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Transition Criteria

Transition Criteria

Associate in Applied Science
Major in Nursing – ADN Program
LPN to RN Transition Program

Criteria for Admission:

  1. Admitted to WTC through the Admissions Department
  2. Have a valid active Nursing License for the State of South Carolina
  3. Applicants should have completed the TEAS Nursing Entrance Exam with an adjusted score of 65 or better. The TEAS examination fee is the student’s responsibility.
  4. Official transcripts must be submitted to Student Services’ Cheryl Dubose, 843.355.4165.  This includes GED, High School and all colleges/universities attended.  WTC will consider credit from other regionally accredited institutions for transfer.  Credit from institutions not regionally accredited may require additional supporting documentation.  It is the student’s responsibility to be sure WTC has received all official transcripts by the deadline.
  5. Must complete Nursing Admission Application.
  6. Applicants must pay a non-refundable $50.00 to hold the student’s spot.  This must be paid BEFORE the mandatory orientation.  If it is not paid, the student forfeits his/her nursing seat.
  7. It is recommended for students to have completed all 9 General Education courses successfully with a “C” or better: BIO 210, BIO 211, and BIO 225 (within 5 years of admission), ENG 101, ENG 102, MAT 110 or MAT 120, PSY 201, SPC 205, and ART 101 or MUS 101 (within 10 years of admission); to be considered a transition student.
  8. Applicant’s general education courses GPA must be a 3.0 or higher to be considered for the ADN Program.
  9. Applicants should have completed the Accuplacer Placement Test within 2 years.
  10. Applicants with these SAT Scores or better taken with two years may be considered for enrollment; Verbal – 470 and Math – 460.  Applicants with an ACT Composite Score of 19 or better, taken within two years may be considered for enorollment.


If the applicant does not meet the basic criteria, the applicant will not be considered for admission to the program.


IMPORTANT: Students who have two attempts (withdrawal or dismissal) in the ADN Nursing Program are NOT eligible for readmission for five years after last attempt.


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 Associate in Applied Science, LPN to RN Transition 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 ADN program must take the TEAS test any time after August of the year you intend to enter and make an adjusted score of 65 or above to qualify for admission in the next academic year for the ADN Program.
  • Successful completion of the TEAS does not guarantee admission to the WTC ADN program.


Acceptance Requirements:

Placement into the ADN 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 ADN program is a responsibility of the director of admission and advisement at WTC and the Nurse Department Head of the ADN program. Acceptance to the ADN program is a two-part process based on a first qualified, first admitted basis. Requirements for the preliminary acceptance to the ADN program are as follows:

Part One:

      See General Criteria for Admission

Part Two: ADN 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 health record indicating the applicant’s ability to perform the physical tasks required for the ADN program along with proper vaccines, titers, and immunizations.
  3. Submit copy of current CPR certified of completion.  Students must be certified in CPR to participate in clinical activities.  Instructors must obtain evidence of certification from all students at the beginning of each clinical course.  This certification must include adult/infant/child CPR, 1-2 man rescue, AED training and Heimlich maneuver, BLS for health care provider from American Heart Association.  Students will not be able to participate in clinical activities until this requirement is met.
  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 ADN 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:

  1. Earn a minimum grade of C in all general education and nursing courses;
  2. Receive satisfactory ratings in clinical evaluations;
  3. Submit evidence of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): American Heart Association BLS for HealthCare Provider
  4. Be covered by professional liability insurance (included in tuition/fees);
  5. Submit a completed Physical Examination form at program matriculation, including documentation of required immunizations; Titers and Vaccines
  6. 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 ADN 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.