ADN Program Details
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
Does Shelton's Nursing Programs maintain a waiting list from one year to the next?
No. When students are not accepted the year of application to the program, they are eligible to seek admission the following year as a new applicant.
What G.P.A. is acceptable for admission to the ADN program?
A 2.00 or better on a 4.0 scale on all college work completed and a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on all pre-requisite courses is required for consideration for admission. A higher GPA will increase the possibility of acceptance to the program.
Will I need to take an entrance exam?
Yes. You will need to take the ACT (20 or above) or the PAX-RN exam (66 percentile or above) for the two year track and a passing score on the challenge exam for the mobility track.
Where can I take the entrance exam?
The PAX-RN exam is given at Shelton State in June each year.
The ACT is given at Shelton State Community College and The University of Alabama through ACT. To sign up for the ACT students can go to www.act.org or pick up a packet from the Counseling Center.
What is the difference between the “Mobility” and “Two Year (Generic)” Track?
Students who have no background in nursing are admitted to the Two-Year ADN track. Twenty-one months, or five consecutive semesters, are required to complete this track of study with admission occurring each fall semester. Students who hold an unencumbered PN license are admitted to the Mobility track. Twelve months, or three consecutive semesters, are required to complete this track of study with admission occurring each summer semester.
When is the deadline for admission applications? When are the tests given?
Mobility Track - January 15th Challenge Exam given February each year
Two-year (Generic) Track - April 15th PAX-RN Exam given June and November each year
How often can I take the entrance exam (PAX-RN or Challenge Exam)?
A total of 3 times.
If I am not accepted into the nursing program, what can I do to improve my chances for acceptance in the future?
Complete all academic courses prior to consideration and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
Look at your test scores to see where you may have been weak and work to improve in that area.
Are there any nursing scholarships available?
Yes. Please see Scholarship Opportunities on our Website or you may contact the SSCC Foundation office at 205-391-2298.
How many years after taking academic courses are they acceptable?
The only academic courses that have a time limit are Anatomy and Physiology I & II. These courses must have been taken within the last five (5) years. If it has been more than five (5) years, one of the courses must be taken again for credit.
Will nursing courses from other programs transfer to Shelton State?
Only academic courses transfer to the ADN Program.
Can I attend the ADN Program on a part-time track?
No. We do not presently have a part-time track or night theory courses for the ADN Program.
How long will it take to complete the program?
Students can complete the Mobility Track in 12 months after admission. Students can complete the Two-year (Generic) Track in 21 months after admission.