This division of Instruction is approved by the State Department of Education and the Alabama Board of Nursing. The associate degree nursing program is a comprehensive program of study that integrates theory and clinical practice. This seamless curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, mindset and skills to become safe and competent practitioners of nursing. Students have the option of taking the practical nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) upon successful completion of the first three semesters. Continuation of the program for an additional two semesters will lead to graduation with an associate degree in nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the registered nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).

Mission and Philosophy


The mission of the nursing program of J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College (Drake State) is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system.


We believe that nursing is a dynamic profession, blending science with the use of evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning and the art of caring and compassion to provide quality, patient-centered care. We believe learning is an interactive process in which faculty and students share responsibility to meet program outcomes.  We believe in using educational methods that are current and supportive of students in the teaching and learning environment, with the presentation of information from simple to complex. 

Your Future

Successful nurses have a caring and empathetic nature and have a high tolerance for stress. This profession also requires keen observational, decision-making, technical and communication skills.

Registered Nurse

The median annual earnings are $ 33.65 per hour or $ 70,000 per year.

Practical Nurse

The median annual earnings are $ 21.65 per hour or $ 45,030 per year.

Program Policies

The intensity of the nursing curriculum and the development of acceptable workplace habits mandate that the nursing program establish departmental policies regarding absences and tardiness, professional and ethical conduct, uniform dress code, and testing. Nursing is a profession that demands high ethical and professional standards, and success in nursing depends on the nurse’s ability to provide safe, effective care while demonstrating acceptable workplace habits. Departmental policies promote safe and effective care and the development of acceptable workplace habits and are consistently enforced. Departmental policies are included the college catalog and the appropriate course syllabi.

The typical student, who enters the program full-time and whose academic and clinical progress are satisfactory, can complete the program in five semesters provided the necessary courses are offered. 


Drake State will accept Residual ACT scores from any two-year college within the Alabama Community College System.

The Associate Degree Nursing program admits new students in the summer and fall semesters in the ADN with PN option.

Application deadlines for Associate Degree Nursing program:

Summer semester deadline is February 5.
Fall semester deadline is April 15.

Application deadline for LPN/Paramedic-to-RN Mobility program:

Spring semester deadline is September 15. (Admission to this program is available once each year.)

For more information contact us at or (256) 551-3156.

Nursing Application

*Please note that your application packet must be complete in order to be considered for selection.

Nursing Student Achievement

2016 2017 2018 2019
Job Placement Rate PN -100%

RN - N/A (new program)

PN - 100%

RN - N/A (new program)

PN - 100%

RN - 100%

PN 100%

Licensure Rate PN - 89.3%

RN - N/A (new program)

PN - 85.3%

RN - N/A (new program)

PN - 100%

RN - N/A (new program, data pending)

PN - 100%

Program Options

Degree Completion Pathway- Beginning in the Fall

Degree Completion Pathway- Beginning in the Summer

Note: New Students are admitted only in the fall and summer semesters. 

Click here to contact the Nursing Department or call 256.551.3156