Programs

WELCOME TO FAULKNER STATE NURSING 

New application criteria and new curriculum is being implemented for Fall Semester 2016.  Please note we will no longer offer a separate practical nursing (LPN) program.  All students will apply for the associate degree (RN) nursing program and will have the option of taking the licensure exam for practical nursing to work as a LPN after successful completion of the third semester in the ADN program. 

Nursing Information Sessions

Session Schedule
April 18
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
May 2
3:00 PM
Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
June 7
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
June 21
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
July 5
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
August 2 3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136

 Any student who intends to apply to one of Faulkner State’s nursing programs should attend a nursing information session.  Advisors are available to meet with each student one on one immediately after the group session.  It is recommended that students bring a copy of their transcripts of any prior college coursework.  Sessions are approximately one hour in length.

APPLICATION FOR ACT (RESIDUAL)

Click here for the ACT Residual registration information and Online Registration Form.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE (ADN with PN option)

Click here to download the nursing application information.  

It is important to understand the admission criteria used to determine entrance into Faulkner’s nursing programs.  FSCC nursing programs are full-time day programs.  We do not offer an online nursing program.  It is advisable to work no more than 20 hours once admitted to ensure enough time to study. 

LPN to ADN MOBILITY

Program application and criteria are currently under revision.  Check back periodically for updated information.   

PARAMEDIC TO ADN MOBILITY

Click here to download the Paramedic to ADN Mobility application.  

The Paramedic to ADN Mobility Program admission is every Fall Semester.  Applications are due between April 1 and June 1.  NUR 111, Paramedic to ADN Mobility, is a hybrid course taken in Fall Semester.  The theory portion for NUR 111 is online, testing and labs are on campus and clinicals are at Baldwin and Mobile County hospitals.  The required number of hours per week varies with each nursing course.  This program is a daytime course with set meeting times.  Course times are not scheduled around rotating shifts.  It is advisable to complete all general education program requirements prior to the start of nursing courses.  Reliable transportation, a flexible schedule, and willingness to commute to several area hospitals are required. 

TRANSFER POLICY

Students wishing to transfer must:

  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% 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.

NOTE:  Students must submit the transfer packet. Transfer requests are due prior to the last 3 weeks of any given semester.  Students who have been out of the previous nursing program longer than one year are not eligible to transfer. 

Click here to download Transfer Packet.

PROGRESSION POLICY

In order to progress in the nursing program, the student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of C or better in all required general education and nursing courses.
  2. Be acceptable by clinical agencies for clinical experiences.
  3. Maintain ability to meet essential functions for nursing with or without reasonable accommodations.
  4. Maintain current CPR at the health care provider level.

The following policy will be followed for progression:

  1. A total of two unsuccessful attempts in two separate semesters (D, F, or W) in the nursing program will result in dismissal from program.
  2. A student may be reinstated to the nursing program one time.  The reinstatement is not guaranteed due to limitations in clinical spaces.  All nursing program standards must be met. 
  3. A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the current institution for reinstatement.
  4. If a student has a documented extenuating circumstance that should be considered related to a withdrawal or failure, then this student may request a hearing before the Admission Committee or other appropriate college committee for a decision on repeating a course or readmission to the program.

Definitions:

Reinstatement: Students who have a withdrawal or failure in a nursing course and are eligible to return to that course will be considered for reinstatement to the program

Readmission: Students not eligible for program reinstatement may apply for program admission as a new student.  If accepted as a new student, the student must take or retake all nursing program courses.

REINSTATEMENT

Students who desire reinstatement in the program must apply for reinstatement to the program.  Reinstatement requests must be received by the nursing department within 48 hours of final grade postings in the semester for which the student either failed, or withdrew, in order to be considered for the following semester.  All other reinstatement requests must be received prior to the last 3 weeks of any one semester.  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. 

Click here to download reinstatement application.

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. Student has had 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.
  5. Remediation is required prior to reinstatement to select nursing courses.

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. 

MISSION

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.  As members of the nursing profession, they 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.

PHILOSOPHY

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.