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Program Locations: Bay Minette, Brewton, Fairhope, Monroeville, and Thomasville Campuses

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Length: Five Semesters

This is a full-time day program designed to prepare students to practice as competent registered nurses (RN) after passing the licensure exam. Students who successfully complete the first three semesters (45 credit hours) are awarded a Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate and are eligible to take the licensure exam to become an LPN. Licensure by the Boards of Nursing may be denied if an applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense of a felony, has abused drugs or alcohol, has a history of chemical dependency or mental illness, has been placed on the federal abuse registry, or has been administratively discharged from the armed services.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible, applicants must be in good standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) at Coastal Alabama, have original transcripts from all schools attended in the Registrar’s Office, hold a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the academic core courses in the program or cumulative 2.5 GPA if a high school student without prior college coursework, and be eligible for ENG101, MTH100, and BIO 201.

Students are selected based on the following point system:     

  1. Score on ACT with a minimum composite score of 18 required     
  2. Three points are awarded for an A, two for a B, and one for a C in ENG 101, MTH 100, BIO  201, and BIO 202         
  3. One point each is awarded for completion of PSY 210, SPH 106 or 107, BIO 220, and a Humanities course with a C or higher    
  4. Three points are awarded for completion of a higher level Math or Chemistry with a C or higher (MTH 116, Mathematical Applications, is not a higher level Math course).  Alternately, three extra points may be awarded for current certification in a health occupation that requires direct contact with patients, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Basic or Advanced EMT, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Phlebotomist, or Certified Surgical Technologist.  Proof (Copy of the certificate of completion) must be included with the application in order to receive extra points.  Applicants may receive up to 3 extra points total for this section.  Example:  Applicants will NOT receive 3 points for a higher-level math and 3 points for being a CNA.             
  5. Three points are awarded for completion of all eight general education courses required in the nursing program with a C or higher     
  6. All applicable courses must be completed by application deadline in order to be awarded points.                                                                              

A separate nursing application is required. Application deadlines, application packets, information sessions, and ACT registration dates are available on Coastal Alabama’s website. Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam showing ability to meet essential eligibility criteria, records of immunizations, proof of medical insurance and American Heart Association CPR. All nursing courses must be passed with a minimum of 75 (C) in order to progress in the program. A nursing testing fee will be assessed each semester.

It is highly recommended that students take the general education courses prior to beginning the nursing coursework. This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

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Program Locations: Bay Minette, Brewton, Fairhope, Monroeville, and Thomasville Campuses

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Length: Five Semesters

This is a full-time day program designed to prepare students to practice as competent registered nurses (RN) after passing the licensure exam. Students who successfully complete the first three semesters (45 credit hours) are awarded a Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate and are eligible to take the licensure exam to become an LPN. Licensure by the Boards of Nursing may be denied if an applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense of a felony, has abused drugs or alcohol, has a history of chemical dependency or mental illness, has been placed on the federal abuse registry, or has been administratively discharged from the armed services.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible, applicants must be in good standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) at Coastal Alabama, have original transcripts from all schools attended in the Registrar’s Office, hold a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the academic core courses in the program or cumulative 2.5 GPA if a high school student without prior college coursework, and be eligible for ENG101, MTH100, and BIO 201.

Students are selected based on the following point system:     

  1. Score on ACT with a minimum composite score of 18 required     
  2. Three points are awarded for an A, two for a B, and one for a C in ENG 101, MTH 100, BIO  201, and BIO 202         
  3. One point each is awarded for completion of PSY 210, SPH 106 or 107, BIO 220, and a Humanities course with a C or higher    
  4. Three points are awarded for completion of a higher level Math or Chemistry with a C or higher (MTH 116, Mathematical Applications, is not a higher level Math course).  Alternately, three extra points may be awarded for current certification in a health occupation that requires direct contact with patients, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Basic or Advanced EMT, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Phlebotomist, or Certified Surgical Technologist.  Proof (Copy of the certificate of completion) must be included with the application in order to receive extra points.  Applicants may receive up to 3 extra points total for this section.  Example:  Applicants will NOT receive 3 points for a higher-level math and 3 points for being a CNA.             
  5. Three points are awarded for completion of all eight general education courses required in the nursing program with a C or higher     
  6. All applicable courses must be completed by application deadline in order to be awarded points.                                                                              

A separate nursing application is required. Application deadlines, application packets, information sessions, and ACT registration dates are available on Coastal Alabama’s website. Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam showing ability to meet essential eligibility criteria, records of immunizations, proof of medical insurance and American Heart Association CPR. All nursing courses must be passed with a minimum of 75 (C) in order to progress in the program. A nursing testing fee will be assessed each semester.

