Associate Degree Nursing Advanced Placement Admissions

Important Note:

This criteria is for the Spring 2024 semester and is subject to change prior to the next application period.

Associate Degree Nursing-Advanced Placement Option Spring 2024 Application Criteria

Application Period: September 5, 2023, to November 3, 2023

You must have an Unrestricted LPN license in North Carolina to apply.

Thank you for your interest in the Associate Degree Nursing Advanced Placement Option at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Please read this information thoroughly. We want to make sure you have the best possible chance of being selected by completing all processes and submitting all necessary application documents completely, correctly, and by the deadline. Please email if you have questions about enrolling at A-B Tech or email if you have questions about applying for the Nursing program.

You must be a high school graduate or have an Adult High School or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma to be eligible to enter any Selective Program and have self-certified this requirement on your A-B Tech College application.

The Application Period

We will begin accepting applications on September 5, 2023, for the Associate Degree Nursing Advanced Placement Option. All deadlines and requirements in this document must be met to be eligible to apply.

Please note: Alternates may be accepted after the application deadline of November 3, 2023, if deemed necessary to fill the class. Notification of this will be posted on the Selective and Limited Programs Application Period Information page after the application deadline.

Minimum Score Requirement For ATI TEAS Exam

Applicants will be required to score a minimum composite/total adjusted TEAS score of 68.

How To Apply

  1. Complete and submit the standard A-B Tech Application. (This is NOT an application to a Selective Program. The application to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be done separately after you meet with a Student Advisor and are approved as eligible to apply.)
  2. Applicants must certify on their college application that they are a high school graduate from a valid institution, an adult high school graduate from a valid institution, or have a valid HSE diploma. High school graduation or the equivalent from a regionally accredited, valid institution is generally required for Financial Aid purposes. You must have this high school equivalency by the first day of classes for the Spring 2024 term start date to enter the Selective Program.
  3. Applicants must complete New Student Orientation prior to meeting with a Student Advisor to complete the Verification/Selection Form. Waivers may apply.
  4. Eligible applicants must document college readiness in English and Math. Visit Placement Overview for detailed information or contact a Student Advisor located in the Bailey building at A-B Tech Asheville Campus to learn about the acceptable options. Documentation of college placement must be completed or on file by November 3, 2023.
  5. A current, unrestricted license to practice as an LPN in the state of North Carolina is a prerequisite to apply (verification through the NC Board of Nursing).
  6. Complete and have official documentation of successful completion of all general education courses required in the generic Associate Degree Nursing program before November 3, 2023. These courses include BIO-168, BIO-169, BIO-175, ENG-111, ENG-112, PSY-150, PSY-241, and PHI-240. (A grade of “C” or higher must have been earned in NUR and BIO courses).
  7. Once you meet the minimum application requirements, you will be given permission and instructions to schedule the ATI TEAS exam by a Student Advisor. You must complete this step and the Verification/Selection form by November 3, 2023. You must schedule and take the ATI TEAS exam by November 10, 2023, to be considered an applicant.

Important Application Information

To be eligible for admission to the Spring 2024 class, all qualified ADN Advanced Placement applicants will be required to take the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. The ATI TEAS exam may only be completed at a location within the United States of America per ATI guidelines.

The ATI TEAS exam will be paid for by the applicant at the time of online registration on the ATI website. Information on the ATI TEAS exam and associated costs can be found at ATI Testing. Applicants should NOT schedule the ATI TEAS until after meeting with a Student Advisor and being approved as eligible to apply.

The ATI TEAS composite (total adjusted) score will be used to rank applicants for the ADN Advanced Placement program and a minimum score of 68 is required to be considered for the program. You may use your ATI TEAS composite score from a previous test session if the score is five years or newer. Students may use scores already on file with the college if they are 5 years old or newer. Individuals may submit a TEAS score in lieu of testing during the application period. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up to ensure scores are received.

Applicants may select only one of the following:

  1. Testing during the application period at the Testing Center at A-B Tech Asheville Campus on Victoria Road in Asheville, NC.
  2. Testing at an approved testing facility in another location.
  3. Use an existing score already on file at the College provided the score is five years or newer.
  4. Request to submit only one score from a testing session prior to the application period at another testing facility. If multiple test scores are received on a single report (regardless of the reason for or source of the error), the earliest composite score will be used.

Please Note: Test scores will not be accepted, and applicants may not schedule the ATI TEAS until after an applicant has completed the Verification/Selection Form with a Student Advisor.

If an applicant does not follow through and take the ATI TEAS exam, they are disqualified from moving forward in the admission process.

Applicants in need of testing accommodations should contact Support Services at (828) 398-7581 or at least three weeks prior to testing.

Important: Students who submit TEAS exam scores taken at another testing facility other than A-B Tech must ensure scores are received by 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2023. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with the Testing Center and confirm scores were received prior to the deadline of November 10, 2023.

