Jun 19, 2019  
2011-2012 College Catalog 
    
2011-2012 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Career Technical Education


 

Shelton State Community College offers career technical programs designed to prepare students for today’s workplace. A student may begin a career/technical program any semester and upon completion of requirements, receive the Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate. The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded to students who complete the requirements of a specific career or professional program of study. These programs of study range from 60 to 76 semester hours with a portion of the programs designed to ensure competency in oral and written communication, critical thinking, computer literacy, mathematical principles, and/or scientific reasoning. The core of the program contains courses designed to teach the necessary skills that are required to enter a career field. Additional information regarding programs of study in technical fields can be obtained from this catalog or the specific technical advisor, who is available to assist students in the advising and registration process.

Long-term certificates are awarded in most programs where the Associate in Applied Science is offered, as well as other career fields where the AAS degree is not offered. Long-term certificates vary in length from 30 to 60 semester hours depending on the choice of career fields. The general education component of the certificate program contains, as a minimum, three semester hours each in written composition, mathematics, computer literacy skills, and speech. In general, long-term certificates contain most, if not all, of the technical career courses that are required in the AAS degree.

Short-term certificates are available in most career fields where AAS degrees and/or long-term certificates are offered. The short-term certificates vary in length from nine to 27 semester hours and are designed to allow the student to acquire basic technical skills in a short amount of time. Only minimal academic education requirements are included.

Essential Functions of Educational Programs

Essential functions and academic requirements are defined for educational programs at the College. These functions and requirements are on file in the Offices of the Dean of Academic Services, The Dean of Technical Services, and the Office of the Dean of Student Services.

Health-Related Careers

Shelton State Community College offers opportunities for students to enter a variety of health-related careers; preparation varies from two semester certificate curricula to longer programs of study. Some programs may be completed at Shelton State Community College while others require enrollment at other institutions within the Alabama Community College System. All of the programs share high standards and excellent opportunities for employment and service in the medical field. Detailed descriptions for Allied Health Linkage programs, Emergency Medical Technician programs, Nursing programs for Associate Degree Nurses, Practical Nurses, and Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aides are provided below. For additional information about other health related careers, contact the Assistant Dean of Allied Health Services, 205.391.2457.

Allied Health Linkage Programs

In Cooperation with Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama

Shelton State Community College has a linkage program in cooperation with Wallace State Community College (WSCC) in Hanceville, Alabama, in various fields of allied health. Students complete academic coursework at Shelton State Community College and then apply to transfer to the professional phase of the program at Wallace State Community College. Students who complete the program are awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree or Certificate from Wallace State Community College. Acceptance into the clinical phase is on a competitive basis as students throughout the state compete for available positions. Students should contact the Shelton State Community College Linkage Counselor, 205.391.2273, for more information on academic course work available at Shelton State Community College.

Allied Health Program ACT Score Required Beginning Semester Length of Study at WSCC
Child Development (AAS) COMPASS Fall/Spring/Summer 5 semesters
Clinical Laboratory Science (AAS) ACT on file Fall or Summer 5 semesters
Dental Assistant (AAS) N/A Fall 4 semesters
Dental Hygiene (AAS) 18 or higher Fall 5 semesters
Diagnostic Imaging COMPASS Fall 5 semesters
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS) 19 or higher Fall 6 semesters
Human Services (AAS) N/A Fall/Spring/Summer 5 semesters

Mental Health Technician Associate

   

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Associate

   
Gerontology Technician    
Massage Therapy (Certificate) COMPASS 76 or higher Fall 2 semesters
Medical Assistant (AAS) ACT on file Fall and Spring 5 semesters
Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS) 18 or higher Fall 3 semesters
Pharmacy Technology (Certificate) N/A Fall/Spring 2 semesters
Physical Therapy Assistant (AAS) 18 or higher Fall 3 semesters
Polysomnographic Technology (Certificate) ACT on file Fall 2 semesters

The student is also advised to contact the Wallace State Linkage Coordinator, 256.352.8041, during the first semester at Shelton State Community College to ensure program requirements are fulfilled. Students are also encouraged to visit the Health Division page at www.wallacestate.edu/programs/health for further information.

In Cooperation with Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama Associate in Applied Science

Physical Therapy Assistant


Shelton State Community College offers a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) linkage program in cooperation with Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) in Birmingham, Alabama. Students complete academic coursework at Shelton State Community College and then apply to transfer to the professional phase of the program which is offered at Jefferson State Community College. Interested students should submit an application for admission to Jefferson State as soon as they begin classes at Shelton State Community College. The PTA program also requires a separate application. Acceptance to the program is through Jefferson State. Application to Jefferson State and the PTA program at Jefferson State does not guarantee admission to the PTA program. Class size for the PTA program is limited, and qualified students are ranked for admission based on GPA in prerequisite courses. After acceptance, students transfer to Jefferson State to complete the PTA courses and clinical education requirements for the degree.

The PTA program at Jefferson State Community College offers two program tracks. The Online Track allows students to take PTA lecture courses online and is designed for those students who need flexibility in their schedule. The Traditional Track is designed for those students who benefit from being in the classroom for lecture and lab courses. Students who complete the program will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science from Jefferson State Community College. Students should contact the Shelton State Community College Linkage Coordinator, 205.391.2959, for more information about academic coursework available at Shelton State Community College. Students may contact the Jefferson State program director, 205.520.5995, or visit the program’s Web site, www.jeffstateonline.com/PTA, for application and additional information.

Allied Health Program ACT Score Required Beginning Semester Length of Study at JSCC
Physical Therapy Assistant (AAS)  19 or higher and no sub-score below 17 within 3 yrs of admission  Spring  3 semesters

Veterinary Technician


Shelton State Community College offers a Veterinary Technician program (VTP) through a linkage program in cooperation with Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) in Birmingham, Alabama. Students complete academic coursework at Shelton State Community College and then apply for admission to the professional phase of the program which is offered at Jefferson State Community College. The Veterinary Technician program at Jefferson State is taught online and clinical application is conducted in approved veterinary hospitals and/or facilities. Interested students should submit an application for admission to Jefferson State as soon as they begin classes at Shelton State Community College. The VTP also requires a separate application. Acceptance to the program is through Jefferson State. Application to Jefferson State and the VTP program at Jefferson State does not guarantee admission to the VTP. Class size is limited, and qualified students are ranked for admission based on a priority system which evaluates educational background, work experience, and references from veterinarians and educators. Students should contact the Jefferson State program advisor at 205.856.8551 or the program’s Web site at www.jeffstateonline.com/VetTech.

The Veterinary Technician program at Jefferson State Community College is in the process of seeking accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students should contact the Shelton State Community College Linkage Coordinator, 205.391.2959, for more information about academic coursework available at Shelton State Community College.

