Nursing

Nursing Students

Gadsden State’s Nursing Education Program has earned a reputation of placing successful nursing graduates throughout the community, state and nation. The department offers outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive clinical sites and resources. There are three nursing campuses located in Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties that utilize a multitude of healthcare resources to provide students a variety of comprehensive opportunities.

The Concept-Based Curriculum in the Nursing Department is a stackable credential for nurses. Upon completion of the third semester, nursing students can sit for the NCLEX-Practical Nursing test and work as a licensed practical nurse while they continue their education for the Registered Nursing degree.

Successful completion of the five-semester program leads to an Associate in Applied Sciences degree and entry into multiple practice settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX-RN exam for licensure and practice as a registered nurse.

 

The Mobility Nursing Program gives practical nurses and paramedics the opportunity to become a registered nurse. It is taught in three semesters with one nursing course each semester. In addition, Gadsden State offers progression pathways to students wishing to continue their nursing education by partnering with baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs at four-year institutions.

Background checks will be required upon admission into the program.

Live advisement sessions are available to perspective and current students at the following days and times:

The Nursing Education Program is approved by the State of Alabama Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for the Education in Nursing.

Mission

The mission of the nursing programs of the Alabama Community College System is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system.  We seek to provide full and equal access to opportunities for educational success to meet the community needs.
 

Philosophy

We believe that nursing is a dynamic profession, blending science with the use of evidence based practice and clinical reasoning and the art of caring and compassion to provide quality, patient-centered cared.

We believe learning is an interactive process in which faculty and students share responsibility to meet program outcomes.  We believe in using educational methods that are current and supportive of students in the teaching and learning environment, with the presentation of information from simple to complex. 

Nursing is guided by standards of practice and standards of professional performance.  Standards reflect the values and priorities of the nursing profession.  Therefore, we have integrated competencies from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and National League of Nursing (NLN) into our philosophy as part of our core values.

 

Admission Requirements

A new class will be admitted to the Nursing Education Program each Summer Semester at the Cherokee Campus and Fall Semester at the Gadsden Campus. The mobility program begins each Fall Semester at the Ayers Campus. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements: ACT scores, transcripts, admission score and availability of space at the clinical facilities.

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. Apply for admissions here. 
  2. Submit online nursing application prior to Feb. 1. (The application opens Oct. 1)
  3. Submit supporting documents to the Admissions Office by the deadline:
    1. All official high school and college transcripts or official GED scores
    2. Official ACT scores (with a minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual test) must be on file
  4. Minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing required academic core courses and minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA at current, native institution or cumulative 2.0 in institution from which student is transferring
  5. Must be have successfully completed the following courses with a grade of C:
    1. English 101
    2. Math 100
    3. BIO 201
  6. Must be in good standing with the College
  7. Must meet the Essential Functions (see below) required for Nursing students.
  8. Pass a criminal background check and drug screen upon admission to the program.
  9. Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunizations records upon request by the program.
  10. Demonstrate proof of health and liability insurance. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinicals.
  11. Mobility students are additionally required to provide proof of unencumbered Alabama licensure (LPN or Paramedic). No work history is required. No associate degree is required for paramedics. Complete pre-requisites with a grade of C or better are required for Mobility Program application in the following courses:
    1. English 101
    2. Math 100 (or higher level)
    3. Biology 201
    4. Biology 202
    5. Speech 106 or 107
    6. Psychology 210

 

  • ACT Score = 36 possible points. No time limit on when the ACT was taken.
  • Points for grades in the following nursing required core general educational courses (ENG 101, MTH 100 or higher, BIO 201 and 202)
    • A = 3 points
    • B = 2 points
    • C = 1 point
    • D = 0 points
  • Additional points: (total of 10 points)
  • 10 pts = First admission to a nursing program
  • Applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest total score until predetermined number of students is selected.

 

Janet Gardner, program director and instructor

Janet Gardner, program director and instructor

(256)549-8452 

jgardner@gadsdenstate.edu