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Summer Smith


Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major


I chose to apply to UNCP's Pre-licensure Nursing Program because I heard so many great things about it. One thing in particular that I heard about was the pre-licensure program's outstanding passing rate. The alumni of UNCP have expressed some positive things about the program and those are the things that I took into consideration when I applied. 

During my time at UNCP, there have been many experiences during our clinical rotations and simulation labs that have left an impacting effect on how I view patient care. The moment that made the biggest impact on my view of nursing was during our labor and delivery clinical rotation.  I had the chance to experience the bond between a family after child birth. After this clinical experience, I knew I had found exactly where I was meant to be. Throughout the time I have spent in this program, I learned how important it is to give the best safe and quality patient care when working as a nurse. 

Nursing Application

Notice: The application for 2017 has closed.  For the next admission cycle, please review the timeline

The online application is only for students pursuing the Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  Students who want to apply for the RN-BSN, RIBN, or the MSN program have different applications that must be used.

In order to be admitted to the Upper Division Pre-licensure Program, students must:

  • Have completed the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS™) between January 1st and October 31 in the year prior to admission to the Upper Division and submitted their test score to the department.
  • Have a minimum cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of no less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the following mathematics and science courses: MAT 1050 or higher, BIO 2110, BIO 2120, BIO 3150, CHM 1300, CHM 1310, CHM 1100, and CHM 1110 (or equivalents).
  • Have completed all General Education course requirements and prerequisite courses for the nursing major by the end of the spring semester immediately preceeding the start of nursing courses.  Accepted students to the Upper Divison may not complete prerequisite courses over the summer.
  • Have earned a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all General Education course requirements and prerequisite courses for the nursing major.

Acceptance into the Upper Division can only be be given to students who have been fully admitted to the university as degree-seeking students.

The application will take approximately 25-45 minutes to complete.  Students will have the opportunity to upload supplemental files at the end of the online application process.  Supplemental files may include copies of related licenses or certifications (such as LPN or CNA), proof of previous medical experience, a letter from the director of a previous nursing program that the student was enrolled in, documentation regarding a conviction, or any information that the student feels is relevant for the Admissions Committee.  It is suggested that students gather electronic versions of any supplemental documents before beginning the application. 

The application is expected to open in December 2017. The due date for the application is 5:00 pm on February 15th, 2018. 

TEAS Information

ATI TEAS® Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ATI TEAS®?
Which version of the ATI TEAS® should I take?
How can I prepare for the ATI TEAS®?
How do I register for the ATI TEAS®?
How do I send my TEAS® scores to UNCP's Department of Nursing?
How are the results of the ATI TEAS® used?
Can I take the ATI TEAS® more than one time?
When should I take the ATI TEAS®?

What is the ATI TEAS®?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®), a product of Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI), is a proctored multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage.  The reading portion comprises 31% of the exam and tests: key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas.  The mathematics portion comprises 22% of the exam and tests: numbers, algebra, measurement, and data.  The sciences portion comprises 31% of the exam and tests: human anatomy and physiology, life and physical sciences, and scientific reasoning.  The English language and usage portion comprises 16% of the exam and tests: conventions of standard English, knowledge of language, and vocabulary acquisition.

Which version of the ATI TEAS® should I take?
Students should take the ATI TEAS® for Nursing Students and not the ATI TEAS® for Allied Health Students.

How can I prepare for the ATI TEAS®?
ATI provides TEAS® study preparation materials and practice online exams. These products can be purchased at the http://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS/study-guide.aspx. If assistance is needed with product ordering, contact ATI toll-free at (800) 667-7531. We strongly encourage applicants to review this information in preparation for the TEAS® exam.

How do I register for the ATI TEAS®?
Students may watch the video above for instructions on registering for the TEAS® at PSI.  Students taking the exam at a community college should contact that school for instructions.

How do I send my TEAS® scores to UNCP's Department of Nursing?
During the registration process, you will be asked to select a school to receive your score report.  You should choose "UNC Pembroke" to ensure the department receives your score.  You may also login to your ATI account, click on "My Results", and print a copy of the TEAS report.  Bring this report to the Department of Nursing.

