Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program is three semesters in length. Students are admitted to the program once a year. Northwest-Shoals Community College will no longer offer a fall admission into the practical nursing (PN) program. Instead of a fall admission, a summer admission will be offered. (There will be no fall admission for the 2016-2017 academic year, but there will be a summer admission for summer 2017. Applications will be available August 2016, and the deadline to apply for the summer 2017 admission will be October 15, 2016.) The curriculum is currently under review.

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.


The admission criteria is currently under review and is subject to change.

Announcement: The TEAS-V entrance exam will not be used for PN program admission, effective Summer 2017-18 admission. For the Summer 2017-18 admission, PN program applicants must have a minimum 18 ACT composite score (National or Residual). For more information regarding the Residual ACT testing dates, times and the scheduling process, please contact the Phil Campbell Testing Center at 256-331-6297 or the Shoals Testing Center at 256-331-5282. The residual ACT may not be taken more than once every 60 days.

See Online Catalog for Latest Admission and Program Requirements

Practical Nursing Program Information / Application Packet (currently unavailable)

Please check here again in August 2017 for the application packet.

To view a listing of transfer requirements and the transfer policy, please view the online College catalog.

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing.
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More Information:

Brittney Humphres, Director of Nursing Education