Nursing Program Steps to Admission | Thomas Nelson Community College

Nursing Program Steps to Admission

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in Nursing is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level registered nurses. Students who successfully complete program requirements and attain licensure as registered nurses are prepared to enter the workforce as members of the healthcare team in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and mental health facilities. While designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the workforce, the program is articulated with select four-year institutions to benefit those seeking baccalaureate-level study in the field.

Accreditation: The program is fully approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing. The program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (

The Thomas Nelson Community College Nursing Department currently offers admission options to qualified students at both the Hampton and Historic Triangle Campus.  Admission to the nursing program is a separate process from general admission to the College and requires a separate application.

Steps to Admission

Step 1: Apply to the College and Submit Official Transcripts

The application for admission to the college is available on the Thomas Nelson website and must be submitted electronically. Official high school transcripts, GED certificates, official college transcripts must be sent to the Enrollment Services Office. To request transcript evaluation, please complete and submit the online request form on the Thomas Nelson website.

Step 2: Take College Placement Tests

As determined by placement on these tests, satisfactorily complete all required developmental courses prior to application.

Step 3: Complete the Nursing Program Prerequisite Requirements

  • High School Chemistry: One year required with a final course grade of “C” or higher OR satisfactory completion of CHM 1, CHM 101, CHM 111 or any higher level CHM course
  • High School Algebra: One year required with a final course grade of “C” or higher OR satisfactory completion of Math Modules 1-5 or any higher level MTH course

In addition to the high school prerequisites, the following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before application:

  • BIO 141    Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • ENG 111     College Composition I
  • SDV 100    College Success Skills
  • PSY 230     Developmental Psychology
  • HLT 230     Principles of Nutrition and Human Development

Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.500 or higher at the time of application to the program. Only these course grades are used to calculate the prerequisite GPA.

Important Note to All Transfer Students: No transfer credit shall be given for courses with grades lower than “C”. Grades earned in the transfer courses will be included in the prerequisite GPA.

Step 4: Attend a Nursing Program Information Session and Obtain Two Reference Forms

All applicants are required to attend a nursing program information session no more than one year prior to application. Students must present their certificate of attendance as well as two nursing application reference forms at the time of application.

Step 5: Send a Notice of Intent to Apply

Email you intent to apply to Enrollment Services at during the application period only. The email must be sent from your Thomas Nelson email address. Include your name and student ID number. You will receive an email from Enrollment Services regarding your eligibility to apply.

Campus Application Period Program Start
Hampton Feb. 1st – Mar. 31st Fall (August)
Historic Triangle Sept. 1st – Sept. 30th Spring (January)

Note: The LPN to RN Articulation Program is not offered in the 2018-2019 academic year. LPNs are encouraged to apply in either of the above application periods.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following:

  • Successful complete of the nursing program prerequisites
  • Prerequisite GPA of 2.500 or above
  • Official high school transcripts or GED and any other official college transcripts on file and evaluated by Enrollment Services
  • Certificate of Attendance from a nursing program information session (good for one year)
  • Completed reference forms

Step 6: Apply to the Nursing Program

After receipt of an eligibility notification, meet with an Enrollment Services representative in Griffin Hall, Room 208 at the Hampton Campus or Room 117 at the Historic Triangle Campus to complete a nursing application. The Certificate of Attendance and two letters of reference must be included with your application.

Step 7: Complete Pre-Admission Testing

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) is required for admission and will be scheduled when application is submitted. The ATI TEAS test must be taken at Thomas Nelson and the scores are good for one year. The cost of the ATI TEAS must be paid by the student with a credit or debit card at the time of testing. Photo identification is required to test. A minimum score of 45% for the Percentile Rank across all ADN programs must be achieved for application to be considered. Review materials and practice tests are available for purchase at


All students who apply to the nursing program will be notified of their admission status by mail. Students applying to the Hampton Campus will be notified by May 1st. Students applying to the Historic Triangle Campus will be notified by November 1st. There are two types of acceptance: conditional and alternate.

Conditional Acceptance

In order to comply with clinical agency requirements, the Thomas Nelson Nursing Program mandates the following admission requirements:

  • Attendance at a mandatory orientation session.
  • Pre-entrance medical examination with required laboratory tests and immunization records.  If the medical exam indicates a finding which would prohibit a student from attending clinical, the student cannot successfully meet the course requirements and will not be able to continue in the nursing program.
  • Validation of successful completion of the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider CPR course.  Students are responsible for the cost of the CPR course.
  • Criminal background check and drug testing. If the criminal background check or drug screen indicates a finding which prohibits a student from attending a clinical agency, the student cannot successfully meet the course requirements and will not be able to continue in the nursing program. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and drug testing.

In addition, clinical agencies may implement criminal background checks or random urinary drug screenings. Nursing students, if selected by the agency, may be included in this testing. These policies are the procedures of the clinical agencies, not the college.

Alternate Status

Alternates have met the admission requirements but the number of applications that were received exceeded the number of students that could be accepted.  Normally, the nursing program has students who decline admission, and attrition occurs.  Should seats become available, students with alternate status may then be offered conditional acceptance.

Financial Requirements

In addition to college tuition, fees, and course textbooks, the Nursing program has additional costs for which students will be responsible. Costs may include but are not limited to criminal background check and drug screen, medical examination, immunization/titers, CPR certification, uniforms, instruments and supplies, transportation to and from clinical sites, testing resources, and certification and licensure fees. Contact the Health Professions advising office for additional information.