The mission of the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing is to provide a quality education program which prepares competent, caring and culturally sensitive graduates who have the knowledge and ability to meet the diverse and changing health care needs of a global society. The Division of Nursing strives to fulfill the mission by valuing the development of independent thinking, respecting the ideas of others, promoting the development of personal integrity and character as well as the pursuit of knowledge.
This is an associate degree program approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and accredited by Accreditation Commission or Education in Nursing (ACEN). The curriculum consists of five consecutive semesters (two academic years and one summer semester). Sequential nursing courses begin in the second semester of the program. In addition, twelve semester hours in biological science, six semester hours in behavioral science, three semester hours in English, two hours in emergency medical services, and three hours in humanities/fine arts are required. Upon successful completion of the prescribed course of study, totaling sixty-eight semester hours, the student is qualified to receive the degree of Associate in Science and is eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
The legal requirements established by the Alabama Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse are detailed in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code. Applicants who have been found guilty of any offenses listed in the Code may be denied licensure by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Any applicant who has had a criminal conviction, alcohol and/or drug abuse/treatment or mental illness must provide the Alabama Board of Nursing with a full explanation and the appropriate court/treatment records at the time of application for examination and licensure. The Alabama Board of Nursing will determine whether or not the applicant may write the examination and be licensed as a registered nurse.
Students in the nursing program are required to purchase authorized nursing uniforms, a liability insurance policy, and pay a fee for standardized achievement tests. In addition, a fee is charged the first semester of nursing courses for background screening and drug testing. Travel to and from clinical facilities for laboratory experiences must be arranged by the student.
Students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must meet the following requirements established by the Alabama Board of Nursing and clinical agencies utilized by the nursing program for clinical laboratory experiences:
Completion of the Essential Functions Form
Verification of current certification in cardiopulmonary certification
Medical verification that the student is free from tuberculosis (skin test or chest X-ray)
Verification of immunization for hepatitis B or signed waiver
Verification of influenza vaccination or signed declination
Verification of a negative drug screen according to guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the nursing program.
Background screening conducted according to guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the nursing program with adherence to the Background Screening Policy located in the Division of Nursing Student Handbook.
The Division of Nursing meets all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Each applicant to the nursing program receives a list of essential functions necessary for participation in the nursing program. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Chairperson of the Division of Nursing of any reasonable accommodations necessary for successful completion of the nursing program.
Students admitted to the Division of Nursing are required to comply with the Alabama Infected Health Care Worker Management Act. This legislation mandates that any health care worker infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or the hepatitis B virus (HBV) who performs invasive procedures shall notify the State Health Officer, or his designee, of the infection.