Associate Degree Nursing program graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
This program is resuming with all safety protocols in place.
Associate Degree Nursing Program
The 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.
What is the class schedule/length for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program?
CVCC currently offers an Associate Degree in Nursing program during the day. Students participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences typically Monday through Friday. The ADN Program consists of five semesters. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX) for RNs. The NC Board of Nursing will review the criminal background checks of each person applying for licensure. Applicants can be denied licensure based on this review. Applicants may take the general education/related coursework for the ADN program prior to acceptance. Please note that taking these courses does not shorten the program length, but it does lighten one’s course load each semester after acceptance into the program. Applicants receive points towards admission for general education courses completed.
CVCC also offers a LPN-RN Bridge Nursing degree for individuals with an unencumbered LPN license. The LPN-RN program takes 2 semesters to complete, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring. Seated and online courses are offered in the evening and on weekends. The NC Board of Nursing will review a criminal background check for each person applying for licensure. Applicants can be denied licensure based on this review. Applicants may take some required general education courses at another accredited college/university, but taking those courses does not shorten the length of the program.
Please see Application Packet under the Information tab.
- Students interested in the Associate Applied Science in Nursing should find additional information and downloadable admissions packets and Minimum Admissions Requirements Checklist (MAR) under the "Information" tab below.
- Students are required to obtain a criminal background check. Information about the background check is found in the nursing admissions packet under the "Information" tab below.
- Career and College Promise Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Pathway Certificate (Note: This is not a nursing degree.)
- For students who wish to take prerequisites in preparation for application to a competitive BSN program at Appalachian State University, Fayetteville State University, East Carolina University, NC A&T, North Carolina Central University, UNC-G, UNC-P, Western Carolina University or Winston Salem State University, CVCC offers an Associate in General Education – Nursing. Note: This is not a nursing degree; it is a two year Associate in Applied Science degree which includes general education coursework required for a BSN degree at the schools listed above. Again, this is not a nursing degree and no nursing courses are part of this degree.
Upon graduation from the program, the student receives the Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The associate's program is fully approved by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
The Associate Degree Nursing program at Catawba Valley Community College located in Hickory, North Carolina is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the CVCC Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at the ACEN Program Search webpage (http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm).
The below information session will be virtual using WebEx.
December 7th - 11:00 a.m. - Please click on the provided link to pre-register for the 11:00 am December 7th, LPN to RN Information Session via WebEx.
- January 11th - 6:00 p.m.
- February 1 - 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Please see the "Program Options" tab below for the nursing program pathways.
- Associate Degree Nursing, AAS ( Admission Packet )
- Associate Degree Nursing Hickory RIBN Articulation Agreement, AAS
- LPN-RN Bridge Nursing Program ( Admission Packet )
Please see the "Information tab" for packet information.
- Associate in General Education-Nursing, AAS (This is not a nursing degree)
- Career and College Promise Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Pathway Certificate
For students who wish to take prerequisites in preparation for application to a competitive BSN program at Appalachian State University, Fayetteville State University, East Carolina University, NC A&T, North Carolina Central University, UNC-G, UNC-P, Western Carolina University or Winston Salem State University, CVCC offers an Associate in General Education – Nursing. Note: This is not a nursing degree; it is a two year Associate in Applied Science degree which includes general education coursework required for a BSN degree at the schools listed above. Again, this is not a nursing degree and no nursing courses are part of this degree.
For high school students interested in dual enrollment for nursing course prerequisites, CVCC offers an Career and College Promise Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Pathway Certificate. Note: This is not a nursing degree.
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree option in this curriculum.
Associate Degree Nursing
LPN-RN Bridge Program
I M P O R T A N T N O T E : There have been significant changes to the 2022-23 LPN-RN Bridge Program admission process. Carefully review the Admissions Packet below as requirements have changed.
The below information session will be virtual using WebEx. The links will be available here soon.
- November 9th - 11:00 am and 6:00 pm
- December 7th - 11:00 am
- January 11th - 6:00 pm
- February 1 - 11:00 am and 6:00 pm
Documents and Forms
» Student Medical Forms ( Please do not submit these to CVCC.)
Program Effectiveness Data
|Year||NCLEX Pass Rates||Program Completion Rates|
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test is specifically designed for students interested in nursing and healthcare professions. It was developed by ATI Testing to measure content areas in reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. The exam is a 170 item multiple choice format. It is a timed test of 209 minutes, but applicants are encouraged to block out four hours for the exam. The total possible points for the TEAS is a 100 composite score.
