How To Get A Nursing Degree In Alabama







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Name: __________________________ Contact Number: _________________________

Applying to the nursing program at Lawson State is a competitive process and is based on set

criteria. Students are ranked and selected based on their academic achievements and compete

against other applicants.

Thus, meeting minimum qualifications does not guarantee acceptance. We wish all students success

in applying for the program.

Please select ONE of the following:

Birmingham Campus

RN (Registered Nurse) Program

Summer Day

Fall Day

Note: If applying to the Birmingham Campus return your application to the Ethel Hall Health Professions Building on the Birmingham East Campus

Bessemer Campus

RN (Registered Nurse) Program

Fall Evening

Note: If applying to the Bessemer Campus return your application to the “A” Building room 110 on the Bessemer Campus.

Application Deadlines: March 15, 2016 (by 5:00 CST) and June 1, 2016 (by 5:00 CST). Lawson

State Community College admits students to its RN day program two times per year, every

summer and fall. Lawson State Community College admits students to its RN evening

program one time per year, every fall.

It is the policy of the Alabama State Board of Education and Lawson State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its control, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.












Lawson State Community College





March 15, 2016 by 5:00 pm (CST) and June 1, 2016 by 5:00 pm (CST)

Today’s Date: _______________


Last Name: _________________________ First: _______________________ MI: ______ Maiden: ____________________ Social Security Number/ID Number:__________ _________________________________

Mailing Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________ City: _________________________ State: __________ Zip Code: ______________ Telephone: ___________________________ Cell Phone:__________________________________________ E-mail address: ______________________________________


High School Graduation Year:_______ High School Name:________________________________________________________ GED (if applicable): ____________________________________________ Date completed: _____________________________

Are you currently taking college courses? Yes _____ No _____ If yes, what college____________________________________ List all colleges attended and the year (s) attended

Have you ever participated in academic dishonesty (cheating) and have been disciplined for such an offense at a previous college? Yes______ No______ If yes, name the institution_____________________________________________________

Have you previously been admitted to a Nursing Program? Yes _____ No _____ If yes, state reason for withdrawal.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Do you hold a current Alabama LPN license? Yes _____ No _____

Have you taken the TEAS Test more than TWICE within a 12 month period? Yes _____ No _____

If yes, list all test dates: ____________________________________________________________. Please note that the institution will not consider more than TWO TEAS test results in one calendar year. The highest of the two will count.

NOTE: An official TEAS Transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and received and a copy of the report must be attached to this application. Failure to provide the Admissions Office (by this application deadline) with your official TEAS transcript or not attaching your TEAS scores to this application will disqualify your application.


III. Attach the following to this application. Check off each block indicating that you have attached both reports.

Unofficial copies of High School (only if you have no college courses completed) and College Transcripts from all colleges attended (including Lawson State), if applicable, must be submitted for consideration. Failure to attach all transcripts will disqualify your application.

Copies of TEAS scores (Submit official TEAS Transcripts to the Admissions Office prior to making

application). Failure to contact TEAS testing services and have your TEAS Transcripts sent to Lawson State’s Admission office by the application deadline, will disqualify your application. Official TEAS Transcripts must be on file in the Admission Office and a copy of that report must be submitted with this application. Again, failure to do both will disqualify the applicant.

IV. Check the box below indicating that you have read the attached Essential Functions listing and confirm that, if accepted into the program, you can fulfill all the required Essential Functions.

I have read the Essential Functions and confirm that I CAN carry out all functions as described.

I have read the Essential Functions and would like to reveal that I CANNOT carry out the Essential Functions. If you CANNOT carry out the Essential Functions, please explain in detail below. If more space is needed, please type out a statement and attach it to this application. Label it: Essential Functions

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I understand that completion of this application is a component of the student profile and does not in itself grant admission to the nursing program. I understand this application must be updated if I am not selected. I certify that the information given in this application is true and correct. I understand that providing false information may be deemed sufficient reason to dismiss the student and/or refuse admission.

