“ Implementation of the new curriculum has been delayed until August 2017.  As such, we will admit a fall 2016 cohort using the current criteria and applications as printed for RN and PN admission”.

How to Apply to the RN (Registered Nursing) Program:

Application into Lawson State's prestigious nursing program is competitive.  Although we recommend that all students apply to our program, students meeting minimum requirements or seeking readmission are not guaranteed admission.  Students seeking admission should work to maintain the highest GPA possible and concentrate on superb performance in all science classes, beginning with BIO103 (as a pre-nursing student).  Admission into Lawson's Nursing program is based on your ranking against the criteria and your ranking against other students applying to the program. 
Criteria (in terms of student selection)  is established from assessing GPA's, student completion of pre-requisite courses, TEAS test outcomes, and grades achieved in Biology courses (and additional points awarded from HPS103, if the student opts to take this course).

Earn Extra Points Here:  HPS103--Up to 11 additional points can be awarded for selecting to take this important course. HPS is NOT a required course BUT is highly recommended, for it is designed to transition students into the nursing program.  NOTE:  Up to 11 points can be awarded by taking HPS103.

Play It Smart:  Our studies show that students who opt to take BIO103 tend to perform at a higher level in BIO201, 201 and 220.  Hence, although BIO103 is no longer required, Lawson nursing advisors and Academic Affairs strongly encouraged pre-nursing students to enroll in this science course, for data demonstrates that taking BIO103 leads to improved performance in subsequent Biology classes, particularly for pre-nursing students seeking admission.

Points Garnered from the Biology Classes

Points for the biology courses below: 30 pts for an A, 20 pts for a B, and 10 pts for a C in each course.
BIO201 points based on grade received
BIO202 points based on grade received
BIO220 points based on grade received

Completion of Pre-requisite Courses: 

ENG101, MTH100, PSY200, PSY210, ORI101, HUM101 or ART100 or SPA101, SPH107

Intake Cycles:  When Can I Apply?


Associate Degree Nursing (RN)--Cycles of Admittance (New Students) 


Day Program: (Birmingham Campus):

Lawson State Community College admits students to its RN day program two times per year, every summer and fall.  

Evening Program: (Bessemer Campus):

Lawson State Community College admits students to its RN evening program one time per year, every fall.  

Application Deadline Dates

Summer--for summer semester enrollment consideration:  The Application Deadline is the same every year-- March 15th (by 5:00 pm CST).  If March 15th falls on a weekend, the application will be accepted on the next business day (that Monday).

Fall--for fall semester enrollment consideration: The fall semester deadline is  the same every year--June 1st (by 5:00 PM CST).  If the June 1st deadline falls on a weekend, the application will be accepted on the next business day (that Monday).

NOTE:  Late and/or incomplete packets are not evaluated by the intake committee. 

Follow These Steps to Apply:   

 Review the application process and understand the importance of submitting a completed packet by the set deadline listed above.   See your advisor to determine whether or not you have completed all of your course prerequisites (i.e, MTH100, BIO201, BIO202, BIO220 (or at least enrolled in BIO220), ENG101, PSY200, PSY210, HUM101 or ART100 or MUS100, etc...).   

Schedule and complete the Test for Academic Skills, the TEAS V test through Lawson State's Testing Center (or another testing center of your choice).


Review the application checklist (below) and complete the Application.  Be sure to attach all required documents.  Submit your application on time.  NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.  All required documents MUST be attached, including all transcripts.

Online Application Checklist and Application Form

Click the links below to begin the application process.  Incomplete or Late Applications will NOT be considered.