Choose nursing as your career and enroll at Northeast Alabama Community College to get your degree. Nursing is a versatile job and a secure and stable career choice. Apply for the program, which begins in the Fall of 2017, before February 1, 2017. The advisors in the Health Education Department at NACC will help you get started on your new career path.
In February of 2016, the Alabama Community College System approved a state wide curriculum change for all the community college nursing programs. NACC will implement this curriculum in Fall 2017. The seamless curriculum will allow successful students to receive the Practical Nursing Certificate at the end of three semesters. At that point, those students can choose to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. The students can then complete the final two semesters and receive an Associate’s in Applied Science, Nursing degree and be eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam.
Students who complete their nursing program of study at Northeast do very well on the NCLEX-RN examination. NACC’s current percentage pass rate is 90.91% on the NCLEX-RN examination, above the national and state averages. The national average (all programs) was 87.44% and the Alabama average (all programs) was 90.42%.
Northeast’s nursing program, established in 1978, has a long history of excellence and continues to graduate caring, compassionate, and competent nurses. And, healthcare is a rapidly changing industry, and with those rapid changes, nursing education must stay abreast of new technology, evidence-based practice, and current trends in nursing. “And that is what we do at Northeast,” said Jane S. Hopson, RN, MSN, CNE, Director of the Nursing Program.
NACC’s nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Hopson stated, “ACEN will be on all the Alabama Community College campuses next year to evaluate nursing programs and determine if they continue to meet the standards set forth for accreditation. The nursing faculty look forward to this visit in fall 2017.”
Applications for fall 2017 are due February 1, 2017. Along with the curriculum change, admission criteria have been updated as well. Go to http://www.nacc.edu/programs-of-study/health-science-division for further information.
Nurses are currently the largest group of healthcare workers in the US. It is a prestigious and in-demand profession that offers great earning potential, job security and a sense of accomplishment. Nurses are employed at hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities. Nursing has emerged as one of the fastest growing occupations and there is a greater need to hire nurses than any other type of healthcare worker. There is a 19% increase in the number of positions available through 2022. The median hourly wage for Registered Nurses in Alabama is $26.39 (range $19.68 - $36.12), according to America’s CareerInfoNet 2015. Earnings vary based on experience, education, and location.
For more information about a career in nursing, contact Hopson at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2299, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the spring semester is going on now by appointment. Regular registration is January 4 and classes begin January 5.
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