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The Nursing Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program prepares students for a career as a registered nurse. Nursing courses include didactic and clinical training over a two-year period that includes but is not limited to fundamentals of nursing, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing care of the adult in a medical-surgical setting and an intensive care unit, family nursing including care of children and expectant mothers, mental health nursing, and community health nursing. In addition to classroom education, students will participate in clinical settings in hospitals and agencies located in middle Tennessee. The program includes a course to help with the transition from student into independent clinical decision-maker. This degree program trains students to work with persons from various cultures across the life span and the wellness-to-illness continuum. At the conclusion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Nursing Program Fall 2017 Information Sessions

If you are interested in admission to the Fall 2017 nursing class, it is mandatory to attend an information session before applying. Information about the admission/selection process, the nursing curriculum, program of study, and program costs will be covered. No reservations required.

Dates, times, and locations of Fall 2017 info sessions will be posted here in September, 2016.

Prospective students can read the nursing program admission links to the right, which include information about admission requirements, selection criteria, and program of study. Take special note of program Admission Requirements (PDF) and Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) (see TEAS V Information below) required of all students applying for admission to the nursing program. All completed applications should be submitted between January 1 and March 1.

No preregistration or reservations required to attend an info session.
If you have questions regarding transferable college credits, prerequisites, or general education courses, please see the Records Office, or contact the Records Office: 615-353-3218, or e-mail

TEAS V Information

UPDATE September 22, 2015—Fall 2016 Program Applicants:

TEAS V test seating is limited and a reservation is required.

You must complete the TEAS V test by February 25, 2016.

What is the TEAS V?
Students applying for admission to the Nashville State Community College AAS Nursing Program are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V). The TEAS V is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. Content areas are divided in the following manner:

  • Reading: (40 questions, 50 minutes) – Section includes questions regarding paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions.
  • Math: (45 items, 56 minutes) – Section includes questions regarding whole numbers, metric conversions, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion.
    *Please be aware that calculators are NOT allowed*
  • Science: (30 items, 38 minutes) – Section includes questions regarding science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.
  • English and Language Usage: (55 items, 65 minutes) – Section includes questions regarding punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling.

How long is the test?
Each of the four sections is timed for a total of 209 minutes.

When will I get my test results?
Test results are available to the student and NSCC nursing 48 hours after completion of the test.

How can I prepare for the TEAS V?
The TEAS is a crucial component in your nursing application. Therefore, you should prepare thoroughly for the exam. We strongly encourage applicants to utilize a combination of study guides and the online practice assessment which are available through ATI.

When and where can I take the TEAS V test?
The TEAS V is available at two locations:

The test can be taken in The Testing Center at Nashville State Community College, 120 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN 37209. The test is available at this location from October 14, 2015 to February 25, 2016. Seating is limited and a reservation is required. The cost is $66.00.
1. Go to
2. Create a student account.
3. On the next page, fill in all of the blue fields to create a new account. Be sure to associate yourself with the correct institution located in the Institution drop down menu.
4. Click on the Online Store link (top right hand corner of the page).
5. Click on the link for your assessment of choice: TEAS.


The TEAS V can also be taken at an off-campus PSI site located anywhere in the country. The test must be taken at this site by February 25, 2016. Seating is limited and a reservation is required. The cost is $115.00.

Steps for Registering for the TEAS V Administered through a PSI Test Center:

1. Check available TEAS session dates and locations before you register.
Check that your preferred PSI test location is offering the TEAS V on a date and time that is suitable for you, access the PSI Exams Online Web site at and scroll to the bottom of the page.

2. Purchase a PSI TEAS V Assessment on the ATI Web site.
The next step is to pay for your session and order your transcripts on the ATI Web site.

3. Schedule your TEAS Session with PSI.
24 hours after registering on the ATI Web site, schedule the time and location to take the TEAS V, either online or by phone:

  • To register online, go to the PSI Web site at and repeat the process in STEP 1 to find your session.
  • To register by phone, call PSI at 800-733-9267.
    • PSI will require the ID # from your purchase confirmation, so be sure to have it available.
    • After scheduling the TEAS V with PSI, you will receive an e-mail confirmation providing the test center location and directions.
    If you need to reschedule your test, you must contact PSI 2 days before the scheduled test date

How do I send my TEAS V scores to Nashville State Community College?
During the registration process, students will be asked to select a school to receive their TEAS V scores. Students wishing to have their TEAS V scores sent to Nashville State Community College should choose “Nashville State Community College.”

