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Diploma in Health Science, Practical Nursing

General Criteria for Admission:

  1. Meet admission criteria to WTC
  2. Have a minimum placement test scores from one of the following tests SAT, ACT, Accuplacer (college placement test). If the minimum placement test scores are not achieved as outlined by WTC, a developmental studies course sequence will be required and will not be able to progress to the practical nursing program.
  3. Score an adjusted cut score or 60 or higher on the TEAS. Students are not eligible to take the TEAS until successful completion of any developmental courses as indicated in number 2 above. The TEAS examination fee is the student’s responsibility.
  4. Be at least 17 years of age by August 1 of the year of acceptance and possess either a high school diploma (Official Transcript), or GED (show documentation).
  5. The student must have an overall GPA 2.0 prior to being able to take the TEAS
  6. The student must have applied for (show documentation) and official transcripts from all colleges and universities.
  7. General education Courses may be taken with, or prior to entering the PN nursing courses. BIO 210, and BIO 211 must be completed within 5 years of entering the 1st nursing course. Only course work less than 10 years old with a grade of “C” or higher may be considered for transfer and transfer credit. Less than 10 years old from any regionally accredited higher education institution offering comparable courses is accepted. Credit from institutions not regionally accredited may require additional supporting documentation. ENG 101,   MAT 101, PSY 201 must be within 10 years unless they were taken at WTC.
  8. Once the criteria have been met, the student is placed on the qualified waiting list. The student will receive a letter from nursing admission office with a projected future practical nursing program start date. To reserve a seat, $50 non-refundable deposit must be paid which will be applied toward the practical nursing program tuition and fees. If the $50 is not paid the student will forfeit his or her seat.


First Time Student Criteria for Admission:

  1. Admitted to WTC through the Admissions Department
  2. Complete Accuplacer Scores test with scores
  3. All high school and college transcripts must be on file with WTC Admissions Department prior to taking the TEAS Entrance Exam


Transfer Student Criteria for Admission:

  1. Complete Application Process.
  2. Be admitted to WTC and submit official transcript from transferring institution, as well as, all transcripts from any university/college and the High School you graduated from or GED program (show Documentation).
  3. Provide the Department Head with each nursing course syllabus, including objectives and clinical evaluation. The Student will begin PNR 110 course.
  4. All students including transfer students must take the TEAS examination and pass with a/an adjusted Cut Score of 60 or higher.
  5. The Department of Nursing Admissions Committee will review individual requests for transfer credit and will make recommendation for official action to Registrar. Admission by transfer is on a space available basis.
  6. Must be admitted to WTC within a year of being in a past PN or ADN nursing program.
  7. Must have a GPA of 2.0 or better.


Entrance Exam: The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS is a standardized test developed by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).  The TEAS provides assessment data regarding a student’s overall academic preparedness. The TEAS test is a requirement for the admission process into the Practical Nursing Program at WTC.


Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Information:

  • Register early as seating is limited on a first-come, first served basis. Tests last from 8 a.m.-12 noon.
  • Applicants for the TEAS must be admitted to the College through the Office of Admission PRIOR TO applying for the TEAS. Call Cheryl Dubose at 843.355.4165 for WTC admission information.
  • The completed examination application form and $65, non-refundable & non-transferrable payment must be delivered to the WTC Business Office (Building A-Lobby area) to ensure you have a seat on the TEAS testing date. No exceptions will be made.
  • Please provide accurate contact information on the form. Make sure there is a working contact number either cell or home and make sure that there is a valid email address.
  • Space is limited and testing slots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified candidates.
  • Applicants MUST arrive at the test site no later than 7:50 on the test date. There will be NO ADMITTANCE to the test site after that time.
  • Applicants must show a valid driver’s license at the site on the day of their test.
  • The test is administered on a computer and will take at least 3-4 hours to complete.
  • No electronic equipment (calculators, cell phones, pagers, PDAs, computers, etc.) or other materials will be allowed in the room. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in expulsion from the test site.
  • Applicants may take TEAS a total of 6 times in two years.
  • The examination will be offered monthly through the admission office.
  • Applicants to the WTC Practical Nursing program must take the TEAS test any time after August of the year you intend to enter and make an adjusted score of 60 or above to qualify for admission in the next academic year for the Practical Nursing.
  • Successful completion of the TEAS does not guarantee admission to the WTC practical nursing program


Acceptance Requirements:

Placement into the practical nursing program is a different process than the admission to the college since this is a limited access program which accepts applicants through a first-qualified, first-accepted process. Applicants are encouraged to apply early and seek additional information by contacting the admissions office.  Acceptance to the practical nursing program is a responsibility of the director of admission and advisement at WTC and the Nurse Department Head of the practical nursing program. Acceptance to the practical nursing program is a two-part process based on a first qualified, first admitted basis. Requirements for the preliminary acceptance to the practical nursing program are as follows:

Part One:

      See General Criteria for Admission

Part Two: Practical Nursing Program Matriculation

  1. Attend a mandatory orientation. If the student does not attend mandatory orientation he or she will forfeit their seat.
  2. Submit a physical examination form certifying acceptable physical and mental fitness to enter the program.
  3. Submit copy of current CPR certified of completion, health care providers, Infant, child adult, 1-2 man rescue, AED training and Heimlich maneuver, BLS for health care provider from American Heart Association.
  4. Submit criminal background check application. Participating healthcare facilities will determine if a student is eligible for entry into their respective facility. If a student is determined to be ineligible for clinical placement at any one facility, then that student is dismissed from the practical nursing program. Additional acceptance/technical standards include students who are able to independently engage in educational activities and clinical training activities in a manner that will not endanger clients/patients/residents, other students, staff members, themselves or the public.
  5. Proof of (12) panel drug screen completed and documented by WTC.


Academic Progression in the Nursing Program

In order to progress in the nursing program, the student must:

  • Earn a minimum grade of C in all general education and nursing courses;
  • Receive satisfactory ratings in clinical evaluations;
  • Submit evidence of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): American Heart Association BLS for HealthCare Provider
  • Be covered by professional liability insurance (included in tuition/fees);
  • Submit a completed Physical Examination form at program matriculation, including documentation of required immunizations; Titers and Vaccines
  • Meet all program and course requirements according to the student handbook.


A student earning less than a “C” in a nursing or general education course will not be allowed to advance to the next sequential course and is required to withdraw from the practical nursing program with eligibility for readmission. A student earning less than a “C” in a second nursing or general education course will be dismissed from the program with eligibility of admission after a five-year period.


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