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:
10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays
3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month
3 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month
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.
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.
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.
NLN competencies for nursing are central to the conceptual framework. The related QSEN competencies for graduate nurses define the knowledge, skills and attitudes that the graduate nurse should possess to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work.
Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patient within the family and community context.
Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, questions underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. (QSEN def)
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.
- Unconditional admission to the college. Apply for admissions here.
- Submit online nursing application prior to Feb. 1. (The application opens Oct. 1)
- Submit supporting documents to the Admissions Office by the deadline:
- All official high school and college transcripts or official GED scores
- Official ACT scores (with a minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual test) must be on file
- 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
- Must be have successfully completed the following courses with a grade of C:
- English 101
- Math 100
- BIO 201
- Must be in good standing with the College
- Must meet the Essential Functions (see below) required for Nursing students.
- Pass a criminal background check and drug screen upon admission to the program.
- Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunizations records upon request by the program.
- Demonstrate proof of health and liability insurance. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinicals.
- 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:
- English 101
- Math 100 (or higher level)
- Biology 201
- Biology 202
- Speech 106 or 107
- Psychology 210
Essential Functions are the fundamental job duties and skills associated with a particular position. Essential Functions for Nursing cover sensory perception, communication, interpersonal relationships, motor functions and professional behavior. All students are required to read the Essential Functions identified for Nursing Education and determine if they are capable of performing these functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Students must be able to: *
- Observe and discern subtle changes in physical conditions and the environment
- Visualize different color spectrums and color changes
- Read fine print in varying levels of light
- Read for prolonged periods of time
- Read cursive writing
- Read at varying distances
- Read data/information displayed on monitors/equipment
- Interpret monitoring devices
- Distinguish muffled sounds heard through a stethoscope
- Hear and discriminate high and low frequency sounds produced by the body and the environment
- Effectively hear to communicate with others
- Discern tremors, vibrations, pulses, textures, temperature, shapes, size, location and other physical characteristics.
- Detect body odors and odors in the environment
- Verbally and in writing, engage in a two-way communication and interact effectively with others, from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds
- Work effectively in groups
- Work effectively independently
- Discern and interpret nonverbal communication
- Express one's ideas and feelings clearly
- Communicate with others accurately in a timely manner
- Obtain communications from a computer
- Possess cognitive/critical thinking skills
- Effectively read, write and comprehend the English language
- Consistently and dependably engage in the process of critical thinking in order to formulate and implement safe and ethical nursing decisions in a variety of health care settings
- Demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations including mathematical computations without a calculator
- Satisfactorily achieve the program objectives
- Handle small delicate equipment/objects without extraneous movement, contamination or destruction
- Move, position, turn, transfer, and lift/ carry/assist with lifting clients without injury to clients, self, or others
- Maintain balance from any position
- Stand on both legs
- Coordinate hand/eye movements
- Push/pull heavy objects without injury to client, self or others
- Stand, bend, walk and/or sit for 6-12 hours in a clinical setting performing physical activities requiring energy without jeopardizing the safety of the client, self or others
- Walk without a cane, walker or crutches
- Function with hands free for nursing care and transporting items
- Transport self and client without the use of electrical devices
- Flex, abduct and rotate all joints freely
- Respond rapidly to emergency situations
- Maneuver in small areas
- Perform daily care functions for the client
- Coordinate fine and gross motor hand movements to provide safe effective nursing care.
- Calibrate/use equipment
- Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care settings
- Perform CPR and physical assessment
- Operate a computer
- Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude toward others
- Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client
- Handle multiple tasks concurrently
- Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in a caring context
- Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
- Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct
- Understand that posing a direct threat to others is unacceptable and subjects one to discipline
- Meet qualifications for licensure by examination as stipulated by the Alabama Board of Nursing
- Not pose a threat to self or others
- Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing nursing care
- Adapt to changing environments and situations
- Remain free of chemical dependency
- Report promptly to clinical and remain for 6-12 hours on the clinical unit
- Provide nursing care in an appropriate time frame
- Accept responsibility, accountability, and ownership of one's actions
- Seek supervision/consultation in a timely manner
- Examine and modify one's own behavior when it interferes with nursing care or learning
- Ability to make critical decisions in chaotic, disruptive, and complex environments
* The Americans with Disabilities Act requires colleges and universities to inform students of all performance expectations related to their job and school performance. In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to the program director.