Allied Health Program ACT Score Required Beginning Semester Length of Study at JSCC
Veterinary Technician (AAS) N/A Fall/Spring 5 Semesters

 Nursing Programs


Shelton State Community College offers career opportunities in Nursing through three programs. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program offers the opportunity for the student to complete the requirements and prepare for licensure as a registered nurse. Students may be admitted to the ADN program directly or they may complete the Practical Nursing program (PN), pass the licensure exam for Practical Nursing, be employed as a Practical Nurse for at least 500 clock hours, and then apply to the ADN program as a “Mobility” student. Both the ADN and the PN programs are competitive for admission and require a rigorous course of study. Some students begin their nursing career through the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program (NA/HHA) in which they complete a one semester program of study. Graduates of the NA/HHA program are qualified for employment in the areas of long-term care, home health care, or acute care and may sit for certification examinations.

Nursing Programs Policies

In addition to complying with all College policies, students enrolled in the nursing programs must have knowledge of and adhere to the following policies.

Essential Function Standards

The Alabama College System and Shelton State Community College endorse the Americans’ with Disabilities Act. In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities.

Physical, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and social abilities are required in unique combinations to provide safe and effective nursing care. The applicant/student must be able to meet the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations throughout the program of learning. Admission, progression and graduation are contingent upon one’s ability to demonstrate the essential functions delineated for the nursing programs with or without reasonable accommodations. The nursing programs and/or its affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential functions. The nursing programs reserve the right to amend the essential functions as deemed necessary.

In order to be admitted and to progress in the nursing program one must possess a functional level of ability to perform the duties required of a nurse. Admission or progression may be denied if a student is unable to demonstrate the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

The essential functions delineated are those deemed necessary by the Alabama College System nursing programs. No representation regarding industrial standards is implied. Similarly, any reasonable accommodations made will be determined and applied to the respective nursing program and may vary from reasonable accommodations made by healthcare employers.

The essential functions delineated below are necessary for nursing program admission, progression and graduation and for the provision of safe and effective nursing care. The essential functions include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Sensory Perception
    1. Visual
      1. Observe and discern subtle changes in physical conditions and the environment
      2. Visualize different 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 a stethoscope
      3. Hear and discriminate high and low frequency sounds produced by the body and the environment
      4. Effectively hear to communicate with others
    3. Tactile
      1. Discern tremors, vibrations, pulses, textures, temperature, shapes, size, location and other physical characteristics
    4. Olfactory
      1. Detect body odors and odors in the environment
  2. Communication/Interpersonal Relationships
    1. Verbally and in writing, engage in a two-way communication and interact effectively with others from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual 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 timely manner
    7. Obtain communications from a computer
  3. Cognitive/Critical Thinking
    1. Effectively read, write and comprehend the English language
    2. Consistently and dependably engage in the process of critical thinking in order to formulate and implement safe and ethical nursing decisions in a variety of health care settings
    3. Demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations including mathematical computations without a calculator
    4. Satisfactorily achieve the program objectives
  4. Motor Function
    1. Handle small delicate equipment/objects without extraneous movement, contamination or destruction
    2. Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting or lift and carry clients without injury to clients, self or others
    3. Maintain balance from any position
    4. Stand on both legs
    5. Coordinate hand/eye movements
    6. Push/pull heavy objects without injury to client, self or others
    7. Stand, bend, walk and/or sit for six to 12 hours in a clinical setting performing physical activities requiring energy without jeopardizing the safety of the client, self or others
    8. Walk without a cane, walker or crutches
    9. Function with hands free for nursing care and transporting items
    10. Transport self and client without the use of electrical devices
    11. Flex, abduct and rotate all joints freely
    12. Respond rapidly to emergency situations
    13. Maneuver in small areas
    14. Perform daily care functions for the client
    15. Coordinate fine and gross motor hand movements to provide safe effective nursing care
    16. Calibrate/use equipment
    17. Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care settings
    18. Perform CPR and physical assessment
    19. 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 age appropriate in relationship to the client
    3. Handle multiple tasks concurrently
    4. Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in a caring context
    5. Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
    6. Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct
    7. Understand that posing a direct threat to others is unacceptable and subjects one to discipline
    8. Meet qualifications for licensure by examination as stipulated by the Alabama Board of Nursing
    9. Must not pose a threat to self or others
    10. Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress 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 six to 12 hours on the clinical unit
    14. Provide nursing care in an appropriate time frame
    15. Accepts responsibility, accountability, and ownership of one’s actions
    16. Seek supervision/consultation in a timely manner
    17. Examine and modify one’s own behavior when it interferes with nursing care or learning

Upon admission, an individual who discloses a disability can request reasonable accommodations. Individuals will be asked to provide documentation of the disability in order to assist with the provision of appropriate reasonable accommodations. Shelton State will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to substantially alter the requirements or nature of the program or provide accommodations that inflict an undue burden on the College. In order to be admitted, one must be able to perform all of the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations. If an individual’s health changes during the program of learning so that the essential functions cannot be met with or without reasonable accommodations, the student will be withdrawn from the nursing program. The nursing faculty reserves the right at any time to require an additional medical examination at the student’s expense in order to assist with the evaluation of the student’s ability to perform the essential functions.

Requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to the Office of the Disability Services, 205.391.3958 located on the second floor of the Martin Campus.

Health Policy

Because participation in clinical courses is an integral part of the Nursing programs at the College, each student is required to comply with all policies and procedures of the contracted clinical agencies. Therefore, each student is expected to uphold the contractual terms in the contracts upon being admitted to the nursing program. All costs/expenses associated with meeting the health and general policy requirements of the program are the responsibility of the student. The following policies and procedures are required by all students upon acceptance to the nursing program:

  1. Proof of completion of a physical examination which demonstrates the student is free from disease must be documented on the Shelton State Community College Medical Record by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner.
  2. Vaccinations which include Hepatitis B Series or evidence of immunity, MMR (German Measles, Mumps, Rubella) if born after 1957 or evidence of immunity. Note: Hepatitis series completed more than two (2) years prior to admission must have a titer drawn or provide proof of immunity.
  3. Purchase of liability and accident insurance that is available through the College.
  4. Completion of Pre-clinical drug screen prior to admission and before the first day of class. The students must have a negative screen prior to being assigned to a clinical agency. The complete drug screen policy is located in the Nursing Program Student Handbook.
  5. Background check prior to admission and before the first day of class. All students must sign a release form for permission to perform a background check as required by federal law. The student must abide by the nursing program background check policy and clinical agency policy for which the student is assigned. Every effort will be made to provide students with the required clinical experiences to meet program objectives. Any student denied access by a clinical affiliate will be subject to dismissal from the program.
  6. Proof of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training at the health care provider level (BLS/Infant/Child) prior to admission and/or before the first clinical nursing course.
  7. Health insurance proof as well as signed waiver.
  8. Completion of training on Universal Precautions, OSHA requirements and the prevention and management of the spread of diseases. Training is given in the introductory/fundamentals course. Additional information is given related to hospital policies including, but not limited to issues of confidentiality, procedures, Fire and Safety procedures and documentation policies.

