Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information: Cynthia Waller, PhD, RN, MSN 615-353-3647, Office: W-71, Program Site
The Nursing Program prepares students for a career as a registered nurse. Nursing courses include didactic and clinical training over a two-year period that includes but is not limited to fundamentals of nursing, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing care of the adult in a medical-surgical setting and an intensive care unit, family nursing including care of children and expectant mothers, mental health nursing, and community health nursing. In addition to classroom education, students will participate in clinical settings in hospitals and agencies located in middle Tennessee. The program includes a course to help with the transition from student into independent clinical decision-maker. This degree program trains students to work with persons from various cultures across the life span and the wellness-to-illness continuum. At the conclusion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Admission to this program is limited to 50 students each fall. Prospective students are required to attend an information session prior to applying to the program. Applications for the nursing program are accepted during the spring semester immediately preceding the fall semester admission date.
Students accepted into the nursing program must complete any/all remedial and/or developmental coursework before they begin the program, and are encouraged to complete all required General Education courses as well as math and science courses before beginning the nursing curriculum. Prior to being accepted/admitted into the nursing program, applicants will be required to take a standardized nursing entrance examination. A student must perform at the “Basic” level of proficiency in reading, math, science, and English to be considered and subsequently admitted into the nursing program.
Note: Once accepted into the program, it is mandatory that a criminal background check as well as a drug screen be completed prior to participation in a clinical area.