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.
You must apply by one of the deadline dates and be accepted to the program. The date you should submit your application will depend upon when you meet the admission requirements and when you decide it is the right time for you to start the program. The nursing program admits students once a year for RN and Mobility Check out the application dates here: Program Admission Information.
Gadsden State does not teach nursing courses completely online at the present time; although computer testing, some hybrid courses, and web-enhanced courses are a part of the curriculum.
Yes, at the Cherokee Center location.
Each program has a set of minimum of "Admission Requirements." Please follow the link provided for detailed information on each program. Program Admission Information.
Not necessarily. Admission is competitive; all applicants are rank-ordered according to their test scores and grades. Those applicants with the highest scores will be on the top of the list.
Please see information provided here: Program Admission Requirements Information.
No, original documents must be received by given deadlines. Faxed or mailed applications are not accepted; all applications are submitted online. You will be given information on handling health records at orientation, if accepted into the program.
Gadsden State does not have a “Waiting List.” Students must apply for the program to be included in the rank order for acceptance. The top students are admitted and a number of students are placed on a temporary alternate list in case we have an opening available before the program begins.
The “alternate list” is temporary, it is used until the beginning of the program following the application deadline. Students must reapply if they are not admitted.
You will receive a letter 4-6 weeks after deadline date. The letter is sent to the address on the application. Be sure to keep your records updated.
Admission to the nursing program is not based on the applicant’s cumulative GPA. The admission is based on a combination of a test score and grades in certain courses.
Yes. The Admissions office requires hand delivered transcripts be sealed, stamped "OFFICIAL," and delivered to:
Room 140, One Stop Center, 401 Korner Street, Gadsden, Alabama
If the transcripts are opened, or appear tampered with, the Admissions Office will not accept the documents.
Do not bring or send official transcripts to the Nursing Education Department.
I received an email stating my transcripts were not received in the Admissions Office by the deadline. I requested them from my previous school over 2 (or more) weeks ago. Why was my application denied?
The nursing program has deadline dates published well in advance and those dates do not vary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to know about the deadline(s) and abide by the requirements. The admission process cannot be delayed because an applicant did not allow enough time for all records to be received. It is recommended that transcript requests be made not less than 30 days prior to the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Admissions Office in advance to ensure that transcripts have been received. Neither Gadsden State, nor the Nursing Program, can be responsible for the speed of the U.S. mail or the speed with which another institution mailed the transcripts.
A variety of clinical agencies are used within a 65-70 mile radius of the Gadsden State Campuses. You may attend different sites during the same semester.
No. Efforts are made to accommodate students’ needs when possible. However, nursing education requires a broad variety of clinical experiences that can only be attained by attending various clinical sites.
Physical and mental requirements for performing the duties of a particular health science program. See: Essential Functions Policy
No. Only students who are accepted into the program will complete the form.
Your health records will need to be turned in AFTER admission to the program. You will receive forms in your acceptance packet and detailed information will be given at orientation, after you have been accepted into the program.
No, most clinical contractual agreements require American Heart Association, Health Care Provider level with Basic Life Support (BLS).
No. You can register for the co-requisite academic courses, but not the NUR courses*. Students who are accepted into the program and do not complete the health requirements by the deadline given to them in the acceptance letter will lose their place in the program.
The clinical agencies have certain requirements to guarantee the health and safety of their patients. Students are required to meet those stipulations so that they can attend the clinical settings for their education. These requirements will be necessary for anyone in a healthcare field while in school and later during employment. Please keep a copy of your records because Gadsden State does not keep those after you leave the program.
Most courses from Area II of the Alabama General Studies Curriculum (AGSC) can be used to satisfy the humanities elective requirement. Some of the courses taught at Gadsden State that can be used for the elective are as follows:
- ART 100: Art Appreciation
- MUS 101: Music Appreciation
- THR 120: Theater Appreciation
- PHL 206: Ethics in Society - (Strongly recommended by our clinical affiliates)
- HUM 101: Introduction to Humanities
- REL 151: Survey of Old Testament
- REL 152: Survey of New Testament.
Please note there are additional courses offered that satisfy this requirement, depending on individual interest and schedule.
If you are transferring from other colleges or universities, you should check with the Nursing Advisor, Pam Mayo (256.549.8257) regarding transfer of your course(s)
- 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