Nursing | Northeast Alabama Community College (2023)

Associate in Applied Science Degree –
5 Semesters/Two Academic Years

Practical Nursing Certificate –
3 Semesters/One Academic Year

The nursing program is an integral part of NortheastAlabama Community College and accepts the mission statementand the goals of Northeast Alabama Community College. Thenursing curriculum combines general education and nursingeducation courses. The Associate in Applied Science Degreeis awarded by Northeast to the student who successfullycompletes all requirements of the nursing program. Students inthe program are eligible after successful completion of the firstthree semesters for the Practical Nursing certificate.

The graduate of the associate degree program is eligible toapply to the State Board of Nursing to take the National CouncilLicensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure asa registered nurse. The review of the application by the StateBoard of Nursing determines eligibility of the applicant to takethe licensure examination.

Completers of the practical nursing program are awarded acertificate and are eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursingto take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEXPN)leading to licensure as a practical nurse. The review of theapplication by the State Board of Nursing determines eligibilityof the applicant to take the licensure examination.

Legal requirements for licensure in the State of Alabamaare listed in the Alabama Board of Nursing AdministrativeCode. The applicant for licensure examination should be awarethat eligibility for initial and continuing licensure in Alabamaincludes questions concerning such matters as convictions ofcriminal offenses, convictions for driving under the influenceof drugs/alcohol, treatment for mental illness, treatment forchemical dependency, disciplinary action by a state boardof nursing, placed on a state/federal abuse registry, or courtmartialed,disciplined, or administratively discharged by themilitary. The application to take the licensure examination maybe denied by the State Board of Nursing if all the requirementsas listed in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Codeare not met by the applicant. Although these policies referspecifically to Alabama, other states have similar stipulationsregarding licensure. Individuals must meet the following criteriafor initial licensure as a nurse.

  1. Complete all requirements for graduation from an approvednursing program.
  2. Receive approval by the State Board of Nursing to take theNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
  3. Achieve a passing score on the National Council LicensureExamination (NCLEX).

Accreditation Status

Approved by Alabama Community College System Board ofTrustees
Approved by Alabama Board of Nursing
Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education inNursing (ACEN)

Admission Requirements

  1. Unconditional admission to the College. In order to beunconditionally admitted, the Admissions Office mustreceive official transcripts of all attempted college work.
  2. Complete application to the Nursing Program by thepublished deadline. It is the student’s responsibility toverify all required documentation has been received by thepublished deadline.
  3. A minimum of 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for nursingrequired core academic courses.
  4. Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at current institution (whichincludes all course work completed) and/or cumulative 2.5GPA at institution from which student is transferring.
  5. A minimum of 2.5 grade point average (GPA) cumulativehigh school for students without prior college courses (GEDwill be used if applicable).
  6. A minimum of 18 ACT composite score.
  7. Eligibility for ENG 101, BIO 201, and MTH 100 asdetermined by college policy.
  8. Good standing with the college.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive and thenumber of students accepted is limited by the number of facultyand clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal requirementsdoes not guarantee acceptance.

Should the student decline acceptance or be deniedadmission based on qualifications, he/she must re-submit anapplication by published deadline of the following academicyear. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to the admissionrequirements described and verify all required documentationhas been received by published deadline. Students shouldcontact a nursing advisor for clarification, if needed.


Nursing Program Selection Criteria

After meeting all minimum requirements, applicants are ranked based upon a point awarded system as follows:

Calculation of Points for Ranking



1. Minimum ACT Composite 18

  • Composite scores below 18 will render applicant ineligible
  • We accept the highest ACT composite score on file
  • No time limit on ACT score

Points for Grades on Core Academic Courses:

  • ENG 101, MTH 100, BIO
  • 100, BIO 201, BIO 202

3. Additional 10 points based on NACC policy:

A. GPA as calculated on Core Academic Courses (Up to 4.0 points)


B. All General Education Courses Completed:

  • (ENG 101, MTH 100, BIO 201, BIO 202, PSY 200, PSY 210, SPH 106/107,BIO 220, Humanities Elective – ART, MUS, PHL, THR, Ethics, or foreignlanguage)
  • No partial points awarded

C. Current CNA Certification (SSN Required to verify)


D. First time nursing student


E. Attended NACC’s Pre-nursing Seminar within 12 months of application


F. NACC Loyalty Points




Additional Criteria:

