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No Expiration On National ACT Scores

National ACT Testing Update - No Expiration Date

Applicants must submit national ACT scores to JSCC in order to apply to the Nursing Program.  JSCC Nursing uses the highest subscores in English, math, reading and science reasoning sections; scores do not have an expiration date.  We do not use the writing portion of the ACT.

If you need to take the national ACT or to request a copy of your scores sent to JSCC Records Office, go to for instructions.  

ACT Dates
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
Sept 9, 2023 Aug 4, 2023 Aug 18, 2023
Oct 28, 2023 Sept 22, 2023 Oct 6, 2023
Dec 9, 2023 Nov 3, 2023 Nov 17, 2023
Feb. 10, 2024 Jan 5, 2024 Jan 19, 2024
Apr 13, 2024 Mar 8, 2024 Mar 22, 2024
Jun 8, 2024 May 3, 2024 May 17, 2024
Jul 13, 2024* Jun 7, 2024 Jun 21, 2024

The Nursing Program prepares a graduate 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 and extended-care facilities. Nursing is a dynamic, applied discipline in which caring for the biological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental needs of others is paramount. The graduate employs assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, communication, teaching and learning, collaboration, management of care, and professional behaviors consistent with contemporary nursing practice.

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.

nursing class in lab

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, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, 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.  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.

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.

Program Info

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Jackson State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  As a member institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the college is regulated by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Students who complete the program of study requirements will meet curricular requirements to apply for nurse licensure in Tennessee.  Requirements for other states may vary.  If you currently live in a state other than Tennessee or you intend to use the education completed at Jackson State Community College to seek professional licensure in another state, be aware there may be additional requirements for obtaining licensure.  Contact the Board of Nursing in the state where you intend to seek licensure regarding requirements in that state.


Nursing Division Office
Jim Moss Center for Nursing 
Phone (731) 425-2622
Fax (731) 425-9575