Minimum admission standards include:

1. Unconditional admission to the college.

2. Receipt of completed application for the nursing program(s) by stated deadline. 3. A minimum of 2.50 GPA based on the following criteria:

o Student has undergraduate level credit hours: Compute the GPA based on the most recent 24 hours of undergraduate credit hours; o Student that has 24 or more credit hours at the graduate level: Compute the GPA based on the most recent 24 hours of graduate level

credit hours- undergraduate level credit hours are ignored;

o Student that has less than 24 hours at the graduate level: Compute the GPA based on the most recent 24 hours of undergraduate credit hours – graduate credit hours are ignored

o For students who have completed any college course work; high school credits will not be used in calculating GPA except as required in the Early College Enrollment Program.

o For students who have completed no college course work the final cumulative high school GPA should be a 2.5 or higher OR successfully passed the GED exam.

4. Associate Degree Program nursing applicants must also have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in BIO 201, BIO 202, and MTH 100 or higher. 5. Associate Degree nursing applicants must be Eligible for English 101 and Math 100 or Higher.

6. Eligibility for BIO 201 during the first term of associate degree and practical nursing. 7. Good standing with college.

8. Meeting the essential functions required for nursing.

9. Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is required. (Please attach documents.)

Admission to the nursing program is competitive, and the number of students is limited by the college. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Your signature below indicates that you have been truthful in completing this application, and it also indicates that you are fully aware that meeting minimal admission requirements does not guarantee program acceptance.

_______________________________________________ ____________________________________ Applicant’s Signature Date

Please return to:

Day Applicants Evening Applicants

Lawson State Community College Lawson State Community College – Bessemer Campus Attn: Department of Health Professions Attn: Department of Health Professions

3060 Wilson Road 1100 9th Ave SW Birmingham, AL 35221 Bessemer, AL 35022 (205) 929-6329 (205) 929-3461

Note: Applications must be returned to the campus to which you are applying. If applying to Bessemer please return to Bessemer and if applying to Birmingham please return to Birmingham.

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The Alabama Community College System endorses the Americans' with Disabilities Act. In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities.

Physical, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and social abilities are required in unique combinations to provide safe and effective nursing care. The applicant/student must be able to meet the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations throughout the program of learning. Admission, progression and graduation are contingent upon one's ability to demonstrate the essential functions delineated for the nursing programs with or without reasonable accommodations. The nursing programs and/or its affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential functions. The nursing programs reserve the right to amend the essential functions as deemed necessary.

In order to be admitted and to progress in the nursing program one must possess a functional level of ability to perform the duties required of a nurse. Admission or progression may be denied if a student is unable to demonstrate the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

The essential functions delineated are those deemed necessary the Alabama Community College System nursing programs. No representation regarding industrial standards is implied. Similarly, any reasonable accommodations made will be determined and applied to the respective nursing program and may vary from reasonable accommodations made by healthcare employers.

The essential functions delineated below are necessary for nursing program admission, progression and graduation and for the provision of safe and effective nursing care. The essential functions include but are not limited to the ability to:

1) Sensory Perception a) Visual

i) Observe and discern subtle changes in physical conditions and the environment

ii) Visualize different color spectrums and color changes

iii) Read fine print in varying levels of light iv) Read for prolonged periods of time v) Read cursive writing

vi) Read at varying distances

vii) Read data/information displayed on monitors/equipment

b) Auditory

i) Interpret monitoring devices

ii) Distinguish muffled sounds heard through a stethoscope

iii) Hear and discriminate high and low frequency sounds produced by the body and the environment

iv) Effectively hear to communicate with others c) Tactile

i) Discern tremors, vibrations, pulses, textures, temperature, shapes, size, location and other physical characteristics

d) Olfactory

i) Detect body odors and odors in the environment 2) Communication/ Interpersonal Relationships

