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Nursing Admissions FAQ’s

Thank you for your interest in Salem Community College’s (SCC) Nursing program! Please review this list of frequently asked questions to assist you with the application process for SCC’s Practical Nursing Certificate (PN) or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs. Please note, this information is applicable to the 2021-2022 cohort (start date June 2021). Requirements may change each year.

NOTE: The deadline for consideration to the 2021-2022 Nursing program has now passed. Information for the 2022-2023 program will become available in Summer 2021. Please note that any information found on this website currently is for the 2021-2022 program. Admissions criteria varies each year, so please revisit the website when the new materials are posted.

If you are interested in enrolling in courses at SCC prior to the next Nursing cohort starting June 2022, please complete our free admissions application at www.salemcc.edu/apply and select "Health Science" as your desired major. This will allow you to enroll in general education courses prior to applying for the Nursing program. If you have any questions, please contact admissions@salemcc.edu.

How do I apply to SCC’s Nursing program?

Admission to the Nursing program is a two-step process. You must first complete the general admissions process to be accepted as a Health Science student at SCC. This is a required step in order to apply to either the Practical Nursing (PN) or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs. Then, you must prepare a Nursing Portfolio and submit it by the designated deadline. More details can be found in the Nursing Admissions Booklets, which are located in the left-hand menu at www.salemcc.edu/nursing. Please also view our Nursing Admissions Tutorial videos.


Why do I need to request two copies of my high school and college transcripts?

Admission to the Nursing program is a two-step process and therefore requires two sets of official transcripts. One set of transcripts is received and evaluated by the Admissions Department to determine your college-level placement and eligible transfer credits in order to be admitted to SCC as a Health Science student. The second set is required in your Nursing Portfolio as the Nursing Department uses official transcripts in determining an applicant's score on the Nursing Rubric.


What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

There is not a minimum GPA required to be admitted into the program. Acceptance to the Nursing program is determined by a point-based rubric which you can locate at www.salemcc.edu/nursing.


What are the pre-requisites to apply for the Nursing program?

General education courses are embedded into the Nursing program, and therefore do not need to be completed prior to applying. However, completion of certain courses (ENG101, ENG102, BIO220 and/or BIO221) prior to submitting your Nursing Portfolio will add extra points to your rubric score (rubric can be found at www.salemcc.edu/nursing). Students applying to either the LPN or ADN program must meet pre-requisites to enroll in BIO220 and ENG101 at time of acceptance into the program. More details can be found in the Nursing Admissions Booklets, which are located in the left-hand menu at www.salemcc.edu/nursing. After you have been accepted for General Admissions into the Health Science program, you can meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss courses that you may want to enroll in prior to applying for the Nursing program.


Do I need to be an LPN to apply to your program?

SCC offers two Nursing programs. The first is the Practical Nursing certificate program, which is for students who do not hold an active LPN license. Completion of this program prepares you to sit for your NCLEX-PN licensure examination. The second is the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program which is our LPN to RN program. Students must hold an active LPN license in order to be considered for admission into this program. Completion of the ADN program prepares you to sit for your NCLEX-RN licensure examination.


I am a current LPN, do I need to take the ATI TEAS?

Yes, the ATI TEAS is required in order to apply for both the LPN and ADN programs. More details including minimum required scores can be found in the Nursing Admissions Booklets, which are located in the left-hand menu at www.salemcc.edu/nursing.


I am a current LPN, do I need to take BIO150 (Fundamentals of A&P)?

No, current LPN’s do not need to take BIO150. You can enroll directly into BIO220 (A&P I).


What is the time limit for science courses?

Nursing applicants have a five (5) year time limit for Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II. If Anatomy & Physiology I and/or Anatomy & Physiology II was completed at Salem Community College or a regionally accredited institution prior to 2016, applicants can meet the five (5) year time limit by enrolling in the courses again, opting to take in-house testing, or completing Excelsior College Examinations (see Nursing Admissions Booklets for more details). Please note: Microbiology does NOT have a time limit.


How much does the nursing program cost?

Please review the Cost Sheets located in the left-hand menu at www.salemcc.edu/nursing. Note, if you transfer in or complete any of the general education courses listed on the cost sheet prior to enrolling in the Nursing program your cost may be reduced.


How can I learn more about the Nursing program and the selective admissions process?