It is highly recommended that students take the general education courses prior to beginning the nursing coursework. This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

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Nursing RN (with Practical Nurse Option) (AAS-NUR)

Program Locations: Bay Minette, Brewton, Fairhope, Monroeville, and Thomasville Campuses

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Length: Five Semesters

This is a full-time day program designed to prepare students to practice as competent registered nurses (RN) after passing the licensure exam. Students who successfully complete the first three semesters (45 credit hours) are awarded a Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate and are eligible to take the licensure exam to become an LPN. Licensure by the Boards of Nursing may be denied if an applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense of a felony, has abused drugs or alcohol, has a history of chemical dependency or mental illness, has been placed on the federal abuse registry, or has been administratively discharged from the armed services.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible, applicants must be in good standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) at Coastal Alabama, have original transcripts from all schools attended in the Registrar’s Office, hold a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the academic core courses in the program or cumulative 2.5 GPA if a high school student without prior college coursework, and be eligible for ENG101, MTH100, and BIO 201.

Students are selected based on the following point system:     

  1. Score on ACT with a minimum composite score of 18 required     
  2. Three points are awarded for an A, two for a B, and one for a C in ENG 101, MTH 100, BIO  201, and BIO 202         
  3. One point each is awarded for completion of PSY 210, SPH 106 or 107, BIO 220, and a Humanities course with a C or higher    
  4. Three points are awarded for completion of a higher level Math or Chemistry with a C or higher (MTH 116, Mathematical Applications, is not a higher level Math course).  Alternately, three extra points may be awarded for current certification in a health occupation that requires direct contact with patients, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Basic or Advanced EMT, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Phlebotomist, or Certified Surgical Technologist.  Proof (Copy of the certificate of completion) must be included with the application in order to receive extra points.  Applicants may receive up to 3 extra points total for this section.  Example:  Applicants will NOT receive 3 points for a higher-level math and 3 points for being a CNA.             
  5. Three points are awarded for completion of all eight general education courses required in the nursing program with a C or higher     
  6. All applicable courses must be completed by application deadline in order to be awarded points.                                                                              

A separate nursing application is required. Application deadlines, application packets, information sessions, and ACT registration dates are available on Coastal Alabama’s website. Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam showing ability to meet essential eligibility criteria, records of immunizations, proof of medical insurance and American Heart Association CPR. All nursing courses must be passed with a minimum of 75 (C) in order to progress in the program. A nursing testing fee will be assessed each semester.

It is highly recommended that students take the general education courses prior to beginning the nursing coursework. This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

Suggested Prior to Program Admission

It is suggested that students complete general education courses required for the associate degree nursing program prior to program admission.  Please note that Math 116, Mathematical Applications, does not fulfill the Math requirement.  ORI 101, Orientation to College will be required for first time college students.  SPH 106 or 107 fulfills the Speech requirement.  

Item # Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
BIO 103 or BIO 201 + 4
MTH 110 or more advanced + 3
SPH 106 or SPH 107 + 3
Sub-total Credits 13

Suggested Prior to Program Admission

*A higher level math or chemistry may be taken to obtain extra points toward admittance to the program, but are not required.

Item # Title Credits
BIO 220 General Microbiology 4
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3
BIO 201 or BIO 202 + 4
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective (I) + 3
Math or Chem Elective + 0
Sub-total Credits 14

SEMESTER ONE

MTH 100, or more advanced Math, and BIO 201 are required if not already completed with a C or higher.  Please note that MTH 116, Mathematical Applications, does not fulfill the Math requirement.

Item # Title Credits
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NUR 112 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing 7
MTH 100 or more advanced + 3
Sub-total Credits 14

SEMESTER TWO

ENG 101, PSY 210, and BIO 202 are required if not already completed with a C or higher.