HIV Reporting

Students in all health care programs must comply with Public Law #102-141, Section 633, and “The Alabama Infected Health Care Worker Management Act.” The law requires that the HIV and HBV infected care worker report to the State Health Officers his/her condition within thirty (30) days of the time that he/she is aware of the infection. The infected health care worker must realize that any physician providing care to any infected health care worker must notify the State Health Care Officer of the infected status within seven days of the time he/she diagnoses or provides such care.

Grading and Progression Policies

The Nursing Program uses the following grading scale for all nursing courses: 

  A = 90-100 Excellent
  B = 80-89 Good
  C = 75-79 Average
  D = 60-74 Poor – Failing in the Nursing Program
  F = 59 and below Failure

Note: In the drug calculation component of NUR 104  and in any calculation tests in the program, a B is defined as 85-89 percent and a minimum grade of B (85 percent) is required to pass the calculation component of the course(s). A minimum letter grade of C or 75 percent is required in all other nursing courses to pass and progress in the program. In each course a student must achieve a 75 percent (C) average on unit exams and a comprehensive final exam to successfully complete the course. Other grades will be added only after the minimum 75 percent (C) is achieved.

Clinical/Laboratory Performance is graded as follows:

Satisfactory (S) / Unsatisfactory (U)

Clinical/Laboratory performance must be Satisfactory (S) to receive a passing grade in the course. Refer to the Nursing Program Student Handbook and each course syllabus for additional information.

Clock-Hour to Credit-Hour Ratio

Theory – One hour of theory instruction under the supervision of an instructor plus an average of two hours of out of class study per week. 1:1

Laboratory – Two hours of experimental laboratory under the supervision of an instructor plus an average of one hour of out of class study per week. 2:1

Skills Laboratory/Clinical Practice – Three hours of skills laboratory or clinical practice under the supervision of an instructor. 3:1

Preceptorship – Three hours of clinical experience per week under the supervision of a health care professional who is currently licensed, has expertise in the selected clinical area, and serves as a facilitator of learning. 3:1

Progression Policy

To continue in the nursing program as prescribed in the Alabama College System Standardized Nursing Curriculum at Shelton State Community College, the student must:

  1. Maintain a grade of C (70) or better in all required general education courses, a grade of C (75) or above in nursing courses, and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  2. Complete all required general education courses according to The Alabama College System Nursing Education curriculum unless completed prior to admission. Any exceptions must be approved by the Assistant Dean for Health Programs.
  3. Maintain ability to meet essential functions for nursing with or without reasonable accommodations.
  4. Maintain current CPR at the health care provider level.

Nursing Non-Progression

Nursing non-progression is defined as failure of one or more courses in a semester OR withdrawal (for any reason) from one or more courses in two separate semesters. Students withdrawing from one or more courses in the same semester are not considered under this definition to have experienced a nursing non-progression and should return to repeat the required courses at the first course offering. Students returning to repeat a course due to withdrawal will be allowed to register for said course(s) on a space available basis.

Reinstatement

Students who experience non-progression in the nursing program and who desire reinstatement in the program must apply for reinstatement to the program. A student must request reinstatement within one year from the term of non-progression to be eligible for reinstatement. Students dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons and/or unsafe client care in the clinical area will not be allowed reinstatement to the nursing program. Reinstatement to the program will be allowed one time only.

Reinstatement to the nursing program is based on space availability and is not guaranteed. Selection for reinstatement is based on GPA in nursing program required courses. Students must adhere to nursing curriculum and program policies and procedures in effect at the time of reinstatement. Reinstatement can be denied due to, but not limited to, any of the following circumstances:

  1. Space unavailability,
  2. Refusal by clinical agencies to accept the student for clinical experiences,
  3. Twelve months have elapsed since the student enrollment in a nursing course.

Criteria for Reinstatement

  1. Demonstrate a 2.0 GPA in nursing program required courses.
  2. No more than one non-progression since program admission.
  3. Demonstrate acceptable skills proficiency.
  4. Meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experiences.
  5. Demonstrate ability to meet essential functions for nursing with or without reasonable accommodations.
  6. Demonstrate current CPR at the health care provider level.

Process for Reinstatement

  1. Students should first schedule an appointment with a nursing faculty/advisor to discuss eligibility for reinstatement.
  2. Students must apply for reinstatement to the nursing program and submit the application by published deadlines.
  3. Students must apply for readmission to the college if not currently enrolled. College readmission must be accomplished by published deadlines.
  4. Update all drug testing and background screening according to program policy.

Readmission

Students not eligible for program reinstatement may apply for program admission as a new student. If accepted, all nursing program courses (NUR prefix) will have to be taken.

Transfer Policy

The transfer policy applies only to students desiring to transfer between Alabama Community College System institutions. It does not apply to students wishing to transfer from other institutions.

Criteria for Transfer

  1. Must meet minimum admission standards for the nursing program.
  2. Must possess a grade of C or better in all nursing program required courses taken at another institution and possess a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at time of transfer.
  3. Dean/Director of previous nursing program must provide a letter of eligibility for progression in previous nursing program.
  4. Must comply with all program policy requirements at accepting institution.
  5. Complete at least 25 percent of the nursing program required courses for degree/certificate at the accepting institution.
  6. Must meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experience.
  7. Acceptance of transfer students into nursing programs is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal standards does not guarantee acceptance.
  8. Student selection for transfer is based on GPA in nursing program required courses.

Transient Study Policy

The transient policy applies only to students desiring to transfer between Alabama Community College System institutions. It does not apply to students wishing to transfer from other institutions.

Criteria for Transient Status

  1. Must meet minimum admission standards for the nursing program.
  2. Must possess a grade of C or better in all nursing program required courses taken at another institution and possess a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Dean/Director of previous nursing program must provide a letter of eligibility for progression in previous nursing program.
  4. A student enrolled at another institution must secure permission from that institution by submitting an application for admission to the College and a Transient Student Form completed by an official (Nursing Program Dean/Director) of the primary institution.
  5. Transient students must complete a Transcript Request Form at the end of the term before a transcript will be issued to the primary institution.
  6. Must comply with all program policy requirements at accepting institution.
  7. Must meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experience.
  8. Acceptance of transient student into a nursing program is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal standards does not guarantee acceptance.
  9. Student selection for transient status is based on GPA in nursing program required courses.

ADN Transfer to LPN Program

Associate Degree nursing students may apply for admission to the third semester of the practical nursing program after they have completed the first two semesters of coursework –  MTH 100 , ENG 101 , BIO 201 , BIO 202 , NUR 102 , NUR 103 , NUR 104 , NUR 105 , and NUR 106   – with a grade of C or better. Students who elect to transfer to the last semester in the practical nursing program will be required to meet the current program admission/readmission requirements. Students will be admitted on a space available basis to the PN program.

