LPN-RN Career Mobility Track

The Associate of Applied Science

Contact Information
Natalie Marek
(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 employs assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, communication, teaching and learning, collaboration, management of care, and professional behaviors consistent with contemporary 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 20 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 $71,926

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)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
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

Communication Requirement

ENGL 1010 English Composition I

Choose ONE Humanities Course
ART 2000 Art History Survey I
ART 2020 Art History Survey II
ART 1035 Introduction to Art
COMM 1851 Introduction to Film
ENGL 2055 African-American Literature
ENGL 2110 Early American Literature
ENGL 2120 Modern American Literature
ENGL 2210 Early BritishLiterature
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 Introduction to Theatre

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

Additional Course Requirement
HSC 190 Introduction to Human Pathophysiology

Major Required Courses
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology
COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication or
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
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 degree in nursing requires sixty five college 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, NUR 118, and NUR 120 is awarded.

Sample Schedule

In addition to meeting the program admissions requirements, LPN's must possess a valid, unencumbered Tennessee or multi-state practical nurse license and complete a minimum 20 hours of prerequisites before applying to the LPN to RN option. BIOL 2020 and HSC 190 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
HSC 190 Introduction to Human Pathophysiology 3
  Total Credits 20
Summer Semester
Number Course Credits
NUR 130 Nursing Transitions I 3
NUR 140 Nursing Transitions II 9
  Total Credits 12
Fall Semester
Number Course Credits
NUR 214 Adult Nursing I 10
ENGL 1020 or COMM 2025   3
  Total Credits 13
Spring Semester
Number Course Credits
NUR 220 Adult Nursing II 9
  Humanities Course 3
  Comprehensive Exam  
  Total Credits 12