Health Sciences Student
Before you begin your application for Surry Community College, follow these four Health Sciences specific admissions steps. Once complete, click Next Step at the bottom of the page to continue.
Minimum Application Requirements
A student’s admission to the Health Science programs is based upon a comparison of grades and entrance test ranking with other applications. Admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program will also be based on a personal interview, essay, and completion of clinical observation hours.
- For Nursing Applicants, meet or exceed the benchmark score (“Proficient”) on the ATI TEAS.
- For PTA Applicants, meet or exceed the benchmark score on the ATI TEAS for Allied Health Test.
- Complete the Admissions Procedure (next page)
- Have and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in all post-secondary courses taken in the last 3 years. If high school students have no post-secondary courses they must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their high school courses.
- For PTA and ADN applicants who have not taken BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I, Biology and Chemistry must have been completed in either high school or college with a passing grade. Students must have achieved at least a “C” in all required curriculum courses with no more than three attempts. BIO 168 & BIO 169 completion must have been within the last five years. (LPN-ADN students are exempt from this requirement.)
- For PTA applicants, a minimum of 20 observation/volunteer hours in a physical therapy clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed PT or PTA must be completed. These hours must be documented and validated by the signature of the supervising PT or PTA.
- LPN-to-ADN applicants must have an unrestricted practical nursing license in North Carolina or one of the compact states.
Medical Assisting Program
Admission in the Medical Assisting program requires the above, excluding an entrance test, along with the following:
- Students who have taken MED prefix courses that are older than five years from the date of acceptance into the Medical Assisting program will be required to take an entrance exam given by the Medical Assisting Program Director. The student must score an "85" or better (7 point scale) on the exam in order for the courses to be acceptable for the Medical Assisting program.
- Students must present a valid CPR certification through the American Heart Association (Health Care Provider) and maintain their certification to the end of their respective program.
Fall ADN students, who take the admission test in February, must turn in all application materials by February 15. Students who take the admissions test in May must turn in all materials by May 15.
Spring PN and LPN-ADN students, who take the admission test in June, must turn in all application materials by June 15. Students who take the admissions test in September must turn in all materials by September 15.
Summer LPN-ADN students, who take the admission test in December, must turn in all application materials by November 15. Students who take the admissions test in March must turn in all materials by February 15.
Fall PTA students must turn in all materials by May 31.
Fall Medical Assisting students must turn in all materials by February 15 for early admission, and by June 30 for final admission.
Complete the TEAS Test
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used in the Nursing program's admissions to measure comprehension and skills in Math, Reading, Science and English. Surry Community College requires ATI TEAS to be completed. The ATI TEAS for Allied Health is used in the Physical Therapy Assistant program's admissions to measure comprehension and skills in Math, Reading, Science and English. Surry Community College requires ATI TEAS for Allied Health to be completed. Students are only eligible to take the test once every 3 months. Taking earlier versions of the test and at different locations will be counted in the frequency of testing, but no other versions or scores will be accepted. TEAS scores will remain valid for one year.
Surry requires students to take a different version of the test every 3 months; therefore, students are encouraged that all testing be completed at Surry. Students can take the test at any location and have the official transcripts from Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI) be sent to Surry, Attn: Associate Dean of Health Sciences.
This test is offered by the college in February and May for fall ADN and PTA candidates, June and September for spring PNE and LPN-ADN candidates, and December and March for summer LPN-ADN candidates. Students who wish to take the test should contact the Health Sciences Administrative Assistant in H-314. Students must pre-register in-person for the TEAS. Cost of the ATI TEAS test is $55.00 and cost of the ATI TEAS for Allied Health test is $55.00. Fee for the TEAS test is due at the time of registration. Study guides and online practice tests may be purchased at ATI Testing and the study guides will be titled Study Guide for TEAS VI.
Students taking the test on the computer will receive their score at the conclusion of the test and will know if they met the benchmark score required for qualification as a possible candidate for admission. The numeric score for “Proficient” fluctuates as the test is revised by ATI. Once the TEAS has been completed, the Associate Dean of Health Sciences will provide Student Services with a list of students who have met the benchmark score on the TEAS. An audit of each student’s file will be conducted to ensure all criteria for admission have been met.
Admission into the Health Science programs is contingent upon completion of the following items by the dates requested in the Nursing, PTA, or Medical Assisting Applicant Information Session.
- Completed medical form with test results and the most recent dates of immunizations/proof of immunity, including a positive Hepatitis B titer, or a signed waiver; positive varicella (Chicken Pox) titer or proof of 2 varicella vaccines (history of having chicken pox is not acceptable proof of immunity); positive MMR titer or proof of 2 MMR vaccines; a T-DAP vaccine within the last 5 years; and 2-step TB screening within the last 12 months. If TB screening is positive a chest x-ray within the last 2 years confirming absence of active TB must be presented. If a chest x-ray is required, annual screening questionnaire must be completed thereafter. Medical forms must be completed and submitted to the vendor contracted by the nursing department by the deadlines specified. Arrangements must be made by the student to have influenza vaccines each fall when they become available as these are highly recommended (or in most instances mandatory) by the clinical facilities.
- Evidence of appropriate health and/or accident insurance (or can be purchased through school). Not required for Medical Assisting students.
- Malpractice insurance is included in tuition and fees for nursing students. Insurance for PTA must be paid by designated date.
Program Specific Requirements
The ADN, PNE, and LPN-ADN programs require the above along with the following:
- Valid documentation of current Nurse Aide I certification and any other current related certifications, licenses, etc. (LPN-ADN students are exempt from this requirement.) Student transcripts will be evaluated to ensure the student successfully completed a state approved program for Nursing Assistant I training (Curriculum or Continuing Education Courses will suffice for this requirement); challenging the certification examination will not stand as qualification. Nurse Aide I certification must be valid by the first day of the semester that the student enters nursing classes for admission to occur. The Department of Nursing will verify certification from the NCNAR website.
- Valid CPR certification through American Heart Association (Health Care Provider) that is valid by the first clinical day, and maintained through the end of their respective program.
- Documentation of one year of clinical experience as an LPN with direct patient care in a health care agency within the last three years or LPN licensure and graduation from a PNE program within 1 year. (Required for LPN-to-ADN students only).
- Courses that must be completed by LPN-ADN applicants to be considered for admission include: ACA 111, BIO 168, BIO 169, COM 231, ENG 111, PSY 150, & PSY 241. (Required for LPN-to-ADN students only).
There are two opportunities to be considered for program admission each fall into the ADN and Medical Assisting programs. For ADN students, an early admission process for students who meet all criteria and take the TEAS by the February cutoff date, and a final admission process for students who meet all criteria and take the TEAS by the May cutoff date. For Medical Assisting students, an early admission process for students who meet all criteria by the February cutoff date, and a final admission process for students who meet all criteria by the June cutoff date. Students are chosen from each group. There is one opportunity to be considered for program admission each fall into the PTA program for students who meet all criteria and take the TEAS by the May cutoff date.
Each fall those student applicants who have the highest rank on their grades earned in BIO-168, BIO-169, ENG-111, ENG-112, ENG-113 or 114 and MAT-152 (current High School students in top 15% of class receive ten points) and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) will be admitted into the ADN program. Medical Assisting student applicants will be ranked based on their GPA and grades earned in ENG-111, PSY-118 or PSY-150, BIO-163 and MED-121 (current high school students in the top 15% of class will receive 10 points).
For LPN and spring LPN-to-ADN, an early admission process for students who meet all criteria and take the TEAS by the June cutoff date, and a final admission process for students who meet all criteria and take the TEAS by the September cutoff date. For summer LPN-to-ADN, an early admission process for students who meet all criteria and take the TEAS by the November cutoff date, and a final admission process for students who meet all criteria and take the TEAS by the February cutoff date. Student applicants who have the highest rank in BIO-163, ENG-111, PSY-150 (high school students in the top 15% of class) will be admitted into the LPN program. Student applicants who have the highest rank in BIO-168, BIO-169, ENG-111, ENG-112 or ENG-114, and MAT-152 will be admitted into the LPN-ADN program.
Physical Therapist Assistant
In Phase I of the admission process students will be ranked based on their GPA, grades earned in BIO-168, BIO-169, ENG-111, PSY-150, PHY-110 & PHY-110A, work experience in the physical therapy field or currently licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist, bachelor's degree in an allied health related field, which includes exercise physiology, athletic training, orthotics, prosthetics, COTA, respiratory therapy, speech language pathology, etc. (Personal trainers, CNA, etc. are not included among "Allied Health"), associate degree in science, completion of Sports Medicine Technology I course or Sports Medicine Technology I & II courses, and the score on the ATI TEAS for Allied Health.
In the admissions process, the top applicants will be selected to continue to Phase II of the selection process for admission into the PTA program. Applicants will be interviewed and required to write an essay for Phase II of the application process. Applicants who successfully complete Phase II are ranked according to their performance in phases I and II.
Early admission for the Fall ADN and Medical Assisting programs will be offered in late April with final admission offered by late June. Admission into the Fall PTA program will be offered in late June. Early admission for the Spring LPN-ADN and PN programs will be offered in late July with final admissions offered by late October. Early admission for the Summer LPN-ADN program will be offered in late February with final admissions offered by late April. Students can expect to receive decisions regarding admission by mail.
Acceptance cards and orientation information will be included in the acceptance packets. Students must immediately return acceptance forms in order to maintain their admitted status. Final admission status is contingent upon completion of the required items by the dates requested.