To be eligible for this option:

The student must

  1. Complete a transfer/readmission form.
  2. Have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at current institution.
  3. Meet clinical record/health record requirements.
  4. The last clinical nursing course, in which the student was successful, cannot be more than 12 months old.
  5. Student will be ranked on cumulative GPA for the purposes of transfer/ readmission to the PN program.
  6. Students who have two attempts in the RN program are only allowed one attempt in the PN program.
  7. Students who are successful may apply for the LPN to RN Mobility Option as outlined in the college catalog.
  8. If unsuccessful in the PN transfer option, the student must meet current admission/progression requirements.

Comprehensive Achievement Tests

Comprehensive achievement tests from national testing companies are administered in courses throughout the curriculum. These tests are directly related to course content and are required of all nursing students. Students are encouraged to prepare for achievement tests and are required to discuss the interpretation of their scores with their class instructor. Students who score below the expected level are required to do additional developmental work to enhance their learning experience and must provide evidence of completion of developmental work. Fees for these tests are paid by the student upon registration for each nursing course in which the test(s) are given.

Withdrawal Policy

A student who wishes to withdraw from a nursing course must do so officially via the Web or in the Office of Admissions and Records. A withdrawal from a nursing course for ANY reason or at ANY time during the semester is counted as one attempt at successfully completing the course. The student will have one additional opportunity to enroll in the course.

Graduation Requirements and Comprehensive Assessment

Requirements for graduation in AA, AS, and AAS degree programs are listed in the College catalog. (Refer to this section for detailed information.) In addition, all students (PN and AD) are required to pass a Comprehensive Assessment in NUR 109  or NUR 204   during the last semester of the program. The Comprehensive Assessment must be passed at a level designated by the faculty in order to pass the course and meet graduation requirements. Students who do not pass the Comprehensive Assessment will be required to participate in remediation activities as determined by the faculty and repeat the Comprehensive Assessment. Each student is provided three opportunities to successfully pass the Comprehensive Assessment. (Refer to Nursing Program Handbook for further information.)

Information about Licensure

Applicants for admission to Shelton State Community College Nursing programs (PN and ADN) should be aware of the following information about licensure. The Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) application for licensure by examination includes questions regarding past arrests or convictions for DUI and/or criminal offenses (misdemeanor or felony) and history of mental illness, substance abuse, placement on state or federal abuse registry and previous court-martial or military discipline. Candidates are advised to respond honestly as failure to do so can result in denial of license as specified by law according to the Nurse Practice Act of Alabama and the Administrative Code of the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Application to write the examination may be denied by the Alabama Board of Nursing based on this review. Therefore, successful completion of the PN or ADN program does not guarantee eligibility to write the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN exam for licensure. For further information contact the ABN office at 334.242.4060 or 800.656.5318 or visit their Web site, www.abn.state.al.us.


Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)


Associate Degree Nursing


The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares graduates to sit for the licensure exam for registered nurses. It is a balanced curriculum including both nursing and general education courses. Course content includes the role of the registered nurse, health care concepts, and technical observations and skills. Supervised clinical laboratory experiences are planned to focus on care of patients with well-defined health problems where probable outcomes of nursing interventions are predictable. Nursing courses must be taken in sequential order.

It is the goal of Shelton State Community College to graduate well prepared nurses who are strong practitioners both clinically and academically. To that end, ADN students should plan for 12-16 hours per week of clinical experience. Although these hours will be planned as conveniently as possible, there may be some evening or weekend clinical assignments. Clinical times are included in the packets available at the beginning of each nursing course. Because of the clinical time involved and the preparation time for some of the nursing courses, many students would benefit from having completed all the academic requirements (non-nursing courses) prior to admission to the ADN program.

The program offers two tracks for admission into the ADN curriculum. Students who have no nursing background may be admitted to the two-year track. Admission occurs during the fall semester and 21 months, or five consecutive semesters, are required to complete this track of study. Students who complete an approved PN program and hold a PN license may apply for admission to the career mobility track. Twelve to 15 months or three to four consecutive semesters are required to complete this track of study with admission occurring during fall semester.

Admission to the ADN program is a competitive process; the number of applicants may exceed 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.

Transfer students in the ADN program must complete all required courses in the prescribed sequence. Academic credits will transfer as usual; however, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 202  and BIO 201 ) credits must have been completed within the past five years. If not, at least one of the two courses must be repeated for credit. Nursing transfer credits are evaluated on an individual basis. Verification of knowledge and skills may be required (See Transfer Policy ).

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN), RSA Plaza, Suite 50, 770 Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 303900, Montgomery, AL 36130-3900, and telephone number 334.242.4060 or 800.656.5318. Visit their Web site at www.ABN.State.al.us. The ADN program is also accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, telephone number 404.975.5000. Visit their Web site at NLNAC.org.

Note: At the date of this publication, there are statewide revisions taking place in the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education Nursing programs that may necessitate changes in the curriculum, policies and procedures.

Minimum Admission Standards for the ADN Program (Two-Year Track):

  1. Unconditional admission to the College.
  2. Receipt of completed application packet for the ADN Two-Year Track by June 1st.
  3. Minimum of 2.50 GPA on last 24 hours of credit (undergraduate or graduate) for students with previous college credit.
  4. Minimum of 2.50 cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college work (GED is acceptable in lieu of a high school transcript).
  5. Eligible to enroll in or must have completed:
    1. ENG 101  and MTH 100  or higher math as determined by college placement.
    2. BIO 201  during the first term of nursing courses.
  6. In good standing with the College.
  7. Meet the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing.
  8. Score of 76 or higher on the COMPASS Reading Examination (or related ACT Reading Score of 17 or higher) within the last three (3) years on file in the nursing admissions office.  Note:  In Fall 2010, a nursing admission test will be required.

Admission to the Two-Year Track program is competitive, and the number of students is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Information for Admission

Calculation of Points for Students Meeting Minimum Two-Year Track Admission Standards:

After meeting all minimum requirements, applicants are rank-ordered using a point system based on:

  1. Official TEASV score,  the higher the score the greater the points received;
  2. Points from selected college courses (i.e. BIO 201 , BIO 202 , BIO 220 ) or selected high school courses (i.e. Algebra II or higher level math, highest level Biology, Chemistry) are awarded based on grade received in course. A grade of “A” is assigned more points than a grade of “C”; and
  3. Additional Points
    Additional Points (maximum 11)
 

Points

Criteria
 

2

Completed 18 hours of the required Academic courses for the Nursing Program at Shelton State Community College
 

3

Completed Medical Profession program in high school;
    Completed or enrolled in Emergency Medical Technician program (EMT);
    Completed or enrolled in Nursing Assistant program; OR Volunteer/Work in Healthcare field (6 months or longer)
  6 Completed BIO 201 , BIO 202 , BIO 220 , ENG 101 , MTH 100 

A total of 200 points is possible with these selection criteria.

