The Alabama Community College System nursing program is a seamless 5-semester curriculum with stack-able credentials which may lead the student to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. Stack-able credentials include a nursing assistant certificate of completion; practical nursing certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.
AL Nurse Aide Certification (CNA) Exam Eligibility
Following completion of NUR112: Fundamental Concepts of Nursing, or the first semester of the 3-semester curriculum, the student will be qualified to apply to take the Alabama Nurse Aide Certification Exam.
Certificate – Practical Nursing (PN)
A practical nursing certificate will be awarded to the student who successfully completes the 3- semester curriculum, which consists of 45 credit hours, including 20 credit hours of general education and 25 credits of nursing core coursework. This qualifies the student to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination: NCLEX-PN exam.
In addition to the general admission requirements for the College, admission into the nursing program requires:
A. Unconditional admission to the college.
B. Receipt of completed application for admission to nursing program before published deadline.
C. A minimum of 18 ACT composite score National or Residual.
D. A minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing required academic core courses.
E A minimum of 2.5 GPA cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college courses (GED will be used if applicable).
F. Meet the essential functions for nursing.
G. 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.
The following ONLY applies to students who have been accepted to the Practical Nursing Certificate 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.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for students over 21 years of age. If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination. Students 21 years of age and younger may submit documentation of:
- two doses of live measles virus vaccine (part of MMR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
- two doses of live mumps virus vaccine (part of MMR or MR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
- two doses of live rubella virus vaccine (part of MMR or MR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
- If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for all students, regardless of age. If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.
- Hep B- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for students over 21 years of age. Students 21 years of age and younger may submit documentation of immunization series (series of three doses). Individuals 21 years of age and younger who have not received vaccination series or any individual whose titer results (lab work) indicate they are not immune must be immunized and proof of first vaccination dose and signed Hep B Waiver must be submitted. Documentation reflecting immunization must be submitted following receipt of subsequent second and third doses. Waiver is available for those unable to receive the vaccine, as well as those in an ongoing series.
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TDAP)- Documentation of TDAP immunization within last 10 years must be submitted. Tetanus and TD only not acceptable.
- Tuberculosis (TB Skin Test)- Negative Tb skin test with lab results is required and must be repeated yearly. If you have ever tested positive for Tb, you must submit documentation of a current negative chest x-ray (current for 5 years from date of x-ray). CVCC PPD waiver form must be submitted with chest x-ray.
- Influenza- Documentation of seasonal flu immunization within the last year. Waiver is available for those who wish to decline or are unable to receive the vaccine; however, a mask will be required to be worn in clinical setting.
- Copy of valid health insurance (private or public) card.
- Copy of valid American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR certification (certification must be less than 2 years old).
- Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening- Students must submit proof of clear criminal background check/drug screen, which may take up to 4 weeks for completion, by established deadline. Background check and drug screen information should be obtained by the Health Sciences Secretary/Coordinator (background and drug screen conducted by VerifyStudents).
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 points.
- Students may be awarded up to, but may not exceed, 10 points, as determined by the College. Only ONE additional points option will be awarded. For example, an applicant awarded ten (10) points for an A.A.S. in Medical Assisting at CVCC CANNOT receive five (5) more additional points for completing twelve (12)hours of college-level coursework at CVCC.
*In order to receive points for nursing required college courses or additional points, courses must have been completed, with a grade of ‘C’ or better, prior to application period. Official transcripts reflecting grade MUST be on file in CVCC Admissions and an unofficial copy attached to nursing application in order to be considered for ranking purposes.
The Nursing Programs at Chattahoochee Valley Community College is approved by:
Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN)
RSA Plaza, Suite 250
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Chattahoochee Valley Community College is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033
Employment information for LPN can be located at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.