Southern Union State Community College

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students must apply for admission to the College and to the practical nursing program by the published deadline date. Before applying, students must meet all application requirements listed below and attend a Health Sciences Information Session. Students who do not meet the minimal application requirements will not be considered for acceptance to the program. Meeting minimal application requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program. (Please note that application requirements and procedures may change without prior notice. Please check with Health Sciences Division and/or website for updates prior to applying.)

Application Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, application to the Practical Nursing program requires:

  • Health Sciences Information Session Attendance Verification (must attach ORIGINAL document of verification to nursing application);
  • unconditional admission to the College (see Student Handbook and Catalog for admission requirements);
  • 2.5 grade point average (GPA) calculated on completed academic core courses, and 
  • current or previous Southern Union students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher at SUSCC;
  • transfer students must enter SUSCC on clear academic status (cumulative 2.0 gpa);
  • official transcripts received by Records Office (Wadley Campus) from ALL previous post-secondary institutions (or high school transcripts for students with no previous college enrollment);
  • student meet eligibility requirements for English 101, Math 100, and satisfaction of the College reading requirement;
  • official score on ACT National or ACT Residual (minimum score of 18 required) 
  • application for Practical Nursing Program delivered to Health Sciences Admissions Office before published deadline.

Admission to the Practical Nursing Program is competitive, and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of clinical facilities available. After meeting minimal requirements, applicants are rank-ordered for acceptance using a points system based on score on ACT National or ACT Residual and quality points from selected college courses (or high school courses for students who have not attempted college coursework.) Additional points may be awarded.  Please see program application worksheet for criteria.

Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Helpful Student Resources

Application to PN Program
Practical Nursing Brochure
ACT Residual Testing  
Health Sciences Information Session
Estimated Cost of the Program
Calculator for Core GPA
Essential Functions
Health Requirements
Background Checks and Drug Screening
Nursing Student Handbook 2017-18
Preceptor Manual for NUR 115 
Gainful Employment Information


Health Requirements and Forms

After admission to a program, students enrolling in health science courses must provide Southern Union State Community College with the required health care data before registering for the first semester of the nursing program. Clinical agencies mandate that students provide information regarding their current health status (annual physical examination and essential functions) that may affect the safety of the student or the client in the clinical settings. Click here for health forms and requirements checklist.  Students will not be allowed to register for NUR classes until all health requirements have been received by the Health Sciences Division.

Background Checks and Drug Screening

After admission to a health sciences program at SUSCC, students must complete a comprehensive background check and drug screening. Background checks and drug screening will be conducted by one vendor approved by the clinical agencies.  Students who do not clear the Background Check will not be allowed to register for nursing courses. Students who do not pass the drug screening will be withdrawn from the nursing program. Find more information on the Background Check and Drug Screening by clicking here.

Health Insurance

Students in the Health Sciences must demonstrate proof of health insurance.  Students without proof of health insurance will not be allowed to register for health sciences courses or attend clinical. If you do not have insurance you may obtain information regarding insurance offered to SUSCC students at or call 1-877-272-4532.