How are the results of the TEAS V used?
All students considering admission to the NSCC nursing program must take the TEAS V nursing entrance exam by February 25, 2016. The nursing application deadline is March 1, 2016. You must achieve a minimum “ATI Academic Preparedness Level of Basic” for admission consideration.

Can I take the TEAS V more than one time?
Students may take the TEAS V twice during an academic year. Students must wait a minimum of 45 days before retesting. Test results are valid for two years. For additional information about the nursing program application and requirements go to

***Please note that policies, procedures and regulations are subject to change without notice***


The Nashville State Community College nursing program has full approval status by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

The Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly the NLNAC) has granted the Nashville State Community College Nursing Program initial accreditation. The next scheduled evaluation visit will be in Fall, 2017.

The ACEN is recognized as the accrediting body for all types of nursing education programs by:

  • U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)
  • U.S. Uniformed Nursing Services (USUNS)
  • Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs (VHA)
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
  • State Boards of Nurse Examiners (SBNE)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions,
    Division of Nursing (USHHS)
  • Employers
  • National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and
    Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC)

The NLNAC can be contacted at:

Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.
Telephone: 404-975-5000 • Web site:

Nursing Program Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of Nashville State Community College is to provide comprehensive educational programs and partnerships, exemplary services, an accessible, progressive learning environment, and responsible leadership to improve the quality of life for the community it serves.

As an integral part of Nashville State Community College, the nursing program derives its overall philosophy and purpose from the mission and goals of the college. Nashville State is first and foremost a teaching and training institution that places high value on maximizing student access to educational programs and on graduates’ success in finding employment or continuing their education. The culture of Nashville State values:

  • Helping students succeed in reaching their educational and career goals.
  • Providing learning opportunities to serve students in occupational and educational settings.
  • Responding to the educational and training demands of both students and employers.
  • Advancing the economic development of the service area.

The faculty support and implement the mission, goals, and philosophy by providing an innovative, creative, and comprehensive curriculum in an interactive environment. We acknowledge the diverse needs of our students and clinical agencies as we work together for community enrichment.

The Nashville State nursing program is committed to fostering an environment that promotes self-directed professionals in the art of caring, interpersonal communication and critical thinking. Our vision recognizes graduates as patient advocates who are stakeholders of the health and welfare of the community; thus our motto is NSCC Nursing: From Classroom to Community.

Nashville State Community College nursing program's vision is to prepare nurses who demonstrate professional competency in their application of the art and science of the nursing process, who are committed to serve the communities in which they live.

Nashville State Community College nursing program aspires to professional excellence in teaching and learning with a dedication to provide evidenced-based nursing practice through discovery, integration, application, innovative technology and scholarship. We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes self-directed professionals in the art of caring, interpersonal communication and critical thinking. Our vision recognizes graduates as patient advocates who are stakeholders of the health and welfare of the community.

The Nashville State nursing program cultivates a dynamic learning environment that embodies accountability/trust, caring, creativity/passion, diversity, excellence, and lifelong learning.

Accountability/Trust:  The ethical, moral and legal responsibility of professional nursing practice to serve others without self interest. Trust denotes a positive relationship of openness and fairness while creating an environment of safety, dignity and respect.
Caring:  A foundational practice where the nurse is a privileged observer of the human response.
Creativity/Passion:  Devotion and dedication of both heart and mind to the practice of professional nursing.
Diversity:  A broad holistic approach to guide nursing care practice which assimilates a person’s beliefs, customs and values and improves the human condition without judgment.
Excellence:  Competent professional nursing is actualized through quality education in an environment of honesty, integrity and respect.
Lifelong Learning:  A voluntary commitment in the pursuit of knowledge to enhance personal or professional growth.


Theoretical Framework

The theoretical framework of the nursing program at Nashville State was designed using: Leininger to address cultural care and diversity; Maslow to emphasize the importance of meeting basic human needs; Nightingale to support the importance of the environment within nursing practice; Orem to support our dedication to service; Pender to address how nursing students must overcome barriers to be successful; and Watson to address the caring within nursing practice.

