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Transition Criteria

Transition Criteria

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

Semester Hours Required for Graduation: 68

The Associate in Applied Science Degree with a Major in Nursing (ADN) is designed to prepare individuals to meet all requirements of South Carolina State Board of Nursing for successful NCLEX-RN testing and licensure and to perform all duties within the scope of practice for the Registered Nurse (RN). You must have a valid active nursing license for the state of South Carolina. 


The LPN-RN Transition program will prepare the nursing student for the trials of the innovative health care system. The didactic portion will provide the student instruction on nursing theories and models, which will also be partnered with skills lab/simulation lab and clinical experiences at the different area health care facilities that will confirm that the nursing student will be competent when entering the nursing field.


Criteria for Admission:

  1. Admitted to WTC through the Admissions Department
  2. Official transcripts must be submitted to Student Affairs at (843-355-4169). 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.
  3. The student must be at least 17 years of age by August 1 of the year of
  4. It is recommended that the student complete all nine General Education courses successfully with a “C” or better: BIO 210, BIO 211, and BIO 225 (within 7 years of admission), ENG 101, ENG 102, and MAT 110 or MAT 120 (within 10 years of admission), PSY 201, SPC 205, ART 101 or MUS 105 (within 10 years of admission).
  5. Applicant’s general education courses GPA must be a 3.0 or higher to be considered for the LPN-RN Transition Program.
  6. Applicants should have completed the Next Generation ACCUPLACER Placement Test within 2 years.
  7. Applicants with these SAT Scores or better taken with two years may be considered for enrollment; Reading/English – 480 and Math –480. Applicants who took the ACT within 5 years minimum score Reading 19, English 18 and Math 20.
  8. 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 and is non-refundable.
  9. Must complete Nursing Admission application.
  10. Applicants must pay a non-refundable $125.00 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.
  11. If accepted into the program, you must attend the mandatory nursing orientation.

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 ADN Program at WTC.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Information:

  • Register early as seating is limited on a first-come, first served Tests last from 8 a.m.-12 noon.
  • Applicants for the TEAS must be admitted to the College through Student Affairs PRIOR TO applying for the Call Student Affairs at 843.355.4165 for WTC admission information.
  • The completed examination application form and $90, 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 No exceptions will be made.
  • Please provide accurate contact information on the 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
  • Applicants MUST arrive at the test site no later than 7:50 on the test 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
  • The test is administered on a computer and will take at least 3-4 hours to
  • No electronic equipment (calculators, cell phones, pagers, PDAs, computers, ) or other materials will be allowed in the room. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in expulsion from the test site.
  • 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
  • Successful completion of the TEAS does not guarantee admission to the WTC ADN
  • WTC will accept TEAS scores from other schools through ATI.

Students can take the TEAS test as many times as needed while we are testing for TEAS.

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 Dean of Health Sciences 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 nursing 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 and titers.
  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 clinical site.  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 (12-16) panel drug screen completed. 
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

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.