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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the ADN program and the LPN Program?
  2. May I take the RN courses at any Gadsden State Campus?
  3. May I take the LPN courses at any Gadsden State Campus?
  4. When can I start nursing?
  5. Can I take nursing online?
  6. Can I take nursing in the evening?
  7. Do you offer a part-time option for nursing?
  8. If I have taken all the academics or general education courses required in the program, can I finish before two years?
  9. What prerequisites are required for nursing?
  10. If I meet the “Admission Requirements,” will I be in the program?
  11. How do I apply to the nursing program?
  12. Can I fax in the application?
  13. How long is the waiting list?
  14. I applied a year ago and was on the waiting list. Why haven’t I heard anything?
  15. How will I be notified about program acceptance / admission?
  16. My grade point average (gpa) is 4.0 but I did not get into the program; a friend was accepted with a 2.5 gpa. Why?
  17. May I deliver my official transcripts by hand?
  18. Do I need to send an official GSCC transcript to Nursing Advisor?
  19. I received a letter stating my transcripts were not received in the Admissions Office by the deadline. I requested them from my previous school over 2 (or more) weeks ago. Why was my application denied?
  20. Where will I attend clinical?
  21. May I choose where I attend clinical?
  22. What are essential functions?
  23. Must I have the Essential Functions form signed by physician when I apply for admission?
  24. When are my health records due to be turned in?
  25. Can I be certified with Professional Rescuer CPR from Red Cross?
  26. May I register for NUR classes before health requirements are met?
  27. I don’t have the money to complete the health requirements. Why does GSCC require so many?
  28. The curriculum indicates I need a humanities elective. What course(s) will count for the humanity elective?

 

What is the ADN program?

ADN stands for Associate Degree Nursing. It is a program to allow a student to become a Registered Nurse (RN) after five (5) semesters of nursing education and passage of the state registered nursing licensure examination. After completion of the ADN program, students may wish to continue in their education at a four year institution to earn additional degree(s).

What is the LPN program?

LPN stands for Licansed Practical Nursing. It is a program to allow a student to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) after three (3) semesters of nursing education and passage of the state registered nursing licensure examination. After completion of the LPN program, students may wish to continue in their education at a two or four year institution to earn additional degree(s).

 

May I take the RN courses at any Gadsden State Campus?

No, ADN (Registered Nursing) courses are only offered in Gadsden on the Wallace Drive Campus. The general education courses required for the program may be taken at most campuses and/or online.

 

May I take the LPN courses at any Gadsden State Campus?

No, LPN (Practical Nursing) courses are offered in Gadsden at the Valley Street Campus, Centre at the Cherokee Center and in the Anniston area at the McClellan Center. The general education courses required for the program may be taken at most campuses and/or online.

 

When can I start nursing?

You must apply by one of the deadline dates and be accepted to the program.   The date you should submit your application will depend upon when you meet the admission requirements and when you decide it is the right time for you to start the program. The RN program admits students once a year and the LPN-RN Mobility and Paramedic-RN Mobility programs admit once a year. The LPN Program admits once a year for the Cherokee and McClellan Centers and twice a year for the Valley Street Campus.  Check out the application dates here: Program Admission Information.

 

Can I take nursing online?

Gadsden State does not teach nursing courses completely online at the present time; although computer testing, some hybrid courses, and web-enhanced courses are a part of the curriculum.

 

Can I take nursing in the evening?

Nursing classes are taught primarily in the day. Some labs or clinicals may be late afternoon, evening, or weekend.

 

Do you offer a part-time option for nursing?

Yes; however, the nursing courses must be taken in sequence, as outlined in the curriculum. For more information, please contact Pam Mayo at 256.549.8257.

 

If I have taken all the academics (general education courses) required in a nursing program, can I finish the program early?

No. Your course load may be lighter, but the program cannot be completed earlier.

 

What prerequisites are required for nursing?

Each program has a set of minimum of "Admission Requirements."  Please follow the link provided for detailed information on each program. Program Admission Information.

 

If I meet the “Admission Requirements," will I be in the program?

Not necessarily. Admission is competitive; all applicants are rank-ordered according to their test scores and grades. Those applicants with the highest scores will be on the top of the list.

 

How do I apply to the nursing program?

Please see information provided here: Program Admission Information.