  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on Core Academic Courses.
  • All Core Academic Courses DO NOT have to be complete for program eligibility.
  • Core Academic Course GPA is calculated on courses taken or accepted in transfer and appearing on your NACC transcript. GPAmay be calculated on <4 of these courses.
  • If you have not taken any of these Core Academic Courses, your high school GPA is used. Cumulative High School GPA mustbe minimum of 2.5 for students without prior college courses (GED will be used if applicable).
  • Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 at NACC and all previous transferring institutions. This includes all course work completed.
  • Must be unconditionally admitted to NACC. In order to be unconditionally admitted, the Admissions Office must receiveofficial transcripts on ALL attempted college work.
  • Must have a minimum of 18 ACT composite score.
  • Must meet the Essential Functions/Eligibility Criteria for nursing as determined by Healthcare Provider.
  • If not already completed, student must be eligible to take ENG 101, BIO 201, and MTH 100 the first semester accepted into thenursing program.

Program Requirements:

  1. The student must comply with legal, moral, and legislativestandards in accordance with theAlabama Board of NursingAdministrative Code.
  2. The student is required to follow Federal HIPAA regulationsregarding client confidentiality and privacy. Student mustrespect the client’s right to privacy by protecting confidentialinformation unless obligated to disclose in a court of lawunder proper authorization or legal compulsion (AlabamaBoard of Nursing Administrative Code). Students may berecommended for dismissal from the nursing programfor failing to comply with this requirement.
  3. The student must follow the testing policy which is availablein the course syllabi and the Nursing Student Handbook.
  4. The student may be recommended for dismissal fromthe nursing program when not adhering to the policiesand procedures of the facility to which they are assigned,Quality Safety Education Standards for nurses, or theprogram standards for client safety.
  5. A rating of unsatisfactory in clinical performance will resultin a grade of “F” for that course regardless of any othergrading component in the course.
  6. The student who has been determined to beUNSATISFACTORY in providing safe effective clientcare in the clinical area may not be allowed readmission orreinstatement into the nursing program.
  7. The student is expected to be academically honest. Anystudent found guilty of cheating may be recommended fordismissal from the program with a grade of “F.”
  8. The student will have professional liability insurancethroughout the nursing program. Fees are included intuition.
  9. The student must show documentation of currentcardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification at thehealthcare provider level prior to placement in a clinicalagency.
  10. The student is required to obtain a health evaluation by aqualified health practitioner on the form provided by thenursing department. (MUST BE UPLOADED TO THEONLINE CREDENTIALING SERVICE BY THEPROVIDED DEADLINE.)
  11. The student is required to obtain an evaluation of theEssential Functions/Eligibility Criteria as determined bya qualified health practitioner on forms provided by thenursing program. The evaluation must be submitted tothe online credentialing service by the provided deadline.Additional health examinations may be required dependingon physical or psychological alterations which may occurduring the program of study.
  12. The student is highly encouraged to receive a series ofthree Hepatitis B vaccines, obtain a Positive titer or sign adeclination policy provided by the nursing department.
  13. The student is required to submit to a pre-clinical drugscreen at a time designated by the nursing faculty.Failure to comply with this requirement may result in arecommendation for dismissal from the program. Randomdrug screens may be required should the student exhibitbehaviors indicative of substance abuse during a clinicalexperience or during on campus clinical lab. Admissiondrug screen and annual drug screen fees are included intuition. Any additional drug screen is performed at thestudent’s expense. A positive drug screen will prohibit thestudent from completing the clinical requirements of thenursing curriculum and the student will be recommendedfor withdrawal from the nursing program and/or referred tothe Dean of Student Services for the disciplinary process.A student with a prior positive drug screen may apply forreadmission or reinstatement to the nursing program withprovided evidence of completion of an approved treatmentprogram. (See Nursing Student Handbook for detailedpolicy).
  14. The student is required to submit to a criminal backgroundcheck prior to placement in a clinical facility, which is required by clinical agencies. Students who have a positivebackground check will not be allowed to complete theclinical component of the nursing course and would berecommended for withdrawal from the nursing program.
  15. The student must be registered prior to attending class.Children are not allowed in the classroom, clinical lab orcomputer lab at any time.
  16. The student is required to participate in testing programs andremediation included throughout the nursing curriculum.

Course Grade:

A course grade will be determined based on theory andclinical performance. Students must achieve a grade of “75%”or above in each required nursing course to continue in thenursing program. A grade below “75%” will result in a “D”or an “F” depending on the numerical score.

