Program Information

Nursing Program Information 

The Nursing Program admits students three times per year. Prospective students must meet the minimal admission requirements and apply for admission to the nursing program by the program's application deadline. See admission requirements for additional information.  

Application Deadlines:

The  Nursing deadlines are as follows:

  • February 1- Summer Admission at the Wadley Campus only
  • March 1- Fall Admission at the Opelika Campus only
  • September 15 -Spring Admission at the Opelika Campus only

Applications received after these dates will not be considered. 


Effective Summer 2020, ALL students admitted to the Nursing Program at SUSCC will be eligible to earn the following:

Nursing Assisting Certificate

Length of Program: 1 Semester (7 Semester Hours); successful completion of NUR 112
Credentials Earned: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) following successful passage of the state certification examination.


Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate

Length of Program: 1 Year (45 Semester Hours); 3 semesters of coursework
Credentials Earned: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) following successfully passage of the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Length of Program: 2 Years (66 Semester Hours); 5 semesters of coursework after admission to program

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

 

PN Accreditation:
Effective July 25th, 2019, the Practical Nursing program at Southern Union State Community College located in Opelika, Alabama is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  This candidacy status expires on July 2021. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp.  The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing.  

ADN Program Accreditation:

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Southern Union State Community College located in Opelika, Alabama is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.  The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is continuing accreditation.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.  The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing.  

 


Additional Information

Admission Requirements
Nursing Program Brochure
Nursing Program Application
Health Sciences Information Session
Estimated Cost of Program
Essential Functions for Nursing
Vaccination Form
Nursing Student Handbook 2020-2021
Addendum to Nursing Student Handbook 2020-21
NUR 221 Preceptorship Manual 2020-21
Nursing Student Achievement Report
Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement - RN Licensure
Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement - PN Licensure


NURSING CURRICULUM 

Students enrolled in semesters 1-3 are considered Practical Nursing (PN) students.  Students enrolled in semester 4-5 are considered Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students. 

First Semester

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

Second Semester  *Students eligible to take CNA certificate exam

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 202* Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 1 0 5 4
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 3 0 0 3 3
- 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

Fourth Semester  *Students eligible to take NCLEX-PN for PN licensure

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
BIO 220 General Microbiology 2 2 0 6 4
NUR 211 Advanced Nursing Concepts 4 0 3 13 7

Fifth Semester

Course Name THEORY LAB CLINIC CONTACT CREDIT
Humanities Elective** 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 221 Advanced Evidence-Based Clinical Reasoning 3 0 4 12 7

       *Students eligible to take NCLEX-RN for RN licensure

Academic and Nursing Theory Contact Hours 660
Academic and Nursing Lab Contact Hours 255
Nursing Clinical Contact Hours 675
Total Program Contact Hours 1590

*Notes

  • Classes in bold italics may be taken prior to entering nursing or taken in consecutive nursing semesters.
  • BIO 201 is a prerequisite for 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; 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 the transfer of your course(s).


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.