How do I schedule a time to take the TEAS test?
Students can view upcoming test dates and times and schedule their test date through the CVCC Testing Center webpage. It is the applicant's responsibility to schedule the TEAS exam. No reminder will be sent to the applicant to complete the exam.
What if I have taken the TEAS test at another testing location and would like to send the scores to CVCC?
How do I do that? Scores for TEAS exams taken at other test sites will only be accepted from ATI. Applicants will need to select TEAS Transcript and must have those scores submitted to CVCC before the program deadline date.
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) allows a student who earns the Associate degree with no grade lower than a "C" to be guaranteed admission to at least one of the UNC system schools as a Junior and make a smooth transition for maximum credit transfer.
Some Associate in Applied Science degrees may transfer in full or in part to a four-year school. CVCC has agreements with certain schools to accept the AAS degree in a 2 + 2 arrangement (subject to change).
Important Note: As always, it is imperative that a student at CVCC should be in full conversation with the senior school before selecting and completing a program of study at CVCC.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) may transfer to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as:
- Appalachian State University
- Fayetteville State
- East Carolina University
- North Carolina A&T State University
- North Carolina Central University
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- University of North Carolina at Pembroke
- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
- Western Carolina University
- Winston-Salem State University
Associate Degree Nursing (RN to BSN - RIBN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program.
LPN-RN Bridge Nursing is a program for individuals who have an unencumbered LPN license who wish to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.)
CVCC uses state-of the are facility and equipment. Many of our training services are located and facilitated by the CVCC ValleySim Hospital.
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RIBN Program with Lenoir-Rhyne University
The Hickory RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing) program is a four-year nursing option that will dually admit and enroll students to both Lenoir-Rhyne University and CVCC. This program will provide a seamless Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to a Baccalaureate Nursing Degree (BSN) for top academic students who meet RIBN's stringent admissions criteria. Upon successful completion of the first three years at CVCC, students will take their fourth year entirely at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Admission to the program is highly competitive and selective; students will be chosen on the basis of specific academic requirements.
Note: RIBN is not a “fast track” program to earn a BSN degree. It generally takes eight full-time semesters and two summer terms to complete this program. Although Hickory RIBN is designed for graduating high school seniors who enter college to pursue nursing, students who have been notified of an acceptance into the CVCC Nursing program may be eligible to apply to the RIBN program with transfer status. Seats are limited.
To see more information, check out the RIBN Lenoir-Rhyne University program. To access RIBN content, select the RIBN option under Application Types.
For general information related to the profession of nursing, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor.
Nursing is a career field with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. The following activities are examples of the kind of activities which a student in the Nursing program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program.
|Critical Thinking||Nursing student should possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.||Student must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop or participate in the development of nursing care plan.|
|Interpersonal Skills||Nursing student shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.||Student shall establish rapport with clients/patients and health care team members.|
|Communication Skills||Nursing student shall possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document, and interpret nursing actions and client/patient responses.|
|Mobility||Nursing student shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, stand, and walk for extensive periods of time.||Moves around in patients' rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas and administer cardiopulmonary procedures.|
|Motor Skills||Nursing student shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.||Calibrate and use equipment and position clients/patients.|
|Hearing||Nursing student shall possess auditory ability, sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.|
|Visual||Nursing student shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and test necessary in nursing care.||Observe client/patient responses, see calibration of blood pressure equipment, assess patient.|
|Tactile||Nursing student shall possess tactile ability sufficient for physical test.||Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, and insertions of catheters.|
|Weight-Bearing||Nursing student shall possess ability to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds, weekly and sometimes daily.||Position clients/patients, move equipment.|
|Cognitive Abilities||Nursing student shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person and organize responsibilities, make decisions.||Student shall assess client/patient complaints and implement appropriate.|
|Occupational Exposures||Nursing student may be exposed to communicable disease and/or body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, latex, and shall use appropriate precautions at all times.||Student may be assigned a patient with a communicable disease and shall provide total care using universal precautions.|
Note: Standards developed by the Board of Directors for the Southern Council of Education for Nursing to assist Nursing Education Programs in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please note: Examples are not all inclusive.
If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact the Counselor/Students with Disabilities Program at least 72 hours in advance at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4222 or email@example.com
Nursing: Career Outlook
For questions regarding admissions requirements, contact:
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4216