Southern Union State Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the A.D.N. program?

A.D.N. stands for Associate Degree Nursing. It is a program to allow a student to become a Registered Nurse (RN) after two (2) years (except for paramedic or LPN mobility options) of nursing education and passage of the state licensure examination. The Paramedic to ADN Mobility and LPN to ADN mobility are shorter programs that give credit for experiences obtained while employed as a paramedic or practical nurse and those programs are shorter than 2 years. After completion of the ADN program, students may wish to continue in their education at a four year institution to earn additional degree(s).

May I take the RN courses at the Wadley or Valley Campus?

No, ADN (RN) courses are only offered in Opelika. The general education courses required for the program may be taken at any campus.

What do I need to do to become a nurse?

There are two (2) applications you must complete before you can possibly start the nursing program. Students must first apply to the College and be accepted. Then students must apply for admission to the nursing program by one of the deadline dates each year. Before applying to the nursing program, the student must meet requirements that can be found for each program under “Admission Requirements”. Not everyone who qualifies for the program will be accepted because admission is competitive.

When can I start nursing?

You must apply by one of the deadline dates and be accepted to the program. The date you should submit your application will depend upon when you meet the admission requirements and when you decide it is the right time for you to start the program. The RN program admits students twice each year and the LPN-RN Mobility and Paramedic-RN Mobility programs admit one time each year. Check out the application dates under the particular program’s Admission Requirements and Dates.

APPLYING AND ACCEPTANCE:

What prerequisites are required for nursing?

Students must also meet requirements for Eng 101, math 100 or higher level math, and meet college reading requirments. It is highly recommended that students complete as many of the general education courses required for the program as possible.

Paramedic to RN Mobility and LPN to RN Mobility

Students must complete several courses before applying. Those courses can be found in the curriculum for those particular programs.

If I meet the “Admission Requirements”, will I be in the program?

Not necessarily. Admission is competitive; all applicants are rank-ordered according to their test scores and grades. Those applicants with the highest scores will be on the top of the list. We usually accept approximately 16 students from each admission ranking.

Must my ‘health requirements’ be met before I apply for admission?

No, health requirements will be due AFTER admission to the program. Do not submit any immunization records with your application.

How do I apply to the nursing program?

There is an application to the program available on the website or you can obtain one from the Health Sciences Admissions Office on the Opelika Campus. You must attach certain documents to the application and it must be received by the published deadline.

Can I fax in the application or health records?

No, original documents must be received by given deadlines.

How long is the waiting list?

SUSCC does not have a “Waiting List”. Students must apply for the program to be included in the rank order for acceptance. The top students are admitted and the next 20 students are placed on an alternate list in case we have an opening available before the program begins.

I applied a year ago and was on the waiting list. Why haven’t I heard anything?

The “alternate list” is only used for a brief time; it is used until the beginning of the program following the application deadline. Students must reapply if they are not admitted.

How will I be notified about program acceptance/admission?

By U.S. mail. You will receive a letter of standing 4-6 weeks after deadline date.

To what address will the letter be sent?

The letter is sent to the address that is on file in the Records Office of the College. It will not be sent to the address on the application. Be sure to keep your College records updated.

My grade point average (GPA) is 4.0 but I did not get into the program; a friend was accepted with a 2.5 GPA. Why?

Admission to the nursing program is not based on the applicant’s cumulative gpa. The admission is based on a combination of a test score and grades in certain courses. An additional 10 points are given to students who have completed 12 credit hours of the general education courses required for nursing at Southern Union.

TRANSCRIPTS:

May I deliver my official transcripts by hand?

No. The Registrar’s office requires transcripts be mailed directly from the sending school to SUSCC Admissions Office in Wadley, Alabama.

Do I need to send official transcripts to Health Sciences Admissions?

No. You must send official transcripts directly from the sending school to SUSCC Admissions Office in Wadley, Alabama.

