Policies Related to Enrollment and Retention

  • If two grades of "D" or below are earned in clinical courses the student will be dismissed from the Program. Program applicants who have received two nursing course grades of "D, F, or W" during two or more terms in a collegiate-level nursing program are ineligible for admission or enrollment unless Academic Fresh Start status has been granted by JSCC.
  • Students must be age 18 or older prior to beginning nursing courses and will be required to provide evidence through a health verification form which documents information that they are in good health, have received specified immunizations, and are free and immune from specified communicable diseases.
  • Students will be required to comply with other program-specific enrollment, continuation and progression requirements, including satisfactory completion of pre-enrollment coursework, other specific clinical trainings, drug screening and criminal background checks, and obtaining textbooks, immunizations and supplies for clinical training prior to enrolling in nursing courses. Students must attain specific academic and performance standards to progress in the Program and achieve a satisfactory score on a comprehensive exam to complete the Program. Details of these standards and requirements are available from the Nursing Office and are published in the Nursing Student Handbook, on reserve in the College library.
  • Background checks and drug screens may be required by the program clinical affiliate sites prior to beginning clinical training. Based on the results of these checks, a clinical training site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility.  This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of this program. Clinical agency placement requirements must be met.  Additionally, a criminal background and some other background check findings may preclude licensure or employment in nursing.  More information is available from the Nursing Program.

Enrollment and Retention Criteria

Students admitted to the program must comply with specific enrollment, retention and progression requirements to continue in the program. Enrollment and retention criteria are published in the Nursing Program Student Handbook, which is on reserve in the college library, and is provided to each admitted student. Enrollment and retention criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • a minimum age of 18, documentation of health, TB screenings, and completion of MMR, Varicella, TDAP, Hepatitis B, and COVID-19 immunization series and/or titers
  • full disclosure of college enrollment at other institutions and submission of official transcripts
  • satisfactory drug/alcohol screen, criminal background check, and other placement requirements of clinical agencies
  • achievement of a minimum grade of C in all required coursework and completion of all nursing courses within three years; and achievement of a satisfactory score on a standardized comprehensive nursing exam
  • certification in Healthcare Provider, Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association
  • verification of good standing and eligibility to return to and enroll in any prior nursing programs from the dean/director of the program in which they are enrolled
  • achievement of core performance standards
  • completion of clinical agency orientation and documentation requirements

Core Performance Standards for Retention in Nursing Program

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students must be, with reasonable accommodation, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the program. The Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression developed by the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing and adopted by all nursing programs in the Tennessee Board of Regents system include:

  1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups.
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  4. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Auditory abilities sufficient to monitor and assess health needs and hear verbal instructions.
  7. Visual abilities sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
  8. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Admission to the nursing program is not based on these standards; instead, they are used to assist each student in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. Each of these standards is reflected in nursing course objectives and provides an objective measure for students and advisors to make informed decisions regarding whether the student is qualified to meet requirements.

Legal Limitations of Licensure

1) A graduate of a state-approved nursing program who has been convicted of a violation of the law other than a minor traffic violation may be denied licensure.  Program applicants should be aware that conviction of the following crimes would make you ineligible for Registered Nurse licensure in the State of Tennessee: Aggravated Assault, as in T.C.A. 39-13-102; First Degree Murder, as in T.C.A. 39-13-202; Second Degree Murder, as in T.C.A. 39-13-207; Voluntary Manslaughter, as in T.C.A. 39-13-211; False Imprisonment, as in T.C.A. 39-13-302; Kidnapping, as in T.C.A. 39-13-303; Aggravated Kidnapping, as in T.C.A. 39-13-305; Robbery, as in T.C.A. 39-13-401; Aggravated Robbery, as in T.C.A. 39-13-402; Especially Aggravated Robbery, as in T.C.A. 39-13-403; Aggravated Rape, as in T.C.A. 39-13-502; Rape, as in T.C.A. 398-13-503; Aggravated Sexual Battery, as in T.C.A. 39-13-504; Sexual Battery, as in T.C.A. 39-13-505; Statutory Rape, as in T.C.A. 39-15-506; Theft of Property, as in T.C.A. 39-14-103; Theft of Services, as in T.C.A. 39-14-104; Forgery, as in T.C.A. 39-14-114; Falsifying of Educational and Academic Records, as in T.C.A. 39-14-136; Arson, as in T.C.A. 39-14-301; Aggravated Arson, as in T.C.A. 39-14-302; Burglary, as in T.C.A. 39-14-402; Aggravated Burglary, as in T.C.A. 39-14-404; Incest, as in T.C.A. 39-15-302; Aggravated Child Abuse, as in T.C.A. 39-15-402; Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, as in T.C.A. 39-17-1003; Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, as in T.C.A. 39-17-1004; Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, as in T.C.A. 39-17-1005; Assisted Suicide, as in T.C.A. 39-13-216; Rape of a Child, as in T.C.A. 39-13-522.

2) RN licensure in the state of Tennesee requires US or naturalized citizenship.

3) A graduate's eligibility for licensure is determined on an individual basis by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.