Jun 02, 2023  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, ADN Health Transition Program, Mobility, AAS

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 twelve to sixteen hours per week of clinical experience. Although class and clinical hours will be planned as conveniently as possible, there may be evening or weekend assignments. Because of the clinical time involved and the preparation time for some of the nursing courses, students are encouraged to consider completing all the academic requirements (non-nursing courses) prior to admission to the ADN program.

Students who hold a valid unencumbered Alabama Practical Nurse license or unencumbered Alabama Paramedic license or equivalent license/credentials for other health professions may apply for admission to the career mobility option. Twelve (12) to fifteen (15) months or three (3) to four (4) consecutive semesters are required to complete this option of study with selection for 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.

Students in the SSCC Associate Degree Nursing (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 last five (5) years. If not, at least one of the two courses must be repeated for credit before admission to the program. 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; telephone 334.293.5200 or 800.656.5318. Visit their website at www.abn.alabama.gov. The ADN and PN programs are also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).  Please contact ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, call telephone 404.975.5000, or visit www.acenursing.org to learn more about Shelton State’s accreditation.

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 admission criteria, curriculum, policies, and procedures.

General Admission Procedure

  1. Make application and be accepted to Shelton State Community College. Application must be completed online.
  2. Submit copies of official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Enrollment Services. All transcripts must be evaluated by the Office of Enrollment Services for determination of course credits and GPA calculations.
  3. Meet all academic requirements and complete any program admission requirements (listed below).
  4. After successful completion of all academic and admission requirements, the student may submit the online application for admission to the nursing program. Applications are accepted between May 1 and June 1 for fall admission, and between September 1 and October 1 for spring admission for standard two year program. Applications for the ADN Health Transition program are accepted between June 1 and July 1 for fall admission.
  5. Complete application checklist provided after submission of the online nursing application.

Minimum ADN Health Transition Program (Mobility) Admission Standards:

  1. Applicant must have unconditional admission to the College.
  2. Applicant must complete an application packet for the ADN Health Transition program by July 1 for spring admission.  Applications are completed online.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum 2.50 GPA in academic courses required for the SSCC Nursing Program and minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at current, native institution or institution from which student is transferring. An official SSCC transcript with all transfer credit must be available by the application deadline.
  4. Applicant must have completed prerequisite courses, including the following:  ENG 101 - English Composition I ; MTH 100 - Intermediate College Algebra  or higher level math as determined by College placement; BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I ; BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II ; PSY 210 - Human Growth and Development ; and SPH 106 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication  or SPH 107 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking . Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 201  and BIO 202 ) credits must have been completed within the past five (5) years. If not, at least one of the two courses must be repeated for credit before admission to the SSCC Nursing Program. Note:  NUR 209 - Concepts for Healthcare Transition Students  is required for students who want to bridge into the ADN Health Transition Program from other health programs, i.e., Paramedic to RN, LPN to RN, and LPNs who did not graduate from the ACCS Standardized Concept Based curriculum within one (1) year.
  5. Applicant must be in good standing with the College.
  6. Applicant must meet the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing.
  7. Applicant must have an official composite ACT score of 18 or higher.
  8. Applicant must have a valid, unencumbered Alabama Practical Nurse license or unencumbered Alabama Paramedic license or equivalent license/credential for other health professions.

Admission to the ADN 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.

Calculation of Points for Students Meeting Minimum ADN Health Transition Program (Mobility) Admission Standards:

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

  1. Official ACT score. There is a maximum of 36 points with no time limit on when the test was taken.
  2. Points from required academic courses for the nursing program (i.e. ENG 101 , MTH 100  or higher, BIO 201 , BIO 202 , PSY 210 , and SPH 106  or SPH 107 ). Points for grades are as follows: A = 3 points, B = 2 points, C = 1 point.
  3. An additional 10 points may be awarded as follows:







Completed  BIO 220 - General Microbiology  and a Humanities course.




Completed LPN certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at Shelton State Community College. 




Completed LPN certificate, Paramedic Certificate or equivalent Certificate for other health professionals program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


A total of 58 points is possible with these selection criteria.


Note: The nursing program information, policies, and curriculum may change to meet the requirements of institutional, state, or national approval/accrediting agencies.

Area I - Written Composition: 3 Hours

Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 Hours

Area III - Natural Science or Mathematics: 11 Hours


* Prerequisite: BIO 103  Principles of Biology I. Students may take BIO 103  CLEP test through SSCC Testing Center.

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

Area V - Technical Concentration and Electives: 28 Hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 66 Hours