How to Apply to the Registered Nursing (RN) Program 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 outcomes, and grades achieved in Biology courses (and additional points awarded from HPS103 and MTH 186, if the student opts to take these courses).

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 General Education Classes

Points for the courses below: 3 pts for an A, 2 pts for a B, and 1 pt for a C in each course.
ENG101 points based on grade received
MTH100 points based on grade received
BIO201 points based on grade received
BIO202 points based on grade received

Completion of Pre-requisite Courses: 

ORI101, MTH100, ENG101, *HPS103, *MTH186, BIO103, BIO201, BIO202, BIO220, PSY200, PSY210, SPH107,  [HUM101 or ART100 or MUS101 or THR]
*Indicates the course is HIGHLY Recommended by the Nursing Program, but is NOT required.  BIO103, HPS103 and MTH186 will garner extra points for you during the application process as you are attempting to gain entrance into the program, and BIO103 is a prerequisite to BIO201.

NOTE:  A student can submit his or her application if they are currently enrolled in BIO220.  

Intake Cycles:  When Can I Apply?


Associate Degree Nursing (RN)--Cycles of Admittance (New Students) 


Day Program: (Birmingham):

Lawson State Community College admits students to its RN day program two times per year, every fall, and summer.  

Evening Program: (Bessemer Campus):

Lawson State Community College admits students to its RN evening program one time per year, every fall.  

Application Deadline Dates

Fall--for fall semester enrollment consideration: The fall semester deadline is the same every year--May 15th (by 11;59 PM CST).  
Summer-- for summer semester enrollment consideration:  the summer semester deadline is the same every year--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 to determine whether or not you have completed all of your course prerequisites (i.e, MTH100, BIO201, *HPS103 (see statement above), BIO202, BIO220 (or at least enrolled in BIO220), ORI101, ENG101, PSY200, PSY210, SPH107,  HUM101 or ART100 or MUS100, etc...).   

Have an 18 or higher on the ACT. Submit your official ACT scores to the Admissions Office AND attach a copy of that 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 within 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.

Online Application Checklist and Application Form

Click the links below to begin the application process.  Incomplete  Applications will NOT be considered.