The Nursing Program prepares students to meet the educational requirements for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN), and to begin nursing practice in structured health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, home health, extended-care, and rehabilitation facilities. Nursing is a dynamic, applied discipline in which caring for the biological, psychological, socio-cultural, spiritual, and developmental needs of others is paramount. As a generalist, the graduate is prepared to function effectively as a provider and manager of care, collaborate with other members of the health care team, and adhere to legal and ethical standards of the profession.
This program utilizes continuous quality improvement methods and strives to meet the needs of its constituent groups. Expert faculty remain current in the field by practicing clinically as “real nurses.” Course experiences continually evolve to reflect the rapid changes in health care. Students practice in varied clinical environments such as area hospitals, clinics, and extended care facilities to develop a broad knowledge and skill base.
Graduates of the Jackson State program excel in competency measures such as success on the initial attempt of the licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), job placement and job performance. Graduate and employer satisfaction is measured annually. The Program is fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000).
You must be formally admitted into the program before you can begin taking any nursing course. A minimum of sixty-five credits are required for the degree. The curriculum includes arts, science and nursing courses and can be completed in as little as five semesters. All nursing courses include application principles to prepare graduates for an ever-changing health care system. Nursing laboratory and clinical experiences provide opportunities for “hands on” practice, skill development, and competency demonstration. Each hour of nursing theory generates one credit hour, and three hours of nursing lab or clinical generates one credit hour.
Articulation with area baccalaureate (BSN) programs exists and offers opportunities for continued professional development. A unique dual-enrollment option is offered in collaboration with the University of Memphis, allowing students to obtain both the associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing.
Accreditation and professional certification standards, limited clinical and classroom space, faculty availability, and a concern for appropriate student progress influence the selective admissions process to all Tennessee Board of Regents nursing programs. Students must meet the admission criteria, be reviewed and accepted for admission, and make satisfactory progress to be continued in the nursing program. In the employment of these criteria in the review of applicants, Jackson State is aware of the institutional goal of maintaining appropriate student diversity in its acceptance pool.
Nursing Program Office
Phone (731) 425-2622
Fax (731) 425-9575