The program is designed to prepare a graduate with the entry-level skills and knowledge needed to assume the role of a registered nurse and succeed on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The graduate provides and manages client care, communicates and functions as a member of the health care team, adhering to legal and ethical standards of professional nursing practice. Graduates practice in hospitals, clinics, and extended-care facilities and may continue their nursing education to the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels through a variety of educational articulation options. Students applying for this program must take an admission exam and be formally accepted into the program. Admission selection is competitive and is based on a point system. Program application, and details of the admission process and point system are available in the Nursing Program. A new class is admitted twice each year and the deadline for program application is March 1 (fall admission) and August 1 (spring admission).
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The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta GA 30326
Contact ACEN at (404) 975-5000.
Jackson State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The AAS in Nursing requires 65 college level credits. This is a career program which was granted an exception to the 60 hour limit requirement reached through TN Board of Regents consensus. The exception was granted due to additional hours need to adequately cover the necessary learning outcomes and/or to meet national accreditation agency requirements. Some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites. A satisfactory score on a standardized comprehensive exam is required to complete the program.
Students may require additional remediation courses prior to being accepted to the program.
Students must complete specific general education courses prior to enrolling in the first term of nursing courses. BIOL 2010 - Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 2020 - Anatomy & Physiology II courses must include laboratory components and must have been completed less than five years from the term of initial program enrollment. Once enrolled in the nursing program, all nursing courses must be completed within three (3) years of initiating nursing coursework.
Required General Education Courses - total 29 – 30 credit hours
Required Pre-Requisite Courses for Enrollment – The following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above no later than December 2017 to enroll in nursing courses in spring 2018:
- COL 1030 College to Career Navigation
- ENGL 1010 English Composition I
- BIOL 2010 Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIOL 2020 Anatomy & Physiology II
- Major-required elective – choose (1) from the following:
- BIOL 2230 Microbiology
- HEC 231 Principles of Nutrition
- MATH 1530 Statistics and Probability
- MATH 1710 Precalculus Algebra
Twelve (12) additional credits of general education courses are scheduled for completion concurrent to the four (4) semesters of nursing coursework, specifically:
- Communication elective – choose one (1) of the following:
- ENGL 1020 English Composition II, or
- SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech
- PSYC 1030 General Psychology
- PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology
- Humanities elective – choose one (1) from the following:
ARTH 2010 Art History Survey I
ARTH 2020 Art History Survey II
ART 1030 Art Appreciation
COMM 1851 Intro to Film
ENGL 2111 American Lit: Pre-Colonial - 1865
ENGL 2121 American Lit: 1865 - Present
ENGL 2210 British Lit: Beginnings - 1785
ENGL 2220 British Lit: 1785 - Present
ENGL 2310 World Lit: Beginnings - 1650
ENGL 2320 World Lit: 1650 - Present
HUM 1010 Introduction to the Humanities I
HUM 1020 Introduction to the Humanities II
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics
THEA 1030 Theatre Appreciation
Required Nursing Courses - total 39 credit hours
In addition to the following nursing courses, students must meet clinical placement requirements and achieve a satisfactory score on dosage calculation assessments each term. Achievement of a satisfactory score on a standardized Comprehensive Nursing Exit Exam is required during the last semester.
NUR 110 Foundations of Nursing I
NUR 120 Foundations of Nursing II
NUR 180 Pharmacology in Nursing
NUR 190 Pathophysiology in Nursing
NUR 214 Adult Nursing I
NUR 220 Adult Nursing II