Nursing Programs: Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing
Dr. Katrina Swain, Nursing Chairperson (ADN/PN)
Mrs. Dorothy Young, Administrative Assistant, Nursing
Nursing education is comprised of both general education and nursing courses. Utilizing planned learning experiences, the curriculum for the ADN and LPN to Associate Degree Mobility programs are designed to provide the student with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for competent practice. These experiences progress from simple to complex and emphasize the acquisition of skills and the application of scientific principles necessary in caring for individual or groups of individuals who are located along the health-illness continuum and are at various stages in the developmental process. The focus of the nursing education program is to prepare a registered nurse who functions as a self-directed individual, and who accepts responsibility and accountability for his/her personal and professional behavior.
Through an organized sequence of planned guided learning experiences, students are provided a solid foundation upon which to develop cognitive, psychomotor, and affective abilities necessary to make sound nursing decisions and to practice competently as a registered nurse. The curriculum plan provides for the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills inherent in the roles basic to registered nursing practice including the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Graduates of the RN program are strongly encouraged to pursue advanced professional degrees.
Associate Degree Nursing Program
The Associate Degree Nursing Program consist of five (5) sequential semesters. In the curriculum outline below you will notice the general education courses as part of the program. Faculty advise students to complete all general education courses prior to entering the ADN program.
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 Degree Nursing Program
The Practical Nursing Program consists of three (3) sequential semesters. In the curriculum outline below you will notice the general education courses as part of the curriculum. Faculty advise students to complete all general education courses prior to entering the PN program.
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.
Presently, Lawson State's Nursing Program is ranked in the top 10 in the state of Alabama by RegisteredNursing.Org. Ranking is based on NCLEX passage rates and overall student engagement in the program. Lawson has placed in the top 10 for three consecutive years running. Ranking is of both four and two-year colleges alike.
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Lawson State Community College is accredited by:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033
The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs at Lawson State Community College located in Bessemer, AL and Birmingham, AL, are accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at
Announcement ACEN Accreditation for Public Meeting
The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs at Lawson State Community College are approved by:
Alabama Board of Nursing RSA Plaza, Suite 250
770 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104