Person:  The person is a unique being with spiritual, cognitive, biophysical, psychological, emotional and sociocultural dimensions. A person is motivated and influenced by beliefs, values, goals and perceptions. A person possesses dignity, rights, worth, and deserves respect and the opportunity to make choices affecting health across the life span. An individual has adaptive abilities to meet hierarchical needs as they develop through life cycles and stages. The individual strives to maintain homeostasis.
Environment:  The environment has dynamic internal and external influences that impact individuals, families, groups, and communities. These influences are defined by physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural and societal forces which require adaptation to maintain holistic health.
Health:  Health is a dynamic process influenced by the environment and uniquely defined by the individual. Illness is an imbalance from homeostasis and the holistic health of the individual while wellness can embody the presence or absence of disease.
Nursing:  Nursing is an art and a science requiring the application of knowledge and technical skills that focus on the caring of individuals, families, groups, and communities using a holistic approach. Nursing actions are developed through assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Nursing actions are also developed from the scientific process, the development of critical thinking, communication, and independent judgment. Nursing actions are directed toward caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities to attain and/or maintain optimum health throughout the life span. Nursing roles include care provider, coordinator/manager of care, and a member of the interdisciplinary health team. Collaboration, organization, delegation, accountability, advocacy, collegiality, ethics, and leadership reflect nursing roles that encompass the Standard of Professional Performance. Nursing is practiced as both a science and a caring art in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings.
Teaching:  Teaching is an energetic interaction between the teacher and the student. The teaching role advocates facilitation, role modeling and mentoring of all students. Multiple teaching modalities are integrated to address various student learning styles. The nursing program reflects an organized curriculum increasing in difficulty and complexity over time.
Learning:  Learning is a life-long, ongoing process which is progressive, cumulative, and is evidenced by behavioral change. The education process involves recognition of each student as a unique individual and requires open communication between the student and faculty member. The learner is an active participant who is accountable for the pursuit, acquisition, application and personalization of knowledge. It is the responsibility of the teacher to provide a positive learning environment to promote learning. Learning is enhanced through multi-sensory approaches, and the provision of a variety of learning experiences. Learning requires opportunities in the clinical setting to provide the application of knowledge and acquisition of skills. Learning experiences are directed toward growth of independent thought, critical thinking, and mastery of clinical skills needed to provide safe, competent care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.


NSCC Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

The conceptual framework of the Nashville State nursing program philosophy and mission (depicted in the illustration below) demonstrates how the key concepts and constructs of leadership, communication, critical thinking, and the nursing process are integrated throughout the curriculum. These key concepts and constructs are reflected in the program outcomes, the semester student learning outcomes, and the course student learning outcomes.

Nursing Conceptual Framework


The integration of these concepts/constructs into the nursing curriculum is shown here:

Concept/Construct  NSCC Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes
Leadership:  Function as a contributing member/leader of the health care team.
Demonstrate compliance with the Standards of Professional Performance.
Communication:  Utilize therapeutic communication with others using appropriate verbal and nonverbal methods.
Critical Thinking:  Implement and coordinate nursing care with safety and competent skills.
Plan and revise nursing care using the nursing process and critical thinking skills.
Nursing Process:  Plan and revise nursing care using the nursing process and critical thinking skills.

The Nashville State Community College nursing program student learning outcomes for both the course and the semester reflect Bloom’s Classification of Cognitive Skills. These cognitive skills encompass several levels of learning from the acquisition of facts in semester one to the ability to think critically in semester four. The cognitive skills as revealed and demonstrated through the student learning outcomes are used to organize both the semester and course curricula, guide the method of instruction, direct learning activities, and evaluate student progress. The student progresses from a level of nursing education that is fundamental and knowledge-based to a level of education that requires the analyses of complex problems that reflect an advanced depth of knowledge and skill. The progression of the level of learning required to meet the student learning outcomes is displayed here:

Semester Knowledge Comprehension Analysis Application
Semester One 30% 30% 20% 20%
Semester Two 25% 25% 20% 30%
Semester Three 15% 15% 30% 40%
Semester Four 10% 5% 35% 50%


NSCC Nursing Program Outcomes

In accordance with the NLNAC, the following Nashville State Community College nursing program outcomes have been identified:

  1. Performance on Licensure/Certification Exams
    It is expected that NSCC nursing graduates have a NCLEX-RN licensure exam pass rate that is at or above the national mean. First-time NCLEX-RN pass rate is 80%; with retakes NCLEX-RN pass rate is 89%.
  2. Program Completion
    The retention/graduation rate is calculated by comparing the number of students who complete the nursing program with the number of students who were admitted to the nursing program. It is expected that the NSCC nursing program completion rate will be 70%.
  3. Program Satisfaction
    • Graduate: Prior to the end of each semester, students anonymously complete an IDEA evaluation.
    • Employer: Six months after graduation, employers will be surveyed regarding satisfaction with Nashville State Community College nursing graduates.
  4. Job Placement
    97% of May 2012 Nashville State Community College nursing graduates have full-time employment as registered nurses.

Expected Behaviors

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) at Nashville State Community College, the nursing graduate will demonstrate the following expected professional behaviors:


  1. Maintains supportive interactions with others by:
      a) Demonstrating problem solving strategies when conflict arises.
      b) Demonstrating dignity and respect with self and others.
      c) Integrating caring into practice.
  2. Communicates health care information to provide continuity of care by:
      a) Integrating technology.
      b) Reporting nursing observations in a timely manner.
      c) Engaging in clinical conferences.

Nursing Process

  1. Identifies health care needs by:
      a) Collecting subjective data.
      b) Collecting objective data.
  2. Analyzes assessment data to develop nursing diagnoses by:
      a) Evaluating assessment data.
      b) Prioritizing nursing diagnoses.
  3. Develops an individualized plan of care by:
      a) Developing outcomes specific for each diagnostic statement.
      b) Designing nursing interventions consistent with established outcomes.
      c) Integrating evidenced-based practices into the plan of care.
      d) Documenting an individualized plan of care.
  4. Implements an individualized plan of care by:
      a) Demonstrating safe performance of nursing skills.
      b) Implementing patient specific interventions following accepted nursing standards.
  5. Evaluates the patient's progress toward attainment of outcomes by:
      a) Evaluating the effectiveness of the plan of care.
      b) Modifying the plan of care based on evaluation.

Critical Thinking

  1. Demonstrates critical thinking in the delivery of patient care by:
      a) Incorporating reflective practice.
      b) Integrating data to generate inferences.
      c) Applying new knowledge to influence positive outcomes.


  1. Demonstrates leadership by:
      a) Acting as a professional role model.
      b) Displaying effective collegial behaviors.
      c) Promoting a positive image of nursing.
      d) Examining professional organizations in nursing practice.
  2. Practices responsibility and accountability by:
      a) Demonstrating a commitment to personal and professional growth.
      b) Demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning.
      c) Applying evidenced-based practice.
  3. Practices within the legal/ethical parameters of nursing practice by:
      a) Adhering to the ANA Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance, and the State Board of Nursing.
      b) Promoting, advocating, and protecting the rights of the patient.


Curriculum FAQ

What courses do I need to get into nursing?
The following science and math prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better within five years of the fall semester you anticipate starting the nursing program. Math and science prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall semester you begin the program.

  • BIOL 2010 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2020 - Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 2230 - Microbiology
  • MATH 1130 - College Algebra
    MATH 1530 - Probability/Statistics
    a higher level math course.

Do I need to complete the general education requirements before I apply to nursing?
It is recommended to complete general education courses prior to beginning nursing coursework.
Required general education coursework:

  • English 1010 - English Composition
  • Humanities Elective - Click here for list of approved Humanities elective courses (PDF)
  • PSYC 1030 - General Psychology
  • SPCH 1010 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication or SPCH 1112 - Speech

When do I apply?
All completed applications should be submitted between January 1 and March 1 for program admission the following fall semester. Courses taken in the spring semester before beginning the program will be considered.


If you have questions regarding transferable college credits, please see the Records Office, call 615-353-3218, or e-mail

If you have questions regarding Financial Aid, please see Financial Aid, call 615-353-3250, or e-mail

Current NSCC students should see their pre-nursing advisor. Find your advisor on myNSCC

If you still have questions, please e-mail the nursing program, or call 615-353-3647.

Contact Information

The nursing program is only offered on the NSCC main campus (map):

Office: Room W-71
E-mail: Nursing Program
Phone: 615-353-3647

Director of Nursing
Cynthia Waller, PhD, RN, MSN
Phone: 615-353-3647

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