Southern Union State Community College

Program Information

Program Information

Application Deadline: February 1st for summer admission

Program Location: Wadley Campus 

Approval:
Alabama Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 303900
Montgomery, AL. 36130-3900
1-800-656-5318
www.abn.state.al.us

Degree Earned: Certificate 

Length of Program:  1 Year (45 semester credit hours); 3 Semesters of coursework

Credentials Earned:  Licensed Practical Nurse following successfully passage of the National Council
Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) 


Additional Information

Admission Requirements
PN Program Brochure
Health Sciences Information Session
Estimated Cost of Program
Essential Functions for Nursing
Nursing Student Handbook 2016-17
Addendum to Nursing Student Handbook 2016-17
Preceptor Manual for NUR 115
PN Student Achievement Report


PRACTICAL NURSING CURRICULUM

*It is highly recommended that students complete academic courses in bold prior to application for admission to the PN program.

First Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra (or higher) 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 201* Anatomy and Physiology I 3 1 0 5 4
NUR 112 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing 4 2 1 13 7

 Second Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
BIO 202* Human Anatomy & Physiology II                 3 1 0 5 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 0 3 3
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 113 Nursing Concepts I 4 1 3 16 8

Third Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT

SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

or

SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 0 0 3 3
NUR 114 Nursing Concepts I 5 0 3 14 8
NUR 115 Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning 1 0 1 4 2

Program Totals:
Semester Credit Hours: 45 credit hours
Contact Hours: 1035 total program contact hours
Nursing Clinical Contact Hours: 360 hours
Certificate Awarded; Eligible to apply to take NCLEX-PN
 

*BIO 201 is a prerequisite for BIO 202.


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.