 

Can I fax in the application or health records?

No, original documents must be received by given deadlines.

 

How long is the waiting list?

Gadsden State does not have a “Waiting List.” Students must apply for the program to be included in the rank order for acceptance. The top students are admitted and a number of students are placed on an alternate list in case we have an opening available before the program begins.

 

I applied a year ago and was on the alternate list. Why haven’t I heard anything?

The “alternate list” is only used for a brief time; it is used until the beginning of the program following the application deadline. Students must reapply if they are not admitted.

 

How will I be notified about program acceptance / admission?

By U.S. mail. You will receive a letter of standing 4-6 weeks after deadline date.  The letter is sent to the address on the application. Be sure to keep your records updated.

 

My grade point average (GPA) is 4.0 but I did not get into the program; a friend was accepted with a 2.5 GPA. Why?

Admission to the nursing program is not based on the applicant’s cumulative GPA. The admission is based on a combination of a test score and grades in certain courses.

 

May I deliver my official transcripts by hand?

Yes. The Admissions office requires hand delivered transcripts be sealed, stamped "OFFICIAL," and delivered to the Admissions Office, Room 124 Allen Hall, on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden, Alabama.  If the transcripts are opened, or appear tampered with, the Admissions Office will not accept the documents.

 

Do I need to send an official Gadsden State transcript to Nursing Advisor?

No.

 

I received a letter stating my transcripts were not received in the Admissions Office by the deadline. I requested them from my previous school over 2 (or more) weeks ago. Why was my application denied?

The nursing program has deadline dates published well in advance and those dates do not vary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to know about the deadline(s) and abide by the requirements. The admission process cannot be delayed because an applicant did not allow enough time for all records to be received. It is recommended that transcript requests be made not less than 30 days prior to the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Admissions Office in advance to ensure that transcripts have been received. Neither Gadsden State, nor the Nursing Program, can be responsible for the speed of the U.S. mail or the speed with which another institution mailed the transcripts.

When in doubt, hand deliver your transcripts.

 

Where will I attend clinical?

A variety of clinical agencies are used within a 65-70 mile radius of the Gadsden State Campuses. You may attend different sites during the same semester.

 

May I choose where I attend clinical?

No. Efforts are made to accommodate students’ needs when possible. However, nursing education requires a broad variety of clinical experiences that can only be attained by attending various clinical sites.

 

What are essential functions?

Physical and mental requirements for performing the duties of a particular health science program.  Essential Functions Policy

 

Must I have the Essential Functions form signed by physician when I apply for admission?

No. Students must acknowledge the physical and mental requirements of the program when they apply.

 

When are my health records due to be turned in?

Your health records will need to be turned in AFTER admission to the program. Instructions will accompany your acceptance letter.

 

Can I be certified with Professional Rescuer CPR from Red Cross?

No, most clinical contractual agreements require American Heart Association, Health Care Provider level with Basic Life Support (BLS).

 

May I register for NUR classes before health requirements are met?

No. You can register for the co-requisite academic courses but not the NUR courses. Students who do not complete the health requirements by the deadline given to them in the acceptance letter will lose their place in the program.

 

I don’t have the money to complete the health requirements. Why does Gadsden State require so many?

The clinical agencies have certain requirements to guarantee the health and safety of their patients. Students are required to meet those stipulations so that they can attend the clinical settings for their education. These requirements will be necessary for anyone in a healthcare field while in school and later during employment. Please keep a copy of your records because Gadsden State does not keep those after you leave the program.

 

The curriculum indicates I need a humanities elective. What course(s) will count for the humanity elective?

Most courses from Area II of the Alabama General Studies Curriculum (AGSC) can be used to satisfy the humanities elective requirement. Some of the courses taught at Gadsden State that can be used for the elective are as follows:

ART 100: Art Appreciation

MUS 101: Music Appreciation

THR 120: Theater Appreciation

PHL 206: Ethics in Society

HUM 101: Introduction to Humanities

SPA 101 or 102:  Spanish I or II

REL 151: Survey of Old Testament

REL 152: Survey of New Testament.

Please note there are additional courses offered that satisfy this requirement, depending on individual interest and schedule.

If you are transferring from other colleges or universities, you should check with the Nursing Advisor, Pam Mayo (256.549.8257) regarding transfer of your course(s).