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).

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 requires a separate application packet. For more information about the Associate Degree Nursing (RN/PN) Program contact the Health Sciences Program Assistant at 256.551.3156.

Nursing Application (Word file)

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

Program Options

Degree Completion Pathway- Fall Semester Option

Degree Completion Pathway- Summer Semester Option

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

Click here to contact the Nursing Department or call 256.551.3156

Dr. Mattie Davis
Chair of Health Sciences Division
Nursing Instructor
Practical Nursing Certificate, J.F. Drake State Technical College
Associate in Science, Nursing - Calhoun Community College
Master of Science, Nursing - Samford University
Doctor of Nursing Practice - University of Alabama in Birmingham

Mrs. Jan Hyman, Program Assistant
Health Science Division
P: 256.551.3156
F: 256.551.1704

Dr. Deborah Milling, Nursing Instructor
Diploma, St. Vincent's School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science, Nursing - University of Alabama in Huntsville
Master of Science, Nursing - University of Alabama in Huntsville
Doctor of Nursing Practice - University of Alabama in Huntsville