Nursing Pathway - RN

Contact Information
Natalie Marek

nursing students studying

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. Students applying for this program must take an admission exam and be 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 Program. A new class is admitted twice each year and the deadline for program application is March 1 (fall admission) and September 1 (spring admission).

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

Program Prerequisites
Learn what is required BEFORE you enter the nursing program

The AAS in Nursing requires 65 college level credits.  This is a career program which was granted an exception to the 60 hour limit requirement reached through TN Board of Regents consensus.  The exception was granted due to additional hours need 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.

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 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 Introduction to Theatre

Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement
PSYC 1030 General Psychology

Natural Science Requirement
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*

Additional Course Requirement
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*
HSC 190    Introduction to Human Pathophysiology*

Required Courses
COMM 2025   Fundamentals of Communication   or
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology
NUR 110 Foundations of Nursing I
NUR 118 Nutrition in Nursing
NUR 120 Foundations of Nursing II
NUR 214 Adult Health Nursing I
NUR 220 Adult Health Nursing II 

*ENGL 1010, BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020 and HSC 190 must be completed prior to beginning nursing classes.

In addition to the following nursing courses, students must meet clinical placement requirements and achieve a satisfactory score on dosage calculation assessments each term.  Upon admission to the program, all nursing courses must be complete within three years of initiating nursing coursework.  Achievement of a satisfactory score on a standardized Comprehensive Nursing Exit Exam is required during the last semester.

1st Year, Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
NUR 110 Foundations of Nursing I
PSYC 2130 Lifespan Psychology 3
  Total Credits 12
1st Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
NUR 120 Foundations of Nursing II 10
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
  Total Credits 13
1st Year, Summer Semester
Number Course Name Credits
NUR 118 Nutrition 1
  Total Credits 12
2nd Year, Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
NUR 214 Adult Health Nursing I 9
COMM 2025 or
ENGL 1020
Fundamentals of Speech or
English Composition II
  Total Credits 12
2nd Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
NUR 220 Adult Health Nursing II 10
  Humanities Elective 3
  Comprehensive Exam  
  Total Credits 13