Minimum Admission Standards for the ADN program (Mobility/LPN to RN Track):

  1. Unconditional admission to the College.
  2. Receipt of completed application packet for the Mobility Track Nursing program by November 1st.
  3. Minimum of 2.50 GPA on last 24 hours of credit (undergraduate or graduate) for students with previous college credit.
    (official college transcripts must be on file in the nursing admissions office).
  4. Completion of prerequisite courses which include: ENG 101 - English Composition I , MTH 100 - Intermediate College Algebra  or higher math as determined by college placement, BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I , BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II , and NUR 200 - Nursing Career Mobility Assessment  (Not required for students who apply within two years of graduating from an approved Alabama College System PN program using the standardized state curriculum).
  5. A valid unencumbered Alabama practical nurse license.
  6. Documentation of employment as an LPN for a minimum of 500-clock hours (approximately three months’ full-time employment) within the 12 months prior to admission.
  7. Be in good standing with the College.
  8. Meet the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing.
  9. A score of 76 or higher on the COMPASS Reading Examination (or related ACT Reading Score of 17 or higher) within the last three (3) yearson file in the nursing admissions office.  Note:  In Fall 2010, a nursing admission test will be required.

Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program is competitive, and the number of students is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Information for Admission

Calculation of Points for Students Meeting Minimum Two Year Track Admission Standards:

After meeting all minimum requirements, applicants are rank-ordered using a point system based on:

  1. Official TEASV score, the higher the score the greater the points received for the selection process; (Maximum points 150).
  2. Points from selected college courses (i.e., BIO 201 , BIO 202 , BIO 220 ) are awarded based on the grade earned in the course. (A grade of A is assigned more points than a grade of C); and
  3. Additional Points
    Additional points (Maximum 11 points)
  Points Criteria
  5

Completed General Microbiology, BIO 220  and two or more of General Psychology, PSY 200 , Human Growth and Development, PSY 210 , Speech elective or Humanities

  3 Completed LPN certificate with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher
  3 Completed LPN certificate with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher at Shelton State Community College

A total of 251 points is possible with these selection criteria.

Associate Degree Nursing Two-Year Track Curriculum


  Total
Credit
Theory/
lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Clinical
Hours
Total
Contact
Hours

First Semester


MTH 100 - Intermediate College Algebra  or higher level math 3 3 0 0 3
**BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  4 3 2 0 5
NUR 102 - Fundamentals of Nursing  6 3 6 3 12
NUR 103 - Health Assessment  1 0 3 0 3
NUR 104 - Introduction to Pharmacology  1 0 3 0 3
Semester Total 15 9 14 3 26

Second Semester


ENG 101 - English Composition I  3 3 0 0 3
BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  4 3 2 0 5
NUR 105 - Adult Nursing  8 5 3 6 14
NUR 106 - Maternal and Child Nursing  5 4 0 3 7
Semester Total 20 15 5 9 29

Third Semester


PSY 200 - General Psychology  3 3 0 0 3
BIO 220 - General Microbiology  4 2 4 0 6
NUR 201 - Nursing Through the Lifespan I  5 3 0 6 9
Semester Total 12 8 4 6 18

Fourth Semester


Speech SPH 106 , SPH 107 , or SPH 116  3 3 0 0 3
PSY 210 - Human Growth and Development  3 3 0 0 3
NUR 202 - Nursing Through the Lifespan II  6 3 0 9 12
Semester Total 12 9 0 9 18

Fifth Semester


***Humanities Elective 3 3 0 0 3
NUR 203 - Nursing Through The Lifespan III  6 4 0 6 10
NUR 204 - Role Transition for the Registered Nurse  4 2 0 6 8
Semester Total 13 9 0 12 21

Total Credit Hours: 72 to 76 Hours


*Refer to Clock-Hour to Credit-Hour Ratio guide.

**BIO 103  is a prerequisite for BIO 201 .

***Humanities elective must be chosen from: art, music, literature, philosophy or religious studies.

Two-Year Generic Track Associate in Applied Science


Note: Nursing program information, policies and curriculum are subject to change due to restructuring of statewide standardization of nursing programs.

Area I - Written Composition: 3 Semester Hours


Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 11 Semester Hours


Area IV - History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences: 6 Semester Hours


Total Hours Required for Degree: 73


 *Humanities elective must be chosen from:  art, music, literature, philosophy, or religious studies.

**BIO 103 is a prerequisite to BIO 201.

Mobility/LPN to RN Track Prerequisite Courses Prior to NUR 200/201


Total Prerequisite Hours: 14


Mobility/LPN to RN Track Curriculum


  Total
Credit
Theory/
lecture*
Hours
Lab
Hours
Clinical
Hours
Total
Contact
Hours

First Semester


****NUR 200 - Nursing Career Mobility Assessment  6 3 9 0 12

Second Semester


PSY 200 - General Psychology  3 3 0 0 3
BIO 220 - General Microbiology  4 2 4 0 6

NUR 201 - Nursing Through the Lifespan I 

5 3 0 6 9
Semester Total 12 8 4 6 18

Third Semester


Speech SPH 106 , SPH 107 , or SPH 116  3 3 0 0 3
PSY 210 - Human Growth and Development  3 3 0 0 3
NUR 202 - Nursing Through the Lifespan II  6 3 0 9 12
Semester Total 12 9 0 9 18

Fourth Semester


***Humanities Elective 3 3 0 0 3
NUR 203 - Nursing Through The Lifespan III   6 4 0 6 10
NUR 204 - Role Transition for the Registered Nurse  4 2 0 6 8
Semester Total 13 9 0 12 21

Total Credit Hours: 57 to 61 Hours


*Refer to Clock-Hour to Credit-Hour Ratio guide.

** BIO 103  is a prerequisite for BIO 201 .

*** Humanities elective must be chosen from: art, music, literature, philosophy, or religious studies.

**** Students who successfully complete NUR 200  are awarded 15 non-traditional hours at the completion of the LPN mobility curriculum.  NUR 200  is required for those students who did not graduate from the Alabama College System standardized curriculum and/or did not access Program within two years of graduation from the Two Year College System standardized curriculum.

Mobility Track Associate in Applied Science


Area I - Written Composition: 3 Semester Hours


Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 11 Semester Hours


Area IV - History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences: 6 Semester Hours


Total Hours Required for Degree: 70


 *Humanities elective must be chosen from: art, music, literature, philosophy or religious studies.

