LPN-RN Career Mobility Track

The Associate of Applied Science

Contact Information
Monica Ray
(731) 425-2622

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, 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. LPNs applying for this program must meet academic requirements, complete 23-24 hours of pre-requisite general education coursework, possess an unencumbered Tennessee license, submit a nursing program application by the specified deadline, and take the ACT as an admission exam prior to being 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 Division. A new class is admitted each summer and the deadline for program admission application is February 1.

Estimated Salary Range
Career Experienced Salary Range
Registered Nurse $65,590+

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

COL 1030       College to Career Navigation (only available on-campus at one of JSCC's campuses)

Communication Requirement
ENGL 1010      English Composition I

Choose ONE Humanities and Fine Arts
ART  2000       Art History Survey I
ART  2020       Art History Survey II
ART 1035        Art Appreciation
COMM 1851    Intro to Film

ENGL 2055     African-American Literature
ENGL 2110     Early American Literature  
ENGL 2120     Modern American Literature  
ENGL 2210     Early British Literature
ENGL 2220     Modern British Literature
ENGL 2310     Early World Literature
ENGL 2320     Modern World Literature
HUM 1010      Early Humanities 
HUM 1020      Modern Humanities  
MUS 1030      Introduction to Music 
PHIL 1030      Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1040      Introduction to Ethics
THEA 1030     Theatre Appreciation

Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 1030     General Psychology

Natural Science 
BIOL 2010     Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Additional Course Requirement
BIOL 2020    Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Choose one of the following major required electives:
BIOL 2230     Microbiology
HEC 231        Principles of Nutrition
MATH 1530   Introduction to Statistics  
MATH 1710   Precalculus I

Major Required Courses
COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication   or
ENGL 1020  English Composition II
PSYC 2130   Life Span Psychology

NUR 130 Nursing Transitions I*
NUR 140 Nursing Transitions II**
NUR 214 Adult Health Nursing I
NUR 220 Adult Health Nursing II

The Associate of Applied Science Nursing requires 68 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.

* NUR 130 must be completed successfully to progress to NUR 140.

**Upon successful completion of NUR 140, credit for NUR 110 and NUR 120 is awarded.

Sample Schedule

In addition to meeting the program admissions requirements, LPN's must possess a valid, unencumbered Tennessee practical nurse license and complete a minimum 23 hours of prerequisites before applying to the LPN to RN option. BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020 must have been completed less than five years from the date of program enrollment.  Once enrolled in the nursing program, all required courses must be completed within five (5) semesters of initiating coursework.

Number Course Credits
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology 3
COL 1030 College to Career Navigation 3
  Major Elective Course 3
  Total Credits 23 
Summer Semester
Number Course Credits
NUR 130 Nursing Transitions I 3
NUR 140 Nursing Transitions II 10
  Total Credits 13
Fall Semester
Number Course Credits
NUR 214 Adult Nursing I 9
ENGL 1020 or COMM 2025   3
  Total Credits 12
Spring Semester
Number Course Credits
NUR 220 Adult Nursing II 9
  Humanities Course 3
  Comprehensive Exam  
  Total Credits 12