Nursing Pathway - RN

The Associate of Applied Science

Contact Information
Monica Ray
(731) 425-2622

nursing students studying

Program/Career Description

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).

Estimated Salary Range
Career Experienced Salary Range
Registered Nurse $63,374+

Data provided by Jobs4TN. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Accreditation Information

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.

Program Requirements

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 required 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