Selective Admission Process
OCTOBER 18, 2011 THROUGH JANUARY 12, 2012
(Excluding the week of Spring registration Jan. 2-6, 2012)
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE EACH ACADEMIC YEAR
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. Employment opportunities include a wide variety of health care settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician's offices, industry, and community health agencies.
It is the nursing applicants' 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.
|All APPLICANTS MUST APPEAR IN PERSON AT CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE. APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE TAKEN OVER THE TELEPHONE OR BY MAIL/WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE.|
Steps 1 through 5 must be completed prior to filing the "Intent to Apply" with a counselor.
- Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in all post-secondary coursework completed at Cape Fear Community College. If your CFCC GPA is below 2.5 and you have not been enrolled in CFCC for 3 consecutive years, you may be eligible for academic forgiveness. (See page 24 in the current 2011-2012 catalog.)
- Complete the CFCC General Admissions Application.
- Complete appropriate Placement Test, if required by the Admissions Office and meet minimum cut-off scores on Placement Test.
- Request official high school transcript or GED scores mailed to the Admissions and Records Office. Official transcripts should be mailed from the institution(s) attended or be hand delivered in an envelope sealed by a representative of the school(s) attended.
- Request official transcripts from all colleges or schools attended since high school mailed to the Admissions and Records Office. These will be reviewed for possible transfer credit.
- Meet with a counselor in Room A-220 Downtown or Room NA-100 North Campus during the application period (excluding week of Jan 2 - 6, 2012) to complete the "Intent to Apply" form and schedule an appointment to take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Exam. The "Intent to Apply" Form is not an application to the Nursing Program.
- Take Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) exam and meet minimum percentile cut-offs. Information about the PSB examination will be discussed later on this page.
A $25.00 fee will be charged to take the Registered Nurse PSB Exam. Applicants must appear in person at Cape Fear Community College. The PSB exam fee must be paid by check, cash or credit card at the time the PSB exam is scheduled. If there are circumstances beyond the applicant's control and he/she misses the scheduled test date and provides documentation of the extenuating circumstance, the Director of Counseling MAY choose to issue a “Stand By Pass” for testing. A “Stand By Pass” does not guarantee admission to the test; Admission to the test may be determined by seat availability.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
1. PLACEMENT TEST SCORES
To be considered for admission to the program, all applicants must meet the minimum requirements on the appropriate Placement Test*.
*Completion of English 111 or its equivalent and Math 141 or higher with a grade of "C" or better may eliminate taking a Placement Test.
|41 Writing||70 Writing||86 Sentence||470 Verbal or||19 English|
|41 Reading||81 Reading||80 Reading||470 Reading &|
|41 Numerical||47 Pre-Algebra||55 Arithmetic||500 Math||20 Math|
|41 Elem Algebra|
41 Interm Algebra
|66 Algebra||75 Elem Algebra|
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 of the required remedial courses with a grade of "C" or better prior to the application deadline date and meets the other minimum requirements, he/she may be considered eligible to apply to the Program.
The Placement Test or any combination of Placement Tests may be taken twice in twelve (12) consecutive months and must have been taken in the last five years. Applicants who violate the testing policy will not be disqualified. However, when a nursing applicant has tested more than twice in twelve consecutive months, only the first two attempts will be considered in the application process. Placement test scores which violate the testing policy will be disregarded.
If the Placement Test has been taken at another community college (in the past five years), it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the scores are transferred to Cape Fear Community College.
Accommodations for testing due to special needs may be made with the Coordinator of Disabilities Services (A-215) or call (910) 362 - 7012.
2. BIOLOGY COMPETENCY WITH A GRADE OF "C" OR HIGHER.
All students who wish to apply for the Associate Degree Nursing Program must have completed a Biology or "General Science" course in high school or college, and achieved a grade of "C" or higher. If a high school general science course is used, it must have precisely the course title of "General Science". Nursing applicants who have taken the GED may also meet this requirement if a standard score of 45 or 450 on the GED Natural Science Test.
3. PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES BUREAU (PSB) NURSING ADMISSIONS TEST
Students who meet the minimum requirements will schedule an appointment to take the PSB Nursing Admissions exam during the application period. Nursing applicants may take the PSB one time per application period. More information about the PSB will be provided when the applicant is scheduled for the PSB. There are several resources that can be used to help prepare for this exam such as a dictionary, 8th grade arithmetic textbooks, high school science textbooks, GED Study Guide, SAT Study Guide, and the ARCO Nursing School & Allied Health Entrance Exams by Marion F. Gooding, R.N., Ph.D. The CFCC Learning Lab (910) 362-7137 offers tutoring for the PSB exam.
|A study guide for the PSB Exam can be accessed at: http://cfcc.edu/testingservices/ (use lower case letters).|
In order to apply to the ADN Program, a student must meet the minimum score requirements on the PSB of 30th percentile in each of the following six (6) areas: Verbal, Arithmetic, Non-Verbal, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, and Natural Science. Those who have taken the PSB in previous years should be aware that only those scores from the two most recent attempts within the last 5 years will be considered.
NURSING SELECTION PROCESS
The point system was implemented as an objective means for evaluating nursing applicants.
Fifty percent (50%) of the applicant's total points from the PSB test will be added to fifty percent (50%) of the applicant's total points from related high school and/or college classes completed prior to the application deadline to equal a total point count.
Nursing applicants will be ranked based upon points earned, and the students with the highest number of points will be selected. If two or more students have the identical point count total, the date that the "Intent to Apply" Form was completed in the Counseling Office will be the determining factor.
1. Points For the PSB Exam
Percentile scores in all seven (7) areas of the PSB Exam -- Verbal, Arithmetic, Non-Verbal, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Natural Sciences, and the Vocational Adjustment Index are used in calculating the total number of points earned in this section.
2. Points for grades earned
Prior High School Or College Level Classes
College and/or high school courses taken with a grade of "C" or better will earn the applicant points. (For point distribution, refer to the point count worksheet.)
3. Points for Information Session
Two points will be awarded for attending one Information Session listed below. No points will be awarded for sessions attended in previous years. A certificate of attendance must be filled out (by student) and collected by a counselor immediately after the information session in order for points to be awarded. Dates are as follows:
|Wed Sept 7, 2011||10:00 am - 11:00 am||Room L-107|
|Wed Oct 19, 2011||2:00 pm - 3:00 pm||Room S-002|
|Wed Nov 16, 2011||5:00 pm - 6:00 pm||Room S-002|
|Wed Dec 1, 2011||2:00 pm - 3:00 pm||Room L-107|
SPECIAL NOTES: BIO 168 and BIO 169 must have been taken in the last five (5) years of start date of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. First attempt with a letter grade of "C" or better will be considered for the point count.
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective: This requirement may be met by taking any Humanities or Fine Arts elective that states in the course description that it satisfies the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts for AAS degree with the exception of a foreign language. (See Course Descriptions on pg 206 through pg 314 of the 2011-2012 catalog.) If choosing a foreign language, the elective must be a third level course; i.e. FRE 211, GER 211 or SPA 211.
All applicants who meet the minimum requirements in all six (6) areas will be invited in to discuss their point count assessments with a counselor. APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO ATTEND THIS POINT COUNT ASSESMENT WILL WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO CONTEST THEIR POINT TOTALS.
Applicant's point counts are confidential; please do not call to inquire about your point count. To protect your privacy, point count totals will not be discussed on the telephone.
Eighty (80) new students may be conditionally admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program each Fall semester. Approximately twenty (20) of these students can enroll in the night program. Night students must have completed most general education courses or have the flexibility to enroll during the day. In addition, night students may occasionally be required to attend during day hours and will be given the dates at the beginning of each semester. Alternates are admitted to the program only if someone who was originally accepted declines the offer of admission or if someone who was originally accepted becomes disqualified (refer to disqualifying factors).