** BIO 103  is a prerequisite to BIO 201 .

***Students who successfully complete NUR 200  are awarded 15 non-traditional hours at the completion of the LPN mobility curriculum. These 15 hours are added to the 57 to 61 hours to make a total of 70 hours as prescribed by the curriculum.  NUR 200  is required only for those students who did not graduate from the ACS standardized curriculum and/or did not access the program within two years of graduation from the ACS standardized curriculum.


Practical Nursing Certificate


The Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. A combination of classroom theory, lab, and supervised clinical experiences are offered in a full time program. The nursing courses must be taken in sequential order. Admission to Practical Nursing is a competitive process. The space available at clinical sites and student-teacher ratios required by the Alabama Board of Nursing limit the number of applicants accepted. Twelve months or three consecutive semesters, are required to complete the program with admission occurring in the fall and spring semesters. Selections for each class are made by the Practical Nursing Admissions Committee. The goal of Shelton State Community College is to graduate well-prepared nurses who are strong performers both clinically and in the classroom. To that end, Practical Nursing students should plan to spend 16 hours per week in clinical experience and three or more hours of study time for each hour spent in the classroom. Although clinical hours will be planned as conveniently as possible, there may be some 3-11 non-traditional work hours. Students are discouraged from working while attending the PN program.

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN), RSA Plaza, Suite 50, 770 Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 303900, Montgomery, AL 36130-3900, telephone 334.242.4060 or 800.656.5318. Visit their Web site at www.ABN.state.al.us.

Note: Nursing Program information, policies and curriculum are subject to change due to statewide standardization of nursing programs.

Minimum Admission Standards for the Practical Nursing Track include:

  1. Unconditional admission to the College.
  2. Reseipt of completed application packet for PN program by June 1st for Fall admission and October 1st for Spring admission.
  3. Minimum of 2.50 GPA on last 24 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit (official college and high school transcripts or GED must be on file in the Nursing Admissions Office).
  4. Minimum of 2.50 cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college coursework (official college and high school transcript or GED must be on file in the Nursing Admissions Office). 
  5. Eligible to enroll in:
    1. ENG 101 - English Composition I  as determined by college placement
    2. MTH 116 - Mathematical Applications  or MTH 100 - Intermediate College Algebra  or higher math as determined by college placement
    3. BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  during the first term of nursing courses.  (BIO 103  is a prerequisite to BIO 201 .
  6. Good standing with the College
  7. Meet the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing
  8. An official Test of Essential Skills V (TEASV) score taken prior to application and taken within the last three years.

Admission to the Practical Nursing program is competitive, and the number of students is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. 

Information for Admission

After meeting all minimum requirements, applicants are rank-ordered using a point system based on calculation of points for students meeting minimal PN-Track Admission standards.

  1. Official TEASV score, the higher the score the greater the points received for the selection process; (maximum points 150).
  2. Points for selected college courses (i.e., ENG 101 , MTH 116 ) or selected high school courses (i.e. Algebra II or higher level math, highest level biology) are awarded based on grade received in the course. A grade of A is assigned more points than a grade of C; and
  3. Additional Points
 

Additional points (maximum 11)

  Points Criteria  
  2 Completed 18 hours at Shelton State Community College  
  3 Completed Medical Profession Program in High School
Completed or enrolled in Emergency Medical Technician Program (EMT)
Completed or enrolled in Nursing Assistant Program OR
Volunteer/Work in health care field (six months or more)
 
  6 Completed all required academic courses for Practical Nursing (PN)
Track (BIO 201 , BIO 202 , ENG 101 , and MTH 100  or MTH 116 )
 

A total of 170 points is possible with these selection criteria.

Practical Nursing Curriculum


First Semester


Course Total Credit Theory/
lecture*
Hours
Lab
Hours
Clinical
Hours
Total
Contact
Hours
MTH 116 - Mathematical Applications  3 3 0 0 3
*** BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  4 3 2 0 5
NUR 102 - Fundamentals of Nursing  6 3 6 3 12
NUR 103 - Health Assessment  1 0 3 0 3
NUR 104 - Introduction to Pharmacology  1 0 3 0 3
Semester Total
15 9 14 3 26

Second Semester


Course Total Credit Theory/
lecture*
Hours
Lab
Hours
Clinical
Hours
Total
Contact
Hours
ENG 101 - English Composition I  3 3 0 0 3
*** BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  4 3 2 0 5
NUR 105 - Adult Nursing  8 5 3 6 14
NUR 106 - Maternal and Child Nursing  5 4 0 3 7
Semester Total
20 15 5 9 29

Third Semester


Course Total Credit Theory/
lecture*
Hours
Lab
Hours
Clinical
Hours
Total
Contact
Hours
NUR 107 - Adult/Child Nursing   8 5 0 9 14
*** NUR 108 - Psychosocial Nursing  3 2 0 3 5
NUR 109 - Role Transition for the Practical Nurse  3 2 3 0 5
Semester Total
14 9 3 12 24

Total Credit Hours 49 to 53 Hours


* Refer to Clock-Hour to Credit-Hour Ratio guide

Practical Nursing Certificate


Area I - Written Composition: 3 Semester Hours


Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts 0 Semester Hours


Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 11 Semester Hours


Area IV - History, Social, and Behavior Sciences 0 Semester Hours


Total Hours Required for Certificate: 49 to 53


 ** BIO 103  is a prerequisite to BIO 201 .


Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate


The Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide (NA/HHA) program is a one semester, 16 credit hour program which includes classroom and lab experience at the College and clinical experience at local health care facilities. The NA/HHA program prepares the student to sit for the National Nurse Aide Certification Exam (NNAAP) administered by Promissor, Inc. After completion of the program, a student is eligible to take the Nurse Aide Certification Exam. A student who demonstrates competency on the exam will be placed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. Successful completion of all courses in the program would qualify the student for employment as a Home Health Aide. A graduate is qualified for employment in the areas of long-term care, home health care, and acute care. The Nursing Assistant program is approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Classes begin each semester. A student must complete all courses in the curriculum to receive a certificate from Shelton State Community College.

Note: Nursing Assistant Program information policies and curriculum are subject to change due to statewide standardization of the program.

Policies for the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program

Admission Requirements for the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program

  1. Completed application for admission to Shelton State Community College
  2. Completed application for admission to the NA/HHA program.
  3. A copy of an official high school transcript, or GED
  4. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all previous college credit.
  5. Eligibility to enroll in COM 100 - Introductory Technical English I  or higher as measured by COMPASS Testing. Placement testing is scheduled through the Counseling Center, 205.391.2232.

Grading and Progression Policies

  The NA/HHA program uses the following grading scale for all nursing courses:
  A = 90-100   Excellent – Passing in the NA Program
  B = 80-89   Good
  C = 75-79   Average
  D = 60-74   Poor – Failing in the NA/HHA Program
  F = 59 below   Failure

Clinical/Laboratory Performance is graded as follows: Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U)

Clinical/Laboratory must be satisfactory to receive a passing grade in the course. See Program Student Handbook and each course syllabus for additional information.