Admission To The Program Once Minimum Requirements Have Been Met

  1. Applicants will be ranked based on the applicant’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) composite score. A minimum composite/total adjusted TEAS score of 68 is required.
  2. Applicants will be notified of admission status: Accepted, Waitlisted, or Did Not Meet the Minimum TEAS Score of 68.
  3. Licensed Practical Nurses who are enrolled in the ADN Advanced Placement Option will receive credit for NUR-111, NUR-112, NUR-114, and NUR-117. Licensed Practical Nurses in the ADN Advanced Placement option must complete and have official documentation of successful completion of all general education courses required in the generic Associate Degree Nursing program before November 3, 2023. These courses include BIO-168, BIO-169, BIO-175, ENG-111, ENG-112, PSY-150, PSY-241, and PHI-240. (A grade of “C” or higher must have been earned in NUR and BIO courses.)
  4. All accepted and wait-listed students must attend the program orientation session held by the Nursing department. Program orientation details will be provided by the department. Failure to attend the program orientation will result in the loss of a seat in the class.
  5. Final admission to the ADN Advanced Placement Option shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence that is indicative of the applicant's ability to provide safe nursing care to the public, satisfactory completion of required immunizations, and current CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification. Immunizations and CPR must remain current while enrolled in the program.

Notice to non-U.S. Citizens

A-B Tech welcomes non-citizens with work authorization through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to our Selective Programs. Clinical site eligibility is determined by the sites themselves and can be impacted by immigration status. Non-citizens should discuss their non-citizenship status with their Selective program advisor as soon as they are accepted so that accommodations can be made for non-citizens.

Please note: Non-citizens who are eligible for the Selective Programs may not be eligible for certain clinical sites. Successful completion of clinical rotations is required for program completion. If a student drops the program after being denied clinical site privileges due to non-U.S. Citizen status, the college refund policy will apply. Non-citizens are encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing/certifying agency to determine if they are eligible for licensure /certification upon graduation – decisions regarding licensure/certification are solely the responsibility of the licensing/certifying agency.

Questions regarding program admission for non-citizens may be made to

Other Important Information – Read Carefully

Any School of Nursing student deemed to have violated the College Student Code of Conduct may not be eligible for application or re-admission to the School of Nursing or Allied health programs.

Certain immunizations are required by the clinical agencies to participate in clinical.

Please note: COVID-19 vaccination requirements are based on clinical affiliate requirements and are subject to change.

Criminal background checks and drug screenings will be required by clinical sites for students entering the Selective Program. These screenings will be conducted at the student’s expense by a professional and independent vendor. Failure to achieve acceptable standards for these screenings will result in the denial of clinical privileges. Successful completion of clinical is required for program completion. The college refund policy applies if a student drops the program after being denied clinical site privileges.

Applicants should be aware that the North Carolina State Board of Nursing requires criminal background checks including fingerprints for all applicants for initial licensure and may deny licensure to individuals convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. The NC Board of Nursing does not become involved in reviewing the applicant’s conviction record until such time as the application is made to take the national examination.

Applicants for Selective Programs must demonstrate the ability to meet certain technical standards critical to the successful completion of the program. These standards include skills and abilities essential for such things as the operation of equipment; evaluation and manipulation of patients; evaluation of microscopic components and color reactions; and communication with patients, families, and other medical personnel. For an explanation of specific physical and cognitive requirements for the nursing program, refer to the Program Technical Standards. For further clarification, contact the Nursing Department chair at (828) 398-7264.

If you are not selected for the ADN Advanced Placement program beginning in Spring 2024 and wish to apply for the Spring 2025 class, you must re-apply.

All documents that you submit with your application for the nursing program must be true, correct, and complete. Falsification of documentation may result in denial of admission or dismissal after admission.

Admission criteria are reviewed each year and are subject to change from year to year.

School of Nursing students will be required to complete clinical rotations which may require them to travel more than one hour from campus. Clinical rotations may be conducted during weekend and/or evening hours. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

We appreciate your interest in A-B Tech and the ADN Advanced Placement Option.


Student Preparation And Testing Resources Available

College Placement

Test resources are available from:

SAT or ACT study guides, which are available at various libraries and bookstores, are also good resources for testing preparation.


Test resources and online registration and payment are available at the following website:

Study guides are available for review in the Locke Library, A-B Tech Madison, and the Goodwill Workforce Training Center sites. Study guides may also be purchased online from the test vendor ATI at the online store link or the A-B Tech Bookstore. Online practice assessments are also available on the vendor's website.

TEAS prep courses can be taken at A-B Tech through Continuing Education. For available courses, visit Continuing Education Online Registration.

Additional Preparation Resources

  • March2Success provides free personal assessments and preparation tools for the college placement test and the ATI TEAS exam.

For career assessments and exploration, visit FOCUS 2. Email or call (828) 398-7581 for an individual appointment.

Updated October 18, 2023