2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions Policy

Robeson Community College maintains an “Open Door” policy for all applicants that are high school graduates or hold a high school equivalency certificate (GED) which satisfies North Carolina standards. The College serves all students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, disability, or national origin. All applicants may be admitted to the different curricula based upon individual preparation and readiness. Some applicants may need to take a course or a series of courses to help them to prepare for their desired program of study. Robeson Community College reserves the right to selectively place students. The Admissions Office is responsible for administering all admission policies.

Application and information on the various educational programs offered at Robeson Community College may be obtained by contacting:

Office of Admissions
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Phone: (910) 272-3342
Website: www.robeson.edu [opens in a new tab]

Application and information on the various educational programs may also be found on the Admissions webpage [opens in a new tab].

All Robeson Community College general admission policies and procedures are updated on an annual basis by the Student Affairs Committee.

General Admission Requirements

1. Complete Residency Determination Service [opens in a new tab].

2. High School graduate or the equivalent - Applicants with equivalency certificates must meet minimum requirements set by North Carolina. A high school certificate is not an acceptable substitute for the diploma.

3. Complete an RCC Admissions Application [opens in a new tab] in person or online. There is no application fee.

4. Transcripts of all previous education - Obtain official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended, even if no credits were earned. Transfer credits from accredited institutions allowed when applicable. Official transcripts should be mailed or hand delivered in an envelope sealed by a representative of the institutions(s) attended. (No faxed copies will be accepted) Home-schooled graduates will need to provide a sealed official and notarized transcript including the graduation date and proof that the home school was registered with the state (see High School Completion Validation section below).

5. Placement Assessment - For applicants who have graduated from a high school that is legally authorized to operate in The United States and who graduated from that high school within 10 years of college enrollment the College will follow the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) [opens in a new tab]  model. Only those applicants who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago and do not have transfer credit, or fall outside the categories in the Rise Placement Guide [opens in a new tab] , will be required to take a placement test.

  • Students that do not meet any of the criteria listed will be placed into the gateway English and Math Course for their chosen Academic Program, the gateway English and Math course with a co-requisite course, or a Math and English Transition Course.
  • Students are also able to place into the gateway English and Math by submitting other test scores such as satisfactory SAT, ACT, or NCDAP scores. These test scores must be sent to our Admissions Office and are considered official when our college receives them in a sealed envelope from the institution where the credit was earned. 
  • Assessments are administered in the following areas: Reading, Editing/Revising, Write Placer (Essay), and Mathematics. Persons should contact the Admissions Office to schedule the placement exam. A testing date will be scheduled after the official transcripts are on file in the Admissions Office. There is no charge for taking the exam. Any person who has a disability that would require special accommodations during testing should notify a counselor in Counseling and Career Services prior to scheduling an exam date. 

6. Complete an interview with an admissions representative - The primary objective of the interview will be to focus on the educational goals of the applicant. The test results will be used in conjunction with the high school/ college transcripts to assist the applicant in selecting an appropriate program of study. Applicants not realizing acceptable scores on the, COMPASS, Accuplacer, or NC DAP may be required to successfully complete course work designed to assist students in preparing for RCC curriculums. The Office of Admissions and/or academic counselor will work with the student in developing a sequence of courses to prepare the student for entry into the approved curriculum.

High School Completion Validation

Robeson Community College recognizes valid high schools registered with their state department of education. However, if RCC has determined that a high school is not a valid diploma-granting institution, students will be ineligible for Federal and State financial aid. Students not completing such a program must complete the GED or attain an Adult High School diploma through a valid diploma-granting institution. 

High schools are defined as valid diploma-granting institutions if they have met any of the following requirements:

  • Is Regionally Accredited
  • Is registered with the NC Division of Non-Public Education as a homeschool
  • Is an entity registered with the NC Division of Non-Public Education as a private school and it is providing secondary school education in the form of instruction
  • High schools are defined as valid diploma-granting institutions if they have met any of the following requirements:

Secondary institutions outside of North Carolina will be determined as valid based on the above information, given the institution’s state department of education.

International high school transcripts must be translated by an accredited agency to verify their equivalency to a US high school diploma. Translators should be certified by the American Translators Association (ATA). For a complete list of members, visit the  ATA website [opens in a new window] (www.atanet.org) or the local chapter, Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI). Visit the CATI website [opens in a new window] (www.catiweb.org).

International college transcripts must be evaluated from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency such as World Education Services (WES) or through the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). You can contact these agencies online at: NACES Website [opens in a new window] (https://www.naces.org/), WES Website [opens in a new window] (https://www.wes.org/), AACRAO Website [opens in a new window] (https://www.aacrao.org/).

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing applicants are required to take the ATI TEAS. Additional information about the exam may be obtained in Admissions. Additional information may also be obtained by visiting the TEAS & Placement Testing: Home & Quick Start webpage [opens in a new window]. Students are also able to purchase study manuals and practice assessments to assist with preparing for the TEAS on the TEAS® Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) website [opens in a new window].