Item # Title Credits
BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
NUR 113 Nursing Concepts I 8
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3
Sub-total Credits 18

SEMESTER THREE

SPH 106 or 107 is required if not already completed with a C or higher.

Item # Title Credits
NUR 114 Nursing Concepts II 8
NUR 115 Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning 2
SPH 106 or SPH 107 + 3
Sub-total Credits 13

SEMESTER FOUR

BIO 220 is required if not already completed with a C or higher.  BIO 220 is not a requirement of the Practical Nursing Certificate.

Item # Title Credits
BIO 220 General Microbiology 4
NUR 211 Advanced Nursing Concepts 7
Sub-total Credits 11

SEMESTER FIVE

A Humanities and Fine Arts elective is required if not already completed with a C or higher.  This elective is not required for a Practical Nursing Certificate.

Item # Title Credits
NUR 221 Advanced Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning (3-0-12) 7
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective (I) + 3
Sub-total Credits 10

GRAND TOTAL CREDITS 66

*Depending on the program or course, a student may also be required to purchase certain necessary tools and supplies.

Program Statistics

  Bay Minette & Fairhope Brewton Monroeville & Thomasville
Licensure Pass Rate
(First Attempt)
PN 2020 100% PN 2020 100% PN 2020 100%
  ADN 2020  94.4%
Including Mobility
ADN 2020  85.7%
Including Mobility
ADN 2020  88.6%
Including Mobility
*Completion Rates PN 2020 Summer Graduates
49%
PN 2020 Summer Graduates
59%
PN 2020 Summer Graduates
66%
  ADN 2020 Graduates 92%
Including Mobility
ADN 2020 Graduates 89%
Including Mobility
ADN 2020 Graduates 75%
Including Mobility
Employment PN – 100% of those seeking employment PN – 100% of those seeking employment PN – 100% of those seeking employment
  ADN 2019-2020
100%
ADN 2019-2020
100%
ADN 2019-2020
100%

*PN class is composed of those students who successfully complete the first three semesters of the ADN program.

*ADN class is composed of those students who successfully complete the fourth and fifth semesters of the ADN program.

Nursing

Nursing Files
Name File Type
ACT Residual Test Registration Form
Mobility Nursing Program Application
Nursing Program Application
Nursing Program Reinstatement Application
Nursing Program Transfer Application
Nursing Student Handbook

Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing program admits twice a year. In the spring, Coastal admits to the Brewton, Bay Minette, and Thomasville campuses. In the fall, Coastal admits to the Brewton, Fairhope, and Monroeville campuses.

The Practical Nursing Program admits three times a year. In the spring and fall, Coastal admits to the Atmore campus. In the summer, Coastal admits to the Bay Minette campus.

No. There is no waiting list. Students not admitted must complete the entire application process each time they wish to be considered for admission.

You will only be awarded extra 3 points for either ONE higher level math or chemistry course that is successfully completed with a grade of a “C” or higher.

Extra points are only awarded for one higher-level math or chemistry course.  Points for a higher-level math or chemistry will no longer be awarded starting summer semester 2021. In place of the points for a higher-level math or chemistry, 3 extra points may be awarded for current certification in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Basic or Advanced EMT, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Veterinary Technician, or Certified Surgical Technologist.  PROOF (COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION) MUST BE ATTACHED to the application in order to receive extra points.  Students may not receive extra points for a higher-level math or chemistry AND certification.  Extra points are awarded for one or the other.  After the spring 2022 admission, points will only be given for a certification as listed above.

 

Courses must be completed and a grade awarded by the deadline date for the admission cycle in which the student is applying.

Students are encouraged to speak with a Nursing and Allied Health advisor to discuss goals/plans: 251-990-0434 or 251-580-2257. Students must submit a complete application again, if applying for a different semester.

It generally takes 4-5 weeks after the close of the application cycle to receive notification of acceptance or denial. Applicants not receiving a letter after 5 weeks from the close of the application cycle should contact the nursing department at 251-580-4890.

The biggest difference between ACT Residual and the National ACT is that scores from ACT Residual taken at Coastal Alabama Community College are only valid for use at Coastal Alabama or another Alabama Community College. 