The 80 selected students will be notified when to complete the following information:
- Medical Reports
All completed health/medical reports must be received by the specified date noted in acceptance letter.
- Drug Screen
Nine (9) panel urine drug screen is mandatory. Methadone will be included in the urine drug screening. Testing positive on the drug screening, or evidence of tampering with a specimen, will disqualify a student from participation in the clinical assignment, thus result in dismissal from the ADN program. Information on obtaining a drug screen will be provided at orientation. For further information, students should see the "Drug and Alcohol Policy" in the CFCC Student Handbook (pgs. 55-57).
Students must also submit documentation of current CPR certification. Certification must be current two-year CPR certification for health care providers (must include infant, child and adult). No online courses accepted.
- Criminal Background Check
Clinical sites require a drug screening and a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting (Any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student). In addition, certain criminal activity, as evident by a criminal background check may also disqualify a student from clinical participation. Please be aware that failure to participate in a clinical assignment based on either the drug screening or criminal background check will result in dismissal from the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Information on obtaining a criminal background check will be provided at orientation.
- PROGRESSION POLICY
Students admitted to the ADN Program must achieve or have achieved a "C" in each course in the curriculum in order to progress semester by semester.
A Excellent 92-100 B Good 84-91 C Average 76-83 D Poor 68-75
Credits in the ADN Program are determined as follows:
Class 1 hour credit for each hour class Lab 1 hour credit for three hours lab Clinical 1 hour credit for three hours lab
A semester credit hour is equivalent to 16 hours of classroom instruction or 48 hours of laboratory or clinical instruction.
- 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 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
- DISQUALIFYING FACTORS
Students may be denied admission to or continuation in the nursing programs for any of the following reasons:
- Physical or emotional health, which indicates impairment in ability to provide safe nursing care to the public.
- Conduct not in accordance with the standards of a registered nurse:
- has given false information or has withheld material information;
- has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any crime which indicated that the individual is unfit or incompetent to practice nursing or that the individual has deceived or defrauded the public;
- has used any drug to a degree that interferes with his or her fitness to practice nursing;
- has engaged in conduct which endangers the public health.
Accepted applicants will be required to take a nine (9) Panel drug screen and a criminal background check prior to starting the program. The college follows agency protocol regarding drug screening and criminal background checks. Without access to the clinical facilities, students will be unable to satisfactorily complete the nursing courses.
Students who register for nursing classes after acceptance and then withdraw before classes begin or during the first semester will be given the opportunity to apply ONLY ONCE MORE.
LEGAL LIMITATIONS OF LICENSURE
Students who enroll in the AND Program should be aware that the application for licensure at the completion of the program might be denied or restricted by the North Carolina Board of Nursing for the following reasons:
- The student practiced fraud or deceit in attempting to procure a license to practice nursing.
- The student has been convicted of a misdemeanor/felony (excluding a minor traffic violation).
- The student is mentally or physically incompetent or uses any drug to a degree that interferes with fitness to practice nursing.
- The student engages in conduct, which endangers the public health.
NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF NURSING
LICENSURE APPLICATION WITH PRIOR CONVICTIONS
AND/OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION
As the regulatory agency, the Board of Nursing does not become involved in reviewing the applicant's conviction record until such time as application is made to take the national examination. On the application, the question is asked whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor/felony. If the response is yes, a certified copy of the criminal record and a detailed written explanation must be submitted. In addition, as of January 1, 2002, criminal background checks including fingerprints are required. Review of the record is made by the Board staff in accordance with guidelines established by the Board. The applicant may take the exam as scheduled; however, the license may or may not be issued upon passing the exam. After the Board staff reviews the record, one of several actions may occur.
- There may be a request for additional information
- The license may be issued once the exam is passed.
