Create nursing plans of care for clients across the life-span as demonstrated by cognitive proficiency on the nursing caremap in the clinical setting. 
  • Incorporate teaching and learning principles into nursing practice as demonstrated by completing a capstone teaching project with a passing score of 80% or above. 
  • Manage healthcare for clients by utilizing cost-effective nursing strategies, quality improvement processes, and legal/ethical awareness to promote quality outcomes as demonstrated by a “passing” graded clinical performance to prove cognitive and behavioral proficiency of the healthcare domain as described on the clinical summary.



North Carolina Board of Nursing
4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 782-3211

Mailing Address

North Carolina Board of Nursing
Post Office Box 2129
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602-2129


Phone: (919) 782-3211
Fax: (919) 781-9461


The Stanly Community College Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20032, 202-909-2526.

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Nursing - Associate in Applied Science – A45110 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
NUR 111 Introduction to Health Concepts 8
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
 Credit Hours16
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NUR 112 Health-Illness Concepts 5
NUR 117 Pharmacology 2
NUR 212 Health System Concepts 5
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3
 Credit Hours19
NUR 113 Family Health Concepts 5
 Credit Hours5
Second Year
NUR 211 Health Care Concepts 5
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts 5
 Credit Hours13
NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts 10
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research & Reporting
Humanities Elective * 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours69

After satisfactory completion of  NUR 112, students are eligible to apply for Nurse Assistant II with the State Board of Nursing. Note: English and pharmacology courses may require prep courses (those courses numbered below 100) dependent on placement test scores. It may, therefore, require more than two years to complete the associate degree requirements.

*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.

Nursing Pathway

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
or ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
PSY 150General Psychology3
PSY 241Developmental Psychology3
BIO 169Anatomy and Physiology II4
ACA 122College Transfer Success1
Humanities *3
Total Credit Hours20
*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.

Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing – Associate in Applied Science

The Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings. Courses will include content related to the nurse's role as a provider of nursing care, as a manager of care, as a member of the discipline of nursing, and as a member of the interdisciplinary team. 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. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians' offices, industry, and community agencies.

Admission Procedure

Nursing program (A45110) applications are open from May 1st through January 15th each year.

Applicants seeking admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program must complete steps 1 through 5 in its entirety by January 15, 2021 at 5:00pm, in order to be considered for acceptance for the Fall Semester 2021.

Print this admission procedure for your records to track completion of all steps. Refer to the frequently asked questions document found on the College website.

 Step 1: Application(s) __________ (date completed)             

  • Submit a completed application electronically for the Associate Degree Nursing program (A45110) of the fall you wish to enroll by visiting the SCC homepage,, and clicking the link “new students start here.” Applications are free of charge.
  • The Associate in General Education (AGE) Nursing is designed for students who wish to begin their study toward the Associate Degree in Nursing degree and some courses towards a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. In order to take general education courses an additional application must be completed as an Associate in General Education (AGE – A1030N) with nursing interest for the term and year you plan to begin general education courses. Please note this does not take the place of an application for the nursing program, nor is it required to be enrolled in the nursing program. However, this application will promote communication and advising with a Success Coach.
  • For questions on completing an application contact Jesse Martin 704-991-0246.

Step 2: Transcripts __________ (date completed)

  • Submit to the Admissions Office an official high school transcript and official post-secondary transcripts for all institutions attended. Applicants that obtained a GED/Adult High School diploma must submit an official GED/AHS transcript and a high school transcript even if the applicant did not complete high school.
  • Official transcripts must be received in the SCC Admissions Office by the January 15th deadline. Credit will be given for BIO taken within the last 10 years. There are no other time limits on transfer courses within the ADN program of study currently.
  • After the Graduation & Degree Audit Coordinator has received and evaluated other college transcripts, applicants may view transfer credit awarded by viewing My Progress within Student Planning of Self-Service. For questions related to transfer credits contact or 704-991-0212.

Step 3: Complete one course of high school (or higher) Biology, Algebra/Integrated Math I, and Chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher.  __________ (date completed)

  • Submit evidence of high school biology, algebra/integrated math I, and chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher or the equivalent at a post-secondary institution (BIO 090 or higher, MAT 070/DMA 050/Tiers 1 and 2 or higher, CHEM 090 or higher).
  • Applicants wishing to complete these credits at other colleges should contact the Graduation & Degree Audit Coordinator ( or 704-991-0212) at Stanly Community College to ­ensure that the credits are acceptable.
  • To determine if credit was awarded for these courses, view the My Progress within Student Planning of Self-Service or contact your Success Coach.

Step 4:  Prove college readiness.

  • If you have questions regarding your eligibility to enroll in ENG 111 and MAT 143, please contact your Success Coach: AGE-Nursing Success Coach, Jesse Martin at, or 704-991-0246.

Step 5: Maintain GPA (ongoing)

  • For the applicant that has completed any college level courses taken with SCC prior to admission into the ADN program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required.

Requirements 1 through 5 must be completed no later than January 15, 2021 to be considered for acceptance into the ADN program. Once you have completed steps 1-5, proceed to steps below.

Step 6: TEAS Testing  __________ (date completed and score)

  • Take the standardized nurse entrance exam, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Only those applicants who successfully complete steps 1 & 5 above will be eligible to take the TEAS exam. Applicants eligible to take the TEAS exam will be notified through their student email account by the Admissions Office. This email will include steps for signing up for the exam. Students are responsible for checking their SCC student email often to meet TEAS registration deadlines. There is a minimal fee for the exam, and it must be taken at SCC. Test scores are valid for a period of two years and must be valid at the time applications are evaluated by admissions.
  • There are no required scores for the TEAS test. It is used strictly as a ranking tool for applicants.

