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Nursing Program
Nursing Program
Nursing Program

Nursing Program Overview

The Roane State Nursing Program is two years of intensive study in patient-centered nursing care.  Upon successful completing of the program of study, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. The course of study includes both classroom and clinical aspects of nursing. There are two program options:  Traditional and LPN Mobility.  The graduates of Roane State Community College nursing program are able to provide highly skilled nursing care to patients and families in a variety of health care settings. 

During the first year of the nursing program, students usually spend six hours per week in a clinical setting as well as six hours per week in the nursing skills lab.  During the second year, the clinical rotation typically requires twelve hours per week in a clinical setting.  The size of the clinical groups allow students individualized attention and clinical instruction.  Highly qualified, professional nursing faculty instructs students.

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Program, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this exam is required to practice as a Registered Nurse.  More detailed information about this process is available at the Tennessee Board of Nursing website, under the Board of Nursing Rules and Regulation.


The Nursing Division Office is located on the main campus in Harriman.  Nursing classes are offered on three campuses (Harriman, Oak Ridge, and Knoxville Health Sciences Center).  Roane State is affiliated with a variety of health care facilities in the area, which serve as sites for clinical experiences.  Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to these facilities.


The Nursing Program at Roane State is fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, tel. 404-975-5000.

Program Options

  • Traditional - Day classes, clinical and lab, with possible evening clinical rotation dependent on health care facility availability.
  • LPN Mobility - Evenings and weekends.
  • LPN Mobility - Days. (This may not be offered every year.)

Program Curriculum

The curriculums are listed in the catalog.

Core Performance Criteria

See catalog

Admission and Program Requirements

See catalog

Additional Expenses

There are a variety of expenses associated with the nursing program in addition to the tuition and fees. These additional expenses may equal or exceed $2,500 per year. One expense is the cost of transportation to and from class and clinical. Other required expenses include the following:

  • admission physical,
  • required immunizations,
  • uniforms,
  • textbooks,
  • liability insurance,
  • criminal background checks,
  • urine drug screen,
  • CPR certification,
  • licensing examination fee, and
  • course specific fees

The greatest additional expenses (other than the cost of transportation) may be expected prior to admission and in the first and last semesters.  All expenses are subject to change.

Transferring Students

See catalog

Readmission Procedures

See catalog

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