Nursing Pathway - RN

The Associate of Applied Science

Contact Information
Monica Ray
(731) 425-2622
mray@jscc.edu

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 patient care, functions as a member of the health care team, and adheres 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 Office. A new class is admitted twice each year and the deadline for program application is February 1 (fall admission) and June 15 (spring admission).

Estimated Salary Range
CareerBeginning Salary Range with AASExperienced Salary Range
Registered Nurse $39,980 to $45,540 $53,980+

Statistics are based on state averages from the Tennessee Career Information Delivery System. 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), phone: (404) 975-5000. Jackson State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Requirements

(Students may require additional Learning Support courses.)

Communication Requirement
ENGL 1010 English Composition I

Choose ONE Humanities and Fine Arts
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

Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 1030 General Psychology

Natural Science or Mathematics
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Additional Course
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Major Required Courses
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech or ENGL 1020 English Composition II
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology
NUR 110 Nursing Foundations
NUR 120 Maternal Child Nursing
NUR 180 Pharmacology
NUR 190 Pathophysiology
NUR 214 Adult Nursing I
NUR 220 Adult Nursing II

Choose one of the following: 
BIOL 2230 Microbiology
HEC 231 Principles of Nutrition
MATH 1530 Statistics and Probability
MATH 1710 Precalculus I

The Associate of Applied Science: Nursing requires 65 college level credits. This is a career program which was granted an exception to the 60 hour limit requirement reached through Tennessee Board of Regents consensus. The exception was granted due to additional hours needed 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.

Sample Schedule for Students Who Begin In the Fall

1st Year, Fall Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
  Major Required Course 3-4
NUR 110 Foundations 7
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology 3
  Total Credits 17-18
1st Year, Spring Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
NUR 120 Maternal Child Nursing 7
NUR 190 Pathophysiology 4
  Total Credits 14
1st Year, Summer Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
NUR 180 Pharmacology 3
  Total Credits 6
2nd Year, Fall Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
NUR 214 Adult Nursing I 9
SPCH 1010 or
ENGL 1020
Fundamentals of Speech or
English Composition II
3
  Total Credits 12
2nd Year, Spring Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
NUR 220 Adult Nursing II 9
  Humanities Elective 3
  Comprehensive Exam  
  Total Credits 12