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Practical Nursing

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The Practical Nursing Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and proficiencies to provide safe and effective bedside nursing care within the scope of practice of licensed practical nurses. Students are instructed in the provision of nursing care for clients through the lifespan. Clinical experiences are provided at area hospitals and healthcare agencies in adult health, maternal health, child health, orthopedics, geriatrics, psychiatric and other areas of nursing practice.

Practical Nursing is open to men and women; few careers match the versatility, satisfaction, and longevity afforded by a nursing career. Students who have satisfactorily completed the program may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing. The program has a competitive admissions process.

Nursing Mission Statement

The mission of the nursing programs of the Alabama Community College System is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system. We seek to provide full and equal access to opportunities for educational success to meet the community needs.

Nursing Philosophy

We believe that nursing is a dynamic profession, blending science with the use of evidence based practice and clinical reasoning and the art of caring and compassion to provide quality, patient-centered cared.

We believe learning is an interactive process in which faculty and students share responsibility to meet program outcomes. We believe in using educational methods that are current and supportive of students in the teaching and learning environment, with the presentation of information from simple to complex.

Nursing is guided by standards of practice and standards of professional performance. Standards reflect the values and priorities of the nursing profession. Therefore, we have integrated competencies from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and National League for Nursing (NLN) into our philosophy as part of our core values.


NLN competencies for nursing are central to the conceptual framework. The related QSEN competencies for graduate nurses define the knowledge, skills and attitudes that the graduate nurse should possess to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. (QSEN)

Human Flourishing - Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. (NLN def)

  • Patient-Centered Care - Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs. (QSEN def)

Nursing Judgment - Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patient within the family and community context. (NLN def)

  • Safety - Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (QSEN def)
  • Informatics - Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making. (QSEN def)

Professional Identity - Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context. (NLN def)

Teamwork and Collaboration - Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. (QSEN def)

Spirit of Inquiry - Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, questions underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities. (NLN def)

Evidence-based Practice - Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care. (QSEN def)

Quality Improvement - Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. (QSEN def)

Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent, entry-level practical nurses in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning disciplines.
  2. To develop graduates who will successfully meet the entry level expectations of diverse employers in the field of practical nursing.
  3. To provide students with the support and materials needed to succeed in the fields of practical nursing.
  4. To graduate students with the ability to demonstrate the knowledge base needed to succeed in the fields of practical nursing.
  5. To graduate students with the ability to demonstrate the clinical proficiency needed to succeed in the fields of practical nursing.
  6. To graduate students with the ability to demonstrate the appropriate behavioral skills needed to succeed in the fields of practical nursing.
  7. To provide employers with a pool of qualified, highly-skilled healthcare workers who are capable of executing a variety of tasks in the fields of practical nursing.

Program Outcomes

  1. Performance on Licensure Exam

    The most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.

  2. Program Completion

    Each program will determine program completion rate based on the program demographics. Program completion is defined as the percentage of students admitted who graduate in no more than 150% of the time of the stated program length beginning with the first required nursing course as delineated below:

    AAS in Nursing – seven semesters (eight semesters for part-time tract)

    AAS in Mobility LPN/Paramedic with NUR 209 – four semesters

    AAS in Mobility LPN/Paramedic without NUR 209 – three semesters

    PN Certificate – four semesters

  3. Job Placement

    Each program will determine the job placement rate based on the program's demographics. Job Placement is defined as the Percentage of graduates employed in a position for which a nursing program prepared them.

  4. Graduate and Employer Surveys

    Graduate and employer surveys are not mandated. Programs may continue to use the surveys as additional tools for assessing and evaluating program outcomes.

    Reference: ACCS Nursing Concept Based Curriculum Program Guide, May 19, 2018

  1. Application and deadline dates will be posted on the College website. The nursing program accepts a class once every year.
  2. Complete and submit a college application to Trenholm State Community College, if not currently enrolled (can be submitted online).
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
  4. Student must be in good standing with the college including a minimum overall, cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  5. Official results of the ACT (minimum of 20 composite score national or residual is required) must be submitted to the Registrar’s office with a copy attached to the nursing program application. The writing component of the ACT is not required for consideration of admission to the nursing program.
  6. Take the ACCUPLACER placement examination as indicated (exceptions may apply).
  7. Provide one form of state identification.
  8. A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for high school students without prior college work. A GED is also considered as meeting minimum requirements.
  9. Complete all general education (non-nursing) courses by the application deadline date. Prerequisites for the program are:
    • English Composition I (ENG101)
    • *Speech (SPH106) Non-required prior to applying.
    • Intermediate College Algebra (or higher level math - Pre-Cal, Finite Math, or Statistics) (MTH100)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO201)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO202)
    • Human Growth & Development (PSY210)
  10. Eligibility is required for English Composition 101, Math 100 (Intermediate College Algebra) and BIO 201.
  11. A completed Trenholm State nursing application must be submitted electronically to the Director of Nursing at The nursing program has modified its application process, students can no longer hand deliver or mail-in their nursing application. No applications will be accepted after the deadline for submission. Nursing application must include the following:
    • Unofficial copies of transcripts
    • Unofficial copy of your ACT scores
    • Application packet checklist
    • ACCS Essential Eligibility Criteria form
  12. Must meet the Essential Functions for nursing. Once accepted to the nursing program the essential functions document must have the signature and date of view of medical personnel (e.g.MD, DO, NP). The requirements for meeting essential functions for the nursing program can be requested periodically during the nursing program as indicated. If a nursing student cannot meet the essential functions requirements, the student may be withdrawn from the nursing program.

    Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing program.

Licensed Practical Nurse - Certificate

The Practical Nursing Program consists of three (3) sequential semesters. Faculty advise students to complete all core general education courses prior to entering the PN program The curriculum outline below you will notice that the core general education courses are into included.

First Semester Theory Lab Clinic Hours
NUR112 – Fundamentals Concepts of Nursing 4 2 1 7
ORI101 – College Orientation 1 0 0 1
Total Hours: 8
Second Semester Theory Lab Clinic Hours
NUR113 – Nursing Concepts I 4 1 3 8
Total Hours: 8
Third Semester Theory Lab Clinic Hours
NUR114 – Nursing Concepts II 5 0 3 8
NUR115 – Evidence based Clinical Reasoning 1 0 1 2
Total Hours: 10

Total Semester Hours = 26

The curriculum is designed to provide students with current nursing education and practice emphasizing evidenced-based practice utilizing the standards from Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and the National League of Nursing (NLN). At the completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).


General Information

Student Achievement Data

  • NCLEX Pass Rate: Spring 2018 – Fall 2018 = 75%
  • Completion Rate: Spring 2018 – Fall 2018 = 52%
  • Job Placement Rate: Spring 2018 – Fall 2018 = 90%

Program Details: View more information in the catalog.


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Program Contact

Debra Lett, PhD, MSN, MPA, RN
Director of Nursing Programs


Trenholm Campus
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Montgomery, AL 36108
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Approved by:
Alabama Board of Nursing
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

Accredited By:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

History of

For half a century, thousands of students have charted their path to success at Trenholm State Community College. From the 1960s to today, we have been part of the fabric of Montgomery and the River Region, growing to include diverse programs of study, multiple campuses, and online learning. Now, we celebrate the present and move forward with a renewed dedication to our community and the success of our students. We invite you to join us.

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