In addition, the following policies are required for success and progression in the program of study:

  1. Students must achieve a C (75 percent) average on unit exams and comprehensive final exam in each course to successfully complete the course.
  2. A grade of C (70 percent or above) is required for all general education (nonnursing) courses.
  3. Fulfillment of all concurrent courses. Failure to attain the required passing grades in any course will result in non completion of the program.
  4. If a nursing course is failed it may be repeated. If a passing grade is not attained on the second attempt, the student is suspended from the Nursing Assistant Program.
  5. A satisfactory level of mental and physical health including maintaining current immunizations, Hepatitis B vaccinations, annual TB testing and ability to meet the Essential Function standards.
  6. Current liability insurance is required.
  7. Current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level is required.

Certification in the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program

The Alabama Department of Health has contracted with Pearson VUE to develop, score, and report the results of the Competency exam required for certification and placement in the Alabama Nurse Aid Registry. NACES Plus Foundation, Inc. works with Pearson VUE to schedule and administer the examination. To be eligible, candidates must have completed a nurse aide training course approved by the Alabama Department of Health’s Division of Provider Services within the last twenty-four months. Individuals who demonstrate competency on the exam are placed on the Nurse Aid Registry maintained by the Alabama Department of Public Health, 334.206.5169. To maintain certification, a nurse aide must work at least eight hours in 24 months. If not, the nurse aide must retrain and retest.

The examination process consists of two parts, the Skills Evaluation and the Written (or Oral) Exam, which is administered on the same day. A candidate must pass both parts in order to be certified and listed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. To obtain registration information, contact the nursing office or call the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), 1.877.889.0939. A candidate may also download a Candidate Handbook and view the Nurse Aide Practice Written Examination at www.pearsonvue.com

Nursing Assistant Certificate


Area I-Written Composition: 3 Semester Hours


Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts: 0 Semester Hours


Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 0 Semester Hours


Area IV - History, Social, and Behavior Sciences: 0 Semester Hours


Total Hours Required for Certificate: 16



Respiratory Therapy


The Respiratory Therapy Program (RPT) is a balanced curriculum including both respiratory and general education courses.  Course content includes the role of the respiratory therapist, health care concepts, and technical observations and skills.  It provides the student with a strong background in the use of respiratory equipment, cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, diagnostic procedures, sleep disorders, and pathophysiology.  the student receives direct, hands-on, patient care experience in various hospitals and facilities throughout their clinical education.  The respiratory courses must be taken in sequential order.

The SSCC Respiratory Therapy Program holds a Letter of Review from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas, 76021-4244, 817.283.2835.  This status will NOT affect the ability of those students entering the program in spring 2012 to graduate and be eligible to sit for all applicable national credentialing examinations, which includes the Entry Level and Advanced Practitioner Examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Minimum Admission Requirements for the RPT Program:

  1. June 1 application deadline with selection of students in July each year.

  2. An official transcript of all college work.

  3. A copy of current class schedule, if enrolled.

  4. Completion of RPT 256 (May be taken first semester of program if all other requirements

    are met).

  5. A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work completed and a cumulative

    G.P.A. of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on all prerequisite courses.

  6. Completion of all prerequisite courses with ca grade of C(70) or above: MTH 100 , ENG 101 ,

    BIO 201  , BIO 202 , and RPT 256 .

  7. A copy of Compass OR ACT Reading scores.  NOTE:  This score must be within the last

    three (3) years.  A Compass Reading Score must be 76 or higher, or the ACT Reading Score

    must be 17 or higher.

  8. Only those students who have met all the criteria and submitted all required paperwork by

    the deadline will be considered for admission.

NOTE:  Selection of students are mad in July of each year for admission in the fall semester. 

Application does not assure acceptance to the Program.

Curriculum Sequence for Respiratory Therapy Program


                                                             

 

Total

Credit

Theory/

lecture

Hours

 

Lab

Hours

 

Clinical

Hours

Total

Contact

Hours

 

Prerequisite Courses


 

ORI 101 - Orientation To College 

 1

1

 0

 0

 1

*BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  4 3 2 0 5
BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  4 3 2 0 5
ENG 101 - English Composition I  3 3 0 0 3
MTH 100 - Intermediate College Algebra  3 3 0 0 3
**RPT 256 - Writings and Research for the RCP I  1 1 0 0 1
Semester Total 16 14 4 0 18

 

*BIO 103 is a prerequisite for BIO 201.

**May be taken first semester if all other admission criteria are met.

Total Credit Hours: 74


Policies for the Respiratory Therapy Program


Grading Policy & Academic Standards

In the Respiratory Program, each student is evaluated on a scheduled basis as to comprehension of theoretical concepts, safe performance and psychomotor skills in clinical areas and ethical and affective behavior expected of the professional practitioner.  The Respiratory Therapy Program uses the following academic grading system:

 A=90 -100     Excellent

B=80 -89       Good

C=75 - 79      Average

D=60 - 74      Failing

F=0 - 59        Failing

Progression Policy

  1. A student must achieve a minimum grade of C (75) or above in every RPT course, and a grade of 70 or above in every academic course for which they are registered during the semester to continue in the Program. 
  2. Respiratory courses are taught sequentially.  (A student must have a minimum grade of 75 in every course in a given semester’s work to proceed to the courses taught in the next semester).

  3. Students will be tracked and counseled (as it relates to academic progress).  A plan for success will be developed when deficiencies are noted and placed in the student’s file.

  4. In the event that a student makes a grade below 75 in any RPT course, the student must withdraw from the Program immediately.

  5. The student may apply for re-admission to the Program; acceptance is conditional upon the following:

    a.  completion of application for re-admission

    b.  fulfillment of admission criteria (academic and clinical)

    c.  space availability in the next class and the next clinical courses

    d.  successful completion of validation requirements in Psychomotor Domain and Cognitive/Knowledge/Academic Content Domain.  An explanation of these validation requirements can be found in the Respiratory Therapy Program Student Handbook.

  6. After re-admission, if the student does not achieve the minimum 75 grade in the second attempt of the same RPT course or fails to achieve the minimum 75 in any other RPT course, the student will be withdrawn from the Program.  The student may seek admission as a new student and start the Program from the beginning.

  7. A student absent from the respiratory course sequence for more than three semesters must apply as a new student.

  8. A student will not be readmitted to the Program more than once.

Health & Health Related Policies

Because participation in clinical instruction is an integral part of the Respiratory Therapy Program curriculum, each student is required to comply with all the policies and procedures of the clinical agencies and the RPT Program.  Therefore, each student is expected to uphold the contractual terms of the clinical agencies used upon being admitted to the RPT Program.  All costs/expenses associated with meeting the health and general policy requirements of the Program are the responsibility of the student.  The following policies and procedures are required by all students upon acceptance to the Respiratory Therapy Program.