When I print my SUSCC transcript, it has transfer credit listed from other schools. Do I have to attach other transcripts?

Yes, transcripts must be attached from EVERY school attended whether the credit applies to nursing or not. For example, if you attended 5 schools, you must attach 5 separate transcripts.

I received a letter stating my transcripts were not received in the Records Office by the deadline. I requested them from my previous school over 2 (or more) weeks ago. Why was my application denied?

The nursing program has deadline date(s) published well in advance and those dates do not vary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to know about the deadline(s) and abide by the requirements. The admission process cannot be delayed because an applicant did not allow enough time for all records to be received. Transcripts are stamped with a “Received” date as they are received by the Records Office. The nursing admission office respects this date as accurate and does not consider transcripts received after the deadline. It is recommended that transcript requests be made not less than 30 days prior to the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Records Office in advance to ensure that transcripts have been received. Neither SUSCC, nor the Nursing Program, can be responsible for the speed of the U.S. mail or the speed with which another institution mailed the transcripts.

CLASS TIMES/SCHEDULE:

Can I take nursing online?

SUSCC does not teach nursing courses online at the present time although computer testing and some hybrid courses may exist in the curriculum.

Can I take nursing in the evening?

Nursing classes are taught primarily in the day. Some labs or clinicals may be late afternoon, evening, or weekend.

Do you offer a part-time option for nursing?

The nursing courses must be taken in sequence as outlined in the curriculum. Students must also take the corequisites that are required during the semester they are enrolled if they have not previously been completed with a grade of C or higher.

If I have taken all the academics or general education courses required in the program, can I finish before two years?

It takes a minimum of 5 semesters to complete the program. Each nursing course must be taken as outlined in the nursing curriculum. Your course load may be lighter, but the program cannot be completed earlier.

After I have been accepted to the nursing program, how many days per week will I be in class, lab, or clinical?

On average, students in the first two semesters of the program will be in class, lab, or clinic four (4) days per week.  After the second semester, the average is 2-3 days per week, exclusive of academic work. For the mobility options, you will be in class 2-3 days per week.  If you must take a general education course along with nursing courses, you may be in class more often.

CLINICAL:

Where will I attend clinical?

A variety of clinical agencies are used within a 65-70 mile radius of the Opelika Campus. You may attend different sites during the same semester.

May I choose where I attend clinical?

No.  Efforts are made to accommodate students’ needs when possible. However, the learning experiences require a broad variety of clinical experiences that can only be attained by attending a variety of clinical sites.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:

What are essential functions?

Physical and mental requirements for performing the duties of a particular health science program.

Must I have the Essential Functions form signed by physician when I apply for admission?

No. Students must acknowledge the physical and mental requirements of the program before they apply. A physician’s signature is required after acceptance.

When are my health records due to be turned in?

Your health records will need to be turned in AFTER admission to the program. Instructions will accompany your acceptance letter.

Can I be certified with Professional Rescuer CPR from Red Cross?

No, most clinical contractual agreements require American Heart Association, Health Care Provider level with AED.

May I register for NUR classes before health requirements are met?

No. You can register for the co requisite academic courses but not the NUR courses. Students who do not complete the health requirements by the deadline given to them in the acceptance letter will lose their place in the program.

I don’t have the money to complete the health requirements. Why does SUSCC require so many?

The clinical agencies that SUSCC contracts with have certain requirements to guarantee the health and safety of their patients. Students are required to meet those stipulations so that they can attend the clinical settings for their education. These requirements will be necessary for anyone in a healthcare field while in school and later during employment. Please keep a copy of your records because SUSCC does not keep those after you leave the program.

MISCELLANEOUS

Does SUSCCC have a job placement office?

No. During the program, students are attending clinical agencies where they make contacts with potential employers and during the final semester potential employers recruit students on campus.

The curriculum indicates I need a humanities elective. What course(s) will count for the humanities elective?

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; 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).