ADN

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN)

The Alabama Community College System nursing program is a seamless 5-semester curriculum with stackable credentials which may lead the student to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.  Stackable credentials include a nursing assistant certificate of completion; practical nursing certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

Certificate – Practical Nursing (PN)

A practical nursing certificate will be awarded to the student who completes the first 3 semesters of the Nursing curriculum which consist of 45 credit hours, including 20 credit hours of general education and 25 credits of nursing core courses.  This qualifies the student to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination:  NCLEX-PN exam.

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program enables the student to complete a 5-semester curriculum leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.  In order to graduate from the program, the student must complete a total of 66 credit hours, including 27 credit hours of general education and 39 credit hours of Nursing core courses.  Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will be qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination: NCLEX-RN.

The nursing programs at Chattahoochee Valley Community College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA  30326, Phone 404-975-5000, Fax 404-975-5020, Website http://www.acenursing.org/.

The nursing programs at Chattahoochee Valley Community College are approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

It is important for nursing students to note however, that the review of candidates for eligibility for initial and continuing licensure in Alabama will include questions concerning such matters as whether they have ever been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense and whether they have ever been arrested for or convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Application to write the examination may be denied on the basis of the review.

Certifications: Nursing Assistant; Practical Nursing Certificate; Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the College, admission into the nursing program requires:

  1. Unconditional admission to the college.
  2. Receipt of completed application for admission to nursing program before published deadline.
  3. A minimum of 18 ACT composite score National or Residual.
  4. A minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing required academic core courses.
  5. A minimum of 2.5 GPA cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college courses (GED will be used if applicable).
  6. Meet the essential functions for nursing.
  7. Eligible for ENG101, BIO201, and MTH100.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and availability of clinical facilities.  Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing program.

Required Documents

The following ONLY applies to students who have been accepted to the Associate Degree Nursing program.
Students who are conditionally accepted into the nursing program will be required to submit the following items:

  • Current history and physical completed by licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner (must be completed on CVCC Physical Form; valid for the duration of the program unless program admission is inactive greater than two semesters).
    • Color blind test
    • Audiometric test
  • Documentation of immunization/health check.
    • MMR- Series of 2 vaccinations or positive titer if vaccination record is not available.
    • Varicella/chicken pox vaccination, positive titer, or physician verified history of disease.
    • Hepatitis B- Series of 3 vaccinations, waiver (form provided by CVCC Health Sciences), or positive titer.
    • Tetanus vaccination (Documentation of immunization within last 10 years).
    • Tuberculosis (TB)- Current negative PPD skin test (results must be less than 1 year old), negative TB blood test, or normal chest x-ray (if PPD is positive; results must be less than 5 years old) and PPD waiver (form provided by CVCC Health Sciences, to be renewed annually).
    • Influenza- Current vaccination (vaccination must be less than 1 year old) or Influenza waiver (required during flu season, October-March; mask will be required during clinical rotations)
  • Copy of valid health insurance (private or public) card.
  • Copy of valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or BLS Provider CPR certification (certification must be less than 2 years old).
  • Negative drug test (drug test information provided by CVCC Health Sciences; the background check and drug screen are valid for the duration of the program unless program admission is inactive greater than two semesters).
  • Clear Background Check (conducted by Clinical Backgrounds; the background check and drug screen are valid for the duration of the program unless program admission is inactive greater than two semesters).
  • Essential Functions- Completed by student and physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant (valid for the duration of the program unless program admission is inactive greater than two semesters).

Failure to have updated information in your nursing file may result in a delay of your registration process.

Calculation of Points for Applicants Meeting Minimum Admission Standards 

After meeting all minimum requirements, applicants are rank-ordered using a point system based on:

  • ACT score. Highest possible score of 36 points with no time limit on when the test was taken. Student, high school, or college report must be submitted.
  • Points from Nursing required college courses (i.e. ENG101, MTH100 or higher, BIO201 and BIO202). Points for grades are as follows:  A = 3 points, B = 2 points, and C = 1 point.
  • Students may be awarded up, but not to exceed, 10 points as determined by college policy and procedures.
    • Students who have earned a practical nursing certificate at CVCC and can provide proof of licensure will receive an additional 10 points toward admission OR
    • Students who have completed a minimum of 12 hours of college-level course work at CVCC will receive 5 additional points toward admission OR
    • Students who have completed ENG101, MTH100 (or higher), BIO201 and BIO202 with a grade of ‘C’ or higher at another institution and have received transfer credit at CVCC will receive 5 additional points toward admission.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Term

NUR112

MTH100

BIO201

Second Term

NUR113

ENG101

PSY210

BIO202

Third Term

NUR114

NUR115

SPH 106 or SPH107

Fourth Term

NUR211

BIO220

Fifth Term

NUR221

Humanities Elective

 

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