Gadsden State Community College
Associate Degree (Registered Nursing) Program
The Registered Nursing program prepares graduates to enter the fast-paced, dynamic environment of health care delivery. Successful completion of the program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and entry into multiple practice settings. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX-RN exam for licensure and practice as registered nurses (RNs).
Students are admitted to this program once a year (Fall) at the Wallace Drive Campus.
- The majority (45%) of RNs in the United States hold an associate degree as their primary nursing degree.
- Nursing is the largest component of the healthcare workforce with approximately 3.1 licensed nurses in the United States.
- The majority of nurses (62.2% of employed nurses) continue to work in hospital settings.
- The average age of a registered nurse in the United States is 46 years.
- 6.2% of nurses are male and 16.8% represent racially and ethnically diverse populations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010). The Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, admission to the Registered Nursing (RN) 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 Gadsden State
- 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 Registered Nursing (RN) Program by deadline
Admission to the Registered Nursing (RN) 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 II – Humanities and Fine Arts ................................6
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3SH) (or SPH 107 or 116 Fundamentals of Public Speaking)
HUM Humanities Elective (3SH)
Area III – Natural Science or Mathematics ....................15
MTH 116 (or higher level math) (3SH)
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I (4SH)
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II (4SH)
BIO 220 Microbiology (4SH)
Area IV – History, Social and Behavioral Sciences ........6
PSY 200 General Psychology (3SH)
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development (3SH)
Area V – Professional, Major & Elective Courses .........42
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 201 Nursing Through the Lifespan I (5SH)
NUR 202 Nursing Through the Lifespan II (6SH)
NUR 203 Nursing Through the Lifespan III (6SH)
NUR 204 Role Transition for the Registered Nurse (4SH)
Total Hours Required for Degree 72
Suggested Plan of Study A
(General study courses completed prior to admission to the program)
Semester 4 (Fall)
Semester 5 (Spring)
Semester 6 (Summer)
Semester 7 (Fall)
Semester 8 (Spring)
Suggested Plan of Study B
Semester 1 (Fall)
Semester 2 (Spring)
Semester 3 (Summer)
Semester 4 (Fall)
Semester 5 (Spring)
SPH 106 or 107
Humanities Elective NUR 203
Suggested Plan of Study C – 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 – Wallace Drive 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 registered nurse and determine if they are capable of performing those functions with/without reasonable accommodation. Essential Function Policy
The RN 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. 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 $125.00-$200.00 Liability Insurance (entire program) $30.00 Books (entire program) and course packets $1600.00 Laboratory/Assessment supplies $160.00 Nurse’s Pin $80.00 NCLEX-RN (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($150.00 per Semester) $750.00
Health Insurance (if purchased through school; $525/year)
(fee quote for 2 years)
$1050.00 E*Value $90.00 Annual Physical and Immunizations (depends on needs) $100-600.00 Total $4475 + Physical/Immunizations
Core Curriculum Classes
Tuition is $128.00 per credit hour
ENG 101 3 MTH 116 3 BIO 103
BIO 201 4 BIO 202 4 BIO 220 4 PSY 200 3 PSY 210 3 SPH 106 3 Humanities Elective 3 Total Credit Hours: 34
34 hours x 132.00
Core curriculum ( tuition) = costs $4488.00
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 5 ch $660.00 4th Semester 7 ch $792.00 5th Semester 9 ch $1320.00 Nursing curriculum (tuition) costs $5544.00
Total Program estimated cost:……= $14,507.00 + Physical/Immunizations
* costs and tuition are subject to change