Grading Scale:

90 – 100

= A

80 – 89

= B

75 – 79

= C

60 – 74

= D

59 and below

= F

Attendance Policy for Nursing Students:

Students are expected to attend all classes for which theyare registered. Students who are unable to attend class regularly,regardless of the reason or circumstance, should withdraw fromthe class before poor attendance interferes with the student’sability to achieve the objectives required in the course.


See Nursing Student Handbook for detailed attendancepolicies.

Responsibility to Agencies

All students are assigned to various health care agenciesfor clinical experiences. Students must follow the policies andprocedures of the health care agencies and must be acceptableto those agencies. The student is responsible for complyingwith the policies and procedures required by the agencies whichprovide for the safety and welfare of the clients. Failure, by the student, to meet this requirement will mean the student isexcluded from a required clinical experience. The student maybe recommended for withdrawal from the nursing programand/or will result in a formal complaint being filed against thestudent with the Dean of Student Services. (See Nursing StudentHandbook for detailed policies).

Student Organizations and Activities:

Students enrolled in the nursing program participate incampus organizations as well as social, cultural and collegeactivities the same as other college students. In addition to theregular activities at the College, students in nursing may belongto the National Student Nurses’ Association.

Additional Expenses:

These expenses are approximate and in no way reflectexpenses each individual student may incur during the program.This list is not all inclusive.

  • Uniforms, lab coat, stethoscope, and blood pressure cuff,etc. (Approx. $350)
  • Professional liability insurance ($20 each Fall semester)
  • Textbooks and other resources (Approx. $1,000 semesterone & approx. $500 semester two)
  • Miscellaneous books and other resources (Approx. $500)
  • Laboratory packet (Approx. $65 each semester)
  • Evaluation of Essential Functions/Eligibility Criteria,Physical & Health Questionnaire by HealthcareProvider (Approx. $200)
  • Online credentialing service (Includes Credentialing &Criminal Background Check) (Approx. $45)
  • Required (immunizations or titers, approx. $200-$350)
  • Drug Screening Tests ($35 each Fall semester)
  • Testing and learning resource fees (Approx. $400 persemester)
  • Transportation to and from clinical agencies

Additional expenses anticipated during the final semesterof the nursing program are approximate. They are as follows:

NCLEX Application and Licensure


NCLEX Review Course


Graduation Fee


Nursing Pin (Optional)


Progression Policy for the Nursing Program

In order to continue in the nursing program, the studentmust meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain a grade of “C” or better in all required generaleducation and nursing courses.
  2. Unless completed previously, students must completeall required general education courses according to TheAlabama Community College System Nursing Educationcurriculum.
  3. Be acceptable by clinical agencies for clinical experience.
  4. Maintain ability to meet Essential Functions/EligibilityCriteria for nursing with or without reasonableaccommodations.
  5. Maintain program health requirements.
  6. Maintain current CPR course completion at the HealthcareProvider Level.
  7. Students with an unsuccessful attempt in a nursing course(W, D, or F) cannot progress until the course is repeatedsuccessfully. Course repetition will be based on instructoravailability and program resources.

Non Progression:

  1. A total of two unsuccessful attempts in two separatesemesters (D, F, or W) in the nursing program will requirethe student, who is eligible to return, to apply for admissionto the nursing program.
  2. Students who have a withdrawal or failure in a nursingcourse and are eligible to return to that course will beconsidered for reinstatement to the program.
  3. A student may be reinstated to the nursing program onlyone time. Reinstatement must be within one year fromthe semester of non-progression. Reinstatement is notguaranteed due to limitations in clinical spaces. All nursingprogram admission standards must be met.
  4. A student must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the currentinstitution for reinstatement.
  5. If a student has a documented extenuating circumstancethat should be considered related to a withdrawal orfailure, this student may request a hearing before theNursing Admissions Committee or other appropriatecollege committees for a decision on repeating a course(reinstatement) or readmission to the program.


