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 has established excellent program outcomes which allow its registered nurses the ability to sustain lifelong professional accomplishments in fields such as obstetrics, psychiatric care, critical care, and many others.
Nursing Information Sessions
All Nursing Information Sessions will be held on the Main Campus.
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.
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.
In accordance with the ANA Standards of Professional Performance and the National League of Nursing graduate competencies, the graduate of the Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) nursing program at Nashville State Community College will demonstrate the following professional behaviors upon completion of the program:
Communicate effectively using:
- Written techniques including information and technology.
- Evaluate outcomes of clinical decisions implemented to provide safe and effective evidence-based nursing care.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of caring interventions that incorporate principles of dignity, diversity, safety and knowledge.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented teaching plan to meet the learning needs of patients, families, and/or groups.
- Analyze subjective and objective data to identify actual or potential health alterations.
- Manage care through effective use of prioritization, delegation, informatics, and resources.
- Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice.
- Collaborate when planning, implementing, and evaluating care.
Student Learning Outcomes
|Concept/Construct||NSCC Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes|
|Leadership||Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frame works of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice. Collaborate when planning, implementing, and evaluating care.|
|Communication||Communicate effectively using verbal, nonverbal, and written techniques including information and technology.|
|Critical Thinking||Analyze subjective and objective data to identify actual or potential health alterations. Manage care through effective use of prioritization, delegation, informatics, and resources.|
|Nursing Process||Evaluate outcomes of clinical decisions implemented to provide safe and effective evidence-based nursing care. Evaluate the effectiveness of caring interventions that incorporate principles of dignity, diversity, safety and knowledge. Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented teaching plan to meet the learning needs of patients, families, and/or groups.|
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 below.
In accordance with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the following Nashville State Community College nursing program outcomes have been identified along with the expected levels of achievement.
- Licensure exam pass rate.
The annual NCLEX-RN pass rate for first time test takers will be at or above 80%.
- Program completion rate.
60% of students will complete the NSCC nursing program within four semesters or 150% of the program length. The retention/graduation rate is calculated by comparing the number of students/fall admission class who complete the nursing program with the number of students who were admitted to the nursing program with that same class.
- Job placement rate.
85% of NSCC nursing graduates who self-report employment will be employed as registered nurses within six to twelve months post-graduation.
Nashville State Community College Nursing Program Outcomes Levels of Achievement
|Licensure Exam Pass Rate||98%||100%||97%||100%||100%|
|Program Completion Rate||66%||60%||60%||54%||56%|
|Job Placement Rate||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
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 schedule evaluation visit will be in Spring 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 ACEN
Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Traditional A.A.S. Nursing Program
Admission and Selection Criteria
Application Instructions & Packet (Please note this link is unavailable until the application process begins mid-semester)
A student may apply for admission to the nursing program during the time allotted and may receive an interview if the following criteria are met:
- Student should be in good standing with Nashville State Community College and be enrolled at NSCC at the time of the application.
- Student must maintain a "C" or better in each of the pre-requisite courses found in the link above.
- Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 or greater in all REQUIRED courses to be eligible for an interview. Any courses taken beyond the required 27 credit hours will not be taken into account in the final calculated GPA for admission.
- Student must achieve a score of "Proficient" on the ATI-TEAS Exam.
- Student must complete all pre-requisite courses in "In Process" by the spring semester preceding enrollment in the nursing program. A student will not be accepted for enrollment in the nursing program if pre-requisites are to be completed in the summer.
- As applicable, an ESL student must complete all coursework as recommended by the Michigan test prior to acceptance into the NSCC nursing program.
- NSCC requires attendance to one of the following information sessions.
Applications are only accepted from January 1st to March 1st for Fall admissions to the NSCC nursing program. All necessary forms for the application packet will be available no later than December 1st on the nursing webpage. Required paperwork must be completed upon delivery of the application to the nursing department and will not be reviewed if not complete.
Advising Information for Acceptance into the NSCC Nursing Program
Pre-requisite courses total 27 credit hours of English, Math, and Science. Required courses and a sample schedule can be found by clicking each of the links below:
Nursing Admission Course Requirements
All students wishing to apply for acceptance into the NSCC nursing program should declare a major of either University Parallel with a Health Science concentration or a Health Science major. This will allow the student to complete the prerequisite courses to apply for admittance into the nursing program.
Sample Schedule of Course Requirements
View a sample schedule to assist you in setting a course of action for your 27 credit hour schedule based on the date you wish to apply. This sampling is just a 1-year schedule and may vary depending on financial aid requirements or personal goals.
LPN to RN Bridge Program
- All items listed below must be completed as part of the application process. If requirements are achieved, the applicant will then receive an offer to interview with NSCC nursing faculty. Interviews will be determined from a point system based on the following criteria listed below. The maximum number of student positions for the LPN to RN bridge program is 8 per semester.
- Admission to NSCC: Students may apply online here.
- NSCC 27 credit hour requirements (see table below)
- ATI-TEAS Score of proficient
- Students should visit website for instructions on signing up for the TEAS exam.
