LPN-RN Frequently Asked Questions

Note: These FAQs are provided for information purposes only, and do not replace academic advisement. The Program holds information sessions throughout the year; dates are posted at www.jscc.edu/nursing. To schedule an individual advising appointment, call (731) 425-2622. Please be aware that changes in admissions, enrollment, and curriculum requirements may occur. Be sure to carefully review the Nursing Program Application Packet for the most up to date information.

College Admissions

I declared Pre-LPN - RN as my major on the college application; do I still have to submit a Nursing Program application?
Yes. In addition to the JSCC application, students must also complete a separate Nursing Program application and submit it to the Nursing Program Office, Room 137 of the McWherter Center, by the appropriate deadline.

Do I have to be enrolled and taking classes at JSCC before I apply to the Nursing Program?
No. Applicants are required to complete the JSCC admissions process to become a fully admitted student for the term in which they intend to begin the Nursing Program. However, there are certain pre-requisite courses that must be completed; see the Nursing Program application packet for more details.

I have been to college before. Do I have to submit my high school transcript?
Yes. Unless a student has previously received a college degree, they must submit an official high school transcript to the JSCC Records Office.

Do I send my transcripts to the Nursing Program?
No. Official copies of all transcripts must be sent to the JSCC Records Office.

I have been to several colleges. Does JSCC need a transcript from each of the colleges I have attended?
Yes. JSCC requires an official undergraduate transcript from each school that the student has attended even if they did not complete the term. An official transcript is one sent from the college you attended directly to the JSCC Records Office and is marked with an official seal or signature. Transcripts issued to students cannot be accepted.

I requested transcripts be sent to JSCC, but I am not sure they will arrive by the application deadline. Will the Nursing Program accept them late?
No. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received by the appropriate application deadline. Contact the JSCC Records Office to determine if your transcripts have been received.

Learning Support (Developmental) Classes

I am currently taking Learning Support (Developmental) courses. If I am unable to finish them by the application deadline, can my nursing application still be considered?
No. If required by JSCC Admissions, all Learning Support (Developmental) coursework must be completed by the appropriate application deadline; this includes Math Modules 1-7.

Nursing Admissions/Eligibility

Does the Nursing Program accept applications after the deadline specified on the application?
No. Applications are not accepted after the deadline specified on the application, but students may apply for a subsequent class. For, example if a student misses the deadline for the summer; they may still apply for the following summer admission.

Where do I submit my LPN-RN application?
Applications may either be mailed* or hand delivered to:

Jackson State Community College
Nursing Program, MC 137
2046 N. Parkway
Jackson, TN 38301

*Mailed applications must be postmarked by the appropriate application deadline.

Can I fax my application?
No. The Nursing Program does not accept faxed applications.

What is the application deadline?
The Nursing Program accepts applications once a year for the LPN-RN Career Mobility Track through February 1st, which is the deadline.

Will I be contacted if my application is incomplete?
No. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all application requirements and materials have been accurately completed and submitted by the application deadline. Check to be sure that every question on the application has been answered prior to submission.

Licensure

Do I have to have an LPN license to be eligible for the LPN-RN Track?
Yes. Applicants must provide proof of a current, valid, unencumbered Tennessee LPN license to be eligible for admission. Students must maintain their license while in the nursing program.

I have completed all of the required pre-requisite courses, but I am currently enrolled in a Practical Nurse program. I intend to graduate and obtain my license prior to the end of May. Can I still apply to the nursing program?

Yes. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a PN program, meet all other admission criteria, and attach a letter from the school Director verifying the date of graduation may apply. If selected for admission, enrollment will be contingent upon obtaining a TN LPN license prior to beginning the first nursing course which usually begins mid-May.

ACT

Do I have to take the ACT?
Yes. Because the ACT is the Nursing Program entrance exam, all applicants - regardless of academic background or work experience - must take the ACT if they have not already done so within five years of the application deadline.

What do I have to score on the ACT to be eligible?
There is no minimum ACT score that students must achieve in order to be eligible to apply. Applicants are evaluated using a point system. Points are awarded based on ACT scores in Reading, Science Reasoning, and Math sections. For full details on the point system, please see the current application packet.

How do I sign up for the ACT?
National Test: Go to www.actstudent.org. When scheduling your ACT, please keep in mind that test scores take an average of three weeks to be received by JSCC and students must indicate that they want JSCC to receive scores when registering for the test. Students may take the national ACT multiple times as long as scores are received by the appropriate application deadline.

Residual Test: JSCC administers the residual ACT, which is the same test, but the scores are only reported and can only be used at JSCC. Contact the JSCC Testing Center to register before the application deadline. Please note that students can only take ONE residual ACT per application cycle.

Does it matter whether I take the national ACT or the residual ACT for JSCC Nursing Program admissions purposes?
No. Both exams are acceptable for the JSCC Nursing Program. If you take the national ACT, contact the JSCC Admissions Office to be sure that your scores have been received by the appropriate application deadline. The residual ACT is given on campus; test scores are sent to the Nursing Program Office.

GPA

Is there a minimum GPA required for Nursing Program admissions?
Yes. You must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA by the application deadline.

How is my cumulative GPA calculated?
A cumulative GPA will be calculated based on all undergraduate college-level courses taken at all colleges or universities that you have attended.

Will my JSCC transcript show my cumulative GPA if I have transfer coursework?
No. A JSCC transcript only reflects the student's JSCC GPA. The Nursing Program calculates cumulative GPAs using all college transcripts.

