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Associate Degree Nursing (CIP 51.3801)

Program Description

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.

Course work 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, individualize 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 health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

Fall 2022 Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program

Traditional Two Year Pathway August 2022 to May 2024 (Day Classes)

The current application for the Fall of 2022 has closed:

  • Apply for admission to Richmond Community College and NC Residency Application.
  • Successfully completed or Exempted from DRE 098 & DMA 010 through DMA 050 or successfully completed or exempted from MAT 003 Tier 2, ENG 002
  • Request official high school transcript or GED scores to be sent to Office of Admissions. High School is still required even if you have college credits.
  • Request official transcripts from ALL colleges and schools attended since High School to be sent to Office of Admissions.
  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum composite score of 58 and minimum of 55 on the Math Section. TEAS scores expire after 3 years (TEAS taken before August 2019 will not be accepted). 
    • 63 composite score is required if in a previous ADN program or BSN program
    • Available TEAS dates below.
  • Complete an application for the Nursing Program(s) between June 1, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022, to start in Fall Semester 2022. To request a Nursing Application you must email a copy of your passing TEAS scores. Scores cannot be older than August 2019. If you previously applied last year or before, you will need to reapply and submit TEAS Scores. TEAS scores can be accessed through You will need to sign into your account. Your general admissions application to the school does not suffice for this requirement.
  • Submit documentation of state approved Nursing Assistant I training and registry listing by June 1, 2022
  • Must have a 2.5 program GPA. GPA is calculated based on the following courses: BIO 165, BIO 166, BIO 275, ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 150, PSY 241, SOC 210, CIS 110, and Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (must be one of the following: ART 111, MUS 110, HUM 115, or PHI 240). An ADN applicant must have at least 12 credit hours completed of the courses listed or the unweighted high school GPA will be used or cumulative GPA from a college degree from a regionally accredited college).
    • Make sure that your Anatomy and Physiology I & II and your Microbiology is a grade of B or higher or you will have to repeat the course.

After Completing the Nursing Application 

Once a Nursing Applicant has completed the Admission Requirements for ADN listed above, the applicant will enter into a competitive admissions process based on a point system. You can see a copy of the ADN point sheet here. Contact a Student Services Counselor for questions about the point sheet. 

Points are calculated in February 2022 by Student Services’ Counselors. A copy of the point sheet is sent to ADN applicants who complete Admission Requirements along with further instructions on the remainder of the Admissions Process by March 31, 2022. 

There will be a mandatory online session in April. 

Students are required to complete Pre-Nursing the summer before entering into the ADN program. This usually requires two weeks of face-to-face classes. Please do not take other summer classes in person or plan vacations until these dates have been released.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) measures basic essential skills in the academic content area of reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage. The test is intended for use primarily with adult nursing program applicants. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.

It is recommended that students complete Anatomy and Physiology before taking the TEAS.

Test Fees & Scores

  • Cost for the TEAS exam is $70 per each attempt. You must wait 60 days between each test attempt.
  • Scores are accepted June 1, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022. TEAS test scores will expire after three years. Test scores before August 2019 will not be accepted.
  • To request a TEAS test appointment, email Please include your full name, RichmondCC student ID number or date of birth, phone number and which available date you would like to schedule your test. You do not have to be a current student to take the TEAS test at RichmondCC.

ADN Points Sheet 2022

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