- GPA > 2.8
- GPA includes ONLY required courses for admission to the NSCC nursing program ( 27 credit hours of course requirements)
- PN license #
- Student should place license # on application. Student will not be considered for admission to the NSCC nursing program if license is encumbered upon review at the TN Dept. of Health.
- Proof of 1-year work as PN (verification of employment history)
- Student should have representative from current or previous health care employment provide work history verification.
Required General Education Coursework (must complete all 3 courses totaling 9 credit hours) Credit Hours ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3 Humanities Elective 3 PSYC 1030 Introduction to Psychology 3 Required General Education Coursework Options (must complete only ONE of the following 3 credit hour courses) Credit Hours COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication 3 ENGL 1020 English Composition II 3 PSYC 2130 Life Development Psychology 3 BIOL 1215 Principles of Nutrition 3 Core Requirements (must complete all 4 courses totaling 15 credit hours) Credit Hours BIOL 2010 Anatomy and Physiology I* 4 BIOL 2020 Anatomy and Physiology II* 4 BIOL 2230 Microbiology* 4 MATH 1530 Introduction of Statistics* 3 *Core Requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better and it is recommended that these courses be completed within the past five years. Any grade below a "C" will not be accepted coursework towards admissions.
- Once accepted, the PN student will be required to complete 4 items necessary to receive 7 credit hours of Prior Learning Assessments (PLA’s) for NURS 1710 (Fundamentals). Instructions on completing these 4 items will be provided should the student be accepted into the program. We do not recommend purchasing any textbooks or registering for the Kaplan PN Exam until receipt of acceptance letter. The four items include:
- Kaplan PN Exam
- Full Head to Toe Assessment Checkoff
- Completion of 5 Care Plans - Pass 2 of 5 with ≥ 77%
- Professional Letter of Recommendation.
- If the student completes the 4 items listed above by the assigned deadline with passing scores, the student will receive 7 credit hours for NURS 1710 (Fundamentals) and will begin classes with our 2nd semester students the following semester. OR
- If the student is unable to complete all 4 items or does not receive a passing score in any one of the areas needed to prove competency as a PN, the student will have the option to join the 1st semester students for completion for the entire A.A.S. program. The PN would not receive 7 credit hours for NURS 1710 (Fundamentals) until the completion of the course at the end of the 1st semester.
Nursing Entrance Exam (TEAS)
The ATI-TEAS exam is required by all prospective nursing students and is only good for 2 years from the last date taken. Please note, students wishing to enroll to NSCC part time to complete prerequisites should not take this test upon admission to the college, but wait until close to their application process. A student may be instructed to take the ATI-TEAS exam again should it have been taken before the 2 year requirement.
TEAS Test Dates - Testing Center
June 2019 – February 2020
Program of Study
The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Nursing emphasizes patient-centered approaches to nursing care. The graduate nurse is able to provide highly skilled nursing care for patients and families in a variety of health care delivery settings.
The NSCC nursing program is a Full-Time intensive commitment with multiple courses every semester including didactic, clinical, and simulation.
View the required nursing courses upon admission to the NSCC nursing program. The curriculum is set forth by the NSCC Department of Healthcare Professions and maintains compliance with the TN Board of Regents, Nashville State Community College, the TN State Board of Nursing, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
In an attempt to keep expenses at a reasonable cost to the student, the faculty at NSCC research the nursing budget annually. Per this goal, estimated expenses vary at an approximate 2-year expenditure of $10,000 for all tuition, fees, and additional expenses; however, there may be unforeseen expenses required beyond items listed below.
Additional Expenses: Fees beyond college tuition and expenses are varied.
These fees include, but are not limited to:
- Uniform (including stethoscope, pen light, etc.)
- Nursing pin
- Nursing lab fee
- Kaplan nursing
- NCLEX-RN Licensing Exam Fees
- Criminal Background & Drug Screen
- Liability Insurance
- CPR Certification Course
- Physical Exam
Nursing Student Handbook
Additional Nursing Resources
Nursing Education in Tennessee: Review other nursing program in the state of Tennessee. View LPN, ADN, BSN, and graduate study programs which will assist in choosing the right nursing program for you.
Tennessee Nurses Association: The TNA provides supportive information for the profession of nursing including education and research.
National Council for Licensing Examinations: The NCSBN is the regulatory body for all nursing board examinations. Students can review this website for information regarding testing for the boards.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: The ACEN is NSCC's accrediting body. The website will provide information regarding site visits and information regarding the process of obtaining accreditation.
Tennessee Board of Nursing: The TBON is a branch of the TN Department of Health. There are multiple vital pieces of information found on this site including legislation and license verification.
American Disabilities Act: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all applicants and admitted students must be, with reasonable accommodation, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the program outlined in the Core Performance Standards of Admission and Progression developed by the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing and adopted by all Nursing Programs in the Tennessee Board of Regents system (TBR Policy 2:03:00:00 II B 6)
Nursing Faculty Contact
Room W-71, Weld Building, West Nashville Campus
Cynthia Waller, PhD, RN, MSN
Dean of Healthcare Professions
Secretary III, Healthcare Professions
Clinical Placement & Enrollment Coordinator, Healthcare Professions