Application Deadline

Applications for the Nursing  program are currently being accepted. The application deadline for initial consideration is February 15 of each year, however late applicants may apply for consideration after this date should there be space available.

General Application Information

Please review the MECC College Catalog and the application process information related to Nursing  Track 3 carefully prior to submitting your application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements and pre-requisites are met. The Nursing  Program is a limited enrollment program that accepts a maximum of 20 students per year in the Nursing Track 3: Part-time Evening/Weekend Curriculum.

To be considered for admission, applicants are responsible for requesting and submitting the following to Enrollment Services:

  • MECC standard application for admission (if you are not an active student or have not applied to MECC)
  • Information Change Form (complete and submit if your name, mailing address or phone number has changed)
  • Nursing  Track 3: Part-time Evening Weekend application for admission
  • State recognized High School, Home School or GED Transcript
  • ATI TEAS Individual Performance Profile transcript verifying National Percentile Rank Score of 45 or above
  • Official college transcripts (excluding MECC and other VCCS colleges, if applicable)


Admission Requirements

Admission to the nursing program is a selective process. The program is open to applicants who are free of any physical or mental condition which might adversely affect performance as a member of the nursing profession. In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • State recognized high school, home school or GED transcript
  • College students must be in good standing with the most recently attended institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Demonstrated competency in science as evidenced by completion of high school biology (with laboratory) or high school chemistry (with laboratory) or the college equivalents or completion of BIO 141 and BIO 142 with no grade below a “C” prior to application deadline.
  • Demonstrated competency in mathematics as evidenced by placement out of MTE 1-5 on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) or completion of MDE 10. Placement is determined by means and measures identified in the Multiple Measures Placement Policy. For those who do not meet this requirement, all prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  • Demonstrated competency in English as evidenced by placement into ENG 111. Placement is determined by means and measures identified in the Multiple Measures Placement Policy. For those who do not meet this requirement, all prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  • Completion of Nursing Program Application for each academic year interested in being considered for the nursing program.
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a National Percentile Rank score of 45 or above.
  • Applicants to Nursing  Track 3: Part-time Evening Weekend Plan must complete 22 credits of general education courses prior to admission to the program: BIO 141, BIO 142, BIO 150, ENG 111, SDV 100, PSY 230 and ITE 119.


Applicants who meet the requirements listed above will be ranked for admission using the TEAS National Percentile Rank.

A 2.5 curricular grade point average (GPA) for the following six general education courses: BIO 141, ENG 111, SDV 100, PSY 230 NUR 135 and LBR 105 (or ITE 119) is required for the nursing program. These courses must be completed prior to enrollment in any nursing (NSG) courses.

Students must not have been enrolled in the first semester of the nursing program (NUR or NSG courses) more than one time. After two attempts in NUR/NSG courses, students are ineligible for admission consideration unless permission is obtained from the nursing program coordinator.

Selection of the Cohort

Applicants who meet the eight admission requirements listed above will be ranked for admission according to their TEAS National Percentile rank. A cohort of up to 20 students and a numbered alternate list will be determined. Individuals may be moved from the alternate list into the nursing program, as space allows. If the college is unable to contact the next qualified student on the alternate list by phone, or if the student is unable to immediately commit to accept, the student will be removed from the alternate list and the next qualified student on the list will be contacted with the offer. A student declining an offer to move from the alternate list into the nursing program will no longer retain alternate list status. The alternate list will be maintained through the first week of August for the fall semester.

Students who have not completed the required 22 credits of general education courses (including the six courses used to calculate the curricular GPA) may be awarded conditional acceptance pending completion of all academic requirements. Confirmed acceptance into the program will not be considered until the courses are completed and grades have been posted.

All applicants should receive written and electronic notification of acceptance status after April 1. If the applicant’s acceptance of an admission offer is not returned by the stated deadline, the offer will be withdrawn without notice. Letters will be sent via USPS mail and VCCS email. The College is not responsible for undeliverable mail. Appeals of an Admission Committee decision must be made in writing to the nursing program coordinator and may be referred to the Admission Committee.

Applicants are solely responsible for determining which requirements have not been met and scheduling their classes in a manner that best prepares them for the admission process. Applicants are also responsible for ensuring that the college has their correct address and telephone number. After February 15, the college reserves the right to decline additional applications for the nursing program for the upcoming academic year. The college also reserves the right to extend any deadlines and to selectively include any additional group of students in the admission testing process without further notice.

TEAS Testing Guidelines

TEAS Test scores must be attached to the nursing program application upon electronic submission.

TEAS tests may be taken an unlimited number of times. It is recommended that students wait at least 7 days between each retake in order to adequately review and prepare for the next testing opportunity. Students may choose to submit previous TEAS scores provided that they are within the last 5 years and meet the minimum acceptable score. You are encouraged to schedule your test early in the open application period in order to have time to study and retest if you should so choose. According to the policies of the VATNP and the Virginia Community College System, a student must have a minimum curricular grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a National Percentile Rank (composite score) of 45 or better on the nursing entrance test to be eligible for admissions into a nursing program in any one of the community college nursing programs in Virginia. Please review this sample ATI TEAS Individual Performance Profile transcript that shows where to find your National Percentile Rank score. Click here for sample ATI transcript . 

To help you prepare for the TEAS test, study materials are available from:

We strongly encourage you to use these study resources to prepare for the test.

TEAS Registration

TEAS registration is a two-step process.

