Nursing FAQ

How do I apply to the nursing program?

  1. Complete application to attend classes at CVCC. The application is located on the CVCC website, under Future Students< Admissions Procedures.
  2. Complete Admissions File. Official transcripts from every college attended as well as high school and GED official transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions office. Additional items to be submitted include, but are not limited to, residency information and photo of ID.
  3. All applicants must then submit a separate application to the nursing program(s), including all required documentation. Please check the Health Sciences Homepage “Important Dates to Remember” calendar for application submission time frames.

What are the prerequisites for the nursing program?

For the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program, you must be eligible for ENG 101 and MTH 100, as determined by college policy, as well as BIO 201. This means that any transitional courses needed must be successfully completed prior to first semester in nursing program.

For the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing- Mobility Option program, the following prerequisites must be completed prior to the application deadline: BIO 201, BIO 202, ENG 101, PSY210, SPH 106 or SPH 107, and MTH 100.

What are the requirements to apply?

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 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.

Are there additional requirements for the Mobility Program?

Yes. Admission requirements for the Mobility Programs are as follows:

  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. Meet the essential functions for nursing.
  6. Completion of prerequisite courses: ENG101, MTH100 or higher, BIO201, BIO202, PSY210, and SPH106 or 107.
  7. Proof of unencumbered or non-restricted Alabama Practical Nursing License, which must be kept current for the duration of the program OR proof of unencumbered or non-restricted Alabama Paramedic License, which must be kept current for the duration of the program. All paramedic applicants must have a minimum Associate’s Degree.

What is the difference between the ADN and Mobility programs?

The  Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) program is a two year (5 semester) program designed to prepare students for licensure for Registered Nursing.  Effective Fall 2016, the LPN and ADN programs were combined to create a single, unified Nursing Program. A practical nursing certificate will be awarded to the student who completes the first 3 semesters of the Nursing curriculum.  This qualifies the student to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination:  NCLEX-PN exam. Following completion of the first 3 semesters, students seeking their Practical Nursing Certificate may opt to stop out of the Nursing Program or continue into their final two semesters, pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. At the completion of the 5 semester Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program, students will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination: NCLEX – RN.

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing- Mobility Option program enables the Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Paramedic to complete a one year (3 semester) curriculum leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.  At the completion of this program, the student is able to write the National Council Licensure Examination – RN.

What is the NCLEX?

NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination.  There are two types of NCLEX exams: The NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN.

Effective Fall 2016, the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program began offering students enrolled in the program the opportunity to earn stackable credentials. Following successful completion of the third semester, students will earn their Practical Nursing Certificate and be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN. Successful completion of the program, in its entirety, will yield an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.

When can I apply to the nursing program?

Each CVCC Nursing program admits students once a year, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) applications are available February, via www.cv.edu, with a March deadline. Applications for the Mobility Option program are available December, via www.cv.edu, with a February deadline.

In what semester do the programs begin?

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) program begins in the fall semester (August).  The Mobility Option program begins in the summer (May).

How many students do you accept into the nursing program?

The number of students accepted each year is determined by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available.

How long is the waiting list to get in?

CVCC does not keep a waiting list.  Every year the applicant pool starts anew.

 

What is the alternate list?

The alternate list is comprised of the applicants ranked below those accepted into the program.  In the event a position opens up in the program, the spot will be offered to those on the alternate list, in the order they were ranked.

I was placed on the alternate list, what do I do now?

The alternate list is only valid until the first day of classes.  If a position opens up, you will be contacted immediately.  If you are not contacted after the first day of class, you may reapply to the program during the next application period.

I applied to the program weeks ago.  Will I get a letter even if I was not accepted?

YES.  It takes approximately 4-6 weeks to process all applications.  ALL applicants are sent a letter by certified mail notifying them of their status.

I have not received my letter yet, what do I do?

Please keep in mind it takes at the latest six weeks to process applications.  If after six weeks, you have not received a letter, please contact your post office.  All letters are sent by certified mail; someone will need to be present at the time of delivery to sign for it.  If no one is present at the time of delivery, the mail carrier will return the letter to the post office and you will be responsible for picking it up there. Acceptance status will not be released over the phone.

