Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden, AL 35903
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Gadsden State Community College is one of the twenty-five public 2-year colleges in Alabama. The campus is located in an urban area, in Gadsden.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 4,979 students attend the school. Every year 20% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

GSCC's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $2,856, and fees were $744. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $5,712 and $744 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students4,979
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate59%

Nursing Programs

Gadsen State Community College offers practical nursing program at the Valley Street Campus, the Gadsden State Cherokee and at the McClellan Center. The Valley Street Campus admission starts in the fall and in the spring semesters. For the McClellan centre and Gadsden State Cherokee, admission is in the fall.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the practical nursing program is very competitive. Applicants must meet the general admission requirement of the college. Additionally minimum 2.5 grade point average and official score on Test of Essential Academic Skills Version, TEAS V are other key requirements.

Course Structure

The curriculum offered to students of practical nursing program is tailored to teach them both general and nursing skills. A total of 49 hours are required for completion of the program.

The courses taught include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Adult Nursing 
  • Maternal & Child Nursing 
  • Adult & Child Nursing 
  • Psychosocial Nursing
  • Role Transition for the Practical Nurse

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 13 82
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 4 62
Certificate 0 3
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 96.3%
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/2003 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1984 - Current
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
10/01/2011 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$119/credit
In State Students$119/credit
Out of State Students$238/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $5,355 $5,355 $10,710
ADN 70 $8,330 $8,330 $16,660
BSN 125 $14,875 $14,875 $29,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 82% of Gadsden State Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 66% $5,174
Other Federal Grant 6% $1,584
State Grant & Scholarships 5% $2,085
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 22% $3,104
Federal Student Loans -- --
Private Loans 3% $4,802


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$3,394
$30,001 to $48,000$4,226
$48,001 to $75,000$5,819
$75,001 to $110,000$7,398
Over $110,000--

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.
Gadsden State Community College
1001 George Wallace Dr
Gadsden, AL 35903

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