a) Verbally and in writing, engage in a two-way communication and interact effectively with others, from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds

b) Work effectively in groups c) Work effectively independently

d) Discern and interpret nonverbal communication e) Express one's ideas and feelings clearly

f) Communicate with others accurately in a timely manner

g) Obtain communications from a computer 3) Cognitive/Critical Thinking

a) Effectively read, write and comprehend the English language

b) Consistently and dependably engage in the process of critical thinking in order to formulate and implement safe and ethical nursing decisions in a variety of health care settings

c) Demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations including mathematical computations without a calculator

d) Satisfactorily achieve the program objectives 4) Motor Function

a) Handle small delicate equipment/objects without extraneous movement, contamination or destruction b) Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting or lift

and carry clients without injury to clients, self or others

c) Maintain balance from any position d) Stand on both legs

e) Coordinate hand/eye movements

f) Push/pull heavy objects without injury to client, self or others

g) Stand, bend, walk and/or sit for 6-12 hours in a clinical setting performing physical activities requiring energy without jeopardizing the safety of the client, self or others

h) Walk without a cane, walker or crutches

i) Function with hands free for nursing care and transporting items

j) Transport self and client without the use of electrical devices


k) Flex, abduct and rotate all joints freely l) Respond rapidly to emergency situations m) Maneuver in small areas

n) Perform daily care functions for the client

o) Coordinate fine and gross motor hand movements to provide safe effective nursing care

p) Calibrate/use equipment

q) Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care settings

r) Perform CPR and physical assessment s) Operate a computer

5) Professional Behavior

a) Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude toward others

b) Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client

c) Handle multiple tasks concurrently

d) Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in a caring context

e) Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies

f) Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct

g) Understand that posing a direct threat to others is unacceptable and subjects one to discipline

h) Meet qualifications for licensure by examination as stipulated by the Alabama Board of Nursing

i) Not to pose a threat to self or others

j) Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing nursing care

k) Adapt to changing environments and situations l) Remain free of chemical dependency

m) Report promptly to clinicals and remain for 6-12 hours on the clinical unit

n) Provide nursing care in an appropriate time frame o) Accepts responsibility, accountability, and ownership

of one's actions

p) Seek supervision/consultation in a timely manner q) Examine and modify one's own behavior when it

interferes with nursing care or learning Upon admission, an individual who discloses a disability can request reasonable accommodations. Individuals will be asked to provide documentation of the disability in order to assist with the provision of appropriate reasonable accommodations. The respective College will provide reasonable accommodations but is not required to substantially alter the requirements or nature of the program or provide accommodations that inflict an undue burden on the respective College. In order to be admitted one must be able to perform all of the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations. If an individual's health changes during the program of learning, so that the essential functions cannot be met with or without reasonable accommodations, the student will be withdrawn from the nursing program. The nursing faculty reserves the right at any time to require an additional medical examination at the student's expense in order to assist with the evaluation of the student's ability to perform the essential functions. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to: Renee Herndon, ADA Coordinator on the Bessemer Campus at 929-3419 or Philana Suggs, ADA Coordinator on the Birmingham Campus at 929-6449.





Applicant Point System

Calculation of Points for Students Meeting Minimum Admission Standards: Ranking Scores Calculated as Follows:

1. Test for Academic Skills (TEAS)-Maximum 150

Points are awarded using the adjusted individual total score to percentile rank conversion on the TEAS exam (example: 56.7% correct = 85 points). Please see the TEAS V Score Conversion Chart. Note: The TEAS V (or current versions) scores cannot be more than 3 years old.

NOTE: Only official TEAS scores will be accepted as long as the score has been recorded within a three year period. Retest scores are only considered if the retake of the TEAS has occurred after 12 months (1 year) from the original test date.