Transferring Assessment Scores from Other Colleges

Robeson Community College uses the College Board’s NC DAP. These exams is a national assessment that can be taken at other colleges and transferred to Robeson Community College. Applicants who wish to take the exam, or who have taken the exam at another college, need to request to have their scores sent to the RCC Admissions Office. To facilitate the process of transferring scores, “Test Score Request” forms are available from the RCC Admissions Office.

Scores delivered by the applicant will not be accepted unless the report is in a SEALED envelope with an official’s signature across the seal. All test scores are valid for five (5) years after test date.

Admission of Undocumented Immigrants

An undocumented immigrant may apply and enroll in curriculum courses at Robeson Community College if he/she graduated from a United States public high school private high school, or home school that operates in compliance with state or local law. Undocumented immigrants with a General Educational Development (GED) diploma are not eligible to be admitted to a community college. An undocumented immigrant with a diploma from Adult High School that is located in the United States and operates or operated in compliance with state or local law is eligible to be admitted to a community college.

An undocumented immigrant shall not be considered a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes. All undocumented immigrants will be charged out-of-state tuition. Students who are lawfully present in the United States will have priority for a space in a class or program of study; if there are space limitations.

An undocumented immigrant shall take into account that federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants (i.e. Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Radiography, Surgical Technology, Cosmetic Arts programs, etc.). Refer to the NC Administrative Code 23 NCAC 02C.0301 (admission to colleges).

RCC Retest Policy: RISE Placement Test

Students who complete the college’s placement test are allowed only a total of two (2) retest sessions on the Reading, English, and Math assessments.  It is recommended that students complete remediation prior to retesting. If the student is already enrolled in pre-college level studies at the time he or she retests and if the scores on the retest place him or her out of pre-college level, the student will follow the college’s standard withdrawal and refund procedures for tuition and books if he or she chooses to exit the pre-college level course.

Other RCC Test Policies

Early College

Robeson Community College has established a testing procedure for Early College students which allows students to test once a semester until they earn the minimum required scores to enter curriculum courses.

Placement is scheduled in the fall and spring semester for Early College students. The testing procedure allows students who did not meet the desired placement scores established by RCC and the NCCCS on their first attempt, to test again the following semester. The College allows retesting for ECHS students so they can remediate in areas where the minimum score was not achieved. All remediation for ECHS students is provided by the Public Schools of Robeson County. Remediation is required before they are allowed to test again.

Career and College Promise

High school students applying for the Career and College Promise Pathways must demonstrate college readiness based on their high school unweighted GPA or on an assessment or placement test to be eligible to enroll in a College Transfer Pathway and/or a Career Technical Pathway upon meeting other academic criteria as determined by the North Carolina Community College System.

Health Sciences Admission Policy

All inquiries for admission into Health Science programs should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Admission to a Health Science Program is a competitive process. Interested students are advised to attend an information session at least two semesters prior to their planned enrollment.

Students applying for the Emergency Medical Science, Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy or Surgical Technology program admission must:

  1. Meet all general admissions requirements as outlined in the current Robeson Community College Catalog/ Student Handbook.
  2. Complete any developmental course work with a “C” or higher before making application to a health science program.
  3. Have cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher in related and general education course work for Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology; 2.5 for Emergency Medical Science and Respiratory Therapy and 3.0 for Radiography.
  4. Adhere to the submission timelines specified in the Health Science admissions procedure. Provisional approval may be offered to applicants based on fulfillment of all admission requirements and criteria by the specified deadline. Final approval for admission will be made by the appropriate Health Science Program Director.

Health Science Programs – Essential Functions Needed for Completing Health Science Programs

The following guidelines are utilized in admitting qualified students: The activities identified below are examples of physical and emotional activities, which a student in the Health Science Program (Emergency Medical Science, Nursing, Nurse Aide I, Nursie Aide II, Radiography, Respiratory and Surgical Technology) must be able to perform for the successful completion of the program. If an applicant believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodation or modification, the applicant should consult Counseling and Career Services.

  1. Critical thinking: Health Science students shall possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
    Example: Students must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop or participate in development of nursing care plans.
  2. Ethical behavior: Health Science students will provide services with respect for human dignity and uniqueness of the client unrestricted by consideration of social or economic status, personal attribute, or the nature of health problems.
    Example: Students will care for clients assigned regardless of race, religion, or diagnosis.
  3. Legal behavior: Health Science students will provide care within the scope of practice as stated in the NC NURSING PRACTICE ACT or guidelines for respiratory therapy, radiography and surgical technology.
    Example: Students in the nursing program will learn to assess the patient’s physical and mental health.
  4. Interpersonal skills: Health Science students shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of psychosocial cultural backgrounds.
    Example: Students shall establish rapport with clients and health care team members.
  5. Communication skills: Health Science students shall possess communication abilities sufficient for verbal and nonverbal interaction with others.
    Example: Students shall be able to explain treatment procedures to clients/family, document client responses, and report to others responses to nursing care.
  6. Mobility: Health Science students shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, stand and walk for extensive periods of time.
    Example: Students will be able to move around in client’s room, move from room to room, move in small work areas, and administer CPR.
  7. Motor skills: Health Science students shall possess gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
    Example: Students shall be able to calibrate equipment, position clients, administer injections, insert catheters.
  8. Hearing skills: Health Science students shall possess auditory ability sufficient to monitor health needs and collect data.
    Example: Students shall be able to hear alarms, listen to heart and breath sounds, and hear a cry for help.
  9. Visual skills: Health Science students shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and data collection.
    Example: Students shall be able to observe color of skin and read scale on a syringe.
  10. Tactile skills: Health Science students shall possess tactile ability sufficient for data collection.
    Example: Students shall be able to detect pulsation and feel skin temperature.
  11. Weight-bearing: Health Science students shall possess the ability to lift and manipulate/move 40-50 pounds.
    Example: Students shall be able to move equipment, position patients.

