Nursing

Gadsden State Nursing

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. 

Traditional & Mobility RN Course Planning Worksheet

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.

 

Traditional Nursing

 

Traditional Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) Program Requirement Checklist:

  1. Nursing program applicants must be unconditionally admitted to the college. Apply for GSCC admissions here
    1. Nursing applicants must have a GSCC student A-number and access to their student portal to apply to the nursing program.
  2. Submit an online nursing program application by 11:59 p.m. on the posted deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
    1. Apply for the summer semester day program at Gadsden State Cherokee in Centre starting Dec. 1, 2021. All applications and supporting documents due by Feb. 1, 2022.
    2. Apply for the fall semester day program at the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden starting March 15, 2022. All applications and supporting documents due by May 15, 2022.
  3. Submit supporting documents to the GSCC Admissions Office by the posted deadline:
    1. Official high school transcript or GED scores
    2. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
    3. Official ACT scores. A minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual ACT test is required for program application. There is no time limit on exam scores for program application. NOTE: SAT scores may be converted to the equivalent of an ACT score and used for program application.
  4. Minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing program core academic courses. This will be calculated from the highest grade of any of the nine academic courses taken on the nursing program curriculum. (The college GPA calculator at www.gpacalculator.net can be used to assist you with calculating this GPA.)
  5. A minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA at Gadsden State or institution from which student is transferring if no courses have been completed at GSCC. (This GPA includes all college courses taken, not just the courses on the nursing program curriculum.)
  6. Applicant must be have successfully completed MTH 100 or higher with a grade of C or better. (MTH 116 does not count as a higher math.)
  7. Must be in good standing with the College.
  8. Must meet the Essential Functions (see below) required for nursing students.

**Applicants previously enrolled in any nursing program other than GSCC must provide a Letter of Good Standing from the Dean or Director of the previous program. This letter will be submitted with the nursing program application.

After acceptance to the nursing program students will be required to complete the following before registering for nursing courses:

  1. Present a clear criminal background check and drug screen.
  2. Complete a health physical.
  3. Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunizations records.
  4. Submit proof of health. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinical.
  5. Complete CPR certification if needed.
  6. Attend nursing program orientation.

 

 

Mobility Nursing

 

Mobility Nursing Program Requirement Checklist:

  1. Mobility nursing program applicants must be unconditionally admitted to the college. Apply for GSCC admissions here
    1. Mobility nursing applicants must have a GSCC student A number and access to their student portal to apply to the nursing program.
  2. Submit an online nursing program application by 11:59 p.m. on the posted deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
    1. Apply for the fall semester program at the Ayers campus in Anniston starting March 15, 2022. All applications and supporting documents due by May 15, 2022.
  3. Submit supporting documents to the GSCC Admissions Office by the posted deadline:
    1. Official high school transcript or GED scores
    2. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
    3. Official ACT scores. A minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual ACT test is required for program application. There is no time limit on exam scores for program application. NOTE: SAT scores may be converted to the equivalent of an ACT score and used for program application.
  4. Minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing program core academic courses. This will be calculated from the highest grade of any of the nine academic courses taken on the nursing program curriculum. (The college GPA calculator at www.gpacalculator.net can be used to assist you with calculating this GPA.)
  5. A minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA at Gadsden State or institution from which student is transferring if no courses have been completed at GSCC. (This GPA include all college courses taken, not just the courses on the nursing program curriculum.)
  6. Mobility applicants must be have successfully completed the following courses with a grade of C or better:
    1. English 101
    2. Math 100 or higher level. (MTH 116 does not count as a higher level math.)
    3. Biology 201
    4. Biology 202
    5. Speech 106 or 107
    6. Psychology 210
  7. Must be in good standing with the College.
  8. Must meet the Essential Functions (see below) required for nursing students.
  9. Provide proof of unencumbered Alabama licensure (LPN or Paramedic). A multi-state compact license that includes the state of Alabama will also be accepted.
    1. No work history is required. No associate degree is required for paramedics.

**Mobility applicants previously enrolled in any RN or Mobility nursing program other than GSCC must provide a Letter of Good Standing from the Dean or Director of the previous program. This letter will be submitted with the nursing program application.

 

  • ACT Score = 18-36 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:
    • 10 pts = First admission to any nursing program (traditional applicants)
    • 10 pts = First admission to a RN or mobility program (mobility applicants)
  • Applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest total score until predetermined number of students is selected.
  • Students must meet all minimum application requirements for their application to be considered and progress to ranking. The application checklist for the Traditional and Mobility programs are located on the Info tab for each program.

    Nursing program application ranking sheet

 


The Registered Nursing Education Program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.  The Registered Nursing Education Program at Gadsden State Community College with campuses in Gadsden, Centre, and Anniston, Alabama  is accredited by the:  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Alabama Board of Nursing
RSA Plaza, Ste. 250
770 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36107
334-293-5200
www.abn.alabama.gov​

ACEN
3390 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

 

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Registered Nursing Education Program is continuing accreditation.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program HERE.