High School Programs

Nashville State Community College provides opportunities for high school students to begin college while still enrolled in high school. There are three major programs offered to high school students: Dual Enrollment, Joint Enrollment and Dual Credit.

Who is eligible for dual and joint enrollment?
High school students can begin taking college courses now if they meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in a high school or a home school association
  • Meet all prerequisites of the course(s) including any required ACT or Compass Placement Exam test score requirements

Who is eligible for dual credit?
High school students who are taking or have taken the required high school courses in order to take a Dual Credit Assessment.

See additional program and requirement details below.

Contact Us
Meghan Oliver, Director of High School Programs
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 615-353-3269

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more specified college courses for which the student will be awarded both high school and college credit. High school students can take college courses at their high school (where available), on any NSCC campus, or online. Courses will not be expected to count toward the student’s high school diploma unless the student has made prior arrangement with the high school, umbrella school and/or local board of education. The student is responsible for obtaining verification of transfer credit to their chosen university.

Dual enrollment students should be aware that college courses are designed for the traditional college age student and adults. The course may expose the student to content, language, discussions and approaches appropriate for adults.

To enroll in the Dual Enrollment program applicants must:

  1. Be a junior or senior in high school.
  2. Have a minimum sub-score of 19 on the ACT in math and reading and a sub-score of 18 on the English portion.
  3. Meet all prerequisites of the course or courses in which they wish to enroll.
  4. Have written permission from their high school principals and parents or guardians.
  5. Submit a completed MMR Varicella immunization form if the student will enroll in 12 or more college credit hours (4 or more college courses) in the same term.

Download an Dual-Joint Enrollment Application now.

For more information on Dual Enrollment courses, contact the NSCC Director of High School Programs at 615-353-3269, or e-mail

Tennessee Dual Enrollment Lottery Grant

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MNPS Middle College High School

For more information on Metro Nashville Public Schools' Middle College High School program, read more here.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit is a program that allows Career and Technical Education high school students the opportunity to earn college credits for college courses that are equivalent to the high school course(s) they are taking. College credit is earned by passing a comprehensive test that covers the competencies of the college course.

College credit earned through Dual Credit will transfer to other post-secondary institutions at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is up to the individual student to contact the receiving college/university to verify if the credit earned will transfer.

Steps to Earning Dual Credit

  1. If you are interested in earning college credit through the Dual Credit program, talk to your CTE teacher or school counselor to determine if your high school participates or is eligible to participate. The high school can contact Nashville State Community College’s High School Programs department to discuss Dual Credit options for their CTE programs.
  2. Submit the completed Dual Credit Application, the exam fee, and a copy of your high school transcript by the deadline stated on the application to:
    Nashville State Community College
    High School Programs
    120 White Bridge Road
    Nashville, TN  37209
  3. If a student passes the assessment, a letter along with a packet of information will be sent to notify the student of the next steps. Typically passing is scoring a 70% or higher on the assessment, but it is up to the individual Nashville State Community College department to determine the standard for earning college credit.
  4. College credit is not awarded or transcripted until the student completes the application for admission process to Nashville State Community College and pays the $20 application fee. Details on this process will be included with the packet mailed to the student.

NSCC Dual Credit Options 2015–2016

High School Courses Equivalent NSCC Courses
Teaching as a Profession I, II and III
EDUC 2010 - Introduction to Teaching and
EDUC 2200 - Instructional Technology
*Student must complete all 3 HS courses to participate.
**HS TAP teachers must attend NSCC training sessions to offer this.
Criminal Justice I
Criminal Justice II
Criminal Justice III
Intro to Criminal Justice (CRMJ 1010, 3 college credit hours)
Criminal Investigation (CRMJ 1040, 3 college credit hours)
Basic Crime Scene Investigation (CRMJ 1087, 3 college credit hours)
Culinary Arts I, II and III
Culinary I - Fundamentals (CULA 1320, 3 college credit hours)
Sanitation and Food Safety (CULA 1200, 2 college credit hours)
Student must have ServSafe certification to receive credit for CULA 1200.
Foundations of Tech/
Principles of Engineering
Intro to Engineering Technology (ENGT 1000, 3 college credit hours)
Technical Design or Architecture & Engineering Design I and II Technical Graphics (ENGT 1150, 3 college credit hours)
Architecture & Engineering Design I and II or Autodesk CAD Certificate Computer-Aided Draft I (CAD 1200, 3 college credit hours)
Architecture & Engineering Design I & II or Autodesk Revit Certificate 3-D Design with Revit Arch I (CAD 1650, 3 college credit hours)
Autodesk Inventor Certificate 3-D AutoCAD & Solid Modeling (CAD 2113, 3 college credit hours)
Residential & Commercial Construction I and II Materials/Methods Construction (CIT 1220, 3 college credit hours)
Energy & Power Pathway completion Electric Circuits (EETH 1110, 4 college credit hours)
Digital Electronics
Digital Electronics (EETH 1400, 3 college credit hours) and
Digital Electronics Lab (EETH 1405, 1 college credit hour)
Programming & Logic I and II Program Logic and Design (CIS 1030, 3 college credit hours)
Comptia A+ certification A+ IT Essentials (CPT 1510, 3 college credit hours)
Personal Finance Personal Finance (BUSN 1300, 3 college credit hours)
Business Management Introduction to Business (BUSN 1305, 3 college credit hours)
Developing Community Leaders I, II and III Leadership (BUSN 2311, 3 college credit hours)
Marketing & Management Principles Principles of Marketing (BUSN 2380, 3 college credit hours)
Banking & Finance Principles of Banking (FIN 1110, 3 college credit hours)
Wholesale Logistics Supply Chain Management (LOGI 1000, 3 college credit hours)
Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship (ENTR 1600, 3 college credit hours)
Web Site Foundations Beginning HTML (COM 1000, 3 college credit hours)
Web Site Development Basic Web Design (COM 1010, 3 college credit hours)
Digital Design I, II and III Digital Imaging I (COM 1230, 3 college credit hours)
Music Industry Survey The Business of Music (MST 1210)
Completed Pathway in Health Science or Medical Terminology Medical Terminology (BIOL 1000, 3 college credit hours)

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