  1. To register and schedule a TEAS testing date and time at MECC, go to and click on the TEAS Registration Form link. After completing this form, you will receive an Outlook calendar invitation within 48 hours. Various testing dates and times have been set up throughout the application period. DO NOT MISS OR BE LATE TO YOUR SCHEDULED TESTING APPOINTMENT.  
  2. Visit the ATI Nursing Education website at Click the “Create an Account” link and fill in the blanks. Record your user name and password in a safe place and have this login information ready for the test day. When creating your new account at the ATI website please note: from the “Institution” drop down, choose Mountain Empire TEAS RN/LPN.

If the Testing Center or MECC is closed due to unforeseeable circumstances on the date of the scheduled test, the testing session will be rescheduled.

TEAS Administration and Payment

The cost of the TEAS test is $65.00 (pricing subject to change without notice). You will pay that fee to ATI by credit or debit card when you report to the MECC Testing Center for your scheduled appointment. 

To be admitted for testing at the MECC Testing Center, you must present

  • Method of payment (credit or debit card)
  • Your ATI user name and password
  • Your MECC Student ID or driver’s license

The test will be administered by computer in the Testing Center located in Student Services in Holton Hall and will take a maximum of approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete. You will be able to view your results as soon as you have completed the test. You may log into your ATI account at any time to access and print your ATI TEAS Individual Performance Profile transcript.

Please note the following:

  • DO NOT bring cell phones, pagers, food, drink, children, electronic devices, calculators, or scratch paper to the testing center.

Special Notes

Background checks for criminal history are required for entrance into clinical agencies and final admission/enrollment into the nursing program. Clinical agencies also require drug testing of students for clinical rotations. Final admission/enrollment to the nursing program and enrollment in any NUR course is contingent upon successful completion of the background check and drug screen.

The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny license to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Most healthcare organizations are prohibited from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain criminal acts (For a list of crimes under this category refer to BARRIER CRIMES, Code of Virginia 63.2-1726 at ). Students with convictions or positive drug tests may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not be able to complete the program requirements.

Qualifications for Registered Nurse licensure have been established by the Virginia Department of Health Professions and the Virginia Board of Nursing, and can be found at Upon successful completion of the nursing program, the student should apply to graduate from MECC and will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

Residency Requirements

Although we welcome applications from residents of other jurisdictions, first priority will be given to all qualified applicants who are domiciled residents of Lee, Wise, Scott, and Dickenson Counties and the City of Norton, and to Virginia domiciled residents not having access to a given program at their local community college, provided such students apply for admission to the program prior to registration or by a deadline established by the college and that they meet the minimum admission requirements. A domiciled resident is one who has been a permanent resident in the locality or state for the twelve months before the program application deadline. In addition, residents of localities with which the college has clinical-site affiliation may receive equal consideration for admission. If you have a question regarding your jurisdiction status, please contact Enrollment Services immediately upon applying to the program.

Core Performance Standards* for Admission to and Progression though the Nursing Program

In addition to the nursing program’s admission requirements, the nursing program sets forth eligibility requirements by citing the core performance standards. The standards set forth cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor performance requirements for every nursing student. Each core performance standard is accompanied by examples of activities nursing students and nurses are required to perform while executing nursing care. Students must be able to demonstrate satisfactory application of these core performance standards in classroom, clinical and laboratory settings, with or without reasonable accommodations, during the course of the nursing program.

Performance Standard 
Critical Thinking  Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment and delivery of safe client care  Identify cause and effect relationships in clinical situations; evaluate effectiveness of nursing interventions; use the scientific method in the development of nursing interventions; prioritize nursing tasks and solve problems 
Quantitative Literacy  Quantitative literacy sufficient for clinical judgment and delivery of safe client care  Ability to take measurements; perform arithmetic and numerical operations (such as is necessary for calculating medication dosages and rates); read and record graphical displays of scientific and real-time physiologic data 
Professional Relationships   Interpersonal and emotional skills sufficient for professional interactions with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds  Establish rapport with clients and colleagues; ability to engage in conflict resolution, demonstrate peer accountability; adapt to changing environments/stressors; perform multiple responsibilities concurrently; establish therapeutic boundaries 
Communication  Ability for professional interactions with others in verbal, non-verbal and written form  Explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret nursing actions and client responses; ability to interpret common non-verbal expressions indicating pain, discomfort, anxiety and other behavioral states 
Mobility/Endurance  Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces; ability to execute movements required to provide care and treatment to clients in all health settings including functioning in emergency situations  Move around in client rooms, work spaces and treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation; walk and/or stand for prolonged periods during a 12 hour shift 
Motor Skills  Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care  Ability to bend, squat, kneel, climb stairs, push, pull, reach for extended periods and assist in lifting, transferring, ambulating and positioning clients of all age groups and weights; calibrate and use equipment such as IV pumps; manipulate small equipment and containers such as syringes, vials and medication packages 
Hearing  Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs  Ability to hear alarms and other emergency signals, normal speaking level sounds, cries for help and auscultatory sounds on assessment  
Visual   Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in client care  Ability to observe client’s condition and responses to treatments; ability to discern colors and changes in color shading; ability to read handwritten and printed data such as orders, medication labels, calibrations on syringes; ability to read chart content and interpret data correctly by clearly viewing monitors  
Tactile Sense  Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment  Ability to sufficiently perform physical assessments including palpation, pulses, changes in skin temperature and anatomical appearance 

*Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing 

Student Accommodations Statement

The nursing program is committed to the policies set forth by the Virginia Community College System regarding disabilities and reasonable accommodations. If you require special services or

accommodations, you should visit the Disability Services web page and contact the Disability Services Counselor for an appointment at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of nursing classes. Your success is contingent upon your ability to fulfill the core performance standards of the program with or without reasonable accommodations.

If, after reviewing the MECC Catalog and this application process, you have further questions regarding admission to the nursing program, you may contact your assigned Nursing (RN) program advisor.

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

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