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Practical Nursing (PN)

Start your nursing career with a Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate from Alabama Southern.

Nursing is a challenging career choice offering endless growth potential and the fulfillment of helping people every day. With national nursing shortages at a crisis level, graduates of Alabama Southern's one-year Practical Nursing (PN) certificate program are in high demand to fill a variety of health care related jobs.

Alabama Southern is your best choice for pursuing a PN Certificate. You will have the advantage of learning from qualified instructors in small classes with individual attention and assistance. You'll also have the advantage of working in some of the best-equipped labs in the state. Our nursing graduates traditionally have a high PN licensure exam (NCLEX) pass rate.

For all ASCC Nursing Program Application material please see the Document Upload section under Nursing.

The Skills You Need To Succeed

The one-year PN certificate plan of study includes courses in Pharmacology, Fundamentals of Nursing, Health Assessment, Anatomy and Physiology, Mental Health, Pediatric and Adult Nursing across the life-span.

Healthcare is changing rapidly. Alabama Southern's customized curriculum, designed in cooperation with the health care industry, helps workers stay current and advance their job skills. An upward mobility program also allows PN's to complete the nursing course requirements for the ADN program in one year.

Through working partnerships with first-rate hospitals and medical centers throughout Southwest Alabama, students gain well-balanced exposure to both rural and urban medicine, but with a special emphasis on rural nursing. Alabama Southern instructors teach critical thinking skills required on the job in the fast-paced world of nursing. Instructors also teach to individual learning styles and use computer assisted learning and testing in the classroom.

The Nursing department's advising program provides consistent communication between student and advisor throughout the course of study.

Growth Opportunities and Great Pay

Healthcare provides one of the fastest growing job markets in the country. Improvements in medical technology, along with a growing and aging population will guarantee the continued demand for health services. Job opportunities are as varied as they are plentiful.

Our PN program on the Thomasville Campus prepares graduates to work competently in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor's offices and home health care. Students gain hands-on experience through clinical facilities in hospitals in the five counties surrounding the Thomasville Campus.


Job opportunities for PN graduates include (Pay scales can vary greatly depending on level of expertise):

  • Hospitals $13-$16/hour
  • Doctor's office $13-$16/hour
  • Home Health Agency $13-$16/hour
  • Traveling Nurse $25+/hour


PN Admission Requirements:

  • Unconditional admission to the college.
  • Applicants to the PN program must apply by March 1st for admission the following fall semester and November 1st for the following spring semester.
  • Minimum of 2.50 GPA based on the last 24 credit hours for students with previous college work.
  • Minimum of 2.50 high school GPA for students without prior college work (GED acceptable).
  • Student must be eligible for: (a) English 101 and Math 100 as determined by college policy.
  • Student must be in good standing with the college.
  • Meeting the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing.
  • Admission to the nursing program is contingent upon a health and physical exam and acceptable drug screening results. Once accepted into the PN program, all required paperwork is due on the date of the orientation to the program.
  • Completion of the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) current version, prior to admission. The TEAS score is good for three years. A student may repeat the TEAS once during any semester admission time frame. The student must wait at least six (6) weeks between taking each test.
  • A student's score on a previous version of the TEAS test may be considered at the discretion of each college, if it is within the three year time frame.


PN Program Curriculum: Admission is competitive, and the number of students is limited by the number of applications received by the published deadlines, as well as faculty and clinical facilities available.


Program Chair of Practical Nursing, Joy Harrison, (334) 637-3160, jharrison@ascc.edu

Secretary for the Practical Nursing Program, Lynn Counselman, (334) 637-3157, lcounselman@ascc.edu  


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Note: Admission requirements are subject to change due to statewide standardization of nursing programs. Please check with the Division Chair of Nursing for any updates or changes.

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