The Department of Nursing offers the following:

  • Certificate (Practical Nursing – after the 3rd semester)
  • Associate in Applied Science (Registered Nursing – after the 5th semester)

**LPN and RN license is granted after successful completion of the NCLEX exam from a state board


New Curriculum (Effective Fall 2016)

The new curriculum and admission requirements is being implemented for the Fall 2016 semester. ALL students will apply for the Associate Degree (RN) five semester program and will have the option of taking the licensure exam for practical nursing to work as a LPN after the third semester, if they desire. If not, any student may continue for the remaining two semesters and upon graduation, take the RN licensure exam. This new curriculum is designed as a one-plus-one program that will allow students to exit to work in the healthcare field after three semesters or continue on in their education to complete the RN program. Please note that there will no longer be a Practical Nursing Program, just the option to test for a PN license.


Bishop State Community College is accredited by:

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097
Tel. (404) 679-4500

Bishop State’s Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs are accredited by:

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326
Tel. (404) 975-5000


Bishop State’s Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs are approved by:

The Alabama Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 303900
Montgomery, AL 36130
(800) 656-5318

Associate Degree Nursing – Upon successful completion of the ADN program, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Practical Nursing – Upon successful completion of the PN program, the student is awarded a certificate in Practical Nursing.

Associate Degree or Upon successful completion of 3rd block – Upon successful completion of the program of studies in either the Associate Degree or Practical Nursing Programs, the graduate may be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination, upon approval by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Department Faculty

Jacqueline Smith, EdD – Nursing Division Chair  |  (251) 405-4497

Cora Carter                              |  (251) 405-4472   |
Emma Davidson                    |  (251) 405-4483   |
Vesta Fairley                           |  (251) 405-4467   |
Laurie Houston                     |  (251) 405-4480  |
Victoria King, DNP               |  (251) 405-4493  |
Bridgette Robinson, PhD. | (251) 405-4464   |
Kendra Strenth
, DNP          |  (251) 405-4482  |

Classes held: Baker-Gaines Central Campus • Office: (251) 405-4495

For current class offerings, see Class Schedules.