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COMING SOON! Starting Fall 2021, Bishop State will begin an evening and weekend practical nursing program!

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Practical Nursing Program (Evenings and Weekends) Accepting applications now!

Deadline is July 23rd, 2021 (5 pm) at:

Baker-Gaines Central Campus
1365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Mobile, AL 36603
Suite 220, Nursing Office

Applications are being accepted for the Practical Nursing Program, Evenings/Weekend Cohort. This program is designed for individuals who are unable to attend college during traditional day hours.

Graduates of this program may apply for the Career Mobility (LPN to RN) Program to complete the associate degree in nursing after having passed the NCLEX-PN.

Program length is three semesters. Graduates of the program may be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination, upon approval by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Accepted students will attend Bishop State Community College two evenings per week followed by course work and/or clinical schedules on Saturdays and Sundays.

Class Hours

The classes will be offered two evenings per week beginning at 5:30p and will last until 9 or 10p - depending on the class. On Saturday, students can plan to arrive at 8 a.m. and stay until 2 or 3 p.m. On Sundays, students will attend a rotation at a clinical facility. The exact times will depend on the course as each course will have different hours. Some portions of the class will also be taught online.

Click to see the Course Requirements for this program.

Quick Facts: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

  1. 2020 Median Pay $48,820 per year $23.47 per hour
  2. Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
  3. Number of Jobs, 2019 721,700
  4. Job Outlook, 2019-2029% (Much faster than average)


Admissions Requirement Check List – updated June 2021

  • Unconditional admission to the college. Application must be updated if student did not attend Bishop State during the previous semester/term.
  • Original transcripts from all colleges attended must be on file and evaluated by the Admission Office prior to the nursing application deadline.
  • A completed application for admission to nursing program received in the Nursing Office ( ) before published deadline.
  • A minimum of 18 ACT composite score National or Residual. ACT results must be attached to the application. There is no expiration date for the ACT score.
  • A minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing required academic core courses which are: ENG 101 , MTH 100 or higher, BIO 201 , BIO 202 , PSY 210 , SPH 106 or SPH 107.
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at current, native institution or cumulative 2.0 in institution from which student is transferring.
  • A minimum of 2.5 GPA cumulative high school GPA for students without prior college courses (GED will be used if applicable). Eligibility for or completion of ENG 101 , MTH 100 or higher, and BIO 201 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Good standing with College. A letter of good standing clearing from any legal, moral, or ethical issues, sent by the Dean or Director of Nursing (must be on official school letterhead) from any previously attended nursing program.
  • Meet the essential functions for nursing.
  • Name on application is current legal name and matches copy of photo ID and name in Bishop State’s computer system. Current picture ID (driver’s license or student ID) attached to application.

The required number of hours per week varies with each nursing course. The program is offered during the evenings and weekends with set meeting times. Courses are not scheduled around rotating shifts.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained while in the nursing program.


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 the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Tel. (404) 975-5000

Statement of Disclosure

The practical nursing program at Bishop State Community College at the Baker-Gaines Central Campus located in Mobile, AL is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.

Click here to view the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

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