Admission Requirements

Admission to the College does NOT mean admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.

In addition to requirements for general admission to the College, there are other requirements that must be met before you can be considered for admission into the nursing program. An advisor will help you determine if you have met these requirements or what you need to do to meet these requirements.

1. Graduation from high school or GED

Students must have either graduated from high school or have completed their GED. High school seniors may apply for admission to the program and may be admitted pending their graduation.

2. High School Courses

In order to be admitted to the nursing program, high school students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  If you have completed 10 or more college credits, your college grades will be considered rather than your high school grades. There are also three courses that you will need to have completed with at least a “C”. These courses may be taken either in high school or at DSLCC.




BIO 20*


MTE Units 1-6


NAS 05

*The requirement for BIO 20 may be waived if the applicant has successfully completed BIO 141 or BIO 142 prior to admission to the nursing program.

3. Transcripts

You must provide transcripts from your high school and from any other colleges that you have attended. You will need to contact these schools and ask that an official copy of your transcript be sent to the DSLCC Nursing Office. The address is:
Nursing Office
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
1000 Dabney Drive
P. O. Box 1000
Clifton Forge, VA 24422-1000

4. Admission to the College

You must be admitted to DSLCC before you can be considered for admission to the nursing program. ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM.

5. Placement Test Scores

You will need to take placement testing to determine your skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics. If remedial work is required, it must be completed before you will be considered for admission to the nursing program.



Compass Reading Test

78 or higher

Compass Writing Test

78 or higher

SAT Critical Reading Score **

500 or higher

SAT Writing Score**

500 or higher

SAT Mathematics Score **

520 or higher

ACT Mathematics Score **

22 or higher

ACT Reading Score **

20 or higher

ACT English Score **

21 or higher

VPT (Math) Test **

Must pass Units 1-6

VPT (English) Test**

Must be eligible for ENG 111

** These scores may NOT be more than two (2) years old

6. Grade Point Average (GPA)

Nursing candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 before being considered for admission to the Nursing Program.

7. Nursing Entrance Exam

Upon completion of all academic placement testing and remedial requirements, the nursing entrance exam (ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills [TEAS]) must be passed successfully before admission is considered. The calendar year for the TEAS test is May 1-April 30. To be considered for fall admission to the Nursing Program, the TEAS test must be completed by April 30. Call the nursing office (540-863-2838) for TEAS test registration information.

8. Nursing Application Form

You will need to complete a nursing application form. This form is also available in the nursing department. The application and all accompanying materials must be turned into the Nursing Department by May 15 to be considered for fall admission. (Unsuccessful applicants who wish to be reconsidered for admission at a later date must re-apply.)

9. Information Session with the Nursing Program Head

You will be contacted by the Nursing Department to schedule an interview only if additional information is needed. Accepted applicants will be required to attend an orientation session. Failure to attend the orientation will result in forfeiture of your position in the program.

10. Admission Ranking

Nursing candidates must achieve a National Percentile Rank of 45 or greater in each of the following TEAS test categories; Reading, Mathematics, Science, English and Grammar Usage. If the minimum score (45) is not obtained in one or more categories, subsequent test scores (maximum of 3 tests) may be used to replace sub-standard scores. Nursing candidates are ranked for admission based on  overall National Percentile Rank (a 45 or greater must have been obtained in each TEAS test category, as emphasized above). For Nursing candidates with equal TEAS overall test scores, highest cumulative GPA will then be used.

11. Health Form, Drug Screen, and Background Check

Those offered admission to the Nursing Program will need to complete a health form. It will include immunization requirements. A drug screen and background check will be required after the nursing orientation (students will receive instructions on completing these requirements during nursing orientation). The PPD (TB test) and drug screen is required yearly. The drug screen may also be required randomly. The health form, drug screen, and background check must be completed and on file in the Nursing Office by August 1. Failure to submit and/or pass the drug test will result in denial of admission to and/or dismissal from the Associate's Degree in Nursing Program.

12. Resuscitation (CPR)

Current CPR certification inclusive of adult, child, and infant CPR, as well as adult and child AED training, must be on file in the Nursing Office by August 1.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR FALL ADMISSION IS MAY 15. All application materials must be received by this date. The Nursing Entrance Exam (TEAS test) must be taken by April 30.