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Registered Nursing

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

Phone: 1-866-753-4544
Phone: 334-420-4200

Programs & Training

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 throughout their 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.

Students who have satisfactorily completed the program when meeting eligibility requirements by a licensure board may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). 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.

  • Official score on ACT National or Residual with a minimum composite score of 18 OR a minimum score of 58 on the TEAS test is the minimum requirement for application to nursing. The ACT composite score has no time limit. The TEAS test score must be 3 years or less from the application deadline date. ACT Superscores are not accepted by the Nursing program.
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to the established deadline. The completed pre-requisite courses must be on the applicant’s transcript(s). Applicants must provide the program with copies of all transcripts and must provide the Admissions Office with official transcripts. 
  • 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 Nursing Program web pages. 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

Admission Criteria
  1. Applicants should complete and submit an Associate of Applied Science Registered Nursing Program application and request for official college and high school transcripts sent directly to the College’s Admission Office.

    Minimum admission standards include:

    1. Unconditional admission to the college (must complete college application).
    2. Receipt of a completed application for the nursing program by the established deadline for admission.
    3. Minimum 2.50 GPA required on required academic core courses.
    4. Minimum of 2.50 high school GPA for students without prior college work (GED acceptable in lieu of high school transcript).
    5. Math and Science courses must be within a 5-year period of application to the nursing program for eligibility requirements.
    6. Good standing with the College, including a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.50.
    7. Meeting the essential functions.
    8. Official results of the ACT (a minimum of an 18 composite score is required) OR a minimum score of 58 on the TEAS test 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 for admission to the nursing program. The ACT composite score has no time limit. The TEAS test score must be 3 years or less from the application deadline date. ACT Superscores are not accepted by the Nursing program.
    9. Transfer students must be in good standing from the transferring institution with a letter from the Program Director and a minimum of 2.50 cumulative GPA with nursing courses no more than one year from the date of application. Transfer students must meet TSCC’s current Nursing program acceptance requirements and will be required to demonstrate competence and skills.  Acceptance of transfer students into the program is not guaranteed.
Nursing Program Selection Criteria
  1. Points for grades in the following nursing required core general educational courses are as documented:
    • A = 3 points, B = 2 points, C = 1 point
    • ENG-101 English Composition
    • MTH-100 Intermediate College Algebra
    • BIO-201 Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 103 is a pre-requisite for this course)
    • BIO-202 Anatomy & Physiology II
    • BIO-220 Microbiology (BIO 103 is a pre-requisite for this course)
    • ORI-101 College Orientation (must be taken at TSCC)

  1. An additional 10 points may be awarded as determined by the individual college policy and procedure.
  2. A minimum 2.50 GPA is required in the core general educational courses for the nursing program. Not all courses may have been completed at the time of admission to the nursing program; however, students may experience less conflict in scheduling classes if general education classes are completed prior to entering the professional phase of study. Core general educational courses taken in high school as dual enrollment will be used in GPA calculation.
  3. Associate Degree Nursing general education courses:
    • ENG-101 English Composition I
    • MTH-100 Intermediate College Algebra (or higher-level math – Pre-Cal, Finite Math)
    • BIO-201/202 Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • BIO-220 Microbiology (BIO 103 is a pre-requisite for this course)
    • PSY-210 Human Growth & Development
    • SPH-106 or 107 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or Public Speaking

Humanities elective:

    • ART-101 Art Appreciation or MUS-101 Music Appreciation
    • PHL-106 Intro to Philosophy
    • PHL-206 Ethics & Society (Preferred)
    • REL-100 History of World Religions
    • SPA-101 Intro to Spanish IMinimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the current, native institution or cumulative 2.5 GPA at the institution from which the student is transferring.

  1. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA at the current native institution or cumulative 2.50 GPA at the institution from which the student is transferring.
  2. Official ACT ( minimum requirement of a composite score of 18 points) OR minimum score of 58 on the TEAS test. The TEAS test must be taken with 3 years of application to the program.
  3. Minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college courses (GED as applicable).
  4. Meeting the essential functions of nursing.

Students in the Registered Nursing Program must meet the following requirements, which will be completed at the student’s expense prior to and throughout enrollment in the program inclusive of:

  1. Alabama Community College System Essential Functions
  2. Verification of physical and mental capabilities to function as a nurse in diverse settings with or without reasonable accommodations,
  3. Absence of use of drugs and alcohol by participation in random and scheduled drug/alcohol testing at the student’s expense,
  4. Adherence to policies of affiliated clinical agencies by submitting criminal background check and CPR certification prior to enrollment
Transfer Policy

The transfer policy applies only to students desiring to transfer between Alabama Community College System institutions. It does not apply to students wishing to transfer from other institutions. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the nursing program director. Acceptance of transfer students into the program at TSCC is not guaranteed.

  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.

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More Information

Student Achievement Data

  • NCLEX Pass Rate: 2023 = 75.00%
  • Completion Rate: 2023 = 50%
  • Job Placement Rate: 2023 = 100%

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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