  1. Submit a completed RPT Health Form (physical examination packet) by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner (current within one year.)
  2. Vaccinations which include:

    a.  Hepatitis B series or evidence of immunity.

    b.  MMR (German Measles, Mumps, Rubella) if born after 1957 or evidence of immunity.

    c.  Varicella immunity (immunization or titer).

    d.  Proof of tetanus vaccination.

    e.  Current Seasonal Flu vaccine.

    f.  Documentation of TB skin test.

  3. Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training at the health care provider level (BLS/Infant/Child).

  4. Purchase of liability and accident insurance that is purchases through the College.

  5. Completion of a Pre-clinical drug screen.  The students must have a negative screen prior to admission and being assigned to a clinical agency.  The complete drug screen policy is located in the RPT Program Student Handbook.

  6. Background screen prior to admission and first day of clinical/lab rotations. All students must sign a release form for permission to perform a background screen as required by federal law.  The student must abide by the RPT  Program background screen and clinical agency policy for which the student is assigned.  Every effort will be made to provide students with the required clinical experiences to meet program objectives.  Any student denied access by a clinical affiliate will be subject to dismissal from the Program.

  7. Completion of training on Universal Precautions, OSHA requirements, and the prevention and management of the spread of disease.  Training is given in the introductory/fundamentals course.  Additional information is given related to hospital policies including but not limited to issues of confidentiality procedures, fire and safety procedures, and documentation policies.   

Essential Function Standards

The Alabama College System and SSCC endorse the Americans with Disabilities Act.  In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities

Physical, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and social abilities are required in unique combinations to provide safe and effective respiratory care.  The applicant/student must be able to meet the essential function standards with or without reasonable accommodations throughout the Program of learning.  Admission, progression, and graduation are contingent upon one’s ability to demonstrate the essential functions delineated for the Respiratory Therapy Program with or without reasonable accommodations.  The student may request disability accommodations in writing to the Office of Disability Services, 205.391.3958, which is located on the second floor of the Martin Campus.  Any reasonable accommodations made by the RPT program must originate from the Office of Disability Services.

The essential functions delineated below are necessary for Respiratory Therapy Program admission, progression, and graduation, and for the provisions of safe and effective respiratory care.  The essential functions include but are not limited to the ability to do the following:

  1. Lifting and Carrying:

    Lifting 50 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 lbs.

  2. Coordination:

    Ability to coordinate eyes and hands or fingers rapidly and accurately in making precise movements with speed.    Ability to make a movement response quickly and accurately. Ability to move the fingers and manipulate small objects with the fingers rapidly and/or accurately.  Ability to move the hands easily and skillfully.  To work with the hands in placing and turning motions.

  3. Climbing and/or Balance:

    Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps and the like, using the feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

    Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.

  4. Stooping, Kneeling, Crouching, and/or Crawling:

    Stooping:  Bending the body downward and forward by bending the spine at the waist.

    Kneeling:  Bending the legs at the knee to come to rest on the knee or knees.

    Crouching:  Bending the body downward and forward by bending the legs and spine.

    Crawling:  Moving about on the hands and knees or hands or feet.

  5. Reaching, Handling, Fingering, and/or Feeling:

    Reaching:  Extending the hands and arms in any direction.

    Handling:  Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hand or hands.

    Fingering:  Picking, pinching, or otherwise working primarily with the fingers.

    Feeling:  Perceiving such attributes of objects and materials as size, shape,temperature or texture, by means of receptors in the skin, particularly those of the fingertips.

  6. Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Smelling:

    Talking:  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.

    Hearing:  Perceiving the nature of sounds by the ear in order to communicate.

    Seeing:  Use of vision or corrected vision to determine the characteristics of objects.

    Smelling:  Ability to smell body and environmental odors such as bodily secretions or electrical equipment burning.

Upon admission, an individual who discloses a disability can request reasonable accommodations.  Individuals will be asked to provide documentation for the disability in order to assist with the provision of appropriate reasonable accommodation.  The College will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to substantially alter the requirements or nature of the Program or reasonable accommodations that inflict an undue burden on the College.  In order to be admitted, one must be able to perform all of the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.  If an individual’s health changes during the program of learning, so that the essential functions cannot be  met with or without reasonable accommodations, the student will be withdrawn from the Respiratory Therapy Program.  The respiratory faculty reserves the right at any time to require an additional medical examination at the student’s expense in order to assist with the evaluation of the student’s ability to perform the essential functions.

 NOTE:  Respiratory Therapy Program information, policies and curriculum are subject to change without prior notice due to accrediting requirements.

Graduation Requirements & Comprehensive Achievement Exams

Requirements for graduation in AA, AS, and AAS Degree programs are listed int eh College Catalog.  In the interest of preparing students for success on the NBRC CRT, WRRT, and CSE credentialing examinations, SSCC RPT students are required to take a comprehensive review seminar and comprehensive Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs) prior to graduation from the Program.  The students are responsible for the costs of the review course and examinations.  Every effort is made to keep the costs to a minimum, but the students should plan for approximately $295.00 for the comprehensive review seminar, $140.00 for the comprehensive SAEs, $190.00 for the NBRC CRT, and $380.00 for the NBC RRT.

The Comprehensive Achievement Exam is comprised of three separate National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) secure Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs).

  1.  Entry Level Exam ( ELE)
  2. Written Registry Test (WRRT)
  3. Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE)

The students are required to take to Entry Level Exam (ELE) SAE during the third semester in the RPT 232 course and pass with the identified required score.  All students are required to take a Review Seminar course and the WRRT and CSE SAEs as a graduation requirement for the RPT 243 course during the fourth semester.  All three self-assessment examinations must be passed prior to graduation.  The student will have two attempts to pass the SAEs during the fourth semester.  If a student fails both attempts on the SAEs, the student will receive an “I” for the course.  During the next semester the student will have an opportunity to complete remedial work and then be allowed one additional attempt to pass the failed self-assessment exam(s).  If the student is unsuccessful a third time, they will receive a grade of “F” for the RPT 243 course.

In addition, all graduating students are required to register for the NBRC CRT exam within 30 days prior to graduation.  Passage of the NBRC CRT exam qualifies the graduate as a Certified Respiratory Therapist.  After successfully passing the NBRC CRT exam, the student will be eligible for the NBRC RRT exam, then the registration fees for the NBRC RRT exam will be sent.

Associate in Applied Science


Area I - Written Composition: 3 Semester Hours


Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 Semester Hours


Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 11 Semester Hours


Area IV - History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences: 3 Semester Hours


Total Area I, II, III, IV: 20 Semester Hours


Total Hours Required for Degree: 74


BIO 103  is a pre-requisite for BIO 201 or satisfactory score on approved ACS placement exam.