THE FALL NURSING PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED AT THE FAIRHOPE CAMPUS, AND THE SPRING NURSING PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED AT THE BAY MINETTE CAMPUS.
The mission of the Nursing Department at Faulkner State Community College is to develop knowledgeable, competent, caring, and culturally sensitive licensed nurses. These individuals will be prepared to function in the provision and management of nursing care and as members of the nursing profession will make sound decisions based on critical thinking, and will engage in safe and effective skilled nursing practices as defined by law and will function in a variety of healthcare settings. We strive to prepare productive members of the health care team who will function in the role as provider, manager, and member of the discipline for our community and society, and who will communicate effectively and will pursue life-long learning for personal and professional growth.
Click here to download the Nursing Application and Nursing Application Information. Click here to register for a nursing advising session. It is important to understand the point system used to determine entrance into the nursing programs at Faulkner State Community College. We highly encourage prospective students to seek a nursing advisor prior to beginning college coursework for any of the nursing programs. It is important to start college coursework with General Biology in order to complete the Biology course requirements in a timely manner. FSCC nursing programs are FULL-TIME day programs. It is advisable to work no more than 20 hours after admittance to a nursing program to ensure enough study time for success. Students must be prepared to work less hours as needed to be successful.
NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM (TEAS)
Information regarding the Nursing Entrance Exam, TEAS V, is found on the last page of the nursing application packet. Students go to the website, www.atitesting.com and click on “Register for TEAS”. Then follow instructions for registering to take the exam. All prospective nursing students must create an ATI account to register for the test by going to www.atitesting.com and clicking on ‘Create a New Account’, then following screen prompts. The ATI Paper/Pencil ID must be submitted the day of testing. Testing is performed on the Bay Minette Campus. Specific dates, times, and place are listed on the ATI website. The cost for the test is $40. Payment is made on-line through the ATI website at the time of registration. The 5th (TEAS V) edition is required. It may be repeated after a 6 week waiting period. Results are good for 3 years.
Criteria for Transfer of Nursing Courses
- Must meet the entry and progression requirements of the institution and the Nursing Program.
- 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.
- Dean/Director of previous nursing program must provide a letter stating student is eligible to continue in that program and is in good standing.
- Must comply with all program policy requirements at accepting institution.
- Must complete at least 25% of the nursing program required courses for degree /certificate at the accepting institution.
- Must successfully complete the Nursing Program within 48 months from initial semester for ADN students or within 24 months for PN and Mobility students.
- Must meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experience.
- Must validate skills and knowledge, as necessary, to determine nursing program placement
- Students must submit a completed Transfer Packet. Transfer requests are due prior to the last 3 weeks of any given semester. Click here to download the Transfer Packet.
10. NOTE: Student selection for transfer is based on GPA in nursing program required courses. 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.
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:
- Student must complete a transfer/readmission form.
- Have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at current institution.
- Meet clinical record/health record requirements.
- The last clinical nursing course, in which the student was successful, cannot be more than twelve months old.
- Student will be ranked on cumulative GPA for the purposes of transfer/readmission to the PN program.
- Students who have two attempts in the RN program are only allowed one attempt in the PN program.
- Students who are successful may apply for the LPN to RN Mobility Option as outlined in the college catalog.
- If unsuccessful in the PN transfer option, the student must meet current admission/ progression requirements.
In order to progress in the nursing program, the student must:
- Achieve a grade of C or better in all required general education and nursing courses.
- Be acceptable by clinical agencies for clinical experiences.
- Maintain ability to meet essential functions for nursing with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Maintain current CPR at the health care provider level.
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.
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:
- Space unavailability;
- Refusal by clinical agencies to accept the student for clinical experiences;
- Twelve months have elapsed since the student enrollment in a nursing course;
Criteria for Reinstatement
- Demonstrate a 2.0 GPA in nursing program required courses.
- Student has had no more than one non-progression since program admission.
- Demonstrate acceptable skills proficiency.
- Meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experiences.
- Demonstrate ability to meet essential functions for nursing with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Demonstrate current CPR at the health care provider level.
Process for Reinstatement
- Students should first schedule an appointment with a nursing faculty/advisor to discuss eligibility for reinstatement.
- Students must apply for reinstatement to the nursing program and submit the application by published deadlines.
- Students must apply for readmission to the college if not currently enrolled. College readmission must be accomplished by published deadlines.
- Update all drug testing and background screening according to program policy.
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.
The philosophy of the nursing programs is consistent with the mission, goals and objectives of The Alabama College System. The programs provide curricula to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for entry level employment in practical and professional nursing. The nursing faculty endorses the following beliefs:
Maslow’s theory is the foundation for the program of learning. According to Maslow, all individuals have similar needs arranged in a hierarchy with higher needs emerging as basic physiological needs are met. Individuals are unique biological, psychosocial and spiritual beings who strive to meet holistic needs. Each individual has the right to make informed decisions about one’s health in a technologically changing society. Society, a complex system that influences culture, values, and beliefs, provides direction and meaning to an individual’s experiences throughout the lifespan.
Health, which is individually perceived, exists when needs are met. Ranging on a continuum from highest level wellness to death, health is a dynamic state. The goals of health care are to promote, maintain, and restore health.
Nursing is an art, as well as, a science in which the holistic needs of the individual are met through utilization of the nursing process in a variety of settings. The nursing process incorporates scientific principles, interpersonal and psychomotor skills. The practice of nursing takes place in an ever changing health care system and requires caring, critical thinking, competency, legal/ethical accountability, dedication to an evolving body of knowledge, life long learning and client advocacy.
The teaching-learning process is a shared responsibility between faculty and students where faculty serve as facilitators of learning. The successful teaching-learning process requires an environment that promotes learning, considers the needs of the individual, and provides opportunities for student participation and educational goal attainment. The learning process is based on principles of critical thinking and is enhanced by the presentation of information from simple to complex. Learning is achieved when there is evidence of a change in behavior within the cognitive, affective, and/or psychomotor domains. Individuals have the right to achieve self-actualization and society provides educational opportunities.
Nursing education is a learner-centered process which combines general education and nursing courses to prepare the individual for the practice of nursing. Incorporating a program of learning, a variety of instructional methodologies, and available resources, nursing education fosters competency, accountability and continued professional development. Learning is a life long process which promotes professionalism and is beneficial for the learner and society.
News and Events for the Nursing Department
- Senior Nursing Students 2012
- April 18, 2012 – The senior nursing class met for the annual Beach NCLEX Review. The class started at 8:00 a.m. and studied until 6:00 p.m. to review information for the NCLEX. ”It is a very extensive review for the seniors,” Nursing Instructor Katrina Allen-Thomas said. “I cover the entire book.”
- April 2012 – Nurses Featured on Cover of International Magazine
- March 1, 2012 – Faulkner State’s Nursing Program Receives National Recognition through METI Learning.
- April 19, 2011 - Nursing Students simulate the hazards of “Texting While Driving” by means of the iStan human simulator.
FSCC’s Nursing Programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Ph: 404 975-5000.