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Registered Nursing

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Trenholm Campus:
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Building A/B
Montgomery, Alabama 36108

Programs & Training

Registered Nursing

Thank you for your interest in the Nursing programs at Trenholm State. Please keep in mind that you must first apply to TSCC and be unconditionally accepted to the College prior to applying to the Nursing programs. New applications for the Nursing programs Spring 2024 Cohorts on the Trenholm State Campus will be available on September 1, 2023. The deadline for application submissions for the Spring 2024 Cohorts will be September 29, 2023 by noon.

The associated science degree in nursing (registered nursing) is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires in May 2025.

Note: Upon granting initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is when the ACEN approved the nursing program as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation. 

The Registered 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 registered 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.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and enter the workforce. Employment opportunities are vast and can occur in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical offices, urgent care centers, home healthcare, industry, schools, and long term care facilities.

  • An ACT composite score of 18 is the minimum requirement for application to the Practical Nursing Certificate Option or the Registered Nursing Program and there are no exceptions. ACT Superscores are not accepted by the Nursing program.
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to submitting the nursing application. The completed pre-requisite courses must be on the applicant’s transcript(s) on submission of the application. ALL transcripts must be included in the application packet.
  • All math (MTH) and science (BIO) pre-requisite courses must be taken within 5 years of application to the Nursing program.
  • All pre-requisite courses, other minimum requirements for application, and additional information can be found on the Practical Nursing or Registered Nursing Program webpages. All applicants must be unconditionally accepted by TSCC prior to applying to the Nursing program. Please be advised that there is a separate application and application process for the Nursing programs at TSCC.

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's 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 the 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)

Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Manage quality, safe, evidence-based, skilled, and patient-centered care utilizing the nursing process.
  2. Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  3. Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  4. Develop and integrate individualized teaching plans and incorporate teaching and learning principles.
  5. Participate in collaborative relationships with patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary team to provide and improve patient care.
  6. Incorporate professional, ethical, and legal principles into entry-level nursing performance.
  7. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  8. Think critically, both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis, write and speak effectively, use basic computer applications, and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society.


  • NCLEX Pass Rate: 2022 = 76.92%
  • Completion Rate: 2022 = 48.6%
  • Job Placement Rate: 2022 = 61.1%

Sample Degree Pathway

How do I get started?​
  1. The Nursing Program admits a class each Fall semester or as determined by the program.
  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.
  5. A completed Trenholm State nursing application must be submitted to the Director of Nursing, P.O. Box 10048, Montgomery, AL 36108. No applications will be accepted after the deadline for submission.
  6. Official results of the ACT (minimum of 18 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.
  7. Take the ACCUPLACER placement examination as indicated (exceptions may apply).
  8. Provide one form of state identification.
  9. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required on nursing academic core classes inclusive of: English Composition I (ENG101), Intermediate College Algebra (or higher level math – Pre-Cal, Finite Math, or Statistics) (MTH100), Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO201)& II (BIO202), General Biology (BIO103 which a prerequisite for BIO220), Microbiology (BIO220), Human Growth & Development (PSY210), Speech (SPH106), and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Philosophy, Theater, Religion, or a foreign language).
  10. Good standing with the College including a minimum overall, cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  11. 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 from students 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.

  1. ADN Registered Nursing

    The Practical Nursing Certificate consists of three (3) sequential semesters.

    First SemesterTheoryLabClinicalCreditContact
    NUR112 – Fundamentals Concepts of Nursing421713
    Second SemesterTheoryLabClinicalCreditContact
    NUR113 – Nursing Concepts I413816
    Third SemesterTheoryLabClinicalCreditContact
    NUR114 – Nursing Concepts II503814
    NUR115 – Evidence based Clinical Reasoning10124

    Total Semester Hourse = 25

    Practical Nurse Certificate

    After the third semester of successful completion of the Associates in Applied Science nursing program, the student may sit for the NCLEX®-PN to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), opting out of the Associate in Applied Science nursing program.

    Fourth SemesterTheoryLabClinicalCreditContact
    NUR211 – Advanced Nursing Concepts403713
    Fifth SemesterTheoryLabClinicalCreditContact
    NUR221 – Advanced Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning304715

    Eligible for AAS in Nursing and to sit for NCLEX® -RN

    • 39 Total Nursing Credits
    • 660 Academic & Nursing Theory Contact Hours
    • 255 Academic and Nursing Lab Contact Hours
    • 675 Nursing Clinical Contact Hours
    • 1590 Total Program Contact Hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition & Fee Schedule

You can find tuition rates on our Tuition & Fee schedule

mportant Dates

Refer to the College Calendar for all important dates.


The answer is yes, unless you qualify for exemption.

Full FAQ

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Contact Us

Program Contact

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


AS Degree in Nursing

Registered Nursing is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires in
May 2025.

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Alabama Board of Nursing
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104



Trenholm Campus
1225 Air Base Blvd, Building A/B
Montgomery, Alabama 36108

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