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).
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If you are interested in admission to the Fall 2014 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.
Prospective students can read the nursing program admission links to the right, which include information about admission requirements, selection criteria, and program of study.
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 Spring, 2018.
The ACEN is recognized as the accrediting body for all types of nursing education programs by:
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: www.acenursing.org
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:
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.|
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.|
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.
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:
In accordance with the NLNAC, the following Nashville State Community College nursing program outcomes have been identified:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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