Chemistry (CHM-131 and CHM-151) Placement

If a student has credit for high school chemistry that is less than five (5) years old, with a grade of “B” or higher, the student is eligible for direct placement into CHM 131  and CHM 151 .  For those students who did not take high school chemistry, or high school chemistry is greater than five (5) years old, they must take CHM 090 .

Foreign Student Admissions and Transfer Credit

Foreign students must meet the same admission requirements as other students. Included with the application should be a transcript from an authorized school or university. In addition an English translation of the transcript must be provided by a reputable credential evaluation service. All applicants from countries whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring no less than 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or present other acceptable proof of the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language.

Robeson Community College does not issue the I-20 necessary to obtain an F-1 visa. Students with other visa types will be considered on an individual basis. For additional information concerning international student admissions, contact the Director of Admissions.

Special Credit Students

Students may be admitted under special provision that allows them to take up to twelve semester hours of credit courses before completing all admission requirements. Prior to registering for any additional hours beyond the twelve semester hours students must declare a major and complete all admission requirements. The only exception to the twelve hour policy is for the special credit student who intends to maintain that classification indefinitely and is not seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree. However, a special credit student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to continue as a student. The level of courses taken will determine the category of satisfactory progress under which the student will be evaluated.

Notification of Acceptance

Prospective students will be granted acceptance/approval during the interview process. Students will receive a copy of their student program evaluation (EVAL) which will show program approved for, program code, and required courses needed to begin the enrollment process.

Credit by Examination

Advanced placement is offered to applicants approved for enrollment who because of their demonstrated abilities are qualified to accelerate their studies. To earn advanced placement, a student may take a proficiency examination in most subject areas which he/she can demonstrate a mastery of theory and practical application. To be eligible to request a proficiency, all appropriate prerequisites must be met. For a complete description of policies relating to Credit by Examination, please refer to section on Credit by Examination  under Academic Policies and Procedures .

Credit by Transfer

Transfer students should follow the admission procedures established for regular students listed under admission requirements. Robeson Community College may accept credits earned from post-secondary institutions that are accredited by a State, Regional, or National Educational Accrediting Agency recognized by the American Council on Education. Only course grades of “C” or better will be accepted and such courses must parallel the content of RCC courses. For additional information and policies governing the awarding of transfer credits, please refer to the section titled “Program Completion Requirements [opens in a new window]” in this publication.

All applicants having credits transferred from another institution to RCC must submit an official transcript, and if necessary an appropriate catalog, to the Director of Admissions. Applicants who wish to transfer from other educational institutions must be eligible to return to the school last attended. Any exception to this procedure must be approved by the Assistant Vice President of Student Services and only then by justifiable cause.

The Registrar, in consultation with appropriate faculty, will determine the transfer credit allowable. This evaluation will be made at the time of acceptance and the student will be notified in writing. Transfer credits will be posted to the student’s permanent record once a student is enrolled. In addition, transferring students must complete a minimum of twenty-five (25) percent of the total number of credit hours required for a diploma or degree program at Robeson Community College.

General Readmission Policies

Application for readmission is required of all students when one or more years have elapsed since their last enrollment. Students who have been suspended for disciplinary or academic reasons must appear before the Assistant Vice President of Student Services, or his or her designated representative and petition for readmission to the College.

Health Sciences Readmission Policy

All inquiries for readmission for Health Science programs should be directed to the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services. Applicants applying for Health Science program readmission must meet all general admissions requirements as outlined in the current Robeson Community College Catalog/Student Handbook. Upon receipt of required documentation, all inquiries for readmission will be reviewed by the appropriate Health Science Program Director and the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services for action. Final approval for readmission will be determined by the appropriate Health Science Program Director. Applicants must meet current admission requirements. All requests for readmission must adhere to the timelines specified in the Health Science admissions procedures.

Applicants who exited the Health Science program within the last twelve (12) months must request readmission prior to 90 days of the semester for planned enrollment. Positions must be available in the class at the time of request for readmission, which will not require the hiring of additional instructional or clinical personnel.

Right of appeal – Upon notification, applicants have the option to appeal their readmission denial within five business days. The applicant must submit the appeal in writing to the Assistant Vice President for University Transfer and Health Science Programs. The Assistant Vice President will make a decision within three business days and provide a decision in writing to the student. If the decision provided is not acceptable to the student, the student may appeal the decision within three business days to the Vice President for Instruction and Support Services. The Vice President will render a decision in writing to the student within three business days. The decision of the Vice President is final.