Gadsden State Community College Nursing Program Review

Gadsden State Community College (GSCC) serves students from across the northeastern part of Alabama. The institution offers several different campuses and centers including Gadsden Campus, Anniston Campus, Ayers Campus, East Broad Campus, Valley Street Campus, Wallace Drive Campus, Cherokee Center, and McClellan Center. Each campus and center has its own personal story to how it became a part of this college. The college strives to serve the counties of Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, and St. Clair. It is part of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

Gadsden State Community College Nursing Program Review

This college offers five different programs of study for students to obtain a certificate or degree in the nursing profession. With these five different pathways, students have the ability and the opportunity to become a respected member of this profession and to become a vital member of the nursing community in order to provide excellent care for patients, and add to the education of the community in which they live to promote more health conscious individuals.

Nursing Assistant – Short Term Certificate Program

In the Nursing Assistant Certificate Program offered at GSCC, students spend two semesters learning the academic necessities of being a nursing assistant as well as the clinical procedures they will perform in the workforce. Nursing Assistant certificate holders will learn skills in phlebotomy, use of medical computer systems, and the common communication of the medical field. All training is provided in order to prepare the graduate to obtain employment in a wide variety of occupations across the nursing work force. Training acquired in this program will enable the graduate to sit for certification exams to become a certified nursing assistant or to become certified in the area of phlebotomy.

Practical Nursing Program (PN/LPN)

The Practical Nursing Program offered at GSCC has gained the approval of the Alabama Board of Nursing which is located in Montgomery Alabama. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level professional nursing and a certificate in practical nursing (PN). Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students who are in good standing with the Board of Nursing are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses. After passing this exam, graduates will carry the title and responsibilities of the title “Licensed Practical Nurse” (LPN). This program can be completed successfully in three terms of full time study. Students can also change the curriculum in order to make this program a part time course of study.

Registered Nursing (RN) – AAS Degree Nursing

This program of study offered at Gadsden State Community College to obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing, located in Montgomery Alabama and is accredited through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in Atlanta Georgia. This program is designed to prepare graduates to sit and write the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After successful passing of this exam, the graduate will be considered a part of the professional nurses of Alabama. They will learn in these courses the knowledge, skills, and most up-to-date technology associated with the profession. Graduates will also be considered eligible to participate in continuing education at a four-year institution. This program can be completed in five terms of in class instruction and clinical experience training.

LPN to RN Mobility Program

This program of study has two different tracks that a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can take to achieve their Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree. If the student has been working as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or have graduated from an approved school over two years prior to applied to the program, the will need to be enrolled in Track 1 offered under the Mobility Program. Track 2 is offered for those who have graduated and been working as an LPN for less than two years. After completing this program, LPNs are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN to start work as a Registered Nurse.

Paramedic to RN Mobility Program – EMP to RN

Students who have completed an associate degree for paramedics can choose to enter the program to gain credentials to hold the title of Registered Nurse (RN). This program can be completed in three semesters. After completing the program, students can apply to write for the NCLEX-RN. This program is held at Wallace Drive Campus.  


Gadsden State Community College
1001 George Wallace Dr.
Gadsden, AL 35903
(256) 549-8200

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