2022-2023 Catalog 
    Jun 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences A.S.

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The University Parallel with a Health Sciences area of emphasis is designed for students who are interested in

in transferring to a baccalaureate program and for those students who need to follow a course perquisite program of study (CPOS) for admission into one of the three AAS degree programs offered within the HCPR Division.  There are three pathways that reflect those programs within the HCPR Division which include:  Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), and Surgical Technology.  There are also two pathways that reflect a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  Those two pathways include the NSCC/Belmont Partnership and the Transfer BSN.  The specific prerequisite requirements that are unique to the Belmont University BSN program are included in the Belmont BSN Nursing pathway and the BSN pathway reflect general prerequisite requirements for admission into a BSN program in Tennessee. The BSN pathway is generic yet specific enough to reflect specific admission requirements for Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). There are five pathways from which to choose within the Health Science A.S. major.  Those pathways include:

  1. BSN Nursing
  2. Belmont/BSN Nursing Partnership
  3. Nursing A.A.S.
  4. Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) A.A.S.
  5. Surgical Technology A.A.S.

Please review the appropriate advising sheet to ensure completion of required courses prior to applying to your desired program.

Because of the varying entry points for acceptance/entrance into baccalaureate nursing programs and the different structures of nursing curricula, community college students who wish to transfer to university programs are advised to follow the curriculum, as prescribed below, applicable to all university nursing majors.* By completing this plan of studies and then transferring to a university, community college students will be on par with prospective nursing students who began the freshman year at a public university in Tennessee. Community-college students who pursue this plan will then be eligible at the earliest opportunity to compete for acceptance to a four-year nursing program leading to the award of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Please note that the completion of the Health Sciences curriculum and the subsequent courses taken at a university do not guarantee acceptance into a baccalaureate nursing program. Nursing is a highly competitive major, and only the most highly qualified students are admitted.** The specific requirements for admission to university nursing programs may be found in the catalogs of the various universities.

General Education Requirements

Humanities and/or Fine Arts - 9 Credits

(a minimum of 3 must be from a literature class)

Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6 Credits

History - 6 Credits

Natural Sciences - 8 Credits

Mathematics - 3 Credits

General Education Total - 41 Credits

Required: NSCC 1010 - First Year Experience 1 Credit

Area of Emphasis Requirements

Listed below are variations that reflect the Health Science A.S. pathway chosen.

1) BSN Nursing, Nursing A.A.S., or Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) A.A.S. (61 credit hours)

2) Belmont BSN Nursing Pathway (63 credit hours)

*one humanities of gen ed will be specified as PHIL 2200

3) Surgical Technology A.A.S. (61 Credit Hours)

Area of Emphasis Total - 19 Credits


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville does not accept transfer students. Nursing students are admitted in the freshman year at UTK.
  • Community college students may also pursue various RN to BSN programs as a means of attaining the BSN degree. These programs assume the completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in nursing, licensure as a Registered Nurse, and fulfillment of other criteria. Information concerning these programs is available in university catalogs.
  • Students who plan to attend the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee, Martin are strongly encouraged to complete BIOL 2230  (Microbiology) and CHEM 1110  (General Chemistry I) before transferring to these institutions.


* This course is part of the general education core.



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