Yes, all nursing applicants are required to submit proper documentation of an ACT score. No minimum score is required for the practical nursing program application and a minimum composite score of 18 or higher is required for the associate degree program application. There is no expiration on ACT scores for nursing program entry. Acceptable reports for ACT scores include:

1. Student score as listed on the student’s OneACCS account.  Students should check the ACT score listed in OneACCS to determine if it is the score the student wishes to submit. Coastal Alabama Nursing will use that score ONLY if it is posted on the student account by the deadline date for the application cycle in which the student wishes to be admitted.

2. Request an official score report from ACT.org (a screen shot will not be accepted).

3. Request an official high school transcript (First ensure the ACT score is recorded on the official high school transcript. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted).

4. ACT Residual Score report emailed to the student’s account from Coastal Alabama Community College.

ACT is required for all associate degree nursing program applications.  TEAS is accepted for practical nursing program applications through the end of spring semester 2022.  Starting Summer Semester 2022, an ACT score must be submitted for all nursing program applications.  HESI and SAT are not accepted in place of ACT.

Refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for details regarding the differences in LPNs and RNs: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

12 or more credit hours per semester is considered full-time. 6-11 credit hours per semester is considered part-time. Students taking 6-11 credit hours will not receive a full financial aid award. For questions specific to financial aid eligibility, please contact the financial aid office: financial_aid@coastalalabama.edu

Many of the academic core courses required for a nursing certificate or degree are offered in the evening or online. Nursing courses are not offered in the evening or online.

Some credits are accepted from other colleges and universities. Only courses passed with a “C” or higher may transfer.  For questions regarding transfer of classes, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Nursing courses must be taken in sequence as posted. Nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress to the next semester.

Schedules vary based on the semester and clinical site availability. Typically, students must commit 3-5 days per week for class, lab, and/or clinical.

LPNs wishing to enroll in the Nursing Career Mobility program must have a valid, unencumbered Alabama PN license (printed from ABN website) or a valid, unencumbered multistate license allowing them to practice nursing in the state of Alabama.

Coastal Alabama Nursing will accept any of the following:

1. Student score as listed on the student’s OneACCS account.  Students should check the ACT score listed in OneACCS to determine if it is the score the student wishes to submit. Coastal Alabama Nursing will use that score ONLY if it is posted on the student account by the deadline date for the application cycle in which the student wishes to be admitted.

2. Request an official score report from ACT.org (a screen shot will not be accepted).

3. Request an official high school transcript (First ensure the ACT score is recorded on the official high school transcript. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted).

4. ACT Residual Score report emailed to the student’s account from Coastal Alabama Community College

Yes. A minimum composite score of 18 on ACT is required for application to the Career Mobility program. Information for ACT prep courses is available through Coastal Alabama’s Workforce Development Office at www.coastalalabama.edu/cpd or 251-990-0445. 

Students desiring to go into a nursing or health-related degree should select the General Studies degree with a concentration in Health Sciences.

Yes. The practical nursing program is offered summer semester at the Bay Minette campus. The practical nursing program is offered fall and spring on the Atmore campus.

No. The Associate Degree Nursing program is 5 semesters once admitted to the nursing program. Students generally complete 2-3 semesters of general education requirements prior to admittance.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for nursing program entry. A 2.5 GPA in the 8 academic core courses is required. For practical nursing, a 2.5 GPA in the 6 academic core courses is required.

A flagged background check does not automatically result in denial of admission into Coastal’s nursing programs. Flagged background checks are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by our clinical affiliates. If a clinical facility denies the student admission, then the student is not allowed to admit to or continue in the program.

No experience is required.

Starting pay is often the same for those with either degree. Job functions are typically the same for an entry level RN.

Registered Nurses may work in a variety of settings with a variety of clients. Examples include:

· Hospital nursing
· Office/Clinic nursing
· Community/Public health nursing
· Home health nursing
· Long-term care facility nursing
· Travel nursing
· Nursing supervisor/manager
· Hospice nursing

The job outlook is promising. There are currently more job opportunities than there are nurses to fill the positions. This shortage allows nurses to be more selective in choosing their practice setting.

The competition for admittance to one of Coastal Alabama’s nursing programs is dependent on the campus location and semester. The higher the points toward admittance, the higher the chances of being admitted to a nursing program.

There is no expiration or time limit on core academic courses.

