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Nursing – LPN-ADN Associate in Applied Science – A45110R

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.

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

Pre-accredited by

National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation

2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Eighth Floor

Washington, DC 20037

Phone: 800-669-1656


The Stanly Community College's Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing Program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

Nursing - LPN-ADN

Associate in Applied Science - A45110R

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredit Hours
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3
NUR 214 Nsg Transition Concepts 4
 Credit Hours12
Second Year
NUR 117 Pharmacology 2
NUR 221 LPN to ADN Concepts I 9
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
 Credit Hours14
NUR 223 LPN to ADN Concepts II 9
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research & Reporting
Humanities Elective * 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours41

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

Admission Procedure

Applications are open from May 1st through January 15th.

Applicants seeking admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program must complete steps 1 through 4 in entirety by January 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm in order to be considered for acceptance for the Summer Semester 2020.

Print this admission procedure for your records to track completion of all steps.

 Step 1: Application __________ (date completed)          

  • Submit a completed ­application electronically for the LPN-ADN program (A45110R) of the Summer semester you wish to enroll by visiting the SCC homepage,, and clicking the link “new students start here”.  Application submissions are free of charge.
  • If you wish to take general education courses for the LPN-ADN program prior to admission, then an additional application must be completed as an Associate in General Education (AGE) with a LPN-ADN 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 LPN-ADN program, nor is it required to complete all of these in order to be enrolled in the program. General education courses you may wish to take are ENG 111 and 112 or 114, BIO 168 and 169, PSY 150 and 241, and a Humanities elective (anything that does not start with NUR).
  • For questions on completing an application, contact the Eagle’s One Stop at 704-991-0123 or by emailing

Step 2:  Transcripts and LPN License   __________ (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 you did not complete high school.
  • To track your transcripts for processing, view your Self-Service account.  For questions related to transcripts or transfer credits, call the records department at 704-991-0331. 
  • Transcripts will only be accepted from a regionally accredited institution.  Thirty hours of course credit will be given for the LPN degree from a regionally accredited institution.  If the Admissions Department is unable to verify the degree, the Associate Director of Nursing will make the final decision with the approval of the Associate Vice President of Health Sciences and Human Services.  The student is responsible for verifying the degree acceptance with the Success Coach. 
  • Applicants are to submit a current, unrestricted LPN license per the NCBON requirements. The LPN license must be a North Carolina or compact/multi-state license.  Work experience is not required, but is recommended by the nursing faculty.

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

  • Submit evidence of one unit of high school biology, algebra, and chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher or the equivalent at a post-secondary institution (BIO 090 or higher, MAT 070/DMA 040 or higher, CHEM 090 or higher).  Applicants wishing to complete these credits at other colleges should contact the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College to ­ensure that the credits are acceptable.
  • To determine if you received credit for these courses (Biology, Algebra, and Chemistry), view your Self-Service account or contact your academic advisor.

Step 4:  Complete Specified General Education courses with GPA 2.8 or higher

  • Required courses: Complete general education courses ENG 111, BIO 168, Humanities elective, and PSY 150 with a minimum GPA of 2.8 by the required application deadline. 
  • If general education courses are completed at institutions other than Stanly Community College, official transcripts must be received in the SCC Admissions Office by the January 15th deadline. Transfer credit will be given for BIO 168/169 taken within the last 10 years. There are no other time limits on transfer courses at this time.
  • If you have questions concerning your GPA, contact your Success Coach Melanie Alexander, at or 704-991-0166.

Requirements 1 through 4 must be completed no later than January 15, 2020 at 5:00pm

to be considered for acceptance into the ADN program as an LPN-ADN student.  Once you have completed steps 1-4, proceed to steps below. 

Step 5: TEAS Testing   __________ (date completed and score)

  • Only those applicants who successfully complete Option 4 will be eligible to take the TEAS exam. Admissions will notify eligible applicants through their student email account, which will include steps for signing up for the exam. Applicants may test as often as the exam is offered. 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.  The student must take the most current version, which is ATI TEAS.
  • There are no required scores for the ATI TEAS test. It is strictly a ranking tool for the top 16 applicants. TEAS prep courses are periodically offered through SCC’s continuing education division. Contact Rita Love at  for upcoming prep courses offerings.
  • No TEAS scores will be accepted from other facilities.

Step 6: Maintain GPA (ongoing)

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

Step 7: Seek academic advising (ongoing)

     Early academic advising is imperative.

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

  • Submit SCC medical form.  The medical form will be mailed to applicants who are conditionally accepted to the ADN program, 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 covering infant, child, adult, and AED or CPR for the Healthcare Provider endorsed by the American Heart Association.
  • Background Checks and Drug Screening- Candidates accepted for admission to health services programs at SCC are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening.  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.
  • Attend Nursing Orientation held by the nursing faculty. Information will be relayed through your school email after arranged by nursing faculty.  This is different from and in addition to the required New Student Orientation requirement by all students of Stanly Community College.


Applicants seeking admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be ranked and accepted to the program based on TEAS scores. If there is a tie in TEAS scores, ranking will be based on the GPA from Step 4.  Conditional acceptances will be awarded in March each year. 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 forfeit their acceptance to the next available candidate on the rank list.


The applicants on the alternate list are ranked by TEAS scores and are notified of their position. The top ten will receive a letter in the mail, and the remaining applicants will receive an email to notify them of their status.  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. Instead, the alternate list on which their name appeared will be dissolved and each applicant must submit another application if they wish to be considered for admission in a subsequent year. They will again be ranked along with the other applicants for the year.


  • Progression policies specific to the nursing program can be located in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.


Contact the Associate Director of Nursing for the Advanced Standing Policy through email (



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 is allowed to 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.