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2019-2021 General Catalog and Student Handbook REVISED [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Career Mobility, AAS (CE)


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LPN to RN Program Information

Admission Requirements

  • Unconditional admission to the college. Application must be updated if you have not attended Bishop State in the previous semester.
  • Original transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be in and evaluated by the Admission Office (Central Campus, Room 106) by the nursing application deadline.
  • Receipt of completed application received in the Nursing Office by stated deadline.
  • A minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT. Writing component not required. ACT results MUST be attached to the nursing application. There is NO expiration date for the ACT score.
  • A minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the nursing required academic core courses (ENG 101 , MTH 100  or higher, BIO 201 , BIO 202 ).
  • Good standing with the college (BSCC). Letter of good standing from any previous nursing programs that were not completed.
  • Meeting the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing.
  • Name on application is current legal name and matches copy of photo ID and name in Bishop State’s AS400.
  • Current picture ID (driver’s license or Bishop State student ID only) attached to application.
  • Verification of a current, unencumbered Alabama PN license (must be maintained while enrolled).
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained while the student is in the Nursing Program.

If you have not graduated from the new state-wide concept based curriculum that was implemented Fall 2016, you will need to apply for Career Mobility that begins with NUR 209 . Upon successful completion of this course, you would then proceed to join the current curriculum in progress at the 4th semester.

LPN students who completed the Alabama Community College System concept based nursing curriculum within one academic year from the start of Mobility nursing courses are exempt from taking NUR 209  and will enter the program in NUR 211 .

The required number of hours per week varies with each nursing course. The program is a daytime course with set meeting times. Course times are not scheduled around rotating shifts. There are six general education course prerequisites as listed in the application.

Pre-Requisites: MTH 100  or higher level, ENG 101 , PSY 210  , BIO 201  & BIO 202 , SPH 106  or SPH 107  

Deadline Date: June 1st for the Fall Semester

Revised June, 2017

Admission Requirements - Updated April 2020

  • Unconditional admission to the college.  Application must be updated if student did not attend Bishop State during the previous semester/term.
  • Original transcripts from all colleges attended must be on file and evaluated by the Admission Office prior to the nursing application deadline.
  • A completed application for admission to nursing program received in the Nursing Office (Suite 210) before published deadline.
  • A minimum of 18 ACT composite score National or Residual.  ACT results must be attached to the application.  There is no expiration date for the ACT score.
  • A minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing required academic core courses which are:  ENG 101  , MTH 100   or higher, BIO 201  , BIO 202  , BIO 220  , PSY 210  , SPH 106 or SPH 107  , and a Humanities elective (MUS 101  , ART 100  , or PHY 206   suggested).
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at current, native institution or cumulative 2.0 in institution from which student is transferring.
  • A minimum of 2.5 GPA cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college courses (GED will be used if applicable).
  • Eligibility for or completion of ENG 101  , MTH 100   or higher, and BIO 201   with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Good standing with College.  A letter of good standing clearing from any legal, moral, or ethical issues, sent by the Dean or Director of Nursing (must be on official school letterhead) from any previously attended nursing program.
  • Meeting the essential functions for nursing.
  • Name on application is current legal name and matches copy of photo ID and name in Bishop State’s computer system.
  • Current picture ID (driver’s license or student ID) attached to application.
  • Mobility students are additionally required to provide proof of unencumbered, Alabama licensure (i.e. LPN, Paramedic).  No work history is required.   No associate degree is required for paramedics. Prerequisites required for Mobility program application: ENG 101  , MTH 100   or higher level math, BIO 201   & BIO 202  , SPH 106 or SPH 107  , and PSY 210  .  NUR 209   is offered only in the fall semester.
  • The required number of hours per week varies with each nursing course.  The program is offered during the daytime with set meeting times.  Courses are not scheduled around rotating shifts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained while in the nursing program.

One-Plus-One Curriculum

Points for Selection

After meeting minimum admission requirements, applicants are rank ordered using the following point system:

  • An ACT composite score with a minimum of 18 to apply. There are 36 total possible points. The writing component is not required or used for calculation. There is no time limit on when the exam was taken in order to be used. ACT results must be attached to the application.
  • Points will be awarded for a passing grade of “C” or higher in English Composition I, Intermediate College Algebra (MTH 100  or higher), Anatomy and Physiology I, and/or Anatomy and Physiology II. A=3 points, B=2 points, C=1 point.
  • Four points are possible, one point each, for completion of Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Fundamentals of Speech, and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation,
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  • Philosophy, Ethics, Religion or foreign language) with a grade of C or higher.
  • One point will be awarded for each semester in the Nursing Learning Community. Note: If the Learning Community is not active, 1 point will be awarded to the student who has attended Bishop State for more than one semester.
  • One-half point (1/2) will be awarded for each semester the student has attended Bishop State (Total possible point = 1).

Points for Selection - Updated April 2020

  • *ACT score.  There are 36 points possible.  No time limit on when the ACT was taken. 
  • Points for grades in the following nursing required core general educational courses are as documented:
A = 3 points, B = 2 points, C = 1 point (Total possible=12)
English Composition I; Intermediate College Algebra; Anatomy & Physiology I; Anatomy & Physiology II
  • One point each, for completion of Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Fundamentals of Speech, and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Ethics, Religion or Literature) with a grade of C or higher (Total possible = 4) .
  • Four points will be awarded for student having completed all eight required general education courses required in the program.
  • One (1) point will be awarded to the student who has attended Bishop State for one semester.
  • One (1) point will be awarded to the student who has attended Bishop State for two or more semesters.
  • *Minimum 2.5 GPA required in the core general educational courses for the nursing program.  Not all courses may have been completed at time of admission.  Core general educational courses taken in high school as dual enrollment will be used in GPA calculation. 

Associate degree nursing core courses: ENG 101  , MTH 100  , BIO 201  , BIO 202  , PSY 210  , SPH 106 or SPH 107  , BIO 220  , and a Humanities elective (MUS 101  , ART 100  , PHL 206  ). 

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at current, native institution or cumulative 2.0 GPA at institution from which student is transferring
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college courses (GED as applicable)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained while the student is enrolled in the nursing program.
A total of 58 points is possible with the above selection criteria.
Criteria Maximal Possible Points
ACT 36
English 101, Math 100, Biology 201, Biology 202
(12 points are possible, three points each)
12
Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Fundamentals of Speech, and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Philosophy, Ethics, Religion or foreign language) with a grade of C or higher.
(4 points are possible, one point each)
4

English 101, Math 100, Biology 201, Biology 202, Biology 220, Psychology 210, Speech 106 or 107, Humanities Elective 

4
1 semester in Nursing Learning Community 1
2 semesters in Nursing Learning Community 1
1 semester at Bishop State 0.5
2 or more semesters at Bishop State 0.5
Total = 58

If there is tie in points in relation to the number of available spaces, then the higher cumulative GPA will be considered. High school students may obtain points for college courses through dual enrollment grades. 

Course Requirements


Total: 10 Credit Hours


Second Semester


Total: 11 Credit Hours


Third Semester


Total: 10 Credit Hours


Total: 31 Credit Hours


Revised June, 2017

ACT Information

  • Go to www.actstudent.org to register for the test. The cost for test is $39.50 (all fees are non-refundable).
  • Bishop State is an ACT testing site. Test dates are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
  • Test Prep is available online or locally in face-to-face formats. A study guide can be purchased on line for $32.95.
  • The ACT Residual Test is also administered by Bishop State.  Please contact the Learning Assistance Center at 251-405-7100 for more information.

Test Overview:

The English test is a 75-question, 45-minute test, covering:

Usage/Mechanics

  • punctuation
  • grammar and usage
  • sentence structure

Rhetorical Skills

  • strategy
  • organization
  • style

The mathematics test is a 60-question, 60-minute test designed to assess the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.

The reading test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures your reading comprehension. The test questions ask you to derive meaning from several texts by:

  • referring to what is explicitly stated
  • reasoning to determine implicit meaning

The science test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.

  • You are not permitted to use a calculator on the science test.
  • TAKE NOTE The test assumes that students should be in the process of taking the core science course of study (three years or more) that will prepare them for college-level work and have completed a course in Earth science and/or physical science and a course in biology.

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