I attended CVCC years ago; do I need to fill out a new application?

YES.  Your current CVCC application and all up-to-date transcripts are required to apply to the nursing program.  After two concurrent semesters of not being enrolled in courses at CVCC, individuals wishing to register for courses must submit a new application to CVCC Admissions. Applicants whose files are not complete and updated by application deadline will not be considered for program acceptance.

I have submitted all transcripts to the Admissions office, do I still need copies for my nursing application?

YES!  Unofficial copies of ALL transcripts (excluding high school transcripts, unless you are a student has not yet attending college courses) MUST be submitted with your nursing application.  NO EXCEPTIONS. The Health Sciences Department and Admissions Office do not share transcripts.

How do I obtain unofficial copies of my transcripts?

You may submit copies of your official transcripts or you may print transcripts from the student account of the college you attended.

My unofficial transcripts list transfer credit from the other colleges I have attended.  Does that count?

NO! Individual transcripts from each college attended must be attached to your nursing application.  Transfer credit listed on your CVCC transcript or any other transcript is not acceptable.

One of the schools I attended closed, do I still have to list that school on my application and get a transcript from them?

Yes. You must list ALL colleges attended and submit a copy of every transcript.  If a school you attended is no longer operating, please make sure to discuss your options with the Admissions office.  Often times schools that are no longer in operation are absorbed by other colleges and may still be able to access your transcripts.  Contact the Admissions office if you have problems obtaining transcripts.  Remember that incomplete applications will not be considered for acceptance into the nursing program.

I received an acceptance letter from the College, does that mean I was accepted into the nursing program?

Not necessarily.  Students accepted into the nursing program will receive a separate letter from the Health Sciences Department notifying them of the status of their application.

Is CVCC accredited?

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.

How long will it take to finish the nursing program if I have already taken all the general education courses?

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) program runs over the course of five consecutive semesters, beginning each fall.

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing- Mobility Option program runs over the course of three consecutive semesters, beginning each summer semester.

Once you are accepted into the program, the classes must be taken in the order they are outlined.  Completing the general education courses prior to entry into the program does not decrease the amount of time it takes to complete the program.

How many days a week are the classes?

The days and times of class vary by semester.  On average, during the first two semesters of the program, will be held over the course of 4 days a week.  Approximately two days of class time, one day of lab and one day of clinical.  After the second semester, the average is two – three days a week.  For Mobility students, the average is two – three days throughout the program.

Is there an online option for nursing courses?

No. The nursing courses are taught primarily during the day with the possibility of evening or weekend clinicals.  However, many of the general education courses in the curriculum are held at various times with options for online or hybrid classes.

Where are clinicals held?

Clinicals are held in various locations depending on course context and instructor availability.  Many local hospitals and nursing homes are used such as Columbus Regional as well as East Alabama, Lanier and Regional Rehabilitation.

Can I take nursing courses before I get into the program?

No. Only students who have been accepted into the Nursing program may enroll in nursing courses.

Is admission into your nursing programs competitive?

Yes. All eligible applicants are ranked according to a point system.  The top students are accepted.

How does the point system work for admission into the nursing program?

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 ten (10) points toward admission. OR
    • Students who have completed a minimum of twelve (12) hours of college-level course work at CVCC will receive five (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 five (5) additional points toward admission.

Does CVCC include an interview as part of the admission process?

No.  Admission to the Nursing programs is strictly based on the point system.

I have a GA LPN license; do I need an Alabama license to apply to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing- Mobility Option program?

Yes.  Individuals applying to the Mobility program may submit proof of application for permanent or temporary licensure; however, accepted applicants will be required to provide proof of active, unencumbered Alabama license upon acceptance into program.

I have a GA Paramedic license; do I need an Alabama license to apply to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing- Mobility Option program?

Yes.  Individuals applying to the Mobility program may submit proof of application for permanent or temporary licensure; however, accepted applicants will be required to provide proof of active, unencumbered Alabama license upon acceptance into program. Additionally, All paramedic applicants must have a minimum Associate’s Degree.

How can I get an Alabama license?

In order to apply for Alabama licensure, you must first meet the requirements for endorsement listed at http://www.abn.alabama.gov/.