Admission to JSCC FAQs

When applying to JSCC, do I select “transient” or “transfer”?

Students applying to JSCC with the intent to apply to the UAB/JSCC Joint Program option must select “Transfer“. Upon admission to the Joint Program option, a student’s major code will be changed. Admission status will be updated each semester based upon completion of program requirements.

Can a student apply to JSCC while attending another college?

Students applying to the Joint Program option may continue to take courses at another institution until the actual start of the NUR 112. Official transcripts should initially be sent upon application to JSCC. If taking courses elsewhere the semester before potential admission, students must send an updated transcript prior to the day before they would begin nursing courses. For example, if applying for fall admission, transcript should be sent by May 12 (end of spring) and an updated transcript sent at the end of summer semester.

Joint Enrollment Application FAQs

How long are ACT scores valid?

Your ACT scores must be less than 5 years old at time of application deadline.

What is the ACT residual?

The ACT residual is the same test as the national ACT. The results are expedited to meet admission deadlines. We accept ACT residual results from all Alabama community colleges.

How often can I take the ACT?

The ACT (national or residual) test can be taken every 60 days. You can make an appointment to take the ACT Residual through the Testing Office or via phone on Jefferson Campus at (205) 856-7896 or at the Shelby Campus at (205) 983-5276 to make an appointment.

I already have a degree already – do I have to take the ACT?

All Joint Program applicants MUST take the ACT. The ACT represents a large portion of admission ranking. No other tests will be utilized for admission ranking including TEAS, GRE, MAT, etc.

How many points do I need to get into the program?

There is a total of 58 possible points. Each semester admission is based on the pool of applicants; therefore, some semesters are more competitive than others. You only compete with students applying for the same admission time. If you are not accepted one semester, we encourage you to apply again. JSCC does not have a nursing program waiting list.

See the JE Nursing Application Checklist and Ranking Score for a detailed list of how the ranking score is calculated.

Can certifications from other colleges/universities be used for ranking points?

Only certificates obtained through JSCC can be used for ranking.

When are the “Are You Ready for Nursing” sessions scheduled?

Sessions will take place in January, April, and September. Dates will be posted on the website. Attending a session will provide you with one ranking point for admission.

Are you ready for Nursing School? 

Is the UAB/JSCC Joint Program option available on all campuses every semester?

No. At this time, Joint Program students are only admitted on the Jefferson Campus for fall and spring.

Do all non-nursing courses need to be completed before applying to the nursing program?

All general education courses must be completed prior to the term the student is applying to for admission. For example, if applying for fall, all general education courses must be complete by the end of the summer term. Transcripts must be sent prior to application deadline to ensure timely evaluation.

How many students are accepted into the Joint Program option each year?

The Joint Program option currently admits approximately 10-20 students each Fall and Spring admission. This is subject to change based upon resources and clinical placement opportunities.

What are the Joint Nursing Program option’s nursing application deadlines?

All JE applications must be in by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline dates listed below:

I’ve turned in my application. How do I check on the status?

Application evaluations will not begin until after the application deadline. Emails will be sent out every ~7-10 days during open application time periods. All applicants will receive an email regarding their admission status via JSCC email. Students are strongly encouraged to check their JSCC email multiple times each week following the application deadline. Once admitted, students will be given a reply deadline to accept or decline their admission. Admission placement may be forfeited if this reply deadline is not met. Please do not call the Nursing Office or advisors to ask about status – just keep checking your emails!

How will I know if I’m not accepted into the nursing program?

All applicants, whether accepted or declined, will receive an email to your Jefferson State email account. Admission to the nursing education program is very competitive. Students are encouraged to work with the pre-program nursing advisors to determine how to make you more competitive for the next admission cycle.

What happens after admission to the Joint Enrollment option????

Can I continue to work full-time and be in the nursing program?

While the nursing program does not restrict students from working, we strongly encourage students to consider the substantial amount of time it will take to complete all UAB and JSCC nursing course assignments. Schedules are also impacted by family and other “life” responsibilities. Successful completion of the nursing program requires attendance for lecture, lab and clinical assignments. Having to work is not an excused absence for a required nursing activity or assignment. Work hours have been one of the major concerns for students who have been unsuccessful in the nursing program. Careful consideration should be given to work versus school.

The meeting times and days for nursing courses vary throughout each semester. Students should plan on being available most Mondays thru Fridays for lecture/lab. In addition, students are required to complete clinical experiences occurring anywhere in the central Alabama vicinity. Clinical assignments may occur during days, evenings, or weekends. While we make every effort to arrange experiences that accommodate working students, there are certain clinical dates that will require participation outside of the usual daytime hours.

What expenses should I be prepared for after JE admission?

The following links outline costs for both JSSC and UAB:

Can I take more nursing courses than what is outlined in the curriculum since I have completed my prerequisites?

Students must follow the published five semester nursing curriculum for both UAB and JSCC. Each semester builds on prior nursing courses.

How does Covid-19 affect how I participate in nursing classes?

With the easing of some Covid-19 restrictions, more nursing classes are being presented in class. Students are strongly encouraged to have access to a computer/table/laptop, webcam, and reliable internet access. Testing, labs, validations, and simulations will require on campus attendance. The Nursing Program follows the College’s Covid-19 policy available on each JSCC web page highlighted in yellow.

What happens if I am not successful in a nursing course at UAB and/or JSCC?

The Joint Program Progression Guidelines require students to be successful in both UAB and JSCC nursing courses to progress to the next semester.

JSCC nursing courses are the cornerstone of the Joint option and must be completed successfully to continue with UAB nursing courses. If unsuccessful in a JSCC nursing course, students may complete the UAB course they are currently enrolled in. Once this semester is completed, students may not return to UAB nursing courses regardless of progression at JSCC. Students must follow JSCC’s Progression Guidelines regardless of UAB course outcomes.

If a student is unsuccessful in a UAB course, they can continue in JSCC’s nursing program. Upon graduation from JSCC, the student can then apply for one of UAB’s Nursing Mobility programs. Consult with UAB School of Nursing regarding transferability of any UAB course completed while in the Joint Program option. Students may not reenter the Joint Program option after an unsuccessful attempt in a UAB course.

If unsuccessful in both JSCC and UAB nursing courses, students must follow the JSCC Progression guidelines included in the JSCC Nursing Student Handbook. Students may not progress at UAB if unsuccessful in either a JSCC or UAB nursing course.