Learn the fine art of nursing.
The Nursing Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program prepares you 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, you 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 you to work with persons from various cultures across the life span and the wellness-to-illness continuum.
At the conclusion of the program, you are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The NSCC nursing program 2016 graduating class achieved a 100% NCLEX-RN pass rate.
Fall 2018 Nursing Info Sessions
If you are interested in Fall 2018 semester admission to the nursing program, you must attend an information session before applying. No reservation required. Details: Nursing Program Info Sessions
The application period for Fall 2018 program entry is January 1 through March 1.
- Nursing Advising Handout
- Application Requirements
- Selection Procedure
- Program of Study
- Estimated Expenses
- Nursing Student Handbook
- Nursing Education in Tennessee
- Tennessee Nurses Association
- National Council for Licensing Examinations
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- Tennessee Board of Nursing
The nursing program is only offered on the NSCC Main Campus (Google map to Main Campus)
Room W-71, Weld Building
Director of Nursing
Cynthia Waller, PhD, RN, MSN
Students applying for admission to the Nashville State Community College AAS Nursing Program are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.
For full TEAS information, test dates and registration: www.atitesting.com (Chrome or Firefox browsers recommended).
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 2018.
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)
- National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC)
Contact the NLNAC
Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Vision, Mission, and Values
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.
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.
A foundational practice where the nurse is a privileged observer of the human response.
Devotion and dedication of both heart and mind to the practice of professional nursing.
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.
Competent professional nursing is actualized through quality education in an environment of honesty, integrity and respect.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.|
In accordance with the NLNAC, the following Nashville State Community College nursing program outcomes have been identified:
- 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%.
- 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%.
- 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.
- Job Placement
97% of May 2012 Nashville State Community College nursing graduates have full-time employment as registered nurses.
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:
- Maintains supportive interactions with others by:
- Demonstrating problem solving strategies when conflict arises.
- Demonstrating dignity and respect with self and others.
- Integrating caring into practice.
- Communicates health care information to provide continuity of care by:
- Integrating technology.
- Reporting nursing observations in a timely manner.
- Engaging in clinical conferences.
- Identifies health care needs by:
- Collecting subjective data.
- Collecting objective data.
- Analyzes assessment data to develop nursing diagnoses by:
- Evaluating assessment data.
- Prioritizing nursing diagnoses.
- Develops an individualized plan of care by:
- Developing outcomes specific for each diagnostic statement.
- Designing nursing interventions consistent with established outcomes.
- Integrating evidenced-based practices into the plan of care.
- Documenting an individualized plan of care.
- Implements an individualized plan of care by:
- Demonstrating safe performance of nursing skills.
- Implementing patient specific interventions following accepted nursing standards.
- Evaluates the patient's progress toward attainment of outcomes by:
- Evaluating the effectiveness of the plan of care.
- Modifying the plan of care based on evaluation.
- Demonstrates critical thinking in the delivery of patient care by:
- Incorporating reflective practice.
- Integrating data to generate inferences.
- Applying new knowledge to influence positive outcomes.
- Demonstrates leadership by:
- Acting as a professional role model.
- Displaying effective collegial behaviors.
- Promoting a positive image of nursing.
- Examining professional organizations in nursing practice.
- Practices responsibility and accountability by:
- Demonstrating a commitment to personal and professional growth.
- Demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Applying evidenced-based practice.
- Practices within the legal/ethical parameters of nursing practice by:
- Adhering to the ANA Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance, and the State Board of Nursing.
- Promoting, advocating, and protecting the rights of the patient.