How to Apply to the Practical Nursing (PN) Program:

Application into Lawson State's prestigious nursing program is competitive. Although we recommend that all students apply to our program, students meeting minimum requirements or seeking readmission are not guaranteed admission. Students seeking admission should work to maintain the highest GPA possible and concentrate on a superb performance in all science classes, beginning with BIO103 (as a pre-nursing student). Admission into Lawson's Nursing program is based on your ranking against the criteria and your ranking against other students applying to the program.
Criteria (in terms of student selection) is established from assessing GPA's, student completion of pre-requisite courses, ACT exam, and grades achieved in English and Math courses (and additional points awarded from BIO103, HPS103 and MTH186).

Earn Extra Points Here:  Up to 4 additional points can be awarded by selecting to take HPS103. Up to 3 additional points can be awarded by selecting to take MTH186. These courses are NOT required BUT are highly recommended, for it is designed to transition students into the nursing program. Up to 3 additional points can be awarded for taking *BIO103 Principles of Biology.  (*BIO103 is a prerequisite to the BIO201)

Please click HERE for the Nursing Applicant Point System Worksheet.

 Points Garnered from the Following Classes
A = 3 pts., B = 2 pts., C = 1 pts.
ENG101 points based on grade received
MTH100 or higher points based on grade received
BIO201 points based on grade received
BIO202 points based on grade received

Completion of Pre-requisite Courses:

BIO103 is a prerequisite and is required prior to BIO201.

Intake Cycles: When Can I Apply?

Practical Nursing (PN)--Cycles of Admittance (New Students)

Day Program Only: (Bessemer Campus Only):

Lawson State Community College admits students to its PN day program two times per year in the fall and summer.

Application Deadline Dates

Applications for students wishing to begin in the Fall Semester should apply no later than May 15th (by 11:59 pm CST).  

Applications for students wishing to begin in the Summer Semester should apply no later than January 15th (by 11:59 pm CST).   

NOTE: Late and/or incomplete packets are not evaluated by the intake committee.

Follow These Steps to Apply:

Review the application process and understand the importance of submitting a completed packet by the set deadline listed above. See your advisor and determine whether or not you have completed all of your course prerequisites (i.e, ENG101, MTH100, BIO201, BIO202)


 Have an 18 or higher on the ACT. Submit your Official ACT Score to the Admission office AND attach a copy of the score to the nursing application.  Note:  We will accept up to two ACT/ACT Residual scores and there is no expiration on the scores (tests cannot be taken with 60 days of each other.)  Need ACT Prep Help for Free?  Click Here

Review the application checklist (below) and complete the Application. Be sure to attach all required documents. Submit your application on time. NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered. All required documents MUST be attached, including all transcripts.


Application Checklist and Application Form
Click the links below to begin the application process. Incomplete or Late Applications will NOT be considered.