General Information

Program Requirements

Prospective Transfer Students

Reinstatement into Nursing Programs


Essential Functions


Standards of Conduct

Current Students

The Practical Nursing Program is three semesters in length. Students are admitted to the program - Fall Semester. The Practical Nursing program enables the student to obtain the skills and knowledge leading to employment in the health care field. Topics related to safe, knowledgeable, and efficient nursing care are included. The program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the state licensing examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as Practical Nurses. Graduation from the program however, does not guarantee Board of Nursing approval to take the NCLEX-PN licensing examination.

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Minimum admission standards for the Practical Nursing Program include:

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. receipt of completed application for the Practical Nursing Program by April 15 for the fall admission annually.
  2. A minimum of a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) calculated on last 24 semester hours of completed coursework at NW-SCC. Students without previous coursework at NW-SCC must enter College on clear academic status and have a minimum of a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) calculated on last 24 semester hours of completed coursework.
  3. Eligibility for ENG 101 (English Composition I).
  4. Eligibility for MTH116 (Mathematical Applications) or higher as determined by college policy.
  5. Completion of the TEAS V entrance test current within three years of application deadline.
  6. Meeting the Alabama College System Nursing Program Essential Functions

Admission to the PN program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The College reserves the right to adjust requirements or use additional criteria to determine admission. The curriculum is under review and is subject to change.

Alabama Board of Nursing
RSA Plaza, Suite 250
770 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Phone: 334.242.4060 | Fax: 334.242.4360

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It is the official policy of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and Northwest-Shoals Community College that no person in Alabama shall on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment. The College complies with nondiscriminatory regulations under Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX Education Amendment of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

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