How are the results of the ATI TEAS® used?
You must achieve a minimum ATI Academic Preparedness Level of Proficient in order to receive an application for the pre-licensure BSN program.  If you achieve a level of proficient or higher, the TEAS® score will be used as another indicator for acceptance into the nursing program, along with your collegiate grade point average in all pre-requisite math/science coursework, overall collegiate grade point average in all required pre-requisite general education coursework, and previous experiences in health care.

Can I take the ATI TEAS® more than one time?
Our policy is for students to take the exam a maximum of two times in a 12-month period.  There must be at least 30 days between attempts.  If you elect to retake the exam in an attempt to improve your score, an alternate version must be taken.  ATI makes available two versions of the exam, referred to as "Schedule A" and "Schedule B".  For example, if "Schedule A" was previously taken, the repeat exam will need to be "Schedule B".

When should I take the ATI TEAS®?
The Department of Nursing requires that you take the TEAS® exam between January 1 and October 31 prior to the year of admission and, if possible, while enrolled in the pre-requisite math/science courses. All TEAS® exam scores are due to the Department of Nursing by October 31. Scores for the TEAS®  received after this date will not be valid and means your application is not complete; therefore, you will not be considered for the nursing program during the current application cycle.

Faculty in Action

Students in Action

2018 Admission Timeline

The application process for admission into the program for 2017 has passed.

For students applying for entry into the Prelicensure BSN Program, the next admission cycle is for the cohort beginning in Summer Session II in 2018.  Below are important dates to remember:

October 31, 2017 - Applicants must submit their TEAS® score report to the Department of Nursing by this date.  Information regarding the TEAS® examination is available on the right sidebar.  Scores must be dated between January 1, 2017 and October 31, 2017 and the student must score "Proficient" or higher.

Fall 2017 - Students interested in transferring from another institution should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Programs within the Department of Nursing to ensure they will meet the requirements and so an application for the Upper Division Nursing Program can be sent to the student when made available. Transfer students should apply to UNC-Pembroke for entry in Spring 2018 in order to take NUR 2020.  This is a required pre-requisite course only offered through UNC-Pembroke. 

December 2017 - Applications will be made available for individuals who meet the admission requirements.  All applicants who have not taken NUR 2020 must complete the course during the Spring 2018 semester. 

February 15, 2018 - Applications must be submitted to the Department of Nursing.

March 15, 2018 - Decision letters will be mailed to students who submitted an application by the deadline listed on the application.

May 2018 - Accepted students must have completed all pre-requisite courses with a C or higher by the end of the spring semester.

Summer Session II 2018 - Nursing courses begin.


Rebecca Cash


Alumni Class Year


Alumni Degree


Rebecca Cash graduated with the first MSN class from UNC-Pembroke in May 2015.  She moved to Vinton, VA at the end of the summer.  She started working at the Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Virginia as the first implemented Clinical Nurse Leader, working on a Medical/Surgical/Tele unit.  She passed the Clinical Nurse Leader certification in December.  She has started implementing projects on the unit to improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction.  She is enjoying the new job and will be getting married in 2016. 


LaToria Davis


Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major


The reason I chose UNCP’s nursing department is because of the reputation they uphold.  Compared to other nursing programs, UNCP has one of the highest passing rates for NCCLEX and the professors have a reputation throughout the community for caring for their students and providing education and knowledge that we are able to utilize throughout our nursing practice.

My most enjoyable experience in the program is actually going out into the clinical sites, working with clients, and providing client centered education while utilizing evidence based practice research.  Knowing that you have provided your client with essential education that can improve their lifestyle to enhance their quality of life.  

Jennifer W. Twaddell, PhD, MSN, RN


Faculty Title

Director of Graduate Programs and RIBN Collaborative Coordinator

Faculty Department


Educational Background: 

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Master of Science in Nursing Education from Duke University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Radford University


Classes Taught:

Introduction to Professional Nursing

Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

 Family Nursing I

Family Nursing II

Advanced Nursing Concepts in Theory and Practice

Classroom Teaching and Integration of Technology

Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education


Scholarship Activities:

Project Director for the SouthCentral RIBN Collaborative



University Graduate Council

University Conduct Grievance Panel

Department Testing Committee, Chair

Department Committee on Graduate Studies, Chair


Professional Activities: 

Cape Fear Valley Health System Board of Trustee

Steward of Children Facilitator


What do you enjoy about teaching at UNCP?

I enjoy the diverse student population. 


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