Southern Union State Community College

Program Information

Program Information

Southern Union State Community College offers a mobility option for the Licensed Paramedic who has worked for 1 year within the last 20 months. The Paramedic to ADN Mobility applicant is required to have an unencumbered paramedic license in Alabama, have a minimum Associate's Degree and have completed a list of prerequisite courses that can be found under Admissions Requirements.  Students must apply to the College and to the mobility program by the published deadline. This program admits one time per year to begin spring semester.   

Application Deadline:  September 15th for spring admission 

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 which 20 hours of prerequisite course work are required for admission.)
3 semesters of nursing course work   

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

Additional Information

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


Paramedic – RN Mobility Curriculum

The following courses must be completed before admission to program 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 & Development 3
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
or SPH 106 Oral Communications

* BIO 201 is a prerequisite to BIO 202.

**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 or 102, Introductory German, 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).

First Semester

NUR 209 Concepts for Healthcare Transition for Students 10 6 1 1 18
15 additional hours of nursing credit are awarded following successful completion of NUR 209 and a score of 75 or higher on the comprehensive standardized examination in NUR 209. 

Second Semester

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

Third Semester

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

Comprehensive Examinations Information

Comprehensive Exams

Students in the nursing program will be required to take comprehensive examinations at the end of each nursing courses 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 or NUR 221. Students receiving the Associate in Applied Science in 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 or NUR 221.  It is recommended that students scoring below the determined passing level remediate to help them reach their goal of becoming a nurse.