TEAS scores ranges are as follows:

Admission Year                    TEAS low range                             TEAS high range

2020                                          667                                             887

2019                                          653                                             833

2018                                          627                                             893

  • TEAS prep courses are periodically offered through SCC’s continuing education division. Contact Rita Love at 704-991-0328 or for upcoming prep course offerings.
  • TEAS scores are not accepted from other colleges/universities.
  • All eligible applicants must take the most current version of TEAS offered at SCC.
  • Students are only allowed to take the TEAS test once for each round of testing.

After conditional acceptance is granted by the admissions office, applicants must provide successful completion of the following:

  • Attend Nursing Orientation held by the nursing faculty. Information regarding the dates for the nursing orientation will be in the mailed acceptance letter.
  • Submit a completed SCC medical form using a compliance tracking system. The medical form will be given to applicants who are conditionally accepted to the ADN program at nursing orientation, and must be completed by a physician, physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner by the date given on the conditionally accepted letter.
  • Submit evidence of current certification in CPR for the Healthcare Provider endorsed by the American Heart Association using a compliance tracking system.
  • Information about the medical form, including CPR, and how to submit these documents in the compliance tracking system will be covered in a nursing orientation session.
  • Submit a certificate of satisfactory completion from a DHSR (Division of Health Service Regulation) approved Nurse Aide, Level I program to the admissions office, and hold a current unrestricted certification in Nurse Aide, Level I as listed on the NC Nurse Aide registry ( NOTE:  Applicants shall verify the NA program of their choosing will award the certification prior to taking the course. For example, some one-day programs do not offer this certification. The option to challenge the exam is no longer available. If an applicant is currently employed as a Nurse Aide Level I but cannot produce a certificate of completion from a DHSR Nurse Aide Level I program, documentation from the applicant’s current employer stating the applicant has spent at least 240 hours providing patient care in the CNA role may be submitted for consideration.


Applicants accepted for admission to health services programs at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening after notification of acceptance and prior to participation in on-site clinical training. Based on the results of the checks, hospitals or clinical affiliates where the student will participate in on-site training may deny access to their facility, resulting in the student’s inability to complete the clinical portion of training.  Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program.  Students are responsible for paying all costs associated with this requirement.


Applicants seeking admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be ranked based on TEAS scores and admitted based on rank order. Applicants accepted for admission must complete all admission requirements by the date specified in their acceptance letter. Applicants who fail to complete all admission requirements for the ADN program will be removed from the acceptance list and replaced by applicants on the alternate list.


As vacancies arise on the acceptance list, applicants on the alternate list are contacted in rank order and offered acceptance to the program. Applicants on the alternate list who are not offered acceptance to the ADN program for the year in which they have applied to enter will not be carried over to a waiting list the following year. Applicants must apply each year they wish to be considered for admission into the nursing program. Alternate numbers are not shared with students. Any concerns about acceptance should be directed to the Director of Admissions or the AGE-Nursing Success Coach.


Applicants to the nursing program are advised to familiarize themselves with all admission requirements for this program of study. Applicant questions regarding these requirements should be directed to the SCC Admissions Office or the AGE-Nursing Success Coach for clarification. Note: Admission requirements are subject to change. Please contact the SCC Admissions Office for a current list of requirements for your intended year of entry.


Progression policies specific to the nursing program are found in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.


Advanced standing policies are in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook. Contact the Director of Nursing through email ( for advising.



1. The nursing faculty must recommend a student as a candidate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing based on academic achievement and professional accountability.

2. The North Carolina Board of Nursing application for licensure includes a criminal background check. Before an individual can sit for a licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), the application process must be completed. An applicant may then sit for the licensure exam; however, an individual may be denied licensure based on a criminal background check. If the individual has been convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude, the NCBON may deny that individual a license even if he or she has passed the NCLEX exam. This process is between the individual and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The nursing program validates only the successful completion of the program.


General education courses may be taken earlier than listed within the recommended sequence. Courses with the NUR prefix are required within their respective semesters only as demonstrated below.

Last updated: 4/21/2020

The Nursing AGE Pathway offers students a place to begin their journey toward a career in Nursing.  The AGE pathway gives students the opportunity to complete all of the general education courses required in the Nursing program.  After completion of these courses, students who choose to continue into the degree program will be able to focus on Nursing specific courses.

AGE Pathway

ACA 122College Transfer Success1
BIO 168Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 169Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 275Microbiology4
CHM 131
Introduction to Chemistry
and Introduction to Chemistry Lab
or CHM 151 General Chemistry I
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
or ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
ENG 231American Literature I3
or ENG 232 American Literature II
HIS 111World Civilizations I3
or HIS 112 World Civilizations II
or HIS 131 American History I
or HIS 132 American History II
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3
or MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra
MAT 152Statistical Methods I4
PSY 150General Psychology3
PSY 241Developmental Psychology3
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 213Sociology of the Family3
or SOC 220 Social Problems
Humanities *6
Elective *6
Total Credit Hours60

*Humanities list 

Choose 6 credits from the following:
ART 111Art Appreciation3
ART 114Art History Survey I3
ART 115Art History Survey II3
MUS 110Music Appreciation3
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz3
PHI 215Philosophical Issues3
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics3

*Electives list

Choose 6 credits from the following:
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 252Principles of Macroeconomics3
POL 120American Government3