Practical Nursing (CER-LPN)
Program Location: Bay Minette and Atmore Campuses
Nursing and Allied Health Division
Length: Three Semesters
This is a full-time day program designed to prepare students to practice as competent Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) after passing the licensure exam. Students who successfully complete the three semesters (45 credit hours) are awarded a Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate and are eligible to take the licensure exam to become an LPN. Licensure by the Boards of Nursing may be denied if an applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense of a felony, has abused drugs or alcohol, has a history of chemical dependency or mental illness, has been placed on the federal abuse registry, or has been administratively discharged from the armed services.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible, applicants must be in good standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) at Coastal Alabama, have original transcripts from all schools attended in the Registrar’s Office, hold a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the academic core courses in the program or cumulative 2.5 GPA if a high school student without prior college coursework, and be eligible for ENG101, MTH100, and BIO 201.
Students are selected based on the following point system:
- *Score on ACT (no minimum composite score required)
- Three points are awarded for an A, two for a B, and one for a C in ENG 101, MTH 116 or higher level math, BIO 201, and BIO 202
- One point each is awarded for completion of PSY 210, SPH 106 or 107, BIO 220, and a Humanities course with a C or higher (BIO 220 and a Humanities elective are not required for the PN Certificate)
- Three extra points may be awarded if the student is currently certified in a health occupation that requires direct contact with patients, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Basic or Advanced EMT, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Phlebotomist, or Certified Surgical Technologist. Proof (Copy of the Certificate of completion) must be submitted with the application in order to receive extra points. Alternatively, applicants who have completed a chemistry or higher-level math (such as MTH 110, 112, or 265) with a grade of “C” or higher may be awarded 3 extra points. Applicants may receive up to 3 extra points total for this section. Example: Applicants will NOT receive 3 points for a higher-level math and 3 points for being a CNA.
- Three points are awarded for completion of all six general education courses required in the practical nursing program with a C or higher.
A separate nursing application is required. Application deadlines, application packets, information sessions, and ACT registration dates are available on Coastal Alabama’s website. Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam showing ability to meet essential functions, record of immunizations, proof of medical insurance and American Heart CPR. All nursing courses must be passed with a minimum of 75 (C) in order to progress in the program. A nursing testing fee is assessed each semester.
It is highly recommended that students take the biology courses and other general education courses prior to beginning the nursing coursework. This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.
Suggested Prior to Program Admission
It is suggested that students complete the general education courses required for the practical nursing program prior to program admission. Please note that Math 116, Mathematical Application, or a higher level math such as MTH 100, Intermediate College Algebra, fulfills the Math requirement. SPH 106 or 107 fulfills the Speech requirement. ORI 101, Orientation to College, will be required of first time college students.
Suggested Prior to Program Admission
It is suggested students complete BIO 202, Anatomy and Physiology II, and BIO 220, Microbiology, prior to program admission if possible. Microbiology is not a requirement of the practical nursing program, but is awarded a point in the selection process.