2. Selected Coursework (maximum 90 points for first attempt courses only)

Points for grades in selected college course work are awarded as follows:

A=30 Points, B= 20 Points, C= 10 points in the following courses:

Grade Points

BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I _____ _____ BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II _____ _____ BIO 220 Microbiology _____ _____

Repeated Biology Courses (second attempt)

Points for second attempt course work (repeated courses) are awarded as follows:

A=15 Points, B=10 Points, C=5 points

A second attempt is determined based on whether or not the course has been repeated due to failure or withdrawal from the course.

Repeating a biology course (within 48 months of making application) that has already been passed (with a grade of “C” or better) is also considered a second attempt and will be assessed accordingly. A=15 Points, B=10 Points, C=5 points. Repeating a biology course after 49 months is not considered a repeat course. As a result, students will be assessed under the normal point scale: A=30 Points, B= 20 Points, C= 10

NOTE: See Repeated Course Appeal Process information if you withdrew or failed a course due to a devastating

situation/emergency that impacted your life at the time and led to the failure or withdraw. The Selection Committee does have a review process that will consider your case. If the appeal is approved internally, the biology course will count for the full points. A=30 Points, B= 20 Points, C= 10. Keep in mind, though, that appeals are not guaranteed (to be approved) and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis only and judged by their legitimacy and worthiness only.


3. Additional points (Maximum 11) – Students may be awarded up to 11 points as determined by the College.

The points will be awarded as follows:

Points for the grade in the HPS 103 Foundation Competencies for Health Sciences/Nursing Academy Course:

A = 11 points B = 7 points C=5 point D/F= 0 points

Grade Points

HPS 103 Foundation Competencies for

Health Sciences/Nursing Academy Course ______ ______

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First Term

Dpt Crs Course Title Theory Lab Clinic Preceptor Course

MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra 3 0 0 0 3

BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 1 0 0 4

NUR 102 Fundamentals Of Nursing 3 2 1 0 6

NUR 103 Health Assessment 0 1 0 0 1

NUR 104 Introduction To Pharmacology 0 1 0 0 1

Term Total 9 5 1 0 15

Second Term

Dpt Crs Course Title Theory Lab Clinic Preceptor Course

ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 0 0 3

BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 1 0 0 4

NUR 105 Adult Nursing 5 1 2 0 8

NUR 106 Maternal And Child Nursing 4 0 1 0 5

Term Total 12 2 3 0 20

Third Term

Dpt Crs Course Title Theory Lab Clinic Preceptor Course

PSY 200 General Psychology 3 0 0 0 3

BIO 220 Microbiology 2 2 0 0 4

NUR 201 Nursing Through the Lifespan I 3 0 2 0 5

Term Total 8 2 2 0 12

Fourth Term

Dpt Crs Course Title Theory Lab Clinic Preceptor Course

SPH 106, 107

or 116 Speech 3 0 0 0 3

PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3 0 0 0 3

NUR 202 Nursing Through the Lifespan II 3 0 3 0 6

Term Total 9 0 3 0 12

Fifth Term

Dpt Crs Course Title Theory Lab Clinic Preceptor Course


Humanities Fine Arts Elective

Select ONE humanities course from STARS Guide for course selection options

3 0 0 0 3

NUR 203 Nursing Through the Lifespan III 4 0 2 0 6

NUR 204 Role Transition for the Registered Nurse 2 0 0 2 4

Term Total 9 0 2 2 13

Program Totals:

Total Credit Hours: 72 Hours

Total Contact Hours: 1680

General Education: 30 Hours



Department of Health Professions

Licensed Practical Nursing Program Estimated Cost

Term I:

Tuition (15x$114) 1,710.00

Facility Renewal Fee (15x$9) 135.00

Technology Fee (15x$9) 135.00

Special Building Fee (15x$10) 150.00

Student Insurance 10.00

Liability Insurance 16.00

Testing Fee 150.00

Background and Drug Screening Fee 110.00

Books and Instructional Packets 500.00

Lab Kit 60.00


*Uniforms 70.00

Lab Coat 36.00

Name Pin 6.00

(*Depending on uniform cost) $ 3,148.00

Term II:

