Application Deadline

Applications for the practical nursing program are currently being accepted.

  • Fall semester application deadline is June 15

  • Spring semester application deadline is October 15

General Application Information

Please review the application process document carefully prior to submitting this application. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and submitted as directed. Thirty students will be accepted each semester. Applicants will be notified of status for admission during the month following application deadline.  Incomplete Practical Nursing program applications will not be considered for admission.

To be considered for admission, applicants must complete the Practical Nursing program online application attach the following:

  • State accredited high school transcript, home school transcript, or GED transcript.
  • TEAS test results.
  • For High school graduates/GED recipients with less than twelve (12) transferable college credits completed, the cumulative high school GPA will be used. The GPA for GED recipients will be computed based on the total GED score.
  • Applicants are solely responsible for completing and/or submitting the following items:
    • MECC application for admission to the college
    • MECC Practical Nursing Program Application 
    • It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application file is complete and all supporting documents have been received in Enrollment Services.

Special Note

The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3008 of the Code of Virginia. Any student entering the Practical Nursing program who has committed any legal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the Program Director of the Practical Nursing program prior to application.

Admission Criteria

  • Readiness for MTH 133 (minimum testing scores of MTE 1-3 or MDE 10) or completion of MTH 133 (C or better course grade)
  • Readiness for ENG 111 or completion of ENG 111 (C or better course grade)
  • All developmental course work must be completed prior to program admission.
  • Biology with a lab (high school or college) with a “C” or betterApplied biology and/or ecology does not satisfy this requirement. BIO 1, PNE 155, BIO 101 or BIO 102, BIO 141 or BIO 142, BIO 145, and NAS 171 will meet the admission requirements. This biology pre-requisite will also be considered met if the applicant has completes the curricular A & P requirements with a grade of “C” or better (ie, both BIO 141 and 142 or PNE 155 or BIO 145.

  • Cumulative GPA will be calculated at 40% into the overall scoring rubric. GED recipients will be ranked according to their general equivalent diploma scores. The most current grade recorded for coursework will be used in admission consideration.
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) entrance testing: Applicants must complete all sections of the TEAS test. The individualized adjusted score will be calculated at 25% into the overall grading rubric for admission.
    • Applicants must complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
    • TEAS scores must be attached to the application and submitted to Enrollment Services.
    • Scheduling a TEAS examination: Go to and click on the TEAS registration form link. Complete this form to register for a date and time to take the TEAS assessment. After you submit the form, you will receive an Outlook Calendar invitation within 48 hours.
    • Testing fee: $65.00. (price for testing subject to change).
    • Paying for TEAS testing: Fees for TEAS testing must be paid by credit card, debit card, or prepaid card in the Student Services Testing Center in Holton Hall. Please bring one of these methods of payment with you on the day of your test. Student Services staff will assist you in getting your test started.
    • Students can choose to submit previous completed TEAS testing scores. Testing scores must be completed and dated within the last two (2) years.
  • Please visit our MECC Wampler Library for study guides to use to best prepare to take the TEAS.   Other resources and practice tests, some free, may be found online by using the search terms such as “TEAS Study Guides” or “Free Online TEAS Practice Tests”.
  • General Education Course Requirements. These are the required general education program courses that will be used to give points on the admission grading rubric. Students may receive credit for up to 14 credits for completed non-nursing coursework. These courses will be calculated into the overall scoring rubric at 35%. Courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C:” or higher for admission points values. Courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C:” or higher for admission points values. Students are highly encouraged to complete this coursework prior to submission of application.
    • ENG 111- 3 credits
    • MTH 133- 3 credits
    • HLT 130- 1 credit
    • PSY 230 – 3 credits
    • BIO 141 and 142- 8 credits (recommended for those students planning for LPN to RN bridge)
    • PNE 155 – 3 credits
    • BIO 145 – 4 credits
    • SAF 130 – 1 credit

Other admission point availability:

Certified nurse aides with a minimum of 1,000 hours and 6 months’ work experience wishing to receive credit for work experience upload the following documents with their online program application:

  • A copy of their board certification 
  • Letter from Human Resources verifying length of work experience (1,000 hours or 6 months minimum), area of experience, and contact information.

All documentation will be verified by the Program Director.

Selection of Cohort

Applicants, submitting applications on time, will be admitted by highest to lowest scores. Applications received after the deadline may be considered: 1) if the cohort is not filled or 2) when current enrollment grades are posted.

Applicants must have a minimum scoring rubric total of 54 to be considered for admission.

Scoring Rubric

Criteria Weight Calculation Score
Cumulative GPA (high school or college) 40% GPA:______X 10 ______
General education courses completed 35% Grade points earned ____/up to 12 x 35 ______
TEAS testing (individual adjusted score) 25% TEAS score _____/0.25 ______

Possible bonus points:
Certified nurse aide and work experience

+10 points  +10 points ______
    Scoring rubric total: ______

Residency Requirements

Applicants who have lived permanently in the following jurisdictions for twelve months prior to application deadlines  will receive priority consideration for admission as long as they meet the minimum admission requirements:

  • Virginia: Lee, Wise, Scott, and Dickenson Counties, and the City of Norton
  • Tennessee: Sullivan, Hancock, and Hawkins Counties
  • Kentucky: Letcher, Harlan, and Pike Counties

Residents from all other jurisdictions will not be admitted unless space remains available after these have been admitted. Although we welcome admission applications from students from other jurisdictions, based on recent experience, it is unlikely that students from a jurisdiction other than the locations listed above will gain admission to the program.

If you have a question regarding your jurisdiction status, please contact Enrollment Services at 276.523.7474 immediately upon applying to the program.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) is an open entry institution. Its mission is to provide quality higher education and workforce training programs and services that are financially and geographically accessible and meet individual, business, and community needs. The following pathways exist:

  • Allied Health 
  • Arts & Music
  • Business
  • College Transfer
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Health Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Safety
  • Technology

MECC is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

Harassment of an individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission has no place in a learning or work environment and is prohibited. Sexual violence has no place in a learning or work environment. Further, MECC shall work to eliminate violence in all its forms. Physical contact by designated system, college, and university staff members may be appropriate if necessary to avoid physical harm to persons or property.

Lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.  In order to eliminate barriers, we take appropriate measures to assess each student’s ability to participate and benefit through placement testing and counseling.  Based on the assessment and counseling, students are then provided with campus services or a referral to community services to be better prepared for successful participation.

Nondiscrimination Coordinators:

  • Title IX Coordinator – Ron Vicars, Room 136, Godwin Hall, 276-523-7478
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Students) – Lelia Bradshaw, Room 133, Holton Hall, 276-523-9107
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Employees) – Val Lee, Room 138, Godwin Hall, 276-523-9079
  • Disabilities Coordinator – Dale Lee, Room 131, Holton Hall, 276-523-9108

This information is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities. Consumers with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us via their preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.

* The information contained above is subject to change. Questions about the application should be directed to Lena Whisenhunt, Program Director, 276-523-9022. 

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