How to Apply to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN/RN) and Practical Nursing (PN) Programs:

Application into Lawson State's prestigious nursing program is competitive.  Although we recommend that all students apply to our programs, 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 a superb performance in all science classes, beginning with BIO103 (as a pre-nursing student).  Admission into Lawson's Nursing programs are 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, ACT exam outcomes, and grades achieved in Biology courses (and additional points awarded from HPS103 and MTH 186, if the student opts to take these courses).

Earn Extra Points Here:

  • Up to 4 additional points can be awarded by taking HPS103.

  • Up to 3 additional points can be awarded by taking MTH186. (HPS103 and MTH186 are NOT required BUT are highly recommended, both are designed to transition students into the nursing program.) 

  • Up to 3 additional points can be awarded for taking BIO103 Principles of Biology.  (BIO103 is a prerequisite to the BIO201).

Please click HERE for the Nursing Applicant Point System worksheet.

Intake Cycles:  When Can I Apply?


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

Day Program: (Birmingham):
Lawson State Community College admits students to its RN day program two times per year, every fall, and summer.  

Evening Program: (Bessemer Campus):
Lawson State Community College admits students to its RN evening program one time per year, every fall.  

Practical Nursing (PN)--Cycles of Admittance (New Students)

Day Program Only: (Bessemer Campus Only):
Lawson State Community College admits students to its PN day program two times per year in the fall and summer.

Application Deadline Dates for both programs

Fall--for fall semester enrollment consideration: The fall semester deadline is the same every year--May 15th (by 11;59 PM CST).  
Summer-- for summer semester enrollment consideration:  The summer semester deadline is the same every year--January 15th (by 11:59 PM CST).


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.

Have an 18 or higher on the ACT. Submit your official ACT scores to the Admissions Office AND attach a copy of that score to the nursing application. Note: We will accept up to two ACT/ACT Residual Scores and there is no expiration on the scores (tests cannot be taken within 60 days of each other).  


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.

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

Apply here for both programs!!!
Associate Degree (ADN/RN) Application and Practical Degree (PN) Application