In order to be reinstated, a student must:

  1. Schedule an appointment with a nursing faculty/advisor todiscuss eligibility for reinstatement.
  2. Apply for readmission to the College if not currentlyenrolled. College readmission must be accomplished bypublished deadlines.
  3. Apply for reinstatement to the nursing program by the endof the semester following the term of withdrawal or failurein the nursing program.
  4. Demonstrate competency in all previous nursing coursessuccessfully completed with validation of clinical nursingskills and/or written/computerized exams.
  5. Student must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the currentinstitution for reinstatement.
  6. Meet acceptable criteria for placement at all clinicalagencies for clinical experiences.
  7. Adhere to nursing curriculum or program policies andprocedures in effect at the time of reinstatement.
  8. Update immunizations, demonstrate current, acceptedCPR course completion at the Healthcare Provider Level,background check, and drug screening according toprogram policy.
  9. Reinstatement to the nursing program is not guaranteed.Reinstatement may be denied. Possible reasons for denialinclude, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Grade Point Average (GPA) is less than 2.5 from coursescompleted at current institution.
    2. Refusal by clinical agencies to accept the student forclinical experiences.
    3. Over twelve (12) months have elapsed since the studentwas enrolled in a nursing course.
    4. Failure to demonstrate competency in all previousnursing courses successfully completed.
    5. Space unavailability in a course in which the studentwishes to be reinstated.
    6. Previous disciplinary actions related to unsafe client careand/or unprofessional/unethical behavior
  10. Dismissal from the previous program for disciplinaryreasons and/or unsafe and or unsatisfactory client care inthe clinical area may prohibit reinstatement or admissionback into the nursing program.
  11. Additional requirements for remediation or satisfactorycompletion of a student success seminar may be requiredby the nursing program.


Students not eligible for program reinstatement may applyfor program admission as a new student and must submit allapplication criteria. If accepted as a new student, the studentmust take or retake all nursing program courses. Students whoare not in good standing, such as those who withdrew or wererecommended for dismissal for disciplinary reasons and/orunsafe client care may not be eligible for readmission. Studentsmust adhere to the nursing curriculum and program policies andprocedures in effect at the time of readmission.

Transfer Policy:

The transfer policy applies only to students desiringto transfer between Alabama Community College Systeminstitutions. It does not apply to students wishing to transferfrom other institutions.

  1. Must meet minimum admission standards for the nursingprogram.
  2. Must possess a grade of “C” or better in all required nursingprogram courses taken at another institution and possess aminimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA at time of transfer.
  3. Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at current institution (whichincludes all course work completed) and/or cumulative 2.5GPA at institution from which student is transferring.
  4. Dean/Director of previous nursing program must provide aletter of eligibility/letter of good standing for progression inprevious nursing program.
  5. Must comply with all program policy requirements ataccepting institution.
  6. Complete at least 25% of the nursing program requiredcourses for degree/certificate at the accepting institution.
  7. Must meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinicalagencies for clinical experience.
  8. Acceptance of transfer students into nursing programsis limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilitiesavailable. Meeting minimal requirements does not guaranteeacceptance.

NACC Nursing Program Essential Functions/Eligibility Criteria

The Alabama Community College System endorses theAmericans’ with Disabilities Act. In accordance with Collegepolicy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may beprovided for individuals with disabilities.

The essential functions/eligibility criteria delineated beloware necessary for nursing program admission, progression, andgraduation and for the provision of safe and effective nursingcare. The essential functions/eligibility criteria include but arenot limited to the ability to:

  1. Sensory Perception
    1. Visual
      1. Observe and discern subtle changes in physicalconditions and the environment
      2. Differentiate color spectrums and color changes
      3. Read fine print in varying levels of light
      4. Read for prolonged periods of time
      5. Read cursive writing
      6. Read at varying distances
      7. Read data/information displayed on monitors/equipment
    2. Auditory
      1. Interpret monitoring devices
      2. Distinguish muffled sounds heard through astethoscope
      3. Discriminate high and low frequency soundsproduced by the body and the environment
      4. Effectively communicate with others
    3. Tactile
      1. Discern tremors, vibrations, pulses, textures,
      2. temperature, shapes, size, location and otherphysical characteristics
    4. Olfactory
      1. Detect body odors and odors in the environment
  2. Communication/ Interpersonal Relationships
    1. Effectively engage in writing, and other methods, intwo-way communication and interact effectively withothers, from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, andintellectual backgrounds
    2. Work effectively in groups
    3. Work effectively independently
    4. Discern and interpret nonverbal communication
    5. Express one’s ideas and feelings clearly
    6. Communicate with others accurately in a timelymanner
    7. Obtain communication information from a computer
  3. Cognitive/Critical Thinking
    1. Effectively read, write, and comprehend the Englishlanguage or as translated
    2. Consistently and dependably engage in the process ofcritical thinking in order to formulate and implementsafe and ethical nursing decisions in a variety of healthcare settings
    3. Demonstrate satisfactory performance on writtenexaminations including mathematical computationswithout a calculator
    4. Satisfactorily achieve the program objectives
  4. Motor Function
    1. Handle or manipulate small delicate equipment/objectswithout extraneous movement, contamination, ordestruction
    2. Move, position, turn, transfer, or assist with lifting orlift and carry clients without injury to clients, self,orothers
    3. Maintain balance from any position
    4. Maneuver in small/tight spaces
    5. Push/pull or move heavy objects without injury toclient, self, or others
    6. Ability to work in a clinical setting performing physicalactivities requiring energy without jeopardizing thesafety of the client, self, or others
    7. Move without difficulty while safely deliveringservices
    8. Flex, abduct and rotate all joints freely
    9. Respond rapidly to emergency situations
    10. Perform daily care functions for the client
    11. Coordinate fine and gross motor hand movements toprovide safe effective nursing care
    12. Calibrate/use equipment
    13. Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care settings
    14. Perform CPR and physical assessment
    15. Operate a computer
  5. Professional Behavior
    1. Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion,empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude toward others
    2. Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is ageappropriate in relationship to the client
    3. Handle multiple tasks concurrently
    4. Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in acaring context
    5. Understand and follow the policies and procedures ofthe College and clinical agencies
    6. Understand the consequences of violating the studentcode of conduct
    7. Perform all duties safely and understand one is subjectto discipline for willful violation of safety standards
    8. Meet qualifications for licensure by examination asstipulated by the Alabama Board of Nursing
    9. Pose no direct threat to self or others
    10. Function effectively in situations of uncertainty andstress inherent in providing nursing care
    11. Adapt to changing environments and situations
    12. Remain free of chemical dependency
    13. Report promptly to clinicals and remain for 6-12 houron the clinical unit
    14. Provide timely nursing care
    15. Accept responsibility, accountability, and ownership ofone’s actions
    16. Seek supervision/consultation in a timely manner
    17. Examine and modify one’s own behavior when itinterferes with nursing care or learning Functions

Student Statement

  • Student signature required on official document.

Medical Verification

  • Validation required on official document by MD/DO/PA/CRNP.


How long is nursing school in Alabama? ›

BSN programs throughout Alabama are a standard 4 years in length. With online classes, distance education, and summer sessions, BSN undergraduates can complete a full BSN degree in a little over 2 years.

How long is the RN program at Capital Community College? ›

The Nursing Program is a two-year, four-semester program which, upon successful completion, awards an Associate in Science Degree. Sixty-five credits are required for graduation.

What is the acceptance rate for Alabama Community College? ›

The Central Alabama acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Welding, and Machine and Metal Working.

Does Alabama have a nursing program? ›

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) at The University of Alabama offers students the unique opportunity to participate in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.

What is the shortest schooling for nursing? ›

The fastest way to become an RN is through an RN diploma program, which can be completed in as little as a year. While completing this program does not lead to a degree, it does make the individual eligible to take the NCLEX and earn their RN license.

How long is the shortest nursing program? ›

LPN/LVN programs are the fastest entry-level nursing program for nurses and usually take between one year and 16 months.

Are Community College nursing programs good? ›

Associate degree nursing programs are good for the communities and the students they serve. Graduates are likely to remain living and working in their communities after attaining licensure.

How competitive is RN? ›

Nursing schools are highly selective, and their admissions process is just as rigorous as any medical school. Nursing is a rewarding, well-paying and coveted career, with plenty of opportunities for growth and continuing education, so the competition for applicants is high.

How long are most RN programs? ›

Takes 4 years. Also referred to as Baccalaureate degree. Offered at many California State Universities and some private colleges. Prepares you to provide registered nursing care in numerous settings and to move to administrative and leadership positions.

What is the 1 community college in Alabama? ›

Some of the best community colleges in Alabama include Northeast Alabama Community College, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, and Wallace Community College. Community colleges typically offer two-year degree programs and certificate programs in both in-person and online formats.

What is the lowest GPA a community college will accept? ›

California Community Colleges do not have minimum GPA or testing requirements. Applications can be completed online and most campuses have staff available to provide assistance.

Can you get into Alabama with a 3.3 GPA? ›

GPA for University of Alabama

At the University of Alabama, students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and above who do not submit at least one standardized test score are given conditional regular admission.

What is a nurses salary in Alabama? ›

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the average annual salary for RNs in Alabama is $61,920 ($29.77 per hour), compared to the national average of $82,750. Average compensation in the state ranges from $47,390 in the bottom 10th percentile to $78,670 in the 90th percentile.

Does Alabama pay nurses well? ›

At a $61,920 average annual salary, RNs in Alabama tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($188,840).

How nurses are paid in Alabama? ›

Alabama is one of the lowest paying states for registered nurses. The registered nurse salary in Alabama is $60,230 per year. This means that nurses in Alabama earn an average of $28.96 per hour.

What age is too late to start nursing school? ›

To answer this question quickly and succinctly: No, absolutely not, get that out of your head. There is no “appropriate age for nursing school.” We have had students from age 18 to 55 years old in our NCLEX Exam Prep Course and all of them go on to become great nurses. The issue isn't age and it never will be.

Is 25 too old to start nursing school? ›

When you think of nursing school, you likely envision young people 18–24, but there are actually many nurses who don't get their RNs until their 30s, 40s, or 50s! You're not too old just because you're older than the average student. In fact, there are a lot of benefits to becoming a nurse later in life.

Which nursing is the easiest? ›

Institutional Nurses

These nurses administer more basic care and typically don't have to work long hours and overnight shifts, so this field of nursing tends to be low-stress. Even with less excitement, these nurses find fulfillment in providing basic and family care to those in need.

What is the fastest you can become an RN? ›

If you are aiming towards becoming a registered nurse, an associate degree in nursing (ADN) is one of the fastest paths to get there. This undergraduate degree is the minimum educational requirement for becoming a registered nurse and usually takes two to three years depending on the credits.

What is the highest paid registered nurse? ›

What is the highest-paid nurse? Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists! Earning $195,610 annually, CRNAs earn significantly more than any other type of nurse or nursing specialty.

What is the difference between a BSN and a RN? ›

Any registered nurse with or without a BSN has passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam and obtained nursing licensure. The distinguishing difference between a BSN nurse and an RN is that BSNs hold a bachelor's degree in nursing while RNs have an associate degree.

What is the best GPA to get into nursing school? ›

GPA requirements depend on the type of nursing program you want to apply for, but most programs require at least a 3.0 GPA or higher. However, due to the competitive nature of nursing programs, most schools prefer a 3.7 to 4.0 GPA.

Does nursing GPA matter? ›

GPA requirements vary from school to school, and some early admission nursing programs require an even higher GPA of at least 3.8 or higher (weighted or unweighted). In general, you can expect that any highly competitive nursing program will have a high GPA requirement for applicants.

What is the average college GPA of a nurse? ›

Average GPA: 3.53

(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. With a GPA of 3.53, Research College of Nursing requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's.

Is there a lot of math to be an RN? ›

Nursing in the "real world" generally requires very basic math skills, but almost all programs require at least one college-level math class — usually algebra. Some nursing schools may require a basic statistics course as well, so if you know what schools you're applying to, be sure to check for this requirement.

Which state is the hardest to become a nurse? ›

  • MAINE. ...
  • ALASKA. ...
  • Georgia. ...
  • Alabama. ...
  • Hawaii. ...
  • South Carolina. ...
  • Kentucky. ...
  • Summary. There are a few cases when temporary licenses can be obtained through the state board of nursing.

Is the RN exam hard? ›

Rather than using memorization skills, logic and critical thinking skills are required to succeed on this exam, making it more comprehensive and challenging. So, if you find yourself asking, "How hard is the NCLEX-RN? - The short answer is, it's very hard.

What is the hardest part of RN school? ›

Pharmacology. Pharmacology, or the study of medication, can seem scary because of the sheer scope of the course. "It becomes one of the hardest classes for nursing students due to the depth and amount of knowledge needed," says Megan Lynch, RN and instructor at Pima Community College.

What is the average age of an RN graduate? ›

The average age of ADN nursing students at community colleges is 26-40 years old. BSN programs have an average age of early-mid 20s. Students in RN-to-BSN programs are typically in their late 30s.

What semester of RN school is the hardest? ›

Without question, the most difficult semester for me was the last semester of my junior year in nursing school. I attended a 4-year BSN program, and that particular semester included three classes that were very content-heavy, as well as the corresponding clinical hours for those classes.


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