Official transcripts from all institutions, including high school transcripts, must be sent to Coastal Alabama Community College’s registrar’s office directly from the college attended. Applications and all supporting materials (such as ACT score) must be received by the application deadline.

Anticipated Expenses

The following is an approximation of expenses for completion of the nursing program. Keep in mind that these expenses are estimates only and may vary (immunizations, physical, etc.)

Item Cost
Uniforms and Shoes NUR 112 $500
Senior Scrubs NUR 211 $100
Lab Fee NUR 112 $150
Lab Fee NUR 113 $150
Drug Screen 1 $50
Drug Screen 2 $50
Background Screen NUR 112 $64
CPR Certification NUR 112 $45.00
Immunizations and Physical NUR 112 Up to $800
(depending on individual needs)
Graduation Fee $25
ATI Testing Fees $530.00
(each semester)
Additional Testing Fees NUR 114/115 $134.00
(tends to increase each year)
Additional Testing Fees NUR 221 $64.00
(tends to increase each year)
PN Licensure $300.00
RN Licensure $300.00
Virtual Clinical Software $75.00 (each semester)
PN Licensure $300.00
Tuition (In-state = $162.00/credit hour) $10,692
Books (estimate) $3,250
Pin/Lamp (pinning ceremony; price varies) (optional) $70.00
Student Nurses Association $20.00
PN Estimated Total: $19,600.00

Students are ranked according to a point scale to determine program admission. Points are earned as follows for a maximum of 58 points:

The following four courses are each awarded 3 points for an A, 2 points for a B, or 1 point for a C:

  1. English 101 (English Composition) Points:_____
  2. Math 116 (Mathematical Applications) Points:_____
    * Math 100 or a higher level math is also accepted.
  3. Biology 201 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) Points:_____
  4. Biology 202 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II) Points:_____

The following four courses are each awarded 1 point for a grade of C or higher:

  1. Speech 106 or 107 (Public Speaking) Points:_____
  2. Psychology 210 (Human Growth & Development) Points:_____
  3. Biology 220 (Microbiology) *Not required for PN certificate Points:_____
  4. Humanities Elective *Not required for PN certificate Points:_____

Students are awarded points equivalent to their ACT composite score. Example: A composite score of 18 earns 18 points (No minimum score required for PN applicants).

*Alternatively, applicants applying for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 PN program may submit TEAS test results. The score will be converted to an equivalent ACT score based on the national average of each exam, and points will be awarded based on the converted score. Points:_____

3 extra points are given if the student is a current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Basic or Advanced EMT, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Veterinary Technician, or Certified Surgical Technologist. PROOF (COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION) MUST BE ATTACHED to the application in order to receive extra points.

*Alternatively, applicants that completed a chemistry or higher level math (such as MTH 100, 110, 112, or 265) with a grade of “C” or higher will be awarded 3 extra points for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 admission cycle. Applicants may receive up to 3 points for this section. Example: Applicants will NOT receive 3 points for a higher level math and 3 points for being a CNA. Points:_____

3 extra points are given to students that completed all 6 core academic required courses prior to the end of the application cycle for the PN program. The core courses are ENG 101, MTH 116 or MTH 100 or higher, BIO 201, BIO 202, SPH 106 or 107, and PSY 210. Points:_____

Notes:

  1. Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding transferability of courses taken at another institution.
  2. A grade of “C” or higher is required for all academic core courses and nursing courses.
  3. The TEAS test will be accepted for PN program applicants for Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022 admission. Applicants wishing to enter the PN program Summer Semester 2022 must take the ACT exam and submit the appropriate score report (no minimum score required). Coastal AL does not administer the TEAS test.
  4. Applicants that completed a higher level math or chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher may receive 3 extra points for the Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022 admission. For future admission cycles, students will only receive the 3 extra points if the student is a current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Basic or Advanced EMT, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Veterinary Technician, or Certified Surgical Technologist. PROOF (COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION) MUST BE ATTACHED to the application in order to receive extra points.

PN Applicants ONLY: For the purpose of calculating points, the following conversion formula will be used to determine equivalent ACT scores when submitting TEAS test results: Current National Average TEAS Test = Student’s TEAS Test Percentage Score Current National Average ACT Test x (equivalent ACT score)

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Bay Minette, AL 36507