The best way to learn more about the Nursing program is to join us for a Nursing Information Session. Dates and registration can be found at www.salemcc.edu/nursinginfo. You should also review the Nursing Admissions Booklets which are located in the left-hand menu at www.salemcc.edu/nursing.


Can I use my ATI TEAS test scores from another institution?

Yes, ATI TEAS test scores are valid for two calendar years. You must pay to have an official ATI test score transcript sent to Salem Community College in order for it to be considered with your Nursing Portfolio.


Can I retake the ATI TEAS?

The TEAS may be taken up to 3 times per calendar year. Test dates must be at least 45 days apart.


How do I register for the ATI TEAS?

You can locate additional information about the ATI TEAS including SCC’s scheduled test dates at www.salemcc.edu/admissions/placement-testing/teas. You must register for your test at www.atitesting.com.


What TEAS score is needed for acceptance into the program?

The minimum TEAS total, reading and math score for PN applicants is 50%. The minimum total score for ADN applicants is 60%. The minimum reading and math scores for ADN students is 50%.


What is the difference between the Accuplacer and the ATI TEAS?

The Accuplacer is a placement test for English and math used for general admissions. You may or may not need to take the Accuplacer depending your previous high school and college coursework. Admissions will assist you with determining if you need to complete the Accuplacer. The ATI TEAS is designed to specifically measure academic preparedness of nursing and allied health candidates. All students applying to the PN or ADN program at SCC must take the ATI TEAS as a requirement for their Nursing Portfolio.


What is the deadline to apply for the Nursing program?

The deadline to submit your Nursing Portfolio in order to be considered for the 2021- 2022 Nursing program is March 12, 2021. More details can be found in the Nursing Admissions Booklets, which are located in the left-hand menu at www.salemcc.edu/nursing.


How many students are accepted into the program?

There were 62 PN and 47 ADN students offered admission for the 2020 Academic year. SCC is committed to serving Salem County and surrounding areas. As a result of anticipated increased need for healthcare professionals and the increased interest in the SCC nursing programs, SCC nursing programs anticipate an increase in enrollment for the 2021 academic year.


Will my credits from another college transfer?

SCC does accept transfer credits from other institutions. Once you submit all of your transcripts to SCC for general admissions to the Health Science program, the Registrar will complete a personalized transfer credit evaluation for you to determine which credits from your previous college(s) will transfer. Generally speaking, courses may be transferrable if they were completed at an institution that is regionally accredited, you received a grade of “C” or higher, and the course content is essentially equivalent to the to a similar course at SCC that is applicable to your program of study. Additional details about transfer credits can be found in the College Catalog. Note, A&P courses have a 5-year time limit and all courses for the Nursing program must have a grade of C+ or higher.


When does the Nursing program begin? How long is the program?

Students are admitted into the Nursing program once per year, with courses beginning in June of each year. The Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs are each one-year long (June-May). You can locate the curriculum for each program in the Nursing Admissions Booklets and College Catalog.


Is SCC's Nursing program accredited?

Yes, the Practical Nursing program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Salem Community College is accredited by the Middles States Commission on Higher Education.


What if I complete high school and/or college coursework in another country?

Transcripts from countries outside the United States must be translated into English and evaluated before they can be included in the Nursing Portfolio. Applicants must request a general evaluation of their high school transcript and a course-by-course evaluation of their college transcript(s) by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at www.naces.org.


What needs to be included in my Nursing Portfolio?

Please review the Portfolio Checklist and Nursing Admissions Booklet, which is located in the left-hand menu at www.salemcc.edu/nursing, for detailed information on the Nursing Portfolio requirements. It is also highly recommended that you attend a Nursing Information Session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions. You can register to attend a session at www.salemcc.edu/nursinginfo.


How do submit my Nursing Portfolio?

Due to COVID-19, portfolios for the 2021-2022 Nursing Program can either be dropped off on-campus in our Public Safety Office (Tillis Hall Room 112) or mailed to:
Salem Community College
Admissions Office
Nursing – PN or ADN
460 Hollywood Avenue
Carneys Point, NJ 08069

Please note, mailed packets must be received (not postmarked) by the deadline. Portfolios postmarked by but received after the deadline will NOT be considered.



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Nursing Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Salem Community College located in Carney’s Point, N.J. is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000 The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm