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SCC Offers Additional Admissions Deadline for Nursing Program to Help Mitigate Labor Shortage


The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services projects a shortage of 12,500 Registered Nurses (RNs) and 5,000 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) over the course of the next decade, a downward trend also projected nationwide.

Surry Community College is working to help mitigate this shortage by offering a second application period for the Fall 2024 cohort of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Programs.

In addition to offering the final deadline, SCC is increasing the number of students admitted to the nursing programs with the hope of offering seats to all qualified applications for the Fall 2024 semester.

Prospective students wishing to take advantage of this opportunity must have their applications submitted by Monday, April 15, 2024. To be admitted to the program, students must meet all prerequisite course criteria and pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS test, which will be offered April 24, 25, and 26, 2024 at SCC. The TEAS test is a standardized exam used by nursing programs to assess student readiness for nursing school.

Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Surry Community College Dean of Health Sciences, says, “Local hospitals and health care services are the foundational backbone of our local economy. Not only do nurses provide care for local families, they bolster our local workforce. Offering an additional application period will increase opportunities for students to enter Surry Community’s Nursing Program and help alleviate the local shortage of nurses.”

SCC nursing students have many educational pathways. They can choose to complete the three-semester Practical Nursing program or the two-year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. SCC also offers opportunities for students to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing through the RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) program which is a partnership with Western Carolina University offered on the Dobson campus of SCC.

If you are interested in applying to SCC’s Associate Degree Nursing or RIBN program for Fall 2024, please contact Leona Childress, SCC Coordinator of Special Admissions, at or 336-386-3358, in addition to contacting Carol Roberts, Instructional Assistant for Health Sciences, at to complete the Intent to Apply form. If you have questions about SCC’s nursing program in general, feel free to contact Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Dean of Health Sciences, at or (336) 386-3368. More information is available on

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