Nursing – ADN Admissions

Admissions Overview

Admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is competitive and is based on points earned through your score on an entrance exam and your high school or college grades. There is no waiting list, which means that if you are not offered a seat in the program, you must reapply.

All students seeking admission to the ADN program are placed in the Associate of General Education-Nursing (AGEN) program until they begin ADN clinical courses.

Sandhills uses stages to designate your progress toward admission.

Stage 1 – Qualification stage, during which all prerequisites for application must be met.  Read the program information sheet for more detail.

Stage 2 – Application stage, during which points are calculated and reviewed for consideration.  See the Stage II forms section at the bottom of this page for more detail.

Stage 3 – Pre-admission stage, during which final requirements – like Nurse Aide –  must be met in order to receive final placement into the program.  Read the program information sheet for more detail.

Click on the link directly below to see and print a document will ALL program details, including deadlines, prerequisites, admissions process, and program curriculum.

ADN Prerequisites/Program Sheet
ADN Transfer Procedure (Transferring from another nursing program/NUR classes)


Admissions Information Videos

Click here to watch videos about the admissions process, including:

  • Admissions Overview
  • HESI A2 Exam
  • Stage II Worksheet
  • Transfer Credit/Previous Degree
  • Nurse Aide Requirement



All applicants must complete Stage I and submit a Stage II worksheet. Worksheets are available online or in the Nursing Department in Foundation Hall 1002.

All applicants are required to take the HESI-A2 Exam prior to the program admissions deadline.


Early Consideration

  • Stage I must be completed and all new transcripts submitted to the Registrar’s office by January 29, 2024.
  • Stage II worksheets will be accepted: January 29 - February 8, 2023.
  • Stage III (including completion of Nurse Aide) July 31, 2024.

Late Consideration

  • Stage I must be completed and all new transcripts submitted to the Registrar’s office by May 27, 2024.
  • Stage II worksheets will be accepted May 27 - June 6, 2024.
  • Stage III (including completion of Nurse Aide) July 31, 2024.

For Advanced Placement and RIBN deadlines, please refer to the appropriate program sheet.


Classes and Clinicals

The ADN program begins only in the fall semester.  Classes are held in the day-time only, and only some general education classes can be completed online.  Classes are held at the main campus in Pinehurst.

Most clinical assignments are completed in clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals in Moore County.   Some clinical assignments may be completed at facilities in neighboring counties.

A typical nursing class schedule will include on-campus classes 3-4 mornings a week, on-campus lab/simulation one morning or afternoon a week, and clinical assignments at least one day a week.  Clinical assignments begin in the first semester and continue in each semester of the program.


Stage II Forms

Stage II Worksheet FAQs

College Students

Criminal Background Checks

  • Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens are required in Stage III.  Results are viewed only by clinical affiliates.
  • Students may be prohibited from clinical education at specific clinical affiliates based on results, which could prevent students from progressing in the program.


Immunization Requirements

Proof of all childhood immunizations and other specific vaccines, including:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella)
  • Hepatitis B* (six month series)
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test
  • Influenza: required annually
  • COVID-19: see below

*Some vaccines require a series of injections that take place over the course of several months.  Students may need to begin a vaccine sequence prior to application to meet the deadline. If you are applying to Radiography and have not had the Hepatitis B vaccine series, you must begin the series in January prior to your program entry to meet the clinical deadline.

Sandhills Community College does not require specific immunizations in order to enroll or attend classes on campus.  However, Health Sciences and Nursing programs require clinical hours.  Students admitted to an SCC Health Sciences or Nursing program must comply with the requirements set by outside clinical agencies, which may include a criminal background check, drug screen, physical, and/or specific vaccines.  Decisions about an individual student’s presence in the clinical environment are made by the clinical agencies.

We are guests in our clinical facilities and in order to have clinical privileges, must abide by their requirements for students and faculty. Notice of changes of agency requirements may or may not provide us with much notice.

If requirements are made by a SCC clinical agency and a student chooses not to comply, they may not be eligible to complete the clinical requirements of the program and thus become unable to enter or complete a course and the program.

Management of these requirements is reserved to Sandhills Community College employees only.  Students may not contact clinical agencies directly to discuss requirements.  Doing say may result in denial of admission or dismissal from a program.