Southern Union State Community College

Program Information

Program Information

Southern Union State Community College offers two mobility options for the Licensed Practical Nurse. The LPN to RN Mobility Program is for LPN's who have graduated from a practical nursing program more than two years ago and/or in the old curriculum and/or from a practical nursing program outside of the Alabama Two-Year College System. Qualified students must meet the admission requirements and apply to the College and to the program by the published deadline date.  This program admits one time per year to begin spring semester.  

Application Deadline:  September 15, 2017 for spring admission 2018

The second option, the LPN to RN Track II Mobility Program is for LPN's who graduated less than one year ago from an Alabama Two-Year College System practical nursing program and in the new curriculum. The Track II option admits one time per year, for fall semester. Students admitted to this program will enter Semester II of the mobility curriculum.  Applicants for this option must meet the same admission requirements as the LPN to RN mobility applicants and apply by the published deadline dates. Qualified applicants are admitted as clinical space permits in NUR 211, Advanced Nursing Concepts.

Application Deadline*:  June 15th, 2017 for fall admission 2017 (Track II option only. See second option above)
*Please note: LPN's who graduated from an out-of-state program or from an Alabama college more than 1 year ago or in the old curriculum must apply to the regular LPN to RN Mobility program by the deadline listed above.

Program Location: Opelika Campus

Program Accreditation: 
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Program Approval: Alabama Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 303900
Montgomery, AL. 36130-3900

Degree Earned: Associate in Applied Science

Length of Program:  1 year (66 semester hours of coursework of which 20 semester hours of prerequisite course work are required for admission).
Track II Option* is two (2) semesters (66 semester hours of coursework of which 45 semester hours of prerequisite course work are required for admission).

Credentials Earned: Registered Nurse following successfully passage of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) 

Additional Information

Admission Requirements
LPN to RN Program Brochure
LPN to RN Program Application
Track II LPN to RN Program Brochure
Health Sciences Information Session
Estimated Cost of LPN to RN Program
Estimated Cost of Track II Program
Essential Functions for Nursing
Vaccination Form
Nursing Student Handbook 2017-18
Preceptor Handbook for NUR 221



Prerequisite Courses. The following must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  Course Name CREDIT
ENG 101  English Composition I  3
MTH 100   Intermediate College Algebra or higher level math  3
BIO 201*  Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4
BIO 202*  Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication  
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3


*BIO 201 is a prerequisite to BIO 202 at SUSCC.

First Semester

NUR 209  Concepts for Healthcare Transition Students*            6 1 1 18 10
*15 additional credit hours of nursing is awarded following successful completion of NUR 209.

Second Semester

BIO 220  General Microbiology 2 2 0 6 4
NUR 211  Advanced Nursing Concepts           4 0 3 13 7

Third Semester

----------- Humanities Elective** 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 221 Advanced Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning        3 0 4 15 7


  • Classes in bold may be taken prior to entering nursing or taken in consecutive nursing semesters.
  • BIO 201 is a prerequisite for BIO 202.

**Humanities Electives: Most courses from Area II of the Alabama General Studies Curriculum (AGSC) can be used to satisfy the humanities elective requirement. The courses taught at SUSCC that can be used for the elective are: ART 100, Art Appreciation; MUS 101, Music Appreciation; THR 120, Theater Appreciation; IDS 102, Ethics; HUM 101, Introduction to Humanities; SPA 101 or 102, Introductory Spanish; GRN 101, Introductory German I, HPS 113, Spanish for the Healthcare Professional; ENG 271 or 272, World Literature; REL 151, Survey of Old Testament; or REL 152, Survey of New Testament. If you are transferring from other colleges or universities, you should check with an Academic Advisor regarding transfer of your course(s).

Comprehensive Examinations Information

Comprehensive Exams

Students in the nursing program will be required to take comprehensive examinations at the end of each nursing course within the curriculum. The test results will be part of the course grade and may serve as the course final in selected courses. Students will be charged for these tests.

Comprehensive Program Exam

To assist the student to be successful on the licensure exam, students in the nursing program will be required to take a comprehensive program exam in order to successfully complete NUR 204, NUR 221, or NUR 115. Students receiving the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing or a Certificate in Practical Nursing will be provided an opportunity to take this exam during the course.  It will count as part of the course grade and may be the final for NUR 204, NUR 221, and NUR 115.  It is recommended that students scoring below the determined passing level remediate to help the student reach their goal of becoming a nurse.