- The applicant may be notified that it will be necessary for him/her to appear before the Board of Licensure Committee. This may be necessary if:
- A felony conviction occurred after the applicant entered the nursing program
- The conditions of the conviction have not been satisfied
- The type and/or number of convictions bring into question the applicant's ability to safely and competently practice nursing
If an appearance before the Licensure Committee is required, the committee will make a decision and one of several actions may be taken.
- The license is issued when the applicant is successful on the exam
- The license is issued with a probational status and the applicant will be told the reason and will have the right to address the Board concerning the decision.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the selective admissions process, please contact a counselor in room A-220 at the Downtown Campus or at the North Campus in room NA 100.
CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADN PROGRAM
|YEAR 1||YEAR 2|
|FALL SEMESTER||FALL SEMESTER|
|TUITION/FEES (in-state)||$1065.00||TUITION/FEES (in-state)||$1132.50|
|TUITION/FEES (out-of-state)||$3945.00||TUITION/FEES (out-of-state)||$4204.50|
|LIABILITY INSURANCE||15.00||LIABILITY INSURANCE||15.00|
|IMMUNIZATION TRACKER||15.00||IMMUNIZATION TRACKER||15.00|
|STETHOSCOPE||35.00||TOTAL (in-state)||$ 1617.50|
|PHYSICAL||100.00||TOTAL (out-of-state)||$ 4689.50|
|CRIMINAL BACKGROUND (VARIES)||50.00|
|TOTAL (in-state)||$ 2815.00|
|TOTAL (out-of-state)||$ 5695.00|
|SPRING SEMESTER||SPRING SEMESTER|
|TUITION/FEES (in-state)||$ 1132.50||TUITION/FEES (in-state)||$ 1132.50|
|TUITION/FEES (out-of-state)||$ 4204.50||TUITION/FEES (out-of-state)||$ 4204.50|
|TOTAL (in-state)||$ 1422.50||CAP||15.00|
|TOTAL (out-of-state)||$ 4494.50||GRADUATE FEE||25.00|
|NLN DIAG READINESS||45.00|
|CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK||38.00|
|TUITION/FEES (in-state)||$ 573.00||TOTAL (in-state)||$ 1925.50|
|TUITION/FEES (out-of-state)||$ 2109.00||TOTAL (out-of-state)||$ 4997.50|
|TOTAL (in-state)||$ 863.00|
|TOTAL (out-of-state)||$ 2399.00|
|TOTAL FIRST YEAR (in-state)||$ 5100.50||TOTAL SECOND YEAR (in-state)||$ 3543.00|
|TOTAL FIRST YEAR (out-of-state)||$ 12,588.50||TOTAL SECOND YEAR (out-of-state)||$ 9687.00|
|TOTAL PROGRAM ESTIMATE (in-state)||$ 8643.50|
|TOTAL PROGRAM ESTIMATE (out-of-state)||$22,275.50|
NURSES LIABILITY: $15.00 PER SCHOOL YEAR
(HEALTH SCIENCE STUDENTS)
|FULL TIME:||12 CREDIT HOURS|
|¾ TIME:||9 CREDIT HOURS|
|½ TIME:||6 CREDIT HOURS|
Tuition is established by the North Carolina State Legislature and is subject to change without prior notification.
Effective July 1, 2011 the Financial Aid office implemented a new policy that is based on federal regulations that establish a maximum time frame for completion of a program of 150 percent of the published length of an educational program. This means that as a student majoring in Pre-Nursing or a Pre- Health Science program, you will need to pay careful attention to the number of hours you attempt prior to actual admission into your program of choice. Depending on the number of hours that you have attempted prior to admission into Nursing or a Health Science program, you may not be eligible for enough financial aid to complete the program after you have been admitted.
To make sure you understand this new policy and that you plan ahead in order to use your financial benefits in a wise and timely manner, please consult with the financial aid office or a Counselor located in the Galehouse building (Downtown) or the McKeithan Center (North Campus).