Tuition(20X$114) 2,280.00

Facility Renewal Fee (20X$9) 180.00

Technology Fee (20X$9) 180.00

Special Building Fee (20x$10) 200.00

Student Insurance 10.00

Testing Fee 315.00

Books & Instructional Packets 500.00

3,665.00 $

Term III:

Tuition (14X$114) 1,596.00

Facility Renewal Fee (14X$9) 126.00

Technology Fee (14X$9) 126.00

Special Building Fee (14x$10) 140.00

Student Insurance 10.00

Testing Fee 405.00

Books & Instructional Packets 300.00

Graduation Fee 40.00

2,743.00 $

Total for 3 Semesters $ 9,556.00 Additional costs associated with State Licensure

**State Board Application Fee 85.00

**NCLEX PN Test Fee 200.00

Temporary Permit Fee (If desired) 50.00

Total $ 335.00

*The cost of the uniform will depend on your preference for a pant suit or dress. There is an additional charge for extra large and extra tall uniforms

**These expenses are those that are necessary to write the State Board exam and become licensed in the state of Alabama.

Note: These costs do not include the cost of CPR course, medical exam and immunizations, watch, stockings/hose, or nursing shoes. Costs are based on prices in affect as of 08/01/2014, and may change without notice. Prices do not include sales tax, when applicable. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Blood Pressure Cuff/Stethoscope, Pen Light, Scissors, & Thermometer


Repeated Course Appeal Packet

Appeals Must Be Submitted at the Time of Application

Late Appeals will not be accepted

Under what circumstances do you use this form? If you failed or withdrew from Biology 201, 202 or 220

due to some catastrophic event (i.e., extended hospitalization, major accident, etc…) that was beyond your

control, you may consider completing this appeal process. In that way, the committee can better determine

if the failure or withdrawal was due to academic reasons or other reasons beyond the student’s control.

Each appeal is weighed, judged and assessed and approved or disapproved on a case-by-case basis.

There are no guarantees and individuals completely an appeal should not feel that simply completely this

process will guarantee approval. It does not. Every case and every circumstance is different.

What happens if my appeal is approved? If your appeal is approved, the Committee will award the Biology

course you are appealing with the full credit of points (A-30, B-20, C-10). If you appeal is not approved, the

Committee will award you Biology course with the standard repeat points (A-15, B-10, C-5).

Will the decision be shared with me? The Selection Committee does not send that information out because

the selection process is a private process. However, if you would like to find out at a later date, you can

always make an appointment to meet with the Associate Dean of Nursing. During that time, full disclosure

of the Committee’s decision regarding your appeal will be shared with you. The Associate Dean will only

discuss whether or not the appeal was granted. No discussion beyond that will be permitted. This should

be a fact-finding mission on your part only.

Students are only eligible for one appeal per application process. Several appeals will not be considered.













Student Information


What repeated biology course you would like to appeal: ___________________________

What is the name of the instructor who taught the course:__________________________

Where did you take this course (institution)?_____________________________________




Appeal Information (please



Submit a 1000-1500 word justification of the appeal. The justification must be

typed, double-spaced (use Times Roman font, 12 pt. only). In your description

of the situation, outline for the committee the circumstances which you believe

were catastrophic enough that caused you to withdraw or fail your Biology



Attach evidence that supports your claim. Failure to provide evidence of your

claim will void you appeal automatically. Please note that evidence submitted

can and will be reviewed and double-checked for authenticity. Submitting

false claims to the Committee will automatically disqualify you from entering

the program.



Attach a statement from the instructor who can vouch for your situation.

Statements must be written by the instructor and signed. If the instructor is

not a Lawson State instructor, the instructor must provide contact information

so the Committee can reach him or her for follow-up call if they have any. If

you cannot provide this statement, skip this section and submit your appeal

without the support of the instructor.

If you have any questions, as it relates to the appeal process, please email






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