Gadsden State Community College
Practical Nursing (PN)
The Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to enter a variety of health care delivery settings as technical nurses. Successful completion of the program leads to a Certificate as a Practical Nurse making the graduates eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX –PN licensing exam. After passing the exam, graduates may use the title, “Licensed Practical Nurse.”
The Practical Nursing Program is offered at the Valley Street Campus, at Gadsden State Cherokee, and at the McClellan Center. New classes are admitted for the fall and the spring semesters on the Valley Street Campus and in the fall for the McClellan Center and Gadsden State Cherokee. Students admitted to the Valley Street Campus in the spring will take 4 (four) rather than 3 (three) semesters to complete the program.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, admission to the Practical Nursing program requires:
- Unconditional admission to the College
- Minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) calculated on last 24 semester credit hours of completed coursework with clear academic status at GSCC
- Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended or high school transcripts for those who have not attended college
- Eligibility for English 101 and Math 116 and satisfaction of the College reading requirement
- Official score on ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version V
- Submission of application for Practical Nursing Program by deadline
Admission to the Practical Nursing Program is competitive, and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Applicants who meet minimum requirements are rank-ordered for acceptance using a state-approved point system. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Example of Program Admission Ranking Sheet
Before applying for admission to nursing, you may enroll in general education courses offered at several Gadsden State sites. If you have major responsibilities with work or family or if you need to pace your coursework to ensure success, you should complete as many of the Area I – IV courses (see below) before attempting to enter the nursing program.
Area I – Written Composition .........................................3
ENG 101 English Composition I (3SH)
Area III – Natural Science or Mathematics ....................11
MTH 116 (or higher level math) (3SH)
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I (4SH)
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II (4SH)
Area V – Professional, Major & Elective Courses .........35
NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing (6SH)
NUR 103 Health Assessment (1SH)
NUR 104 Introduction to Pharmacology (1SH)
NUR 105 Adult Nursing (8SH)
NUR 106 Maternal & Child Nursing (5SH)
NUR 107 Adult & Child Nursing (8SH)
NUR 108 Psychosocial Nursing (3SH)
NUR 109 Role Transition for the Practical Nurse (3SH)
Total Hours Required for Degree 49
Suggested Plan of Study A
(General study courses completed prior to admission to the program)
Semester 3 (Fall)
Semester 4 (Spring)
Semester 5 (Summer)
Suggested Plan of Study B (Fall Admission)
Semester 1 (Fall)
Semester 2 (Spring)
Semester 3 (Summer)
Suggested Plan of Study C (Spring Admission – Valley Street Campus)
Semester 1 (Spring)
Semester 2 (Summer)
Semester 3 (Fall)
Semester 4 (Spring)
Suggested Plan of Study D – Alternative Track
Contact the Nursing Advisor for more information on this option.
- Students should seek advisement each semester prior to registration to review their academic record, discuss issues related to admission or progression in nursing, and finalize their upcoming semester’s class schedule.
- Prior to seeing the advisor, be sure you have:
- Completed the admissions process
- Requested high school/college transcripts to be sent to Gadsden State
- Reviewed the class schedule for the upcoming semester and created a class schedule
- Prepared questions you need to ask the advisor
- Download a program of study worksheet
- Questions should be directed to Ms. Pam Mayo, Nursing Advisor – Valley Street and Cherokee Campuses, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-549-8257 or Ms. Kim Sonnberger, Nursing Advisor at McClellan Center, at email@example.com or 256-238-9367.
Essential Functions are the fundamental job duties/skills associated with a particular position. The American’s with Disabilities Act requires employers (as well as colleges/universities) to inform students of all performance expectations related to their job/school performance. All students are required to read the essential functions identified for the practical nurse and determine if they are capable of performing those functions with/without reasonable accommodation. Essential Function Policy
The nursing program and/or its affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential functions. The nursing program reserves the right to ament the essential functions as deemed necessary.
The PN program has integrated a comprehensive assessment plan to evaluate student learning throughout the curriculum. Standardized exams (HESI) are given each semester in selected courses as appropriate. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the plan. The acceptable benchmark for satisfactory performance is 850. Students who fail to meet the benchmark are required to remediate the content using a Faculty Guided (individualized) remediation plan. Students are responsible for contacting faculty to develop the remediation plan and projected completion dates. Once all elements of the plan have been completed, documentation must be submitted to Dr. Susan Tucker, Nursing Education Program Director, Room 210, Helderman Hall. Standardized test scores may be used in the calculation of the course grade (maximum of 25%).
During the final semester of nursing, a comprehensive exam is given which covers all program content. Two attempts will be allowed to meet the benchmark (850). If a retest is required for any student, he/she is expected to remediate using a Faculty Guided remediation plan prior to the second testing date. If the benchmark is not met on the second exam, a “live review” is required to meet program requirements for graduation. All costs of the live review are the student’s responsibility.
Students in nursing can anticipate certain necessary expenses. First of all, the tuition rate is the same as that for other Gadsden State students. However, nursing students will incur other expenses which are listed below. The amounts listed are approximations and are subject to change without notice.
Uniforms and small equipment $125-200.00 Liability Insurance (entire program) $15.00 Books (entire program) and course packets $1260.00 Laboratory supplies $160.00 Nurse’s Pin $80.00 NCLEX-PN (application and testing fees) $335.00 Pictures (graduation) $40.00 Graduation Fee (including gown rental) $60.00 Drug Screening/Background check $80.00
ELSEVIER fees or other testing systems
($100.00 per Semester)
$300.00 Health Insurance (if purchased through school) $525.00 E*Value $90.00 Annual Physical and Immunizations (depends on needs) $100-600 Total $3670.00 + Physical/Immunizations
Core Curriculum Classes
Tuition is $132.00 per credit hour
ENG 101 3 MTH 116 3 BIO 201 4 BIO 202 4 Total Credit Hours: 14
14 hours x 132.00
Core curriculum ( tuition) = costs $1848.00
Nursing Education Classes
Tuition is $132.00 per credit hour (ch)
1st Semester 8 ch $1056.00 2nd Semseter 13 ch $1716.00 3rd Semester 14 ch $1848.00 Nursing curriculum (tuition) costs $4620.00
Total Program estimated cost:………………= $10,138.00 + Physical/Immunizations*
* costs and tuition are subject to change