Nursing Pathway - RN


Contact Information
Monica Ray
(731) 425-2622

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 provides and manages client care, communicates and functions as a member of the health care team, adhering 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. 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 $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

The AAS in Nursing requires 68 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.

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

Twelve (12) additional credits of general education courses are scheduled for completion concurrent to the four (4) semesters of nursing coursework, specifically:

  • Communication elective – choose one (1) of the following:
    • ENGL 1020 English Composition II, or
    • SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech
  • PSYC 1030   General Psychology                        
  • PSYC 2130   Life Span Psychology                        
  • Humanities elective – choose one (1) from the following:
    • ARTH 2010    Art History Survey I
    • ARTH 2020    Art History Survey II
    • ART 1030       Art Appreciation
    • COMM 1851  Intro to Film
    • ENGL 2111    American Lit: Pre-Colonial - 1865
    • ENGL 2121    American Lit: 1865 - Present
    • ENGL 2210    British Lit: Beginnings - 1785
    • ENGL 2220    British Lit: 1785 - Present
    • ENGL 2310    World Lit: Beginnings - 1650
    • ENGL 2320    World Lit: 1650 - Present
    • HUM 1010     Introduction to the Humanities I
    • HUM 1020     Introduction to the Humanities II
    • MUS 1030      Music Appreciation
    • PHIL 1030      Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL 2110      Introduction to Ethics
    • THEA 1030    Theatre Appreciation

Required Nursing Courses - total 39 credit hours

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 13
1st Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
NUR 120 Foundations of Nursing II 10
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
  Total Credits 13
2nd Year, Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
NUR 214 Adult Health Nursing I 9
SPCH 1010 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 9
  Humanities Elective 3
  Comprehensive Exam  
  Total Credits 12