The Practical Nursing (PN) program is a three-semester program whose mission is to prepare nurses (LPN’s) to meet basic health care needs in structured settings of acute and long-term care where policies and procedures are specified and carried out under the direction of a licensed professional nurse or other licensed healthcare provider. Critical thinking, the nursing process, communication, safety, client education, ethical-legal issues, the health-illness continuum and pharmacology are core themes used to develop content within the curriculum.
Graduates are prepared to fulfill entry-level positions as staff nurses and may be employed in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, rehabilitative and long-term care facilities and outpatient clinics. Career opportunities for the PN graduate range from staff nurse positions in various healthcare settings to pursuing professional nurse licensure and advanced degree roles. Job descriptions, wages, location of work place and skills required are all variable and dependent upon the PN graduate’s chosen workplace.
Applicants admitted into the Bevill State Community College Associate Degree Nursing program each year will be selected from high school graduates/GED recipients, students currently enrolled at Bevill State, applicants to the LPN Mobility Track program, and students transferring from other colleges and/or universities, according to established criteria.
Admission to the ADN program is a competitive process because the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available. The space available at clinical sites and student-teacher ratios required by the Alabama Board of Nursing limit the number of applicants accepted each year. Final selection is made by the Nursing Admissions Committee. All applicants will be notified by mail of admission decisions.
Bevill State Community College has an institutional goal of ensuring diversity among its students; therefore, students are admitted on a competitive basis without discrimination with regard to age, religion, creed, ethnic origin, marital status, race, gender, or disability which does not interfere with attainment of program objectives. For more detailed information, please review the admission requirements outlined in the Course Catalog.
Advanced educational degrees are not required for all areas of specialization. Masters and doctoral programs are available for those who wish to become certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical specialists, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, nurse administrators and nursing educators. One who enters nursing must have a sincere interest in people and a desire to practice professional nursing in a manner that best promotes the patient's well being. Good judgment is essential, as is the ability to maintain good interpersonal relationships. Academic ability and good study habits are a necessity. Tact, adaptability and a sense of humor are important characteristics.
Effective July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.
Gainful Employment Statistics and References
If you have any questions regarding the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Services.