The fall semester is approaching fast at Piedmont Community College (PCC). As the staff and faculty prepare for the new school year, students hoping to join the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program, must also start preparations to take their next step forward.

There are only four opportunities remaining for Nursing hopefuls to take the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Test (KNAT). The ADN Program at PCC uses the KNAT to help select candidates for the upcoming Nursing Class. This round of KNATs is held specifically for students hoping to claim one of the 15 new seats PCC added for the night and weekend expansion coming to the Caswell County campus this spring. But the test cannot be taken until a student finishes Phase I of the nursing admissions process.

The remaining dates for potential nursing students to take the KNAT are on August 11 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on August 27 at 9 a.m., all on the Person County campus; or on August 28 at 1 p.m. on the Caswell County campus. Students are only allowed to test once per academic year, and those who score 67% or higher are given priority over those who score lower.

Darrick Woods, PCC’s Director of Nursing, said this is an exciting time for potential students and PCC’s Nursing instructors, but the KNATs must be taken seriously. He said they are a vital part for any student looking to pursue a career as a nurse.

“We are always thrilled to meet our next group of students looking to bring compassion and service to the world and their community,” Darrick Woods, PCC’s Director of Nursing, said. “But the first step is completing the KNAT to guarantee incoming students are prepared to take on the challenge they will face as a nursing student, and eventually as a nurse while taking care of patients; some, potentially, in life threatening situations.”

It is the student’s responsibility to complete the application and schedule a date to take the KNAT. To reserve a date and time to take the KNAT, students must first consult with a Nursing Advisor to ensure their eligibility. Once approved, they must complete the KNAT application and pay the $25 testing fee. After the test is completed, students will wait for their final score to see if an offer is extended to join PCC’s Nursing Program in the spring.

For further information or questions, contact Woods at (336) 322-2219 or at Darrick.Woods@piedmontcc.edu.

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