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, such as the Simulation Center. There are four nursing campuses located in Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties that utilize a multitude of healthcare resources to provide students a variety of comprehensive opportunities.

See the Simulation Center

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 Practical Nurse licensing exam 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.

Gadsden State offers a Practical Nursing program that can be completed in three semesters. It offers students the opportunity to advance their education and proceed into the nursing workforce. Once the Practical Nurse licensing exam is passed, the new LPN can start their career in direct patient care then consider furthering their educational development with the Mobility Nursing Program to become 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. Vaccine Notice for Clinicals.

For general information and admission requirements, reach out to Jarae Szydlowski or 256-549-8478. You can also email

Traditional Nursing Program

Mobility Nursing Program

Practical Nursing (LPN) Program

Apprenticeship Program


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.

Dr. Cynthia Mullinax, Nursing Program Director and Instructor

Dr. Cynthia Mullinax, Nursing Program Director and Instructor



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
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Montgomery, AL 36107

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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.