Bevill State to offer fall nursing program on Sumiton campus

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 3/12/19

Bevill State Community College is now accepting applications for a fall, daytime nursing school program on the Sumiton campus amid an increase of students enrolling in the health care field.The …

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Bevill State to offer fall nursing program on Sumiton campus

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Bevill State Community College is now accepting applications for a fall, daytime nursing school program on the Sumiton campus amid an increase of students enrolling in the health care field.

The deadline to apply for the day nursing program on Sumiton's campus is May 1.

“This spring, Bevill State has 466 students in the nursing program college-wide,” Dr. Reitha Cabaniss, college-wide director of the nursing program, said in a press release from the college. “The reputation of our program, along with the current high demand in the health care industry, has led to us receiving more qualified applicants than we can accept. We are expanding our program to meet the needs in the communities we serve.” 

Bevill State's nursing program is offered at the campuses five locations — Jasper, Sumiton, Hamilton, Fayette and the Pickens County Educational Center. The Fayette Campus has a spring and fall daytime nursing program, and the Hamilton Campus offers spring and summer daytime nursing program admissions. The Jasper Campus has a day and evening program for nursing students.

Sumiton only had a spring daytime nursing program, prior to the recent fall addition.

To be admitted to the nursing program, one must have, at a minimum, unconditional admission to the college, a submitted nursing application on the Bevill State website and transcripts from all colleges attended. 

Potential students must have a minimum ACT score of 18, a minimum 2.5 GPA from taking nursing required academic core courses, and a minimum 2.5 GPA for high school students who have not taken college courses. 

Those who have a GED may also apply for the nursing program.     

“Bevill State’s nursing program has exceptional instructors and clinical partners. This is reflected in the success of our program,” Dr. Stephanie Adair, nursing chair for Bevill State Community College’s Jasper and Sumiton campuses, said in the college's press release. “Many hospitals, some of those being our partners, are currently offering signing bonuses because there is such demand for nurses. All of these factors have led to the need for us to grow our program.”

Adair also mentioned in the press release that Bevill State is continually looking for clinical adjunct faculty (with bachelor's or master's degrees) to help grow the nursing program. 

Students who enter Bevill State's nursing program are automatically on track to earn their degree as a registered nurse but do have the option to take their LPN certification test once they earn enough nursing credit hours. This gives students the option to work as an LPN, if they choose, while continuing to earn their RN degree. 

Full details on Bevill State's nursing program can be found at www.bscc.edu/programs/health-sciences/nursing.