Future Nursing Students* CURRENT NURSING STUDENTS
Welcome to Gadsden State Community College’s Nursing Education Program website. Our faculty and staff are committed to quality training and education for students desiring to become part of the healthcare community. Nursing continues to be at the forefront of our nation’s health care providers and remains a top career in our nation’s job market. A career in nursing is an exciting and challenging adventure that provides many rewards.
Gadsden State Community College’s Nursing Education Program has earned a reputation for placing successful nurse graduates throughout our community, state, and nation. Our academic and nursing programs offer outstanding faculty, state-of -the-art equipment, and comprehensive clinical sites and resources. Our four nursing campuses are located in the northeast Alabama counties of Etowah, Cherokee, and Calhoun and utilize a multitude of health care resources to provide our students a variety of comprehensive and rich opportunities. We strive to maintain and promote working partnerships within our communities and surrounding areas.
Gadsden State offers progression pathways to students wishing to continue their nursing education by partnering with baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. We serve a unique student population that spans new high school graduates to senior citizens pursuing a lifelong dream. Our faculty members partner with students to obtain the necessary technical skills and clinical reasoning to provide safe and effective care to patients throughout their lifespan and to develop the caring and compassionate attributes of nursing.
The Concept Based Curriculum is a stackable credential for nurses. Upon completion of the third semester, nursing students may sit for the NCLEX PN test and work as a Licensed Practical Nurse while they continue their education for the Registered Nurse degree.
Acceptance into the nursing program is conditional upon the results of a recent Background Check. The clinical partners that allow our students to engage in clinical learning practicums have established requirements for entry of each student that we monitor and certify prior to scheduling students for clinical rotations. Misdemeanors within 3 years, and felonies within 7 years may affect acceptance to the program.