Nursing Student Handbook 2017-2018
The Nursing Education Program is a concept based curriculum which is a stackable credential. To complete the Associate Registered Nurse Degree (ADN) the student must successfully complete the entire 5 semesters. If the student wishes to complete the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Degree only, the student must successfully complete NUR 114 and NUR 115. Once NUR 114 and NUR 115 are completed the student may sit for the NCLEX PN exam. Should the student wish to complete the ADN, they may continue and complete the last two semesters. Should the student drop out of sequence upon completing the LPN component, the student has 1 year in which to reapply to complete the ADN.
- 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 Nursing program requires:
- Unconditional admission to the College
- Minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for nursing and required academic core course
- 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 100 and satisfaction of the College reading requirement
- Minimum of 18 ACT composite score National or Residual. Must be on file with the Admissions/Registrar's Office.
- Submission of application for Nursing Program by deadline
- All Mobility applicants (LPN and/or EMS) must have current unencumbered Alabama license by application deadline date
(a) Email to email@example.com with "License" in the subject line or
(b) Fax to 256-549-8458 Attn: Pam Mayo
Application deadlines 2018:
Nursing Program Admission deadline - February 1, 2018 11:59pm
LPN and EMS Mobility McClellan Campus Admission deadline - February 1, 2018 11:59pm
Held in Helderman Hall, Room 126, Wallace Drive Campus on the following dates/times only:
Tuesdays - 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Wednesdays - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Thursdays - 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Admission to the 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
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.
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.
*Orientation info link for ORI 101 (see area V below)
Area I – Written Composition .........................................3
ENG 101 English Composition I (3SH)
Area II – Humanities and Fine Arts ................................6
HUM Humanities Elective (6SH)
Area III – Natural Science or Mathematics ....................15
MTH 100 (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 ........3
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development (3SH)
Area V – Professional, Major & Elective Courses .........43
ORI 101* - Orientation........................................................1 (*see info link above)
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3SH) (or SPH 107 or 116 Fundamentals of Public Speaking)
NUR 112 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing (7SH)
NUR 113 Nursing Concepts I (8SH)
NUR 114 Nursing Concepts II (8SH)
NUR 115 Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning (2 SH)
NUR 211 Advanced Nursing Concepts (7 SH)
NUR 221 Advanced Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning ( 7SH)