Jan 28, 2022  
2021-2022 General Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
2021-2022 General Catalog and Student Handbook

Nursing, AAS (CE)


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Associate Degree Nursing - Upon successful completion of the ADN program, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Practical Nursing - Upon successful completion of the PN program, the student is awarded a certificate in Practical Nursing.

Associate Degree or Upon successful completion of 3rd block - Upon successful completion of the program of studies in either the Associate Degree or Practical Nursing Programs, the graduate may be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination, upon approval by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements Checklist

  • 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 PHL 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.
  • 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

  • *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. 
Practical nursing core courses (for stand-alone PN programs): ENG 101  , MTH 100  , BIO 201  , BIO 202  , PSY 210  , and SPH106 or SPH 107  .
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


First Semester


Total: 14 Credit Hours


Second Semester


Total: 8 Credit Hours


Total: 13 Credit Hours


Students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination after successfully completing the third semester.


Fourth Semester


Total: 11 Credit Hours


Fifth Semester


Total: 10 Credit Hours


Total: 66 Credit Hours


Academic & Nursing Theory Contact Hours 660
Academic & Nursing Lab Contact Hours 255
Nursing Clinical Contact Hours 675
Total Program Contact Hours 1590

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 administerd 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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