Nursing Programs

The Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Successful completion of the program allows the individual to apply to take the NCLEX-RN. The State Board of Nursing may, however, deny licensure based on criminal background screening.

Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

The Associate Degree Nursing is offered in four different options. Students must select a specific program at the time of application. The program options include:

General Information

** Latecomers will not be admitted **

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Licensing Exam

Individuals who successfully complete the three semester diploma Practical Nurse (PN) Program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensing Exam-PN). This exam must be passed in order to practice as a Practical Nurse. Individuals who successfully complete the five semesters of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program are eligible to apply to take NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Exam-RN). This exam must be passed in order to practice as a registered nurse.  The LPN who enters the Associate Degree Nursing Program with advanced standing must successfully complete NUR 214, NUR 211, NUR 212, and NUR 213 to be eligible to apply to take NCLEX-RN. This exam must be passed in order to practice as a registered nurse.

The individual wishing to take NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN must submit a registration form to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing as well as an application for licensure to the appropriate State Board of Nursing. Individuals must submit a criminal background check prior to testing for North Carolina licensure.

The nursing programs at GTCC are approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The Web Site address for the North Carolina Board of Nursing is

Nursing Assistant II Listing

Successful completion of NUR 102 of the Practical Nursing program or NUR 112 of the Associate Degree Nursing Program allows the individual to apply for listing as a nurse aide II with the North Carolina Board of Nursing ( In order to be listed as a nurse aide II, the individual must have a current nurse aide I listing in good standing with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry (

Course Schedules

Once a student has been accepted into a nursing program, the student will be assigned a schedule each semester and should register themselves accordingly. Students must be flexible with course scheduling; individual requests cannot be accommodated. This process is necessary in order to accommodate clinical unit availability and general education courses that are required per semester.

Nursing students gain experience at a number of different clinical sites. Students may be assigned a day, evening, or weekend clinical assignment. Students should be aware that clinical experiences will last from 6 to 12 hours per day. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical experiences. Students are expected to follow the policies and procedures of each facility to which they are assigned.

There are situations in which class/lab/or clinic must be rescheduled for a variety of unforeseen circumstances. Efforts will be made by the faculty to notify students of these changes in a timely manner.

How to Succeed

  2. Prepare BEFORE coming to class, lab, and clinic using the resources listed on your syllabus and/or Moodle. Preparation might include reading assignments, reviewing videos/powerpoint presentations, online activities, etc.
  3. When reading or studying, STOP and REFLECT periodically. Summarize important concepts in your own words. Re-read the assignment if you need the repetition.
  4. Allow ample time to study each week.  For EACH HOUR in class, AT LEAST THREE hours outside of class is usually needed.  Cramming before an exam is not beneficial.
  5. Right after class, take the time to review notes or reflect on the learning activities of that class.  Refer to your resources as needed.  Write down questions to ask the instructor.
  6. Consider joining a study group. Study groups work because they provide an opportunity to consider various views on the same content/concept area being studied.
  7. When studying for an exam, review content thoroughly. Practice writing test questions for yourself and/or your study group. An NCLEX review book can be helpful as well.

Student Medical Form/CPR

  1. Acceptance into the nursing program is contingent upon completion of a Student Medical form and CPR certification.
  2. The Student Medical form and the CPR documentation must be completed and submitted to the nursing department chair or coordinator by the deadline date provided in the acceptance letter. CPR certification must be American Heart Association health care provider level CPR.
  3. Please check that the Student Medical form is complete BEFORE submission and make a copy to keep for yourself.
  4. The department chair or coordinator will review the Student Medical form and CPR documentation and notify you of any deficiencies.
  5. Students are responsible for maintaining current TB testing, immunizations, and CPR certification in order to attend the clinic component of each nursing course. Students who are negligent in this area will not be allowed to attend clinic and will be marked absent until the information is provided.

Criminal Background Check/Drug Screen

Health facilities that serve as student rotation sites have enacted requirements that ensure that students and faculty who enter their facilities meet the same qualifications as any potential hires.  GTCC requires Criminal Background Checks (CBC), Office of the Inspector General Reviews (OIG), and Drug Testing of students in such curriculum programs as have clinical or internship placements at health facilities where these screenings are required.  Accordingly, completion of the CBC, OIG Review, and submission of a negative Twelve Panel Urine Drug Screen report from a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) approved laboratory is required by GTCC prior to the first assignment/student experience at any requiring health facility partner.


  1. Once accepted to a program of study, the student will receive written instructions that define the screenings and detail how to complete the above requirements.
  2. The process will be carried out with a company selected by the college after review for the most cost effective customer service.
  3. Results are verified and sent directly by the company to the contact person at the clinical facility for review no less than 10 days prior to the scheduled arrival of the student.
  4. The clinical facility will notify the program department chair of the student(s) with any findings that would preclude the assignment of the student in their setting.
  5. The department chair will confirm the manner of the review with the facility to ensure that no error was made.  The department chair will at no time be privy to the actual summary of results for the CBC, OIG Review, or Drug Screen.
  6. If a criminal charge or conviction occurs while the student is enrolled and is assigned to requiring agency, the student will be immediately removed from the placement until a review is conducted. The final decision will rest with the clinical agency as to any possibility of reinstatement at the site.
  7. Should a student be barred from completing clinical assignments with partnering agencies, GTCC will not be able to ensure the completion of program requirements and graduation competencies.
  8. Inability of a student to complete program requirements and graduation competencies will result in suspension from the Health program.
  9. Any student suspended from a Health Program can avail themselves of the standard GTCC processes for appeal, grievance, and/or readmission.

How to access the online version of the Nursing Applicant Information Session

Directions on how to self-enroll in the session: Log into Moodle.

If you do not have a log-in for moodle, you can access the public site at this link:

Once you log into Moodle, you should see your courses listed on the first page. Scroll down this page to the bottom and you should see a text box labeled “Search Courses”. In the text box, type “Nursing Applicant”. Click the enrollment key icon to enter the course. The enrollment key for the course is “nursing”. Enter the key and click “Enroll me in this course”.

Information Session Schedule

Date Time Campus
01.10.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building / Room 120
02.07.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building / Room 120
03.07.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building / Room 120
04.11.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building / Room 120
05.16.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building / Room 120
06.13.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building / Room 120
07.11.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building / Room 120
08.15.2018 3:00 PM Jamestown, Applied Tech Building/ Room 120

In an event you are unable to attend a face to face Nursing Information Session, an online option is available to you. You are required to review the online video in it’s entirety and complete a Nursing Information quiz with a score of 100%. Instructions are listed below:

If you have already submitted an application to GTCC, please log into the Moodle server at, find the text field at the bottom of the page “Search Courses” enter “Nursing Information Session” and then enter. Select the name of the course to enter.

If you have not submitted an application to GTCC, please access our Moodle server at, use the option on the right-hand side and  “create an Account”.

Print and bring admission criteria to the information session

*PN-RN Bridge and NCP-RIBN applicants are NOT required to attend an information session.*

Please note Nursing Information Sessions are being held in different locations throughout the year due to schedule availability.

No appointment needed