I am not sure if I have a 2.5 GPA, can someone evaluate my transcripts for me?
Yes. If a student would like to have their transcripts evaluated, call to set up an appointment with the Nursing Admissions Director. Be sure to bring copies of all college transcripts to the appointment.

Previous Nursing Students:

If I have been in another Nursing program and either failed or withdrawn from two nursing classes, does that affect my eligibility?

Maybe. Applicants with grades of D, F, or W in collegiate-level nursing course work may be eligible for admission if the grades were earned in only one term of enrollment and the applicant’s eligibility to return and re-enroll in the nursing program in which these grades were earned can be verified. If an applicant has earned grades of D, F, or W during more than one term of collegiate-level nursing course work, they are ineligible for admission unless: 1.) Academic Fresh Start status has been granted prior to the application deadline and 2.) verification that all previously earned nursing course grades of D, F, or W were unrelated to student clinical performance is obtained. Academic Fresh Start status does not negate a record of nursing Program dismissal due to clinical performance or academic misconduct. Students with degrees are not eligible for Academic Fresh Start. If an applicant needs to discuss Academic Fresh Start, please call to set up an appointment.

Acceptance

Do I have to have all the pre-requisite general education classes finished to apply?
Yes. All seven pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall term with a grade of C or better prior to the application deadline. Applicants taking pre-requisites during the spring term prior to the start of the LPN – RN Track in the summer will be ineligible until the following year

If I have previous medical work experience, will that help me get accepted?
Maybe. Admission bonus points may be awarded if you have recently been working as an LPN in a direct patient care setting. To receive these bonus points, you must demonstrate that you have completed at least 800 hours of direct patient care service in a licensed health care agency as a LPN within the past three years and that you are in good standing with your employing institution. You can do this by submitting a resume and the Healthcare Provider form found in the application packet with your nursing application. The form and resume will be reviewed and validated prior to the bonus points being awarded.

Do college-level Anatomy and Physiology classes have to be less than five years old from the point of initial program enrollment?
Yes, but... If an applicant meets the requirements to receive the Healthcare Provider bonus points, the hours of direct patient care work experience will validate current knowledge of college A & P coursework in which case the coursework can be more than five years old. Please note that applicants are still required to have earned grades of C or above in A & P I and II (with labs), but verification of the Healthcare Provider bonus point requirement will substitute for the five year rule. This is only true for LPNs who are applying to the LPN-RN Career Mobility Track.

However, A & P admission bonus points are only awarded if students have successfully completed (grades of C or above) BIOL 2010 Anatomy & Physiology I and/or BIOL 2020 Anatomy & Physiology II (with labs) less than five years from the point of initial Program enrollment. See the application packet for the specific dates A & P courses must have been taken to earn bonus points.

I have taken some of the general education courses at another college. Will those courses transfer and meet the requirements for the nursing program?
Maybe. Courses taken outside of JSCC must be evaluated for adequacy in meeting Program curriculum requirements. Do not assume a course completed at another institution will be accepted as a substitute for a required course unless the course has already been posted to the JSCC transcript with the exact same rubric (prefix), number, title, and credit hours as the required course. If you would like to have a course evaluated for eligibility as a substitution for one or more of the required courses, complete and submit a Request for Transfer Course Review Form to the Nursing Program. Only courses with grades of “C” or above can be used to satisfy Program requirements. Anatomy & Physiology courses must include lab work and must be less than five years old from the point of program enrollment. Otherwise, they must be repeated to meet eligibility requirements.

Is there an interview?
No. The JSCC Nursing Program does not interview applicants as part of the admissions process.

Does the Nursing Program keep a waiting list?
No. If a student is not selected, they must reapply for the next admissions term.

Does the Nursing Program accept letters of recommendation?
No. The JSCC Nursing Program does not review letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process.

How will I be notified whether or not I have been accepted?
All applicants will receive a letter notifying them whether or not they were accepted. If a student applies by Feb. 1st, admission letters will be mailed out in March or early April. We cannot answer questions regarding Nursing Program acceptance over the phone or via email. Applicants who are not selected for admission are encouraged to meet with a nursing advisor to review their score and plan for the subsequent application cycle.

Other

Can I set up an advising appointment?
Yes. Call the Nursing office at (731) 425-2622.

Can I audit nursing classes even if I have not been accepted to the nursing program?
No. Only students who have been accepted into the Nursing program may take nursing courses.

I work during the day; can I take the nursing classes online, at night, or on the weekends?
No. Students should be prepared for a Monday through Friday lecture, lab and clinical schedule. Some nursing courses include Saturday and/or evening clinical hours. Course schedules change as the student progresses in the program each semester.  Due to varied clinical scheduling, the Nursing Program is unable to provide specific nursing course schedule information to students prior to enrollment in the Program.

How much does the Nursing Program cost?
The cost of the nursing program depends upon the current rate of tuition, fees, textbooks, etc. Please check the current application packet for detailed lists of expenses.

Can I finish the program in less than 1 year?
No. The program is a minimum of 1 year or 3 semesters for students enrolled in the LPN-RN track.

Can I take a semester off if I want a break?
Maybe. Students enrolled in the Nursing Program are strongly encouraged to remain enrolled every term and must complete all required course within 150% of the intended length of the program. The LPN-RN Career Mobility Track is designed to be completed in 3 semesters; students may take up to, but no more than, 5 semesters to complete all the required courses. Not all courses are offered each term so not all courses are offered each term and students who do not progress or remain enrolled to complete the prescribed plan of study must request and be granted readmission into the Program. Readmission is not guaranteed so students are advised to meet with the Nursing Admissions Director